Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' is a captivating aquatic plant known for its distinctive appearance and versatility in the aquarium. Belonging to the Araceae family, this plant is a popular choice among aquarists due to its hardiness, ease of care, and beautiful visual impact. 'Tropica' is a specific variety of the Cryptocoryne wendtii species, offering unique characteristics that make it a sought-after addition to freshwater aquariums.
Leaf Structure: The leaves of Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' are elongated and lance-shaped, with a slightly wavy texture. They exhibit a rich green coloration that can vary from light to dark green, depending on the aquarium conditions and lighting.
Growth Form: This plant adopts a rosette growth form, with leaves emerging from a central point and fanning outwards. Under optimal conditions, 'Tropica' can grow to a height of about 10-15 cm.
Root System: Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' develops a dense root system that anchors the plant securely in the substrate. These roots serve not only for stability but also for nutrient uptake from the surrounding environment.
Lighting: 'Tropica' is considered a low to moderate light-demanding plant. While it can tolerate lower lighting conditions, providing moderate lighting will promote healthier growth and better coloration.
Substrate: A nutrient-rich substrate is advantageous for the successful cultivation of Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica.' The plant's roots absorb essential nutrients from the substrate, supporting its growth and overall well-being.
CO2 Injection: This plant does not have an extremely high demand for carbon dioxide (CO2). However, supplementing the aquarium with CO2 can enhance its growth and coloration, especially in setups with brighter lighting.
Water Parameters: Maintain water conditions within a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5 and a water hardness level of soft to moderately hard. The temperature should be maintained between 22 to 28°C.
Propagation: Propagation of Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' is commonly achieved through division. As the plant matures, it produces offshoots or daughter plants that can be gently separated from the main plant and replanted. Each separated portion will develop into an independent plant over time.
Maintenance: Routine removal of any deteriorating or decaying leaves is recommended to keep the plant's appearance neat and maintain water quality. Trimming can also help manage the plant's size and prevent overcrowding.
Aquascaping Use: Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' is a versatile plant that can be used in various aquascaping layouts. It is often placed in midground to background areas, adding depth and colour contrast to the aquarium. When planted in groups, it creates a lush and visually appealing arrangement.
Challenges: One potential challenge with Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' is the possibility of experiencing a period of transition when introduced to a new aquarium. During this adjustment phase, the plant might experience leaf shedding or "melting" before producing new growth. This is normal and typically indicates the plant's adaptation to its new environment.
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' is an attractive and adaptable aquatic plant that brings a touch of elegance to freshwater aquariums. Its ability to thrive in a range of conditions, coupled with its captivating appearance, makes it a popular choice for aquarists of all experience levels. Whether used as a focal point or as part of a lush backdrop, 'Tropica' adds natural beauty and tranquillity to aquarium landscapes.
Plants with great success!
Tissue Cultures are very young plants cultivated and delivered directly from the laboratory. The plants are guaranteed to be free from snails, algae and pesticides and, therefore, are harmless for sensitive shrimp and fish.
Success with your aquarium depends largely on the proper plant choice. In a Tissue Culture cup, you get many plants that can be divided into small portions and cover a larger area. Plants are compact from the start, so you will experience dense and beautiful growth if you give them the right fertiliser and CO2!
- Carefully take the plant out of the cup and rinse off the growing media.
- To prevent mildew and algae, rinse with chlorine-free water.
- Split the plant into portions using your fingers or scissors.
- Plant portions into the substrate using tweezers or attach to the hardscape in case of rhizomatous.
Then watch them grow!
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Average height (cm) of the plant after two months in the tank.
The average or medium light demand of an aquarium plant is 0.5 W/L.
A medium need in CO2 is 6-14 mg/L. A high demand in CO2 is approx. 15-25 mg/L.