Cryptocoryne Affinis Tissue Culture
Common Name: Crypt Affinis
Crypt Affinis is a less common type of crypt that used to be extremely popular within the hobby but is now more difficult to obtain. This cryptocoryne features long leaves that vary in coloration depending on its environment with a signature pattern on its leaves from lightly colored veins. It can be found growing in the wild of West Malaysia in sandy areas or along river banks. This cryptocoryne is similar in looks to Wendtii and Becketii and requires similar care when keeping it in a planted aquarium.
Like other crypts, this Cryptocoryne Affinis is great for beginner hobbyists due to its ease in keeping and low care requirements. If grown in good aquarium substrate such as Ultum Nature System Controsoil, the plant can feed through the roots and grow quickly without the need for high light, CO2 or fertilizer dosing. However, the addition of CO2 and good lighting will result in healthier, more robust growth.
Crypts can be grown emersed or submerged. Propagate by splitting the rhizome or cutting off new growth and replanting
- Tissue culture plants are grown in vitro from a state of the art laboratory specialized in propagating aquatic plants. They provide the best option for those who want to ensure that absolutely zero unwanted pests are introduced into the aquarium.
- Remove tissue culture gel before planting. Simply wash the gel away or soak the plant in water and squeeze the gel off with your fingers.
- Cryptocoryne prefer not to be moved once planted. If possible, do not move them!
- Do not make drastic changes to the aquarium. Unstable parameters will result in melt and rotting of the aquarium plant.
- For instructions on how to properly plant tissue culture aquarium plants, click here.
- CO2 injection and quality aquarium soil will yield better growth.
Family Name: Araceae
Endemic To: Borneo
Light: Low to Medium
Co2: Not necessary but recommended
Propagation: Cut by rhizome
Growth rate: Slow
Remove tissue culture gel before planting. Simply wash the gel away or soak the plant in water and squeeze the gel off with your fingers.
Light: Low to Medium
Co2: Recommended but not required
Propagation: Cut along rhizome and replant
Growth rate: Moderate to Fast