Cryptocoryne spiralis : Aquarium Background Plants

Cryptocoryne spiralis

The Cryptocoryne spiralis is also referred to as:

  • Spiralis

Spiralis is tall, slender with ruffled leaves sway perfectly under water.

It is perfect for adding height and visual activity to freshwater planted aquariums.

The long reed-like leaves have a loose corkscrew shape and a hammered texture which make it an intriguing background that will accent your aquarium.

The Cryptocoryne spiralisis usually quite easy to cultivate and should therefore also be suitable for beginners.

They can thrive both under water and above water and are therefore suitable for both the closed and the open aquarium.

Cryptocoryne spiralis: Quick facts

Common Name: Crypt Spiralis

Natural occurence: India, China, Thailand

Lighting: Grows fine in low light. It will send off runners faster if it is under higher light.

Where to Plant: Back ground or mid ground if it is a really tall tank.

Propagation: Runners, rhizome division, division, separation of daughter plants

Height: 10-24”

pH: 6.5-7.5

Temperature tolerance: 20-30 ° C

Carbonate hardness: 2 – 20 ° dKH

Total water hardness: 0 – 30 ° dGH

Care: Easy

Light: Moderate

Co2: Fertilization with CO2 recommended

Growth rate: Medium

Can grow emersed? Yes

Cryptocoryne spiralis
Cryptocoryne spiralis

Cryptocoryne spiralis: Shape and Colors

The Cryptocoryne spiralis has a rhizome.

The plant also forms elongated leaves in the aquarium, which have a kind of short stem at the bottom, then widen and finally converge again at the tip.

What makes the leaves of the Cryptocoryne spiralis particularly beautiful to look at is that the leaf edges often take on a certain curl under water.

The plant also displays inflorescence which is twisted and can sometimes present itself in an unusual purple-like color.

Cryptocoryne spiralis: In the Aquarium

Avoid a flat substrate in order to encourage growth.

Cryptocoryne spiralis require a substrate that is fertilized with an iron-rich fertilizer.

Regular pruning and thinning will keep it looking its best.

Spiralis requires stable water conditions to prevent rotting of the stems and leaves. Provide at least 2 watts per gallon using full spectrum bulbs (5000-7000K).

Water temperature should be between 75° and 82°F, with a dKH of 3-8 and a pH of 6.5 to 7.5.

For best results, use Spiralis as a solitary plant. They may also be planted in groups with good results. If planted in thick groups, all variations will grow taller and narrower.

When planting in this fashion, place the smaller types in the foreground of the aquarium, with the larger ones in the center and back.

Spiralis propagate by growing multiple runners, and can be also be propagated through rhizome division.

Cryptocoryne spiralis
Cryptocoryne spiralis

Cryptocoryne spiralis: Caution

  • Once you have planted the, avoid moving at all. This will disrupt the normal growth process
  • The plant will not grow or will end up rotting if the aquarium lacks optimal conditions. You should therefore avoid making unnecessary changes to the aquarium after you have planted the Spiralis
  • Just like with other aquarium plants, make sure you remove the Spiralis from its pot. Simply free up the roots and plant the Cryptocoryne spiralis into a the substrate
  • To optimize photosynthesis and ensure that you get the perfect yield of the Spiralis, make sure you fertilize with CO2 and use quality aquarium soil
  • Make sure you are constantly monitoring the progress of the plant to ensure any errors you might have make are corrected before they affect the growth of the plant.
Cryptocoryne spiralis Overview

Cryptocoryne spiralis: vs Cryptocoryne crispatula

Before the Cryptocoryne spiralis has bloomed, you cannot distinguish if from the Cryptocoryne crispatula species as Cryptocoryne retrospiralis or Cryptocoryne albida, especially when it is immersed.

For both:

  • The spathe blade of the inflorescence is at least purple in the lower part, has transverse wrinkles and serrated growths on the edge of the blade.
  • A collar zone is not formed.
  • At the transition to the basin, in which the flower bulb (spadix) is, there is a partition (septum) with a narrow, round opening.

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