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Cryptocoryne: Universal Queen of the Aquarium

Aquarists, for whom the design of aquariums with natural aquatic plants, is a matter of honor, is well acquainted with a representative of the aroid family, the cryptocoryne. The great variety of its varieties allows you to always choose the right option for any water ensemble: by color, size, growing density, water quality and light intensity.

Related species often have different requirements for lighting, soil quality and habitat.

In appearance, it is a shrub consisting of 7-10 leaves, which are located on dense petioles. Their shape is elongated: from long lanceolate to slightly rounded ovoid. The surface of the sheet is slightly pimply, completely immersed in water.

Wendt cryptocoryn brown, becket cryptocorin, and also petch have high decorative properties. These and other types are well combined with various aquarium ensembles, including of the creeping and floating nature.

They diversify the uniform carpet of mosses, give an exotic note to the cladophoria, advantageously complement the nitelles and clades.

With growth in the natural soil, the root spreads in its middle layers, forming bushes at a certain distance from the parent plant. At this stage it is possible to separate the newly formed bushes, even if they contain 2-3 leaves.

The variety of colors is simply amazing: from light olive to dark cherry, from pale emerald to dark green, almost bottle-colored. Plants with the characteristic “brown” have an exotic look.

It is beautiful when an ensemble with a reasonable combination of colors is composed in an aquarium.

The quality of lighting also influences the colors. With its insufficient intensity, the cherry bushes will turn red and the dark green ones brownish-green.

Such as the cryptocoryne heart and the cryptocoryne of the pet, do not need intense light, they grow on shaded areas and silted soil.

Cryptocorina Petch
heart-shaped cryptocoryne

The plant is not very demanding to the conditions of growth, however, it is desirable to provide the content with the following recommendations:

  1. the desired temperature is 23-28o, it is permissible by 2-3o lower, but it will grow more slowly;
  2. high acidity of water does not like. For example, in an acidic environment, a cryptocorina can get sick with a “cryptocoryn disease”: throw off the leaves or completely cease to exist. Not affected by this disease cryptocoryn blass. However in general withrarely more favorable neutral (pH in the range of 6.5-7.5);
  3. Do not place the plant in too soft or, on the contrary, too hard water. The optimal interval is 8-16 units.

wendt cryptocoryn

There are options when the plant is able to adapt to different conditions, for example, Wendt cryptocoryn (in particular, tropic) and cryptocoryne blass. It is these types that are most in demand in practice.

Their main advantage is simplicity in care and unpretentiousness.

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