The Ultimate Guide to Cryptocoryne Wendtii

Cryptocoryne wendtii is a popular aquatic plant among aquarium enthusiasts. It is known for its hardiness and versatility, making it a great choice for both beginners and experienced hobbyists. In this guide, we will explore everything you need to know about cryptocoryne wendtii, from its origins to its care and maintenance.

Cryptocoryne Wendtii

Origins of Cryptocoryne Wendtii

Cryptocoryne wendtii is a species of aquatic plant native to Sri Lanka. It was first discovered by the German botanist Albert Wendt in 1975, hence the name wendtii. It is a member of the Araceae family and is commonly found in slow-moving streams and rivers. In the wild, it can grow up to 20 inches tall and has a wide range of colors, from green to brown to red.

Types of Cryptocoryne Wendtii

There are three main types of cryptocoryne wendtii: green, brown, and red. The green variety is the most common and is known for its vibrant green leaves. The brown variety, also known as “mi oya,” has a darker, almost bronze color. The red variety, also known as “rubra,” has deep red leaves and is the most sought after by aquarium enthusiasts.

Care and Maintenance

Cryptocoryne wendtii is a relatively low-maintenance plant, making it a great choice for beginners. It can thrive in a wide range of water conditions, but it does best in slightly acidic water with a pH of 6.5-7.5. It also prefers moderate lighting and can benefit from the addition of CO2. It is important to note that cryptocoryne wendtii is a slow-growing plant, so be patient when waiting for it to reach its full potential.


One of the great things about cryptocoryne wendtii is its ability to propagate easily. It can be propagated through division, where the plant is split into smaller sections and replanted. This can be done when the plant has grown large enough, usually after a few months. Another method is through adventitious plantlets, where small plants grow from the base of the parent plant. These can be carefully removed and replanted in the substrate.

Common Issues

While cryptocoryne wendtii is a hardy plant, it can still face some common issues. One of the most common is melting, where the leaves of the plant start to disintegrate. This can happen when the plant is adjusting to new water conditions or when it is not receiving enough nutrients. To prevent this, make sure to acclimate the plant slowly to new water conditions and provide it with a nutrient-rich substrate.


Cryptocoryne wendtii is a beautiful and versatile plant that can add a pop of color to any aquarium. With its hardiness and ease of care, it is a great choice for both beginners and experienced hobbyists. By following the tips in this guide, you can successfully grow and propagate cryptocoryne wendtii in your own aquarium.

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Chad Latta
Chad Latta

I have over 20 years in the aquarium hobby! My love for writing and passion for helping people have led me to bring you the most effective and up to date information possible, in a way that is easy to understand. Enjoy!