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: