Vallisneria australis 'Gigantea'


The giant Vallisneria is a highly variable aquatic plant that is native to Australia. Its long, narrow leaves can reach almost unbelievable sizes - up to 3 m in length is not uncommon. It is extremely popular for use in discus aquariums and setups for East African cichlids from the Malawi and Tanganyika Lakes. These fish need fairly hard water, which can be a problem for a lot of plants. Vallisneria australis ´Gigantea´ actually prefers it.




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Plant profile

Genus: Vallisneria
Species: australis ´Gigantea´
Family: Hydrocharitaceae
Origin: Australia
Light: high - medium
Temperature: 18-28°C
Growth rate: fast
Area: Background
Height: up to 200 cm
pH: 6-9
Water hardness: moderate hard to very hard
Co2: 0-20 mg/l
Propagation: runners