Flowering Cryptocorynes Submersed

Cryptocoryne Sp. Affinis Aka Cryptocoryne Sp. Haerteliana SUBMERSED Spathe Update

Upon noticing this plant flowering in submersed conditions, I begun taking weekly photo’s and watched the spathe daily to record it’s growth. Roughly speaking; the plant grew 0.75 inches a day (3/4 inch) on the slowest day, and 1.5 inches on it’s fastest day.

Since the plant is in an aquarium that is 22 inches tall, I didn’t imagine the spathe would be able to reach the surface since I’ve never seen another spathe this large throughout my research; however upon doing my daily check up on the aquarium yesterday, I noticed the spathe finally reached the surface. The only downfall is I also noticed the spathe was beginning to partially melt where it had broken the surface, so I decided to immediately cut it down to document the spathe and take some closer pictures.

After measuring the spathe it came in at a whopping 17+ inches !! to understand the sheer scale of the spathe, I took a video with the spathe against my arm, in which it reached from my elbow to wrist; I will post the video in a few days once edited.

Enjoy the pictures below!

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Cryptocoryne Wendtii ‘Green Gecko’ Submersed Spathe

During my regular weekly water changes I noticed something white on my Cryptocoryne Wendtii ‘Green Gecko’ which caught my eye, as I began to move some leaves around I noticed a spathe forming submersed ! Now I am no expert but to my knowledge it can be difficult to get Cryptcoryne’s to develop spathe’s submersed so I must have been doing something right. I apologize in advance for the quality of the pictures, the water is tinged brown from almond leaves and taking a picture through glass doesn’t make it any easier.

This is just a theory but I believe what caused the plant to flower was the increase in water temperature. I recently acquired a L014 pleco which prefers 80+ temperatures and I raised the temperature to 83 in order to satisfy it’s needs.

Here are the rest of the specs for this tank for all those interested

10 Gallon Aquarium
Two 13 Watt 6700k CFL Spiral Bulbs
83 Degree Water Temperature
Mineralized Top Soil + Flourite Dark + Black Sand Top Coat
PH 7.0
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