Cryptocoryne crispatula var. balansae is from the limestone mountains of Southern Thailand, where the water can be very hard. It is not very demanding, but appreciates a nutritious substrate and good light. Like many other Cryptocorynes it needs to acclimatize before growth starts in earnest.
Leaves becomes 20-60 cm long and the single roset plant becomes 15-20 cm wide. Place it in the rear part of the tank, from where the leaves may float beautifully on the water surface. The leaves are either entirely green or maroon.
- Considered medium difficulty to grow
- Common in Asia, bred in cultivation
- Medium growth rates
- Average height growth 20-30cm+
- Has a low light demand 0.5W/L
- Low CO2 demand 0-5mg/L