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Cryptocoryne Balansae

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Cryptocoryne Balansae

Cryptocoryne Balansae is a freshwater plant that originates from Thailand. It is a very attractive plant with elongated, crinkled, and dramatically indented leaves. The leaves can range in color from dark to light green, and provide a great place for fish to hide and play. Learn more about how to take care of your newest live aquarium plant below!

Maintenance & Care for Cryptocoryne Balansae

The balansae plant is ideal for the background of your tank, as it can grow up to 16” tall when kept in good conditions. It does not require intense lighting, but the leaves will grow faster and achieve more puckering under a strong light (2-3 watts/gallon).

  • Minimum Lighting Required: Moderate
  • Temperature Range: 77-82°F
  • Tank Placement: Background

Cryptocoryne Balansae thrives in nutrient-rich environments, so having good substrate and sufficient levels of nitrate, iron, phosphate, and calcium is recommended. Most of these nutrients, however, are already present in sufficient quantities in most tap and aquarium water. If desired, you may always provide additional fertilization and supplements boost quite easily by adding either liquid fertilizers or root tabs.

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Reviews (13)

  • 3
    Crypt Balansae
    Posted by David on 7 Feb 2024

    Received 3 C. Balansae plants, they look strong and healthy, however they have essentially no roots. I don't know if they will take. I am having some difficulty keeping them anchored. Hopefully they will take. Would be 5 stars if I were not concerned about root system. Other plants I have ordered have been of excellent quality.

  • 5
    Pleasantly surprised
    Posted by Malgorzata Pikor on 8 Jan 2024

    I have never ordered live plants online before. I was a bit nervous since they were shipped during late December in New England. ALL of my plants arrived quickly and were healthy with minimal need for prunning. Needless to say, I placed another order for more plants to make my aquascape even more beautiful.

  • 5
    Posted by Mackenzie on 12 Apr 2022

    I've had these about a month. They hardly melted back, and are looking wonderful!

  • 5
    Posted by Rob on 12 Jan 2022

    The plants arrived healthy and in good condition.

  • 5
    Posted by Robert Baker on 25 Aug 2021


  • 4
    Cryptocoryne Balanae
    Posted by Mike Whitaker on 22 Jun 2021

    These showed up with some yellowing., but overall they look ok. I will definitely feed them heavy and they should be just fine.

  • 4
    Posted by Kathy Smith on 5 May 2021

    These have an incredible root system! Plants are young still so waiting to see how they grow. All of the plants I have ordered have been delivered quickly & in really good shape!

  • 5
    Good size
    Posted by Amber on 22 Mar 2021

    These are a little hard to review, as they have pnly been in my tank for 4 days and some leaves are beginning to melt due to transplant shock. This is very common with the plant and typically they recover fine with good nutrition and water quality. They are nice sized plants, and each one has 2-3 leaves. Some aren't melting yet so I'm hopefully they won't.

  • 4
    Posted by Alejandra Ibarra on 1 Sep 2020

    This plant is not doing so well in my tank. It's not as green or thick as the picture. I don't know too much about plants so I'm unsure of why this plant is not doing so well in my tank.

  • 5
    Plant review
    Posted by Brian Janosik on 13 Aug 2020

    I bought a few Crytocoryne spiralis and balansae, Great plants !! Good shape !! Very happy with them and shipped and received on the day requested . This is my second order from them , very happy with both orders . Only suggestion , would be helpful if something were inserted into the plant description whether plants ( some species) have been emersed or submersed prior to receiving them . Will order from them again with no hesitation

  • 5
    Beautiful, Tall Crypts for My Nano Aquarium
    Posted by Brenda LeM on 12 Aug 2020

    The plants arrived in excellent condition with nice roots. So far, so good not much melting which is to be expected with Crypts. I planted them in my 7 gallon Betta tank with my other Balansae Crypts that I puchased a few months ago. I will definately order from Modern Aquarium again.

  • 5
    beautiful plant
    Posted by Amber on 4 Aug 2020

    Great couple of plants, sprouted new growth within 24 hours of planting.