Scientific name: Cryptocoryne cordata
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 5 - 20 cm (1.97 - 7.87 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.8 - 7.2
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 20 - 26 °C (68 - 78.8°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Runners
Origin (in the wild): Sri Lanka
How fast these plants grow: Slow
Recommended substrate: Gravel
Demands on lighting: Medium
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Foreground
Asia; these plants are found in Sri Lanka
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 is very slow growing but it places no demands from the aquarium. In its natural habitat it grows in shady stream areas so the lighting does not need to be bright and it is perfectly happy with no extra CO2 being added to the tank. It has a unique leaf shape compared to the other Cryptocoryne species and it does not grow too high, any yellow leaves that appear can simply be removed by using sharp scissors.