Scientific name: Cryptocoryne affinis
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 15 - 30 cm (5.91 - 11.81 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.8 - 7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 26 °C (71.6 - 78.8°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Runners
Origin (in the wild): South Asia
How fast these plants grow: Normal
Recommended substrate: Gravel
Demands on lighting: Medium
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Middle
South Asia; these are found in the South-West Malaysian peninsula.
Midground to Foreground
This plant will propagate itself by sending out runners from the mother plant. After a while, miniature plants will appear on the runners and these will soon develop roots. At this stage, the runner can be separated from the mother plant and the individual plants can be removed from the runner. They can now be placed in different placements in the aquarium.
This is one of the hardiest species of Cryptocoryne but it does not fair well with high calcium levels or hard water. They rarely flower when totally submerged and should never be added to new tank set ups, this can bring on the outset of ’Crypt melt’ where the leaves will rot down. They are better added to the aquarium once the water parameters have balanced to a steady level.