Cryptocoryne Wendt (Cryptocoryne wendtii) – aquarium plant of the Cryptocoryne genus (Cryptocoryne) of the aroid family (Araceae).
Grows Wendt Cryptocoryn in the marshy waters of Southeast Asia.
K. Ratay has divided cryptocoryne wendt into five species, different from each other in leaf shape and color. Currently, four main forms of cryptocorynes are found in culture.
Cryptocoryne Wendt – very beautiful plant and will be a wonderful decoration for any aquarium. In addition, this plant adapts well to different conditions of life.
As a result, and gained popularity with aquarists. Under favorable conditions of maintenance, the bush of the dense thickets of Wendt cryptocorynes reaches a height of 25-30 cm. It is worth noting that by changing the conditions of the content you can greatly change the appearance of the plant.
A wider distribution among aquarists have become green Wendt cryptocoryne (Cryptocoryne wendtii wendtii), the oblong leaves of which are painted in olive or dark green color, and Wendt cryptocoryne brown (Cryptocoryne wendtii rubella), in which the leaf shape is more elongated and the color of the leaf is brown.
For content Wendt cryptocorynes a small one will do aquarium, but in this case, the size of the plant will be appropriate. Most beautiful plant Looks closer to the front glass, on the middle aquarium plan.
Although the cryptocorn is not capricious regarding the temperature conditions, it will be more comfortable in a tropical aquarium, the optimum water temperature in which is 24-28 ° C. At lower temperatures (20-22 ° C) plant growth slows down significantly.
The active reaction of water in an aquarium is of no particular importance: a cryptocoryne grows equally well in both weakly acid and weakly alkaline water. The recommended water hardness is 9-16 °.
Often in softer water cryptocoryne wendt drops the leaves, while it should be noted that this type of plant is smaller than other representatives of cryptocoryne susceptible to the so-called cryptocoryne disease. In any case, it is not necessary to keep the plant in water, the hardness of which is lower than 4 ?. It is not necessary to make regular water changes, as the plant feels comfortable both in the old and in the fresh water.
Also, there are no requirements for lighting. Wendt’s cryptocoryne grows evenly with scanty illumination of the aquarium, in the shadow of its large neighbors. The color of the plant varies slightly.
Protect the plant from direct sunlight. With natural lighting better diffused light.
When creating artificial lighting, incandescent and fluorescent LB type lamps can be used as illuminators. If fluorescent lamps of type LD are used, then it is necessary to combine them with incandescent lamps. The power of fluorescent lamps is calculated on the volume of the aquarium and must be at least 0.3 W / l.
Duration of daylight hours is 12 hours. For good development of the plant, an important role is played by the nature of the soil, which should be sufficiently silted.
When transplanting to a new soil, it is necessary to add additional feed in the form of aquarium sludge or a mixture of peat, clay and coal. Fine pebbles or large river sand will be suitable as a substrate.
In a coarse-grained substrate, the daughter plants are formed too close to the parent, and as a result, both plants suffer from a lack of nutrients. Wendt’s cryptocoryne root system is quite powerful and advanced.
The soil on the bottom of the aquarium is laid out with a layer of more than 5 cm. The plant does not need mineral fertilizing, but it is very useful to make microelements in small doses – molybdenum, boron, ferrous iron, copper and manganese (0.1 mg / l) several times a month.
Cryptocoryne Wendt, grown in the greenhouse, look not so impressive than in aquarium, but grows much faster and blooms. The soil in the greenhouse should be swampy and very wet. A mixture of humus, sod land, sand and peat is suitable as a substrate.
Lighting scattered bright. Grown in a wet greenhouse, the plant tolerates transplant remarkably into an aquarium.
Under artificial conditions of maintenance, Wendt’s cryptocoryne seeds cannot be obtained.
Cryptocoryne Wendt in artificial conditions propagated only vegetatively, rhizome division and basal offspring. After a young plant has 2-3 leaflets, it can be separated and planted in a new place.