Cryptocoryne crispatula var. “balansae”N/A
Author: David Manthei
Native Distribution: Southern Thailand
Aquarium Placement: Background, edges, or focal point
Requirements: Hard water or calcium supplementation
Use in Aquascaping: Due to its potential size, C. crispatula var. “balansae” is best used as a background plant or along the edges of an aquascape in tanks with a water depth of 18 inches or more. In shallower tanks, the leaves will bend across the water surface, which, while attractive and appealing, may shade out any plants below. This can be controlled by cutting the tops of the leaves to a desired height without harming the plant. It is also useful as a focal point or specimen plant when well maintained. A tight grouping can be kept in place by cutting the runners with a sharp knife or razor. The long, strap-like leaves make for a nice contrast to broad-leaved plants and hardscape items.
Propagation: C. crispatula var. “balansae” can be easily propagated by tracing the runners of daughter plants back to the parent and cutting with a sharp knife or razor. Simply replant the young specimens and provide the basic needs for good growth. It is also possible to grow C. crispatula var. “balansae” emersed in shallow water where it will produce upright inflorescences, though this is not as easy as growing it submerged.