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Cryptocoryne parva

Cryptocoryne parva
(Cryptocoryne parva)

Given its small size, the small Cryptocoryne will find its place in the foreground of many aquariums. For the same reason, it is also ideal for aquarium nanos. However, it requires a lot of light and a privileged exposure to it.

Scientific name

Cryptocoryne parva

Common name

Cryptocoryne parva


what are his countries of origin?

Origin: Sri lanka

Ideal fertilization

how to fertilize this plant?

CO2: 5-40mg/l
Nitrates (NO3): 10-50mg/l
Phosphates (PO4);: 0,1-3mg/l
Potassium (K): 5-30mg/l
Iron (Fe): 0,01-0,5mg/l


which group is this plant?



what is the type of plant?


Water parameters

What are the Water parameters for the maintenance of this plant?

T°: 20 to 29°C or 68 to 84°F
pH: 5.5 to 8
Hardness: 1 to 20°dGH




Minimal lighting

what brightness is needed?



what is the maximum size of the plant?

5 to 10 cm (2 to 4")

Plantation area

in which area of the aquarium install this plant?



how fast does this plant grow?



Who is the Cryptocoryne parva?


Who is the Cryptocoryne parva?

Cryptocoryne Parva is one of the smallest species of Cryptocorynes, rarely exceeding 10 centimeters or 4 inches.

It has long oval leaves that do not evolve throughout the life of the plant (neither shape nor colour). The emergent leaves are broad while the leaves developed under the water are rather narrow.

Planting and maintenance

How to plant and maintain the Cryptocoryne parva?

Planting and maintenance

How to plant and maintain the Cryptocoryne parva?

It needs a lot of light to flourish. Indeed, in an immersed situation and without sufficient light source, it may lose its limb completely (wide and flat part of the leaf). You need therefore to offer a light source of power at least equal to 1 watt for 3 liters or 0.8 gallons, or even 1 watt for 1 liter or 0.3 gallons. In addition, the plant should never be hidden from the light by another plant.

A rich soil is essential to allow the roots to draw the necessary nutrients for its development. Cryptocoryne parva does not require a critical contribution in Co2, but if you choose to introduce it, it will always be a plus for its good development. However, do not be surprised, this plant grows very very slowly, even under perfectly controlled conditions. So don’t worry if it seems that it doesn’t grow! You must still see some growth over several months to conclude that it is in good health.

If you plant several feet, space them at least 4 centimeters or 1.5 inches apart to allow each plant to grow well. After a few months, they will form a homogeneous carpet.

Finally, when necessary, cut the leaves that bring too much shade at the foot of the plant.


How to farm the Cryptocoryne parva?


How to farm the Cryptocoryne parva?

Farming of this species occurs by division of the rhizome. The portion taken from the substrate should be planted well away from the mother plant so that the roots have space (the small Cryptocoryne develops important roots).

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Good to Know

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Cryptocoryne parva can provide shelter for fry, including Platy, Guppy, Molly, and Green Swordtail.

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