Cryptocoryne Balansae (Cryptocoryne crispatula 'Balansae')
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Cryptocoryne Balansae (Cryptocoryne crispatula 'Balansae')


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Common Name: Cryptocoryne Balansae
Proper Name: Cryptocoryne crispatula 'Balansae'
Category: Rosette Plants
Temperature: 20 - 28 C
PH: 5.0 - 7.0
Lighting: Medium
Growth Rate: Medium
Difficulty: Easy
Origin: Thailand
Position in Aquascape: Mid-Ground,Foreground
 
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Beautiful plant, but not a fore or mid ground! It gets 24" plus high. Definitely a background plant.
 
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Very nice plant for vertical growth. Seems easy to grow. It's done well in my tank with both, 1.44wpg and 2.88wpg, EI ferts and injected CO2. I agree it is for background only as it does get very tall even when young. It propagates with runners, but not overly aggressive or invasive. The leaves are very graceful and are not damaged very easily. I've "combed" it with long tweezers to straighten out the leaves, and it has never shown any damage.
 
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So far, I love this plant. I bought a large pot with 8 individual plants which I planted in the back corner of my tank. I was advised that it tends to melt when transplanted or moved, but I've not had any problems with it other than the hair algae on the tip of a few leaves that I discovered came with it from the LFS.
 
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I love this plant. It is extremely easy to grow as a n00b such as myself was able to grow it easily. I found out accidentally that it is easily propogated by placing a rock on the leaves, holding it down to the soil. Also has runners. It just grows and grows no matter the damage inflicted upon it.
 
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I thought I'd add that mine ended up growing to 36" tall! Much too tall for my tank. Some like how it will fold over the top, but it's not for me. I've heard that some trim the tops off to keep it shorter. Mine were growing in a high light tank with ferts and injected CO2.
 
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This is a very nice plant, they are 30 inches tall in my tank and some plants grew 6 or 8 inches in just a couple weeks or so. It is a beautiful plant with the dimpled leaves that are long and graceful, they can be used as a background plant or a center piece, a single plant or a tightly planted group, you just can't go wrong with this one if your tank is tall enough.
 
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i had this growing wonderfully in the front right corner of my 47 gal tank, in have had it for over a year and moved it from my old tank with no trouble, suddenly this and a really good clump of what i think is crypto. walkeri have started melting, i believe this is crypto. rot, i read high nitrates and changing conditions cause this, but what do i do to save my plant?!
 
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I love this plant! Definitely one of my favorites as far as background plants go. Grows very fast and gets big, probably around 2' tall. Super easy to grow and doesnt seem picky about water parameters or light. This plant is a serious root grower and will flourish with regular dosing of root tabs.
 
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I love this plant! Definitely one of my favorites as far as background plants go. Grows very fast and gets big, probably around 2' tall. Super easy to grow and doesnt seem picky about water parameters or light. This plant is a serious root grower and will flourish with regular dosing of root tabs.
 
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It was a little hard to get this to stay growing at first, but once it settled down and took off, it grew to the surface and made a nice stand of crinkled leaves in the background. Not very stiff, so plan on it waving in currents. Can be used as a foreground plant if it's somehow supported by taller plants, otherwise, best in the background. I have a 75 gal that can be viewed from either side with some of this in the middle supported by two swords and it looks great there. Does fine in low tech med light. Root tabs make it darker green and it grows faster.
 
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I started with 5 of these from a cultivated stock. They have grown very quickly so far, beyond the height of my 45cm tall tank. They float across the surface from one corner of the tank until they're getting good light (usually stop growing when 5-6 inches floats near the light) then they proceed to throw out runners for me. Interesting tip from mitchu about propagating with a rock on the leaf. I will try that for sure. I think these are among the easiest of plants i have grown in my low light tanks. Just keep providing root tabs and they should thrive.
 
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