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TC Cryptocoryne crispatula balansae

TC Cryptocoryne crispatula balansae

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Cryptocoryne crispatula 'balansae', generally shortened to Cryptocoryne Balansae, is a popular aquatic plant that is native to Southeast Asia. It is a tall and slender crypt with long, green leaves that can grow up to 50cm in length, perfect for the background of an aquarium. It is also a very hardy plant and can tolerate a range of water conditions, making it a great choice for both beginner and experienced aquarists.

Cryptocoryne Balansae requires low to medium lighting and a nutrient-rich substrate to thrive. While fairly slow growing, in ideal conditions, it can form dense clusters, providing excellent cover for fish and shrimp. This plant benefits from the addition of CO2 and liquid fertilizers (most notably iron), which can help promote faster and healthier growth.

One of the most interesting aspects of Cryptocoryne Balansae is the unique shape of its leaves. They are slightly curled and have a rippled appearance, which gives the plant a distinct dimpled look. This makes it a great choice for aquascaping and can help create a beautiful underwater landscape in your aquarium.

When planting Cryptocoryne Balansae, it is important to make sure that the roots are fully covered with substrate. This will help the plant anchor itself in place and promote healthy growth. Additionally, it is important to avoid disturbing the substrate around the plant, as Cryptocorynes are fairly sensitive to root shock and this may cause temporary melting of the leaves.

This is a stunning and resilient aquatic plant that is a fantastic addition to any aquarium. Its distinctive leaf shape and low maintenance needs make it a must-have, particularly for larger tanks where minimal upkeep is preferred.

*This comes in tissue culture format which are small plants and will eventually grow into the adult plant as in the image.

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