Cryptocoryne crispatula (Cryptocoryne crispatula) Tissue Culture
This Cryptocoryne species is an excellent plant for the moderate-light, low-tech aquarium!
Cryptocoryne crispatula (Cryptocoryne crispatula) is a fairly large plant that occurs throughout much of Asia. It can grow to a substantial size, so it is an excellent plant for the medium to large aquarium. It is distinctive for its long, thin, ruffled leaves.
Cryptocoryne crispatula is a slow-growing plant that requires moderate lighting. Due to its wide natural range, it can adapt to a relatively wide variety of water parameters as long as it does not have to endure sudden changes. 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.
CO2 supplementation is beneficial, but not necessary for this plant. It will also benefit from supplemental fertilizers and nutrient-rich substrate
This listing is for the tissue culture form of Cryptocoryne crispatula. Tissue cultures are superior to traditional forms of aquarium plants in many ways. They are produced in a completely sterile environment which eliminates the possibility of them carrying pest snails or algae spores. They have a shelf life (before introduction to the aquarium) of several months if properly maintained and they are housed in a nutrient gel until introduced to the aquarium. To introduce a tissue culture plant to the aquarium, simply rinse off as much nutrient gel as possible, then plant as usual. The nutrient gel will not harm your aquarium.
What We Like About This Plant:
- Tissue Cultures contain no unwanted algae or pest animals
- Long, thin, wavy leaves
- Very versatile when kept in stable conditions
- Relatively uncommon
- Excellent background plant
- Temperature: 71.6 – 82.4° F (22 - 28° C)
- pH: 6.0 - 8.0
- Lighting: Moderate to High
- Origin: Lab-grown tissue culture, but indigenous throughout Asia
- Aquarium Placement: Middle to Background
- Care: Moderate
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