15+ Popular Cryptocoryne Types For Planted Aquariums

From the smallest Cryptocoryne parva to the large Cryptocoryne crispatula var. balansae, the wide variety makes Cryptocoryne an excellent choice for different positions in a planted aquarium. Another factor which makes Cryptocoryne an essential plant in the layout is its outstanding tolerance of shades. With this characteristic, Cryptocoryne can flourish even if it is planted in shades with poor sunlight under stem plants and driftwood. This article introduces some popular Cryptocoryne species that are ideal for making different kinds of layouts.

Top Cryptocoryne Types For Planted Aquariums

1. Cryptocoryne Wendtii ‘Green’

Highlights

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  • Usage: midground
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Growth: medium
  • Height: 4 – 12+ inches (10 – 30+ cm)
  • Lighting: low
  • CO2: low

Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Green’ have submersed leaves that stay green at all times; however, it may also grow a small number of brown leaves among the green leaves. This representative Cryptocoryne species looks really elegant when it grows big. A group of Green Cryptocoryne is a great addition to the midground.

Natural Perspective - Best Value
  • Super Quick Growth
  • Very Bright
  • Healthy Plant

2. Cryptocoryne Wendtii ‘Tropica’

Highlights

  • Usage: midground
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Growth: medium
  • Height: 4 – 8+ inches (10 – 20+ cm)
  • Lighting: low
  • CO2: low

The Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Tropica’ is distinguishable from other Cryptocoryne wendtii species with its broad, brown-color hammered leaves. This species casually placed under driftwood shows the attraction of Cryptocoryne hiding in the shade.

Great Centerpiece - Recommended
  • Easy to Grow
  • Perfect for fish tank
  • Healthy Plant

3. Cryptocoryne Wendtii ‘Red’

Highlights

  • Usage: midground
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Growth: slow
  • Height: 4 – 8+ inches (10 – 20+ cm)
  • Lighting: low
  • CO2: low

This is a new, red variety of Cryptocoryne wendtii with the usage as Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Tropica’. Easy to grow in any water and at a broad range of temperatures. As with all Crypts, lighting and water chemistry should be kept constant if possible and a nutrient-rich substrate should be provided. This will result in fast growth and dense tufts.

Natural Hideout - Recommended
  • easy to trim and Subdivide
  • Good Looking without Leaf Melting
  • Healthy Plant

4. Cryptocoryne Wendtii ‘Red’

Highlights

  • Usage: midground
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Growth: slow
  • Height: 4 –12+ inches (10 – 30+ cm)
  • Lighting: low
  • CO2: low

Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Mi Oya’ grows fast and produces very broad leaves once adapted to the aquarium environment. The submersed leaves in aquariums are reddish brown while the emersed leaves are green in color. The broad leaves are slightly hammered, but not obvious as Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Tropica’. A cluster of this species snuggling against stones in the midground looks very attractive.

Hammered Leaves - Recommended
  • easy to trim and Subdivide
  • Healthy Plant

5. Cryptocoryne Pontederifolia

Highlights

  • Usage: midground
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Growth: slow
  • Height: 6+ inches (15+ cm)
  • Lighting: low
  • CO2: low

Cryptocoryne pontederifolia features heart-shaped leaves in a light green color. This plant slowly develops new leaves vigorously from the inner part. A single plant does not develop many leaves. The topside of the leaves is sometimes tinged with red in good lighting condition. It will look attractive if used in the layout as an accent.

Adds Height - Good Value
  • Include plant guide
  • Easy to grow
  • Great for middle zone

6. Cryptocoryne Undulata

Highlights

  • Usage: midground
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Growth: Medium
  • Height: 6 – 12+ inches (15 – 30+ cm)
  • Lighting: low
  • CO2: low

Cryptocoryne undulata grows relatively big and has a high tolerance to environmental changes. This species has two types, red and green. Both of them have red-tinged submersed leaves with undulating edges regardless of the environment in which they are grown. This species should be planted in groups to highlight the fascinating look of its beautiful leaves.

Midground Height - Good Value
  • A plant guide is included
  • Illustrated setup instruction
  • Add color to the fish tank

7. Cryptocoryne Parva

Highlights

  • Usage: foreground, carpet
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Growth: Slow
  • Height:  2 – 4+ inches (5 – 10+ cm)
  • Lighting: Medium
  • CO2: low

Cryptocoryne parva is the smallest known Cryptocryne and is excellent for using as a foreground plant. The growth rate of this plant is very slow. Early dense planting and careful maintenance are required to achieve a dense carpet look like the picture. A dense and beautiful carpet of Cryptocoryne parva looks splendid and demonstrates great aquascaping skill.

Small Species - Good Value
  • Tiny Leaves
  • Best for foreground
  • Grown by using lastest technology and facility.

8. Cryptocoryne Lucens

Highlights

  • Usage: midground
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Growth: Slow
  • Height:  4 – 8+ inches (10 – 20+ cm)
  • Lighting: Low
  • CO2: low

Cryptocoryne lucens originally grows with narrow, upright leaves as shown in the above picture. The beautiful leaves of Cryptocoryne lucens attract everyone who sees it. A single plant of this species in the midground looks very attractive.

