Aquatic Plants for Freshwater Aquariums: Balansae Plant
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Balansae Plant
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Balansae Plant (Cryptocoryne crispatula)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Lighting Moderate
Placement Background
Water Conditions 72-82° F, KH 3-8, pH 6.5-7.5
Propagation Runners, Seeds
Max. Size 1' 6"
Color Form Green, Tan
Supplements Trace Elements, CO2 Fertilization, Iron, Potassium
Origin Farm Raised, USA
Family Araceae
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Overview

Cryptocoryne crispatula, also known as the Balansae plant, has very long, thin leaves with ruffled edges and relatively short stems. This plant is amphibious, and when grown out of the water, the leaves will shorten, lose the ruffle, and take on a rounded appearance.

The Balansae plant requires a moderate amount of attention to maintain, but is rather flexible in the location of the aquarium where it can be incorporated. Plant the Balansae plant in the background, or sides of the aquarium, or use it as a focal point in the larger aquarium. It can also be used as a mid-ground plant in the smaller aquarium, by removing the mature leaves, in order to keep the plant short. It requires a moderate level of light of 2 to 3 watts per gallon provided by full spectrum (5000-7000K) bulbs.

Reproduction within this species is by adventitious plants, or by seed. Allow the new plant to form its own leaves prior to separating it from the mother plant, and relocating it in the aquarium.

The Balansae plant benefits from regular additions of CO2, iron rich fertilizers, and trace elements.

Approximate Purchase Size: Bare Root. 4" to 6"

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