- Cryptocoryne Aquarium Plants
- 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 best in low light tanks. Too much light encourages algae to grow on the slow-growing leaves. They grow slowly but steadily. Crypts do not like being moved. Transplanting them stops their growth for a while. Potted crypts usually take the move to another tank much better.
Enemies. Avoid plant eaters such as hatchetfish, silver dollars and most large plecos. Frequent small amounts of fertilizer work better than occasional big dosings.
Requirements. Cryptocorynes (and most rooted plants) root best in a smaller substrate about the size of a BB. Their roots and rhizomes grow right below the surface and spread widely. Gravel vacuum cleaners will disturb them.
Reproduction. Not many people will go to the effort to harvest crypt seeds. You need to gradually lower the water level until the tiny blooms appear and get fertilized. Nearly everyone grows new crypts through their rhizomes.