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Cryptocoryne Species FISH STATS

Cryptocoryne Species - © David A. Lass

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Common Name:Crypt
Maximum Height:2 inches to 18 inches
Leaf Size:¾ inch to 3 inches
Stem Thickness:1½ inches
Temperature:60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit
pH:5.5 to 8.5
Origin:Southeast Asia
Water Hardness:Any
Nutrients:Light Feeder
Relative Growth
Slow to Medium

Cryptocoryne species Plant Profile

Cryptocorynes, simply known as crypts are a family of plants that usually do very well in an aquarium. They are not particularly fussy about water parameters, and they will do very well in low-light conditions. The one difficulty with crypts is that they often melt when first introduced into a tank. What this means is that they will often slough off many of their leaves, and even appear to be dead or dying for the first few weeks they are in a tank. Let not your heart be troubled. Once they have settled in they make excellent additions to any planted tank, and it is important not to disturb crypts once they are over the melt and are beginning to grow. Any one species of crypt will often be seen with different enough leaf shape and color that it can be difficult to accurately identify some plants. The only positive identification that can be made is by the flower. Some popular crypts include:

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