Cryptocoryne usteriana

  • Dimensions: grow 30cm+
  • Model: 120
  • Origin: Sri Lanka
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Temperature RequirementsCO2 RequirementsLighting Requirements


Cryptocoryne usteriana is one of the taller cryptocorynes and is very easy to grow.

Leaves are 3-5 cm wide with an embossed surface; they can easily reach more than 50 cm length. With good light and fertilization, the upper side of the leaves will obtain a dark green or bronze-green colour while the back of the leaves will turn burgundy red. Propagation is by long runners, and the plant tolerates quite alkaline water very well.

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.

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by Ellen M.
The plants have been in my aquarium for 2-3 months and they are now growing rapidly. The tallest section is over 40cm !!! Growth at the start was almost undetectable but it’s thriving now.

by Ellen M.
It arrived in good condition and is steadily growing in my low light aquarium.

by John T.
Excellent plant and growing well

by Alan M.
Pleased with purchase

by Alan M.
Already had this plant in my aquariums and wanted to add more. The pot got me 6 nice sized “plantlets” which are now growing very well with no crypt melt.

by Steve D.
Fast despatch and arrived in perfect condition. Managed to get about 7 plants out of the 2 I bought.

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