Cryptocoryne sp. ‘Flamingo’ – plant profile

For some people this is a beautiful cultivar with pink colour, the others say it is a bizarre Crypt. In any case it is an interesting Cryptocoryne and in fact not very demanding.

Crypt-asia - Cryptocoryne sp. 'Flamingo' 28-5-2011

Cryptocoryne sp. ‘Flamingo’

Name: Cryptocoryne sp. ‘Flamingo’
Category: Cryptocoryne, Araceae
Height: approx. 10 cm
PH: 5.5 to 8 (*1)
Temperature: 22 ° to 28 °C (Dennerle)
Lightning: 0.3 – 0.5 watts/litre (*2)
Water hardness: Very soft to hard (*3)
Growth rate: Very slow (*4)
Difficulty: Easy
Origin: cultivar by Dennerle (*5)
Position in tank: foreground


(*1) Experience: I had no problems in water with pH approx. 7.5.
(*2) Experience: With higher light intensity and enough nutrition colours are more vivid. Under low light intensity leaves are greenish or brownish.
(*3) Experience: I was able to grow it in a very hard water.
(*4) Experience: In my case it took 6 months of waiting and then I saw first tiny plantlets. Of course as usual, it depends on lightning, nutrition, etc. As for the growth speed I would compare it to Cryptocoryne parva but any comparison is a bit tricky.
(*5) There are speculations about its origin.


Additional info:
Nutrient rich substrate (with Fe), CO2 addition and higher light intensity makes this Crypt true beauty.

Experience with emersed growing:
– Plant requires high humidity and stable environment.
– So far I was unsuccesful. I am trying again (May 25th 2012). And again (August 9th 2012 – this time semi-emersed).

My planted tank “Metamorphoses”

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Metamorphoses - March 2012 (tank)

Metamorphoses – March 2012 (tank)

Metamorphoses - April 2012 (tank)

Metamorphoses – April 2012 (tank)

Description: My planted tank. For past 10 years it changed a lot and still changes. I use this tank as a “storage” for various plant species.
Size(XxYxZ): 100x40x40 cm; 160 liters
Date started: January 7th 2012
Lightning: 96W (2x 30W, 2x18W, 840, 830)
Tech: home made external filter
CO2: DIY Yeast Bottle
Fertilization: PMDD
Substrate: gravel, clay
Inhabitants: Tanichthys micagemmae, Red Cherry Shrimp
Plants: Anubias barteri var. nana, Cladophora aegagrophila, Cryptocoryne beckettii, Cryptocoryne cordata var. cordata, Cryptocoryne retrospiralis, Cryptocoryne walkeri lutea, Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Green Gecko’, Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Mi Oya’, Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Green’, Echinodorus tenellus, Eleocharis parvula, Eleocharis sp. ‘Xingu’, Heteranthera zosterifolia, Hydrocotyle dissecta, Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, Lomariopsis lineata, Ludwigia palustris, Ludwigia repens, Marsilea strigosa (hirsuta?), Micranthemum micranthemoides, Microsorium pteropus ‘Philippine’, Monosolenium tenerum, Pogostemon helferi, Rotala rotundifolia, Rotala sp. ‘Enie’, Staurogyne repens, Taxiphyllum barbieri, Taxiphyllum sp. (Flame moss)

Metamorphoses - March 2012 (cropped)

Metamorphoses – March 2012 (cropped)

Metamorphoses - April 2012 (cropped - Plants center)

Metamorphoses – April 2012 (cropped – Plants center)

Old layout, photo, video

Unknown Crypt (1)

This Crypt makes my head spin. So far I was unable to identify it. I think it could be C. undulata, but my other undulata is mostly greenish and much more compact. I am waiting for a spathe.

Unknown Crypt (1) (submersed)

Unknown Crypt (1) (submersed)

Unknown Crypt (1) - detail (submersed)

Unknown Crypt (1) - detail (submersed)

When I got it, the leaves weren´t so broad as you can see on the following picture.

Unknown Crypt (1) - narrow leaves when I got it (submersed)

Unknown Crypt (1) - narrow leaves when I got it (submersed)

And also some photos of this Crypt in emersed form.

Unknown Crypt (1) - a few month old... light brown (emersed)

Unknown Crypt (1) - a few months old... light brown (emersed)

Unknown Crypt (1) - recently... brownish leaves (emersed)

Unknown Crypt (1) - recently... brownish leaves (emersed)