Cryptocoryne Spiralis - Planted Tank Mates

Cryptocoryne Spiralis

18” | Background | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

Cryptocoryne Spiralis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 18″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Most community nano fish like tetras, danios rasboras, pencilfish, kilifish, platties and dwarf grouramis.  Shrimps and snails also benefit from their tall leaves.  Avoid fish that may shift the soil or uproot it.

Notes

This plant is susceptible to melting but at a much lesser rate compared to other Cryptocorynes.  It shoots runners on the surface and can propogate slowly with low to moderate lighting.  It typically averages around 10-18″ in height but can grow up to 24″ in tall tanks.  Decrease the lighting intensity if algae starts to develop on the leaves.

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Description

18” | Background | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

6” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

12” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

20” | Background | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

20”+| Background | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

12” | Background | Advance

Co2: High | Light: High

Root Feeder

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Cryptocoryne Spiralis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 18″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Most community nano fish like tetras, danios rasboras, pencilfish, kilifish, platties and dwarf grouramis.  Shrimps and snails also benefit from their tall leaves.  Avoid fish that may shift the soil or uproot it.

Notes

This plant is susceptible to melting but at a much lesser rate compared to other Cryptocorynes.  It shoots runners on the surface and can propogate slowly with low to moderate lighting.  It typically averages around 10-18" in height but can grow up to 24" in tall tanks.  Decrease the lighting intensity if algae starts to develop on the leaves.

Cryptocoryne Petchii

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Popular foreground plant for shrimps, snails and bottom feeders.  Avoid fish that may shift the soil or uproot it.

Notes

Easy growing plant that's expected to melt in the initial stages of planting underwater.  Feed it root tabs and occasionally supplement with liquid fertilizers including Iron which can help promote coloration.

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Ceratopteris Thalictroides

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Great for nano community fish like tetras, rasboras, danios, mollies, endlers, otocinclus, corydoras, dwarf gouramis.  Popular for guppy and shrimp tanks as they provide shelter for baby shrimp and fry.  Avoid larger mid dwellers that may pick on its delicate leaves like cichlids and goldfish.

Notes

Water Sprite is a versatile plant that can be placed in the background or trimmed to keep low in the midground of your aquarium.   Also known as Indian Water Fern, it's a column feeding plant that can be planted in the soil or left floating in the water.  It's a fast growing plant under medium to high lighting but be cautious of algae growth on its leaves.

Echinodorus amazonicus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 20″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: In soil - Root Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Not Required

Light Level: Low to Medium

Tank Mates

Great for community fish and Angelfish, Discus, Gourami, Guppies, Apistogramma

Notes

Oscars, Cichlids, Goldfish and Plecos may damage swords

https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Vallisneria

Characteristics:

Max Size: 20″+

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Vallisneria is a popular backdrop for middle to top dwelling fish like tetras, gouramis and angelfish.

Notes

This is a very easy background plant.  It does not require CO2 and will thrive with good subtrate and water column.

https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Rotala Wallichii

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12″

Care Level: Advanced

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: High

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

Rotala Macrandra provides outstanding red colors, but it is very demanding when it comes to nutrients.  The conditions must be perfect which includes a good substrate, iron and trace dosing, high lighting and CO2.  The PH for this plant should not exceed 7.0 as it prefers softer and acidic waters. 

Read more about how to maintain Red Aquarium Plants See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium
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