Scientific name: Cryptocoryne balansae
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 30 - 55 cm (11.81 - 21.65 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.8 - 7.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 8°N (71.43 - 142.86ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 24 - 28 °C (75.2 - 82.4°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Runners
Origin (in the wild): East Asia
How fast these plants grow: Normal
Recommended substrate: Rocky
Demands on lighting: Medium
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Middle
East Asia; these plants are found in Thailand.
Background to Midground
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 most common species of Cryptocoryne used in aquariums, it can grow quite tall so it is best to keep it nearer the background than the midground The runners will need cutting back every now and again as in time it will start to bush out across the substrate. Try not to move this plant too often as this can trigger off “Crypt melt”.