Motherland - the island of Sumatra.
Beautiful and interesting member of the genus Cryptocoryne. Plant got its name due to the shape of leaves, resembling a tropical plant in Pontedera. His light-green heart-shaped leaves with an elongated tip on the bottom side are pink- red veins. Bush height in aquarium conditions 20-25 cm Place Cryptocorynes be in the middle ground. You can grow it in an aquarium of any size. In recent years the plant has received fairly widespread in amateur aquarists. It is relatively undemanding to conditions of detention. During growing, the uniformly.
Optimum water temperature for content Cryptocorynes 22-28 ° C. It brings good temperature drop to 18 ° C. Grows best at temperatures around 28 ° C. Water hardness is preferably from 6 to 20 °. In a soft water is unstable growth. Older leaves in water of hardness lower than 4 ° persist long as such water "Crypt disease" susceptible plant. Active reaction of water should be neutral or slightly alkaline. In acidic water Cryptocoryne not tolerate water changes and swings in pH.
Special requirements to the nature of the plant does not produce light. It grows well in bright, and in moderate light, tolerates long shading, but its leaves are extended, the color fades, midrib lose pink color. Natural lighting is very useful, but an excess of it can lead to fouling algae crypts, which she is very afraid. Artificial lighting should be fine fluorescent lamp, which are best used in conjunction with incandescent lamps. Power illuminators can vary within wide limits and selected individually. Sufficiency of lighting can be judged by the appearance of the plant. Daylength should be not less than 12 hours.
Cryptocoryne prefers rich soil with plenty of organic nutrients. In a new ground under the roots need to make the sludge from the old aquarium, clay and peat. Nature of the substrate does not play a significant role. The plant grows well in the ground, consisting of both small and larger particles. The root system of uterine bushes very strongly developed, so the soil layer must be sufficiently thick - about 6-7 cm. In a period of rapid growth and reproduction of the plant can be fed with chemical fertilizers. Particular attention should be given to nitrogen fertilizer, and trace elements .
Propagated Crypt in aquarium only vegetatively, forming young plants on soil root cuttings. Daughter plants appear at a considerable distance from the parent, so it is very dense thickets Cryptocoryne not formed. Young plants after the formation of the 2-3 leaf can be transplanted to a new location.
Significantly better than in the aquarium plant developed in a humid greenhouse, where it forms a large number of affiliated plants and blooms. Low water and air may be within 24-30 ° C. Particular attention should be given to the ground : it must be sufficiently nutritious, may contain humus, peat, grassy land. Small additions of mineral substances are also useful. Externally Cryptocoryne grown in paludariums differs little from the water form. Plants grown in the air, without prior adaptation can be placed in the aquarium. Family: Araceae
Light Needs: Low
Plant Structure: Rosette
Size: Height: 5-12
Growth Rate: Slow
Can Be Grown Emersed: Yes