Scientific name: Cryptocoryne albida
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 10 - 30 cm (3.94 - 11.81 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.3 - 7.8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 21 - 28 °C (69.8 - 82.4°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Runners
Origin (in the wild): East Asia
How fast these plants grow: Normal
Recommended substrate: Gravel
Demands on lighting: Bright
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Middle
East Asia; These plants are normally found in Burma and Thailand.
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 plant was formally known as Cryptocoryne costata but this name is rarely used nowadays. It is available in two varieties, one will have light green leaves, and the other will display a red-brown colouration with dark flecks. It is not as hardy as some of the other Cryptocoryne species and does require a lot of nutrients in the substrate. It takes a while to acclimatise into the aquarium and it is prone to “Crypt melt” during this time but once established it is easy to grow.