Cryptocoryne whitish or Cryptocorina Albida (Cryptocoryne alb Growing area
Homeland the cryptocorynes of albida considered the south of Thailand, Burma. It grows on sandbanks, as well as along the banks of rivers with a steady flow. The plant is found in two variations of color: green and red-brown.
These forms very rarely appear in pet stores.
Cryptocoryne whitish It is a marsh plant with a rosette of leaf-stalked leaves on a shorter stem. The shape of the sheet plate is linear, the leaf is from 2 to 15 cm long, 1 cm wide.
The base of the leaf is narrowed, the tip is sharp. The upper part of the leaf has a color from green to brown, the bottom – whitish-green.
Sometimes the lateral line of the leaf is wavy. The petal of the bedspread is grayish-colored and has red-brown specks, the top of the petal is twisted in a spiral.
AT aquarium the plant grows in height to 25 cm.
To have Cryptocoryne Albida best group in the middle or in the foreground of the aquarium. Plant transplant does not like, grows slowly. To create optimal conditions content Preferred is water with a hardness of 2–15 ° C, pH 6.0–8.0 and a temperature between 22 and 26 ° C.
Need filtering and regular substitution up to a quarter of the volume of water in aquarium. Lighting in the aquarium should be bright.
Fluorescent lamps with a power of 0.5 watts per liter are well suited as illuminators. The length of daylight should be about 12 hours, only in this case the whitish cryptocoryne will bloom.
As a substrate, you can use a mixture of clay and coarse sand (layer thickness of more than 4 mm). The plant is prone to “cryptocorynous disease”, which occurs when changes in water parameters, the introduction of chemicals and light intensity. Symptoms of the disease: softening of the leaves in a short time and their decomposition.
The disease is contagious, so a sick plant cannot be transplanted into another, healthy aquarium. You can save the plant by changing a large amount of water in aquarium and clearing the ground.
Breeds cryptocoryne whitish formed by escaping layouts. After the appearance of 5 leaves, you can trim a subsidiary plant.