A Sri Lankan perennial which grows amphibiously in nature. The leaves are deep green, leathery and thick. The egg shaped leaf blade is longer than the petiole with a wedge shaped base. This hardy species can be planted in foreground and can form thick tufts.
Cryptocoryne Albida in shallow fast flowering streams in its natural habitat. They thrive best when water level in the stream is low, hence this plant is more suited to terrariums. Their leaves are elliptical with wavy margins and are light green to reddish brown in colour.
Cryptocoryne balansae has long and thin leaves and also short stems. It’s an easy live aquatic plant which grows approximately 8-12 inches in height and is suitable for fresh water aquarium. This plant is perfect for mid- size and large tanks. Balansae is an amphibious plant and its leaves will be short out of the water. This plant needs minimum amount of attebtion to maintain. The best place to plant Balansae in the aquarium is the background. Of course in the larger aquariums you can plant it in the central point.
Cryptocoryne becketii is hardy and can be found in Sri Lanka. It prefers Medium hard water. It has leaves that are 10-20cm long and 2-4cm broad which are olive green to brown with purple to reddish underside. This is one of the few Cryptocoryne species which can give an effective contrast to other plants in the aquarium.
A native to Sri Lanka growing in swamps and even in brackish water. The leaves are oval with blunt tips and green when grown as emerse plants. Leaf blade is characterised by the presence of2-3 parallel veins with cross veins on both sides of the midrib. Like Cryptocoryne lucens they are suitable for foreground and mid-ground planting.
This plant is a less common type of Cryptocoryne which can be planted in foreground of the aquarium. The leaves are bright green to brown and almost narrow. Mi Oya is less demanding so it is recommended to the beginners like other Cryptocorynes.
This genius is a native to tropical and subtropical Asia, Africa and South America with more than a hundred species reported. Cryptocoryne Nevellii is a plant with beautiful stems and green leaves. Like other Cryptocorynes, this type is a plant with less demanding and needs low light. It is ideal to be planted among the rocks in the aquarium, then you will have a natural view of your tank.
This plant from Sri Lanka is a triploid form of Cryptocoryne bekettii. These leaves are characterised by fine undulating margins with transverse stripes. Like Cryptocoryne bekettii, the limb of the spathe is brownish yellow with a brown collar. This plant can be easily maintained in any type of water.
This Cryptocoryne is a mid or background plant which has been very popular since 100 years ago. It is very easy to grow, so it’s very common among beginner aquarists. All the Cryptocorynes are sensitive and don’t want to be moved in the aquarium. Despite its appearance, It is easy to care of.
This type of Cryptocoryne is an aquatic plant which is suitable for small tanks and it can be breeded even in the hard water. Under the surface the leaves will be dark brown, while they are rust brown in above the surface. You can limit the space for roots and then you’ll keep the plant in small size. As with all the Cryptocorynes, this type also needs less demand and grows easily with medium or minimum lighting.
A Sri Lankan closely allied to Cryptocoryne Lutea. Cryptocoryne Lutea is considered as another “form” of Cryptocoryne walker and has separate descriptions. The leaves of Cryptocoryne Walkeri have long petioles that are bronze green on upper side and purplish underneath. These plants are to be planted a few CM apart in the aquarium in foreground settings.
Another cultivar developed at oriental aquarium, Singapore, through mutation breeding. The newly emerging leaves are yellowish-green with brown streaks along the midrib. Later these leaves attain light green in colour. The yellowish-green or light green leaves can produce attractive contrast in the presence of dark green plants in the middle ground of the aquarium.