- Native to Philippines, Sri Lanka, & Indonesia
- Lighting = Low to Moderate=.5 to 1.0up to 2.5 watts per gallon
- Temp = Medium: 73-83F or 23-28C
- pH = Neutral 7.0
Cryptocorynes grow great in low light tanks. Too much light on them encourages algae to grow on their leaves. They grow slowly but steadily. Crypts do not like being moved in the least bit because transplanting them usually stops their growth for a little bit. Potted crypts usually take the move to another tank much better than most.
Enemies of this plant: Avoid plant eaters such as hatchetfish, silver dollars and most large plecos. Frequent and small amounts of fertilizer work better than occasional big dumpings.
Requirements: Cryptocorynes root their best in a smaller substrate about the size of a BB. Their roots and rhizomes grow right below the surface and then spread widely. Gravel vacuum cleaners will sometimes disturb them.
Reproduction: Not many people will go to the effort to harvest crypt seeds. You’ll need to gradually lessen the water level until the tiny blooms appear and get fertilized!
Crypt can and sometimes wilt and do not like floating in a tank unplanted. Plant the root base and be patient. Over time, crypts usually re-grow.
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Minimum quantity for “Cryptocoryne Ciliata” is 5.