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).