Cryptocoryne spiralis ‘Red’ Tropica

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GTIN: 5703249000644
Brand: Tropica
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Cryptocoryne spiralis ‘Red’: A Striking Focal Point for Your Aquarium

The Cryptocoryne spiralis ‘Red’ is a captivating aquatic plant, a vibrant addition to the diverse family of Cryptocorynes. Originating from the lush landscapes of Asia, this rosette-forming plant boasts a striking appearance that makes it a focal point in any well-lit freshwater aquarium.

Cryptocoryne spiralis ‘Red’ stands out with its narrow, upright leaves. These leaves typically reach a width of 1-1.5 cm and can grow to impressive heights – exceeding 50 cm in ideal conditions. The edges of the leaves often showcase a gentle wave, adding a touch of elegance to their overall form. While the primary colour is a captivating red, a subtle green mid-stripe may be present depending on the lighting and nutrient levels in your aquarium.

Despite its impressive size potential, Cryptocoryne spiralis ‘Red’ isn’t overly demanding when it comes to care. It exhibits a moderate growth rate, making it manageable for aquascapers of all experience levels. However, to truly unlock its vibrant red hues and achieve its full growth potential, providing good lighting and a nutritious substrate is essential.

When it comes to light, Cryptocoryne spiralis ‘Red’ thrives under moderate to high light conditions. This allows the plant to photosynthesize efficiently, contributing to its healthy growth and intense colouration. Lower light levels will result in a less vibrant red and potentially stunted growth.

Similar to light, providing a nutritious substrate plays a crucial role in the well-being of Cryptocoryne spiralis ‘Red’. A substrate rich in nutrients allows the plant to readily absorb essential minerals, promoting healthy root development and lush foliage. Regular root tabs can also be employed to supplement the nutrient availability in the substrate.

While CO2 supplementation is not strictly necessary for the survival of this plant, adding CO2 can further enhance its growth and colouration. Under increased CO2 levels, the plant may exhibit a more compact growth pattern and a deeper red hue.

One important consideration for aquascapers is the tendency of Cryptocoryne spiralis ‘Red’ to melt when first introduced to the aquarium. This melting is a temporary response to the stress of relocation and typically doesn’t signify a long-term issue. With stable water parameters, good light, and proper nutrition, the plant will usually recover and begin to flourish.

Cryptocoryne spiralis ‘Red’ presents a rewarding option for aquascapers seeking a visually striking and relatively easy-to-care-for plant. Its vibrant red foliage and elegant form make it a captivating centerpiece, adding depth and dimension to any freshwater aquarium. With proper lighting, adequate nutrition, and a bit of patience, you can cultivate this beautiful plant and witness its transformation into a thriving centerpiece in your underwater world.

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Weight 0.1 kg