Cryptocoryne Costata AKA Costa (Cryptocoryne albida "Costata")
Cryptocoryne Costata is a somewhat uncommon, but very attractive and undemanding plant that grows quickly with good care!
Cryptocoryne Costata (Cryptocoryne albida "Costata/Costa") is a medium-sized Crypt species that is an excellent plant for many types of planted aquariums, including low-tech setups. It thrives in moderate lighting, but can often grow well under relatively low lighting as well. It looks best in groups of several plants. Like virtually all Crypts, it will grow emersed or submerged, so it is an excellent plant for the aquarium, paludarium, or terrarium.
Cryptocoryne Costata is fairly fast-growing for a Cryptocoryne species. It should be placed in an area of the aquarium where it can be allowed to establish over time. It is native to Thailand and should be kept in tropical temperatures. Like most Cryptocoryne species, it should be allowed plenty of time to “settle in” and should not be moved constantly. Once established, it will reproduce by sending runners that will grow into new plants. These runners can be cut and replanted for propagation.
CO2 supplementation is beneficial, but not necessary for this plant. It will also benefit from supplemental fertilizers and nutrient-rich substrate
What We Like About This Plant:
- Long, thin leaves that give an elegant appearance.
- Very versatile when kept in stable conditions
- Relatively uncommon
- Can thrive in low-tech setups
- Excellent refuge for small fish, invertebrates, and fry
- Temperature: 73 – 83° F (23 - 28° C)
- pH: 6.5 - 7.5
- Lighting: Low to Moderate
- Origin: Cultivated in nurseries, but indigenous to Thailand
- Aquarium Placement: Middle to Background
- Care: Low to Moderate
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