ADA Cryptocoryne x willisii 'Lucens'

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Free of snails and algae aquarium plant from tissue culture delivered in sealed cup.

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Cryptocoryne x willisii 'Lucens' is a captivating aquatic plant that belongs to the Cryptocoryne genus, known for its stunning foliage and ease of care. This variety of Cryptocoryne x willisii is cherished by aquarists for its vibrant green leaves and versatility in various freshwater aquarium setups. With its charming appearance and adaptability, Cryptocoryne x willisii 'Lucens' is a popular choice for both beginners and experienced hobbyists.

Physical Characteristics:

  1. Leaf Structure: Cryptocoryne x willisii 'Lucens' features lance-shaped leaves that exhibit a striking shade of green. The leaves have a slightly translucent quality that adds to their visual appeal.

  2. Growth Form: This plant has a relatively slow growth rate and typically reaches heights of 10-20 cm, making it suitable for midground or background placement in aquarium layouts.

  3. Root System: Cryptocoryne x willisii 'Lucens' develops a robust root system that anchors the plant in the substrate and absorbs nutrients from the surrounding environment.

Aquarium Requirements:

  1. Lighting: Moderate lighting is ideal for Cryptocoryne x willisii 'Lucens.' While it can tolerate lower light conditions, providing moderate lighting promotes healthier and more robust growth.

  2. Substrate: A nutrient-rich substrate is beneficial for cultivating this plant. The roots of Cryptocoryne x willisii 'Lucens' draw nutrients from the substrate, supporting its growth and overall well-being.

  3. CO2 Injection: This plant can thrive without CO2 injection, making it suitable for a range of setups. However, in setups with higher lighting and CO2 supplementation, growth and coloration may be enhanced.

  4. 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 ideally be between 20 to 28°C.

Propagation: Propagation of Cryptocoryne x willisii 'Lucens' is achieved by dividing mature plants. As the plant grows and forms new shoots, these shoots can be gently separated from the parent plant and replanted in the desired areas of the aquarium.

Maintenance: Routine maintenance involves removing any decaying or damaged leaves to promote healthier growth. Regularly cleaning the leaves can help prevent the accumulation of debris.

Aquascaping Use: Cryptocoryne x willisii 'Lucens' is often used as a midground or background plant in aquascaping layouts. Its vibrant green foliage adds depth and visual interest to the aquarium, complementing other aquatic plants and hardscape elements.

Challenges: Cryptocoryne x willisii 'Lucens' may experience a transitional phase when introduced to a new aquarium, during which it may shed older leaves and grow new ones. Ensuring consistent water conditions and avoiding drastic changes can help ease this transition.

Cryptocoryne x willisii 'Lucens' is a versatile and visually appealing plant that enriches the aesthetics of freshwater aquariums. Its vibrant green leaves and moderate growth rate make it a versatile choice for aquascaping projects. By providing the appropriate care and conditions, aquarists can enjoy the enduring beauty and elegance that Cryptocoryne x willisii 'Lucens' brings to their aquatic displays.

How to plant

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!

Plant Info

Country or continent where a plant is the most common. Cultivars arise or are bred in cultivation.

Growth Rate
Growth rate of the plant compared to other aquatic plants.

Average height (cm) of the plant after two months in the tank.

Light Demand
The average or medium light demand of an aquarium plant is 0.5 W/L.

CO2 Demand
A medium need in CO2 is 6-14 mg/L. A high demand in CO2 is approx. 15-25 mg/L.