Scientific name: Cryptocoryne wendtii
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 5 - 10 cm (1.97 - 3.94 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: 23 - 27 °C (73.4 - 80.6°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Runners
Origin (in the wild): Sri Lanka
How fast these plants grow: Normal
Recommended substrate: Rocky
Demands on lighting: Medium
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Middle
This plant is native to Sri Lanka but populations have recently been introduced to Florida.
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 one of the easiest species of Cryptocoryne to grow but its growth rate does vary under different lighting levels. If not enough light is supplied the plant will be long and leggy but with the correct lighting it will form a neat compact bush. These shouldn’t need any extra nutrients in the water column to feed them as they thrive in a gravel substrate and feed off decaying fish waste and left over food.