Cryptocoryne Crispatula ‘Tonkinensis’

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Cryptocoryne Crispatula Tonkinensis

In the heart of Southeast Asia’s verdant waterways, a hidden gem known as Crypt Tonkinensis thrives amidst the serene currents of Thailand’s rivers and streams. This unique member of the Cryptocoryne family sets itself apart with its distinctive, slender, straw-like foliage, a striking divergence from the typically lush leaves of its relatives.

The Crypt Tonkinensis, nestled in its natural habitat, is a symbol of the rich aquatic diversity found in this region. It stands out not only for its unusual appearance but also for its remarkable adaptability and ease of cultivation, making it a prized possession for novice aquarists.

One of the most captivating features of this plant is its chameleon-like ability to transform under ideal conditions. When provided with the perfect blend of care and environment, especially in a well-maintained aquarium substrate like Chihiros Aquasoil, the Crypt Tonkinensis unveils a stunning metamorphosis. Its leaves, usually a vibrant green, can undergo a dramatic shift, displaying hues of deep red. This color change is not just a visual delight but a testament to the plant’s health and the aquarist’s skill.

This transformation is akin to a dance of nature, where the plant, nourished through its robust root system, eschews the need for high light, CO2, or intensive fertilization. Instead, it draws life from the enriched substrate, revealing its full potential in vivid color.

In addition to its low maintenance and aesthetic appeal, Crypt Tonkinensis is known for its versatility. It thrives both above and below water, showcasing its resilience and adaptability. Aquarists can propagate this species effortlessly by dividing the rhizome or replanting new growth, thus spreading its beauty further in their aquatic landscapes.

Crypt Tonkinensis is more than just an aquatic plant; it is an artist of the water, painting the aquarium with its dynamic color shifts and unique form. For those who cultivate it, it offers a rewarding journey, from its humble green beginnings to the spectacular display of red, signifying the perfect harmony between nature and nurture.


Not all plants are equal. We work really hard to make sure you get the best quality plants at the best prices. What you can expect to receive are as per photos. Plants are snail free, algae free and in great health. Tissue culture plants can vary in quantity and size. Tissue culture plants will continue to grow in their cups until the nutrients within the media is completely exhausted. Store in a cool and clean area if you do not intend to plant immediately. Plant immediately once opened. Please refer to our guide on tissue culture plants.

We recommend the usage of a 2HR Aquarist Fertilizer with all our aquarium plants for the best growth, colouration and plant health.

Additional information

Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 10 cm


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