The Best Low Light Ground Cover Aquarium Plants “Cryptocoryne X Willisii”

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The Best Low Light Ground Cover Aquarium Plants “Cryptocoryne X Willisii” –  This Cryptocoryne plant species is a popular plant among the aquascaping hobbyist. It’s categorized to low-growing plant which it’s nice to ground covering carpet plants.

This aquarium carpet plant native to Sri Lanka. Previously, these Cryptocoryne species are known as “Cryptocoryne Nevillii”. And in 1976, Niel Jacobsen suggested changing the name this plant to “Cryptocoryne Willisii”. He found out that it really belongs to the hybrid complex of C. x willisii and C. nevillii is the name an absolutely different species that has nothing to do with Cryptocoryne willisii.

Sometimes, C. Parva was also erroneously called “Cryptocoryne nevillii” among in the aquarium hobby, but it’s really different. Knowing all about Cryptocoryne Parva in the article here.

The Best Low Light Ground Cover Aquarium Plants Cryptocoryne X Willisii
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The Best Low Light Ground Cover Aquarium Plants “Cryptocoryne X Willisii”

In their habitat, the group of Cryptocoryne willisii grows in riverbanks in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. And the plant which knowing as Cryptocoryne lucens belong to this complex. It can be seen when C. x willisii cultivated under the same conditions with C. lucens.

The Best Low Light Ground Cover Aquarium Plants Cryptocoryne X Willisii
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The Best Low Light Ground Cover Aquarium Plants “Cryptocoryne X Willisii”

The Cryptocoryne lucens has leaf blades longer narrowly lanceolate leaves. whereas, the leaf blades of Cryptocoryne x willisii are shorter and longish-ovate to lanceolate. Both varieties of the genus Cryptocoryne above has leaves medium green color and show no pattern.

The Best Low Light Ground Cover Aquarium Plants Cryptocoryne X Willisii
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The Best Low Light Ground Cover Aquarium Plants “Cryptocoryne X Willisii”

The C. x willisii and C. lucens cannot always safely be discerned from each other. And sometimes, more forms of Cryptocoryne willisii are in cultivation may closely resemble with other small Cryptocoryne species, that is Cryptocoryne Parva.

The Best Low Light Ground Cover Aquarium Plants Cryptocoryne X Willisii
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The Best Low Light Ground Cover Aquarium Plants “Cryptocoryne X Willisii”

How to plant this ground carpet plant?
You can use this plant as a ground cover plant, you just put this plant into the substrate and buried the rosette by it. Use the aquascaping tweezers to put this plant into the substrate. You can use this plant on foreground or midground areas.

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The Best Low Light Ground Cover Aquarium Plants “Cryptocoryne X Willisii”

This plant is good to keep in nano tanks as midground plant. Use the rich nutrients substrate like ADA Amazonia to help improve the growth. Adding CO2 injection, liquid fertilizer, and enough lighting supply will make this plant grow happy and stronger

To propagate this plant you can cutting daughter plants by aquascaping scissors. This Anubias plant species is one of a hardy plant, it can grow in low tech aquarium with low lighting and without CO2 injection. That’s all about Cryptocoryne x willisii which one of The Best Low Light Ground Cover Aquarium Plants among in the aquarium hobbyists.

Watch how to care Cryptocoryne x willisii in the video below:

Plant Profile:

  • Major group: Angiosperms
  • Order: Alismatales
  • Family: Araceae
  • Genus: Cryptocoryne
  • Botanical Name: Cryptocóryne × willísii Reitz
  • Common Name: Cryptocoryne × willisii, Cryptocoryne willisii
  • Origin: Central Highland Of Sri Lanka (Near Kandy)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Growth: Slow
  • Lighting Needs: Low – High
  • Temperature Tolerance: 15- 30° C
  • Optimum Temperature: 22 – 28°C
  • Carbonate Hardness: 1- 18° dKH
  • pH: 4.5 – 8
  • Carbon Dioxide: 5 – 40 mg/l
  • Nitrate: 10 – 50 mg/l
  • Phosphate: 0.1 – 3 mg/l
  • Potassium: 5 – 30 mg/l
  • Iron: 0.01 – 0.5 mg/l
  • Propagation: Runners, Splitting, Rhizomteilung, Cutting Off Daughter Plants
  • Plant Type: Rosette
  • Can grow emersed?: Yes
  • Suitable for Beginners: Yes
  • Availability: Available commercially
  • Potioning In Aquarium: Foreground, Nano Tanks, Ground Cover, Midground