Cryptocoryne Beckett (Cryptocoryne becketii) – aquarium plant of the Cryptocoryne genus (Cryptocoryne) of the aroid family (Araceae).
Homeland Beckett Cryptocoryne considered to be the island of Sri Lanka. Thanks to its decorative Cryptocoryne Beckett Gained great popularity with aquarists.
Leaves Beckett Cryptocoryne have a dark olive color on top and a reddish-brown inside, assembled in a small outlet. In aquarium conditions, this plant reaches a height of 10-12 cm, forms not dense thickets.
For content Cryptocoryne Beckett only warm aquarium, water temperature in which should be in the range of 24-28 ° C. You can contain a plant and a cooler aquarium (at 20-22 ° C), but in this case grow cryptocoryne will be slower. The plant has special requirements for water hardness.
Its framework is 8-16 °, if the water is softer, the probability of a cryptocoryline disease is high. The reaction of water must be weakly alkaline or neutral.
With an increase in the acidity of the water, the cryptocoryne drops all the leaves. But increasing the alkalinity of water does not bring much harm to the plant.
Aquarium lighting recommended to use scattered, moderate or strong. From direct light, the plant must be pritenyat.
Cryptocoryne Beckett absolutely compatible with high aquarium plants and grows well in their shadows. With artificial lighting using a combination of incandescent and fluorescent lamps (type LB). Their power depends on the density of the planting. aquarium plants and from neighboring plant species.
The length of daylight varies between 11-12 hours. The soil should be well silted and nourishing. The substrate can be in the form of coarse river sand or very small pebbles.
When transplanting cryptocorynes into a new soil, it is recommended to use either a small lump of clay under the roots of the plant, or use a mixture of clay and peat. To place this plant should be in the aquarium in the foreground.
Cryptocoryne characterized by uniform growth throughout the year.
Breeds Beckett Cryptocoryne root layering. The young plant is separated from the mother bush in the stage of well-formed 3-4 leaves.
Cryptocoryne Beckett can also grow in the paludarium. The temperature of air and water should be 26-30 ° C. As the soil used garden soil with the addition of sand and peat.
Under greenhouse conditions, the appearance of the cryptocorynes is changing, its leaf blades and petioles are shortened. In the summer under favorable conditions, the plant blooms, but the seeds are not formed.
Cryptocoryne develops much faster in paludarium conditions than in an aquarium.