For experts only. Not suitable for sumberged culture in an aquarium. Salt-loving plant for emersed or terrarium culture. Cryptocoryne lingua grows on the island of Kalimantan (Borneo ) in freshwater areas of rivers, which are exposed to the tides.
In short crypts tongue juicy stalks with rosette stemmed leaves. Steel plate is fleshy, tongue- shaped, up to 7 cm long, 1.5 cm upper end slightly pointed leaves, cuneate. Leaf color is bright green with a dark pattern on the underside. Bract 8-15 cm, length of the tube 3 - 8 cm plate covers 3-5 cm in length, caudal - pointed shape, erect, sometimes slightly twisted at the bottom of the throat and in brilliant yellow, covered with purple- red spots in top of the purple. No collar. At the height of the Cryptocoryne lingua bush grows up to 12 cm.
Cryptocoryne lingua planted aquarium is best in small groups in the foreground. Dislikes stops (not more than 1 time per year), long accustomed to the conditions, to give the first new leaf after transplantation. Cryptocoryne lingua grows very slowly.
Parameters for optimum water content Cryptocoryne lingua stiffness 6-8 °, pH 6.5-6.8 , temperature 22-28 ° C. Plant likes clean water, so needed a powerful filtering and weekly substitution to 25 % of water. Lighting is poor, scattered. Used fluorescent lamps type LB capacity of 0.3-0.4 W / L or frosted incandescent bulbs. Daylength at least 12 hours.
Primer for Cryptocoryne lingua needs nutritious, with a minimum thickness of 5 cm was used as substrate coarse sand. Soil temperature should not differ greatly from the water temperature, because cold ground inhibits the growth of plants .
Cryptocoryne lingua exposed "Crypt disease", especially in winter, when the leaf blades very quickly become soft and decompose. Typically, this is due to changes in the conditions of detention : a sharp change in the parameters of water during the change, the intensity of illumination, the change of the filter, add water to chemicals, etc. However, it may occur without apparent reason. The disease can also bring in other aquariums when transplanting plants from the patient. Cause of the disease is still not precisely known. If the leaves begin to decompose, you must try to save the rhizome, producing change of water and removing the dirt from the ground. In most cases, the plants recover.
Propagated by layering Cryptocoryne lingua, which can be separated after the formation of several leaves 4-5 cm long, creeping cutting escape on which they were formed. It is also possible to remove all the plants roots and leaves to let him float on the water surface. After 1-3 weeks it formed daughter plants. When they have a few leaves 4-5 cm long, the rhizome is cut and plants are planted in the ground. If formed only one plant, it is separated with a small piece of rhizome, roots and the remainder is left to swim until until a child following plant.