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Cryptocoryne Wendtii 'Tropica'

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Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' is a specific cultivar of the popular Cryptocoryne wendtii species. Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' is highly regarded in the aquarium hobby for its attractive appearance and adaptability. Here are key details about this particular cultivar:

  1. Appearance:

    • Leaves: Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' exhibits lance-shaped leaves that can vary in coloration depending on factors such as lighting and nutrient levels. The leaves may display shades of green, brown, or reddish-brown.
    • Size: The size of the leaves and the overall plant can vary, but it typically reaches a height of 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters).
  2. Growth Habit:

    • Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' shares the rosette growth habit characteristic of the wendtii species, with leaves emerging from a central point. It can form dense clusters over time.
  3. Lighting:

    • This cultivar is adaptable to a range of lighting conditions but generally prefers moderate to high lighting for optimal growth and coloration.
    • Adequate lighting is essential to maintain its health and promote the development of vibrant leaf colors.
  4. Water Parameters:

    • Temperature: 72-82°F (22-28°C)
    • pH: 6.0-7.5
    • Hardness: Soft to moderately hard water is generally suitable.
  5. Substrate and Planting:

    • Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' benefits from a nutrient-rich substrate, as it absorbs nutrients through its roots.
    • Plant the roots in the substrate, taking care not to bury the crown (the point where the leaves emerge from the roots).
  6. Propagation:

    • Propagation is similar to other Cryptocoryne wendtii variants and can be done by dividing the rhizome. Each divided portion should have a healthy root system.
    • When replanting or dividing, be patient, as Cryptocorynes may undergo a brief period of adjustment during which some leaves may melt before new growth appears.
  7. Compatibility:

    • Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' is generally compatible with a variety of aquarium fish and other aquatic plants.
    • It can be used in both freshwater and brackish water setups.
  8. Maintenance:

    • Regular pruning may be necessary to control the size and shape of the plant.
    • Remove any yellowing or damaged leaves to encourage new growth.

Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' is valued for its aesthetic appeal and versatility in aquarium setups. As with other Cryptocoryne species, providing stable water conditions, appropriate lighting, and nutrient supplementation will contribute to the health and vibrancy of this cultivar in your aquarium.