Wendt’s Cryptocoryn is a type of herbaceous bushy plant of the genus Cryptocoryne. This plant is especially common among aquarists and amateurs.
First discovered in the island of Sri Lanka. The color of the leaves varies from brown to green, their shape is elongated and elongated.
Plant height depending on the type of 10–35 cm.
Wendt Cryptocoryn includes species of different size and color:
- Mi oya.
- Green gecko.
- Florida sunset.
- Green jack
- Beckett Patch
Cryptocoryne wendtii Mi Oya grows in the eponymous river Mi Oya. Has the sheets painted in red-brown color.
It grows up to 30 cm, suitable for large containers.
Wendt Cryptocoryne Green is suitable for miniature aquariums because of its height of 10 cm. The foliage of cryptocoryne wendtii Green is a bright, light green color.
Cryptocoryne wendtii Tropica is a 15 cm high rosette shrub. The leaves of the Wendt Tropic cryptocoryne are dark and have a chased pattern.
Сryptocoryne wendtii Brown or Wendt brown cryptocoryne grows up to 25 cm and, due to its size, needs additional feeding. Wendt Brown cryptocoryne foliage is bronze-brown.
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Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green Gecko lives on the island of Sri Lanka and reaches a size of 15 cm.
The flamingo species is distinguished by the pinkish color of the stem and leaves. Bred by breeders.
A small plant, the hallmark of which is the color of the leaves. Most often the leaf is half painted in pale pink, and the second half is green or pink leaf with splashes of green.
The leaves are brownish-brown and fringed at the edges with green.
It is considered the ancestor of all other species. The bush is small in size 10 cm, and the length of the leaf reaches 20 cm.
The bush grows up to 13 cm and is distinguished by short stalks. The foliage at the top is dark brown and the bottom has a gray tint.
Cryptocoryne is characterized by endurance and rapid adaptation to new conditions, so that caring for a plant is not difficult. To keep the bush healthy, it is enough to keep the aquarium clean and monitor the water parameters.
The height of the aquarium is about 50 cm, as the bush can reach 30 centimeters, and the area is selected depending on the number of bushes. The distance between plants is 8–10 cm.
The bush feels comfortable in small and large aquariums.
Artificial and sunlight are equally suitable. Illumination should not be too bright, it is better to create a diffused light or light shade.
For artificial light, incandescent lamps and fluorescent lamps with a power of 0.5 W / l are used. Light day is 9-11 hours.
Soil should contain sludge. To achieve silting of the bottom, add peat or clay to the water.
When you fall asleep substrate, make sure that the soil layer is not less than 3 cm, but not more than 6 cm.
For better growth of cryptocorynes mix in equal parts of coarse sea sand with small pebbles or rubble. In such a ground, Wendt develops and grows evenly.
If you plant a cryptocore not in water, but on a dry piece of land, then peat and clay must be in the soil to maintain moisture.
Wendt is a tropical plant, such an environment implies a high temperature. Therefore, keep the water temperature not lower than 23 degrees.
But do not raise the temperature above 30 degrees. Comfortable temperature – 24-27 degrees.
Acidity fits any, even alkaline and sour. But it is preferable to average values of 6–8 pH.
But to the hardness of water Wendt more demanding. Too soft water does not fit and causes growth retardation and foliage dropping.
Comfortable stiffness indicators are considered 8–15 dH.
Aeration is not very necessary for the plant, but if possible, install a medium-capacity compressor.
The dregs and particles in the water are deposited on the leaves and prevent photosynthesis. To maintain cleanliness, get a powerful filter.
With the joint maintenance of the bush with fish, additional feeding is not required, because the remains of the vital activity of the fish fertilize the soil sufficiently. But even in a herbalist, without fish, the plant can do without fertilizers, but if possible, it is better to feed the bush anyway.
Add the minimum amount of iron, copper, boron and other minerals to the water, and the plants will feel better and healthier.
Wendt plant is easily propagated by dividing the bush. The separated part adapts for a long time in a new place and slows down its growth.
It becomes a full-fledged plant after 2-4 months in a new aquarium.
If further development of a plant without division is required, then simply bury a part of the shoot in the ground. After some time, the escape will give roots.
In the natural environment, Wendt breeds and seeds, but in the aquarium this type of reproduction is not possible.
When making an aquarium, the plant is planted in the middle part or in the foreground. In order for the plant not to stretch, you need a bright light.
In small tanks it is used as background greens.
The leaves of the plant grow to the sides and have a rosette form of growth, so it is planted next to long plants to create contrast. Another cryptocoryne hides the lower part of tall plants, which often loses leaves and becomes bare due to lack of light.
Foliage is well suited for shy fish that use it as a shelter. This plant is planted in spawners because females lay their eggs on its leaves.
Compatible with most species. Especially well suited to predatory fish, but herbivores are able to spoil and devour the foliage.
- Herbivorous snails.
- Cychlasome Severum.
- Akara is turquoise.
- Tsikhlazom Meek.
- Sumatrans barbs.
A common disease of this type is cryptocorynous disease. The causes of the unknown, aquarists believe that the disease is caused by dramatic changes in water, light, temperature, or improper care. Even so, the plant is able to respond to the ingress of chemical elements into the water that are toxic to vegetation.
The disease develops rapidly, and tissue necrosis occurs within a day.
Symptoms of the disease: leaves soften and stratify, change color; holes due to the decomposition of tissues.
There are no definite patterns in its appearance, but most often the plants fall ill in winter. The disease is contagious and quickly spreads to other plants.
Therefore, when a diseased plant is found, it needs to be dug up and transplanted into a quarantine tank.
There is no definite treatment, but if the disease has not progressed too much, then there is a chance to save the rhizome of the plant. To do this, remove the affected parts, change the water and remove dirt and the remnants of old soil from the roots.
Sow the plants in a separate tank.
To prevent disease, follow the rules of maintenance, keep the water clean, do not raise the temperature above 30 degrees and be careful not to let chemicals enter the water.
Cryptocoryne is a perennial herbalist, therefore its life span ranges from 2 to 6 years.
The average cost of a Wendt cryptocoryne bush is 150 rubles.
- The plant is able to multiply by seed, but in captivity multiplies only by division.
- Wendt easily transfers a transplant to a new aquarium without a long period of adaptation.
- When planting a cryptocoryne in the center, it quickly grows.
- Herbalist easily tolerates lowering the temperature, but at high temperatures easily ill.
- It is used not only in aquariums, but also in terrariums, paludariums, greenhouses.
Wendt’s cryptocoryne has earned its popularity due to its simple maintenance and compatibility with many species of underwater inhabitants. These qualities make herbalist common among beginners and experienced aquarists.