Cryptocoryne balansae

  • Stock: 14 units in stock
  • Dimensions: up to 60cm
  • Model: P2020340
  • Origin: South East Asia
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Originating from Southern Thailand the Cryptocoryne balansae is a simple and attractive looking plant with fine stems supporting neat and crisp/crinkled leaves. The better the light, the more crinkled they appear and similarly if you give this plant less light, the leaves will appear almost smooth. Requires regular fertillization and/or substrate supplementation for ideal growth.

Ideally position in the aquarium in clumps of 4-5. Scatter them around a rock to create a wild and natural look and feel. This plant will need to acclimatise before it will flourish and grow and can reach up to 60cm if given the best conditions.

Understanding Crypt melt - all Cryptocoryne species require stable water parameter and light conditions. Once planted, Crypts should not be moved otherwise it can trigger what is called Crypt melt. If a Crypt has a significant change of environment (ph, kh , gh, lighting intensity or duration, root disturbance etc), Crypt melt can be triggered. The leaves start to disintegrate as the plant prepares for its new environment - DO NOT WORRY! Your plant will begin to grow back over the next 30 days (sometimes sooner, sometimes later) - it's still very much alive and busy getting ready for the growth of new leaves. In the meantime, any decaying leaves should be trimmed and recycled in a compost bin.

by kevin m. on 27/3/2021

Great service. Great plants as usual

by Tarik M. on 21/3/2021

Lost a few of the leaves as it was adjusting to being replanted but after a week, has started to flourish.

by Glenn W. on 28/2/2021

Quick delivery and plants well protected for transit Needed these for the rear of the tank as they were described as growing up to 300mm or more. All previously attempts with Amazon swords had failed miserably. My tank is predominantly planted with cryptocorrinnes and they usually do well These have settled in very well and are beginning to grow as desired Would highly recommend the plants and Aqua Essentials

by Jonathon H. on 6/2/2021

Arrived in perfect condition and is doing well in tank.

by Jon S. on 23/4/2020

Crypt arrived in beautiful condition even with delays due to current situation. 5 stars just isn’t a high enough rating

by Cat M. on 25/11/2019

Underwhelming, a bit small, but they are still alive now so yay......

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Does this plant need CO2 to survive? Cheers


It's fine in a non CO2 tank but does better with CO2.

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