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Who's eating my balanese crypt?

This past weekend I planted some lovely Cryptocoryne crispatula (balanese crypt). It's growing well already, but it may not make it because something in my tank appears to be eating it.

I've never had any issues will my fauna eating noticable amounts of plants before. But someone seems to be chowing down on this. Big chunks dissappear every day. My only clue that something else could be happening, is that this is only happening to old growth, all the new leaves are fine.

I've got my fauna listed in my sig. Anyone have any idea who might be responsible?

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Steve - 33g reef and a 180g planted in need of a re-scape.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-10-2004, 02:32 AM
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Sounds like it could be plain old Crypt melt. I transplanted a bunch of well established C. wendtii from my 40 to my 125 and the majority of old leaves are melting away. But new growth is coming up so there's nothing to worry about.

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Thanks. I don't have much experience w/crypts. But have read about the "melt" plenty of times. Just never seen it. As long as "melt" means "big chunks going missing", then that could well be what this is.

At least I hope so. It's a lovely plant - would love to keep it.

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NO worries, as long as theres new growth, your fine!
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Yup...just experienced it myself. Outer leaves of the red C. wendtii were shed, but new leaves sprouted and they're on their way to recovery.

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Thanks folks! Feel better now!

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Definitely melt.

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Thanks folks. Just to confirm what you already knew... there is significant new growth even today. Several lovely new leaves, nicely crinkled and deep green, that I really don't think were there yesterday.

This is indeed taking off. It's just the old leaves are disintegrating.

I'm sure you are right on target. Melt.

And now I don't have to be unhappy with the fauna about this either...

Now if I could just get that SAE to stop nibbling the lovely pink tops off the new rotala wallichii!

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Supposedly when you transplant your crypts or plant them the first time, you can prevent/reduce melt by trimming about 1/3 of the roots off. I tried this the last time I bought some, though I was really worried about killing the plant. It seems to have worked though. Instead of 100% melt, which I often get, I only had a few leaves melt off.
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I'm new to aquatic plants, but I can confirm from years of bonsai keeping that if you were doing a straight transplant with no foliage trimming (which would be rare), but cut the roots back a bit (25%, but certainly not 50%) you would definitely stimulate new growth.

Maybe the there is a similar principal here somehow.

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