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Aponogeton crispus

Aponogeton crispus

  • Fast-growing Aponogeton from Asia
  • Wavy, long leaves
  • White, pink or light purple flower spikes
  • Suitable for high temperatures
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Description

Aponogeton crispus originates from partly periodic ponds and small lakes in southern India and Sri Lanka. It has about 30-50 cm long, wavy submerged leaves on a bulb and is quite variable. There are green and brown-red forms. The decorative flower spikes appear separately (not in pairs) on the peduncles and have many small white, pink or ligt violet flowers. A. crispus is long known in the aquarium hobby as a decorative, fast growing plant.

This Aponogeton is quite easy to keep but needs a well-lit place and nutrient-rich bottom. Soft, slightly acidic water is optimal; in harder water CO2 injection is recommendable. The plant takes occasionally a dormant period; after that, new leaves will grow from the bulb. Aponogeton crispus prefers high temperatures (25-32 °C). It is propagated most productively by seeds.

With its up to 50 cm long leaves, Aponogeton crispus is best used as solitary plant or small, loose group in the background or midground of correspondingly large aquaria. Its conspicuous flower spikes look well on the water surface of open tanks. Its preference for higher temperatures makes Aponogeton crispus well suitable for Discus tanks.

Please be aware that the bunch/potted variation of this plant could contain snails and other invertebrates.

Apongeton crispus is found in periodic ponds and swampy regions in Sri Lanka. Even though the wavy-edged Aponogeton grows in ponds only filled with water during the rainy season it doesn't need a resting phase when kept in an aquarium. It is known to hybridise with other species of the genus. This very well-known aquarium plant is very widely spread in the hobby and in the trade.

Apongeton crispus is an easy plant and very suitable for beginning plantkeepers.
All it needs are sufficient light and a substrate rich in nutrients. It prefers slightly acidic water, however, it also grows when the pH is higher. It is an excellent plant for low-maintenance tanks without an additional CO2 fertilisation.

Yellowish and/or disintegrating leaves should be cut off at the base. The wavy-edged Aponogeton can be propagated by simply splitting the rhizome or by seeds. (read more)

Complete botanical name Aponogéton críspus Thunb.
Family Aponogetonaceae
Genus Aponogeton
Difficulty easy
Colour light green, reddish
Texture großblättrig, langblättrig
Usage Background, Midground
Height 30 - 50cm
Width 20 - 40cm
Growth fast
pH value 5 - 8
Temperature tolerance 15 - 34°C
Carbonate hardness 2 - 15°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Seeds
Can grow emersed? no
Source Flowgrow
Complete botanical name
Aponogéton críspus Thunb.
Family
Aponogetonaceae
Genus
Aponogeton
Difficulty
easy
Colour
light green, reddish
Texture
großblättrig, langblättrig
Usage
Background, Midground
Height
30 - 50cm
Width
20 - 40cm
Growth
fast
pH value
5 - 8
Temperature tolerance
15 - 34°C
Carbonate hardness
2 - 15°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Seeds
Can grow emersed?
no
Source
Flowgrow

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