Crypts (Cryptocoryne) is one of the low maintenance plants and mostly used as a midground plant in large tanks and background plant in nano tanks or small tanks. Crypts provides great texture to the aquascape.

Why need a beginner’s guide for Cryptocoryne? Beginner’s guide for Cryptocoryne has required information for growing and maintaining the Crypts in a home aquarium.

Cryptocoryne – Overview

Common NameCrypts
ColorDark Green to Pale green, olive, and mahogany.
Habitat/OriginNatives to Southeast Asia and New Guinea.
Average SizeDepending on the variety, the size differs – 2 Inches to 17 inches (5cm to 50cm).
Growth RateSlow growers, in ideal conditions the plant produces one leaf for every one week.
PlacementMostly preferred as a midground aquarium plant and in smaller tanks, they are used as foreground plants as well.
MaintenanceLow in maintenance, they are tolerant and adaptable. Don’t require Co2, however, they would do well in soft water.
Planting MethodsThere are 2 popular methods, use a larger plant, split them into smaller plants, and replant them. Naturally, they reproduce through runners (New stems/rhizomes develop from the roots) and they spread.
Ideal SetupMost suitable for low tech aquarium because of the less maintenance nature and spread in the tank.
Care LevelRelatively Easy, one of the most suitable beginner’s aquatic plant.
SupplementsIron-Rich dosages.
LightingLow to moderate lighting required for the ideal growth of Crypts.
Water temperatureThe preferred range of temperature is 75 to 82 Degree Fahrenheit or 23 to 28 Degree Celsius.
PropogationCrypts reproduce through runners, once the runners have a few leaves they can be disconnected from the mother plant and can be planted in a different tank.
Approx. CostA pot of Crypts would cost 15 to 17 Dollars in the USA and in Southe East Asia, they are around ½ price of the USA.
Common DiseasesHole in the leaves leading to Crypt Rot.
What to look for when buyingDon’t buy if there are Snails or eggs on the leaves. If the leaves are pale yellow in color, dotted holes in leaves, and algae don’t buy them.
Related SpecifiesCryptocoryne albida, Cryptocoryne cilliata, Cryptocorne crispatula var. ‘balansae’, Cryptocoryne moehlmannii, Cryptocoryne parva, Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia, Cryptocoryne retrospiralis, Cryptocoryne spiralis, Cryptocoryne undulata, Cryptocoryne walkeri (“lutea”) , Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Florida Sunset’, Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘green’, Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Mi Oya’, Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Tropica’.
FAQs Check out the most asked questions about Cryptocoryne

Types of Cryptocoryne – Gallery

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