Cryptocoryne albida (Cryptocoryne albida)
Cryptocoryne Albide (Cryptocoryne albida) Is a rather rare plant that can be seen in the aquarium as an aqua design.
This representative of the aroid, who prefers marshy places, can often be found on the coasts of the rivers of Thailand and Myanmar.
Cryptocoryne albide is also known as Cryptocoryne costaCryptocoryne costata, but now this name is rarely used.
Cryptocorin albide is not very tall (from 10 to 25 cm) and has fairly narrow (up to 1.5-2 cm wide) leaves that form a rosette.
The top of the leaves is sharp, and narrowed at the base. The edges are usually flat or may be slightly wavy. The length of the leaves can reach 15 cm.
In its color, Cryptocoryne albide is of two varieties: green and brown.
The first subspecies can have leaves from light green in color to saturated dark green. Below the leaf blade, as a rule, whitish-green. The second subspecies are dominated by shades of brown, in addition, there may be dark brown inclusions or dark red.
This type of cryptocoryne will look best in the foreground or middle ground. This herbaceous plant is adequately demanding of the conditions in the aquarium. Cryptocoryne albida loves bright lighting. In order to see its flowering, it is necessary that daylight hours last at least 12 hours. The plant loves clean water, so once a week it is necessary to change the water in the aquarium no less than 25% of the total volume. At the same time, it is worth remembering that Cryptocorin does not like to be touched while cleaning the aquarium. Frequent transplants for this type of cryptocoryne are not recommended. If transplantation is necessary, then this should be done with great care. After transplanting, the plant acclimatizes for a long time.
Grass needs good filtration. The acidity of the water can be in the range of 6.0-8.0 pH. The plant does not like soft water, so the hardness of the water should be in the range of 2-14. The optimum temperature for the growth of Cryptocoryne albide is in the range of 22-26 degrees. The grass grows quite slowly, so that the plant is periodically recommended to fertilize the substrate. The composition of the soil should be sand and clay. The presence of fine gravel will not be superfluous. The thickness of such a substrate for Cryptocoryne should not exceed 4 cm. The supply of carbon dioxide to the aquarium where Cryptocoryne albide grows is optional. For optimal grass growth, an aquarium of at least 40 liters is required.
Often, with improper care of Cryptocorin, a plant develops cryptocorin disease. The main manifestation of this disease is soft leaves, which die off in a very short time (the plant begins to rot). If there are representatives of other Cryptocorins in the aquarium, it is necessary at the first sign of a disease in the grass to transplant to another aquarium in order to avoid infection of healthy plants. In addition, it is necessary to clean the soil, as well as completely change the water.
The plant propagates by daughter shoots (vegetatively). When at least 5 leaves appear on such an escape, then it can be separated from the bush.
If you follow all the rules for keeping Cryptocoryne albide, you can achieve its flowering. The flowers of the plant are whitish in color and are always located in the surface part.
Finding Cryptocoryne in pet stores is quite difficult. It is not so difficult to find it from aquarium enthusiasts at exhibitions or in specialized online stores.