Cryptocoryne parva Tissue Culture
Cryptocoryne parva is an excellent foreground "carpeting" plants that can thrive in low to moderate lighting!
Cryptocoryne parva is a rather popular foreground plant among aquarists due to its attractive appearance and relatively easy care. It grows to a maximum size of just 4 inches (10 cm) and will grow even when somewhat overshadowed by other larger plants. It is among the smallest, if not the smallest, of all Cryptocoryne species.
Cryptocoryne parva is a slow-growing species, especially under low lighting. It should be placed in an area of the aquarium where it can be allowed to establish over time. It is native to Sri Lanka 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 (or at all, if possible). Once established, it will reproduce by sending runners that will grow into new plants. These runners can be cut and replanted for propagation. It will grow best in nutrient-rich substrate and water.
This listing is for the tissue culture form of Cryptocoryne Parva. 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.
Packaging may vary. Tissue Culture plants may arrive in bag or cup form.
What We Like About This Plant:
- Low to moderate lighting requirements
- Excellent foreground carpeting plant
- Great for aquarists of all skill levels, including beginners
- Can thrive in low-tech setups
- Excellent refuge for small fish, invertebrates, and fry
- Tissue cultures contain no unwanted pest animals or algae
- Temperature: 68 – 84° F (20 - 29° C)
- pH: 5.5 - 8.0, although the middle of this range is more ideal
- Lighting: Low to Moderate
- Origin: Cultivated in nurseries, but indigenous to Sri Lanka
- Aquarium Placement: Foreground, Midground in smaller tanks
- Care: Low to Moderate
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