- Official name: Cryptocoryne cordata var cordata
- formerly Blassii Melon
- These specific plants are Native to the 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 almost always tend to grow best in tanks with lower amounts of light in them. Too much light encourages the algae to grow on the leaves. Growth is slow but steady. Crypts do not like being moved! Transplanting or moving them stops their growth for a while. Potted crypts usually take the move to another tank much better than their peers.
Enemies. Avoid hatchetfish, silver dollars & most large plecos. Frequent small amounts of fertilizer work better than big dosings.
Requirements. Cryptocorynes (and most rooted plants) root their absolute best in a smaller substrate about the volume of a BB. Their roots & rhizomes grow right below the surface and spread widely on the surface. Gravel vacuum cleaners will often disturb them.
Reproduction. Few people will go to the effort to harvest crypt seeds. You need to gradually lessen the water level until the tiny blooms appear & become fertilized.
Over time, crypts usually re-grow.
Minimum quantity for “Cryptocoryne Blassii Melon Cryptocoryne cordata var. blassii” is 6.