Natural Environment- Good Value
  • Enhance appearance of tank
  • Best for foreground
  • Best looking when planted on groups

9. Cryptocoryne Willisii

Highlights

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  • Usage: midground
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Growth: Slow
  • Height:  4 – 8+ inches (10 – 20+ cm)
  • Lighting: Low
  • CO2: low

The submersed leaves of Cryptocoryne willisii have a relatively long stem compared to its closely-related Cryptocoryne parva and lucens. The long leaves bring a distinctive atmosphere to the layout. This plant is suitable to be planted at the side of stones and driftwood to create a natural ambience in the layout.

10. Cryptocoryne Crispatula Var. Balansae

Highlights

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  • Usage: background
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Growth: Medium
  • Height:   8 – 12+ inches (20 – 30+ cm)
  • Lighting: Low
  • CO2: low

One of the most beautiful plants you can get your hands on! Its tape-like wavy leaves are appealing and best suited for the background location of large planted tanks. The main leaf veins turn wine red color depending on the environment that further enhances the beautiful appearance. Leaves can grow to considerable length and will float on the water surface in aquariums. Excessively long leaves should be cut off because the leaves overhanging along the water surface may block the light into the aquarium.

Mid Size - High Quality
  • Provides resting area for fishes
  • perfect plant for mid Size tank
  • Very nice plant

11. Cryptocoryne Retrospiralis

Highlights

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  • Usage: midground, background
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Growth: Medium
  • Height:   8 – 12+ inches (20 – 30+ cm)
  • Lighting: Low
  • CO2: low

One of the most beautiful plants you can get your hands on! Its tape-like wavy leaves are appealing and best suited for the background location of large planted tanks. The main leaf veins turn wine red color depending on the environment that further enhances the beautiful appearance. Leaves can grow to considerable length and will float on the water surface in aquariums. Excessively long leaves should be cut off because the leaves overhanging along the water surface may block the light into the aquarium.

Soft Impression - High Quality
  • Easy to Grow
  • perfect plant for mid Size tank
  • Fast Delivery

12. Cryptocoryne Crispatula Var. Tonkinensis

Highlights

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  • Usage: midground, background
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Growth: Slow
  • Height:   8 – 12+ inches (20 – 30+ cm)
  • Lighting: Medium
  • CO2: Medium

This species is easily identifiable with its narrow tape-like leaves. Its leaf color varies ranging from green to brown, sometimes with spots depending on the growing conditions. The volume of each plant is relatively small, so initial dense planting is recommended. It is slow growing and requires adequate light and CO2 supplementation to thrive.

Natural Perspective - Best Value
  • Safe for aquarium
  • perfect plant for mid Size tank
  • Easy to grow as beginners

13. Cryptocoryne Albida ‘Brown’

Highlights

  • Usage: midground
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Growth: Slow
  • Height:   2 – 6+ inches (5 – 15+ cm)
  • Lighting: Medium
  • CO2: Medium

Among varied Cryptocoryne species, Cryptocoryne albida is one of the easy-to-use species for layout in terms of size, shape, and toughness. This narrow-leaf Cryptocoryne is suitable to be planted in the midground of the layout. The appearance of the leaves differ depending on the amount of light; they turn green under low light while brown spots appear on the leaves in relatively high light conditions. Some leaves have slightly wavy edges.

Fish Resting Area - Best Value
  • Safe for aquarium
  • perfect plant for mid Size tank
  • Easy to grow as beginners

14. Cryptocoryne Beckettii ‘Petchii’

Highlights

  • Usage: midground
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Growth: Slow
  • Height:   2 – 6+ inches (5 – 15+ cm)
  • Lighting: Medium
  • CO2: Medium

Among varied Cryptocoryne species, Cryptocoryne albida is one of the easy-to-use species for layout in terms of size, shape, and toughness. This narrow-leaf Cryptocoryne is suitable to be planted in the midground of the layout. The appearance of the leaves differ depending on the amount of light; they turn green under low light while brown spots appear on the leaves in relatively high light conditions. Some leaves have slightly wavy edges.

Fish Resting Area - Best Value
  • Safe for aquarium
  • perfect plant for mid Size tank
  • Easy to grow as beginners

15. Cryptocoryne Walkeri Var. Lutea

Highlights

  • Usage: midground
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Growth: Slow
  • Height:   4 – 8+ inches (10 – 20+ cm)
  • Lighting: Medium
  • CO2: Low

Cryptocoryne walkeri is a strong and easy-to-handle species which is relatively easy to grow. Although resembling Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Green’, the slightly upright and stiff leaves makes it distinct from C. wendtii. When submerged, its leaves are gradually tinged with red and form wavy edges. The brownish line from the leaf stem to the main vein is beautiful. The growing conditions in the aquarium determine how much the leaves are tinged with red. This species forms very decorative dense clumps in the midground.

Fish Resting Area - Best Value
  • Grow Easily
  • Safe for aquarium pets
  • Guaranteed Live

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