The Straight Vallisneria is a great beginner plant, as it can survive in many aquarium conditions, including coldwater, and grows and propagates quickly!
The Straight Vallisneria can grow to a height of 24 inches (60 cm) at a fast rate and is a great background plant. Due to its ease of it's care, it is a very popular plant. It can be kept in almost all freshwater aquariums, including coldwater aquariums. It grows at a moderate to fast rate depending on how bright the light is. Brighter lights cause it to grow more quickly. It is also easy to propagate, with runners that grow off the main plant and then separate into daughter plants.
Straight Vallisneria are very easy plants to maintain and therefore ideal for starter aquariums. They have a very large temperature range in which they can survive, only require a neutral pH and have no particularly special nutrient needs. Just make sure to provide typical plant fertilization and they should thrive.
For more Information on keeping a planted aquarium see:
About Planted Aquariums, Adding Aquatic Plants For a Healthy Aquarium
They originate in tropical and subtropical regions.
Temperature: 59-84° F (15-29° C)
pH: 6.5 - 7.5
Light level: Moderate to Bright
The Straight Vallisneria propagates by adventitious plantlets and runners that grow on the main plant and eventually separate and grow into their own plants.
The Straight Vallisneria is readily available.