Cryptocoryne Parva Tissue Culture by Tropica
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Cryptocoryne parva fromac Sri Lanka is the smallest of all Cryptocorynes (only 3-6 cm tall and a roset less than 5-8 cm wide). It is one of the few species that does not significantly change its leaf shape and colour depending on cultivation conditions. It needs more light than most other Cryptocorynes because it almost loses its leaf plate under water. So, it must never be overshadowed by other plants.
Known for its slow growth, but Nutrition Capsules in the bottom layer will enhance the development. Individual plants should be planted a few centimetres apart, and after about six months they will form a cohesive low group of plants.
Very recommendable foreground plant.
Cryptocoryne Parva is one of the smallest cryptocorynes in the aquarium trade. It grows in rosette form in the height up to 4 inches (10 cm) with each stem about 2 to 2.8 inches (5 to 7 cm). Unlike many cryptocorynes, C. Parva’s appearance (i.e., green grass-like leaves) does not change much in diverse habitats. Its smallest size makes them fit to any tank size, even the nano ones.
- Parva can be placed in the foreground or midground surrounding and under taller plants. It grows slowly and requires more light. Hence, if you go for the latter, remember to provide it with sufficient light. C. Parva does not need CO2 additives; however, it would benefit the plant.
Since C. Parva is native to Sri Lanka, keeping it in tropical living conditions is encouraged. When you consider its fish tank mates, you can choose peaceful species such as danios, tetras, rainbowfish as C. Parva goes well with them.
This plant is hardy and really ideal for beginners of aquarium plants’ hobby.
On the last note, crypts do not like being moved, so does C. Parva. Once planted, you should try not to move it constantly.
What You Can Expect From This Plant:
- Can thrive in low-tech aquarium set up
- Ideal for any tank size, even nano ones
- Great for aquarists of all skill levels, especially beginners
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 68 – 84° F (20 - 29° C)
- pH: 6 - 8
- KH: 1 - 18 dKH
- GH: 0 to 30 dGH
- Minimum tank size: Any size
- Supplements: CO2 is recommended but not required [fertilizer?!]
- Lighting: Moderate
- Origin: Sri Lanka
- Potential height: up to 4 inches (10 cm)
- Aquarium placement: Foreground to midground
- Growth rate: Slow