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Cryptocoryne Tropica Growing Upward

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I agree, it's totally normal.

Generally when plants start to get "leggy" it means it is not receiving enough light and it will start to grow/reach towards the light. If the light is strong enough and the plant doesn't need to grow upwards, then it usually will grow compact or horizontally.

Judging by the color of your crypt it doesn't look your light is too low. It seems like the leaves are growing upward because they are competing with each other for light or at least thats what I experience my crypts to do over time.

Heres a picture of the same tank where in the start my crypt didn't have as many leaves


Heres after a few months of neglect


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