Plant Portrait: Cryptocoryne spiralis „tiger“

It quickly became one of my favorite plants and as usual, it’s not entirely green ;). Unfortunately, it’s not easy to get – this particular plant was available as a tissue culture cup from ADA, but it’s not being sold at the moment. I was lucky enough to get two plants from an aquarium-friend.

It’s not a very complicated plant, however, it seems to like very high light and fertilizer tabs at the roots, but doesn’t require soil.
Unlike other Cryptocoryne, it grows runners directly at the base of the old plant, which make it perfect for aquascaping.
It grows fairly high though, the longest leafs are about 60cm long right now.
So, what makes this plant special you ask? Well, see for yourself:

WRGB Setup

Here’s how I set up my WRGB Lamp for a gradual dawn/sunset.

Note: With the new app that was released a few days ago, you might have to change the last 2 settings a bit so the lamp turns off at 23:30 (before 24:00) – there seems to be a bug that makes the lamp light up bright pink. I can only imagine that’s because the scale ends at 23:30 and that somehow messes everything up. I haven’t found a solution yet sadly.

R % G % B % W %
11:00 0 0 0 0
11:30 5 0 5 0
12:00 32 8 8 3
12:30 50 16 8 5
13:00 60 25 3 5
13:30 65 35 7 15
14:00 45 45 45 30
14:30 45 45 45 45
20:30 45 45 45 45
21:00 45 45 45 30
21:30 65 35 7 15
22:00 60 25 3 5
22:30 50 16 8 5
23:00 32 8 8 3
23:30 5 0 5 0
24:00 0 0 0 0

 

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