Cryptocoryne wendtii Green Gecko: care, growing and Maintancnes in Aquarium

Cryptocoryne wendtii Green Gecko is one of 4 representatives of the species Cryptocoryne wendtii, a sought-after and unpretentious green aquarium plant native to Southeast Asia.  Growing conditions affect the size, color, and texture of the leaf plate. The variety of aquarium plants is suitable for both large and small aquariums. The bush’s quick adaptability and vitality make it a godsend for beginners and experienced aquarists.

cryptocoryne wendtii green gecko

Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green Gecko

The Sri Lankan Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green Gecko is a compact and slightly flattened rosette bush.

In addition to quick adaptation to the habitat, the plant stands out for the following characteristics :

  • foliage of light green color with brown splashes;
  • low growth rate;
  • leaf plate, reaching up to 10 cm in length and up to 4 cm in width.

With a sharp change in the microclimate, the color of the leaves changes from light green to a purple hue.

Subject to the temperature regime of the water (+ 24 … + 28 ° C) and a sufficient level of illumination (0.3-0.5 W / l), the bush grows evenly, actively develops, and reaches 30 cm in height.

Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green Gecko care in aquarium

Basic rules for growing Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green Gecko in aquarium:

  1. A picky plant can withstand a slightly acidic or slightly alkaline environment, is contained in water with any hardness, but the average level is optimal. Increased salt content or large jumps in the pH level in soft water lead to the development of cryptocoryne disease, in which foliage quickly decomposes. To save the specimen, the soil is cleaned, the water is changed.
  2. At water temperatures below + 19 ° C, the growth of the bush slows down. The favorable temperature range for growing crops is + 25 … + 30 ° C.
  3. The specimen actively grows both in low light and in bright artificial or natural sunlight. For optimal development, multi-colored LED lamps with a predominance of white or combined lighting with incandescent and fluorescent lamps are used. Daylight hours are at least 11-13 hours. It is recommended to set up the aquarium in a place where there is no direct UV radiation.
  4. Cryptocoryne forms a branched root system in silted soil with fine pebbles and river sand. It is recommended to lay the nutrient base more than 4-5 cm thick. The new substrate is enriched with peat, coal, clay. With such a substrate, the subspecies are not afraid of fish that undermine the silt.
  5. After changing the water in the container, the specimen is fertilized with liquid agents at least 1 time per month. Top dressing (copper, manganese, iron) is introduced at the rate of 0.1 mg per 1 liter of water.

In the aquarium, keep the plant Cryptocoryne green gecko.

In case of withering of the planted plant or dropping of foliage, it is recommended not to change the basic parameters of water and lighting. After adaptation is complete, new leaves emerge from the root.


Reproduction of Cryptocoryne wendtii occurs vegetatively, by separating the basal process from the bush. An offspring with 2-3 leaves are selected and planted in the intended place. It takes time to develop. In the soil enriched with microelements, the roots take root faster. It is recommended to use peat, sand, turf, and humus during planting.

The plant is also bred in greenhouses. In such a habitat, Cryptocoryne pleases its owners with flowering and rapid growth. Any terrestrial specimen is transplanted into an aquarium. Under natural conditions, the subspecies give seeds, in artificial conditions, there is no such possibility.

For successful cultivation of Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green Gecko at home, it is recommended to avoid sudden temperature fluctuations and direct sunlight. Cryptocoryne sets off mosses and contrasts with ferns. Used for foregrounds, center decoration, or serves as a background.

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