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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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Crypt Color Question

Hey guys!

I'm not very good with plants but I've had good luck with crypts. I am looking for brown-redish crypts. I bought crypt undulata red, and most of it is green with a hint of light brown. Except a small part of it, which is a nice soft brown color (not quite red though).

There is a nearby store that sells crypt wendtii tropica, which I read it's supposed to be bronze. But it looks green at the store actually. I was wondering if there is a chance that I could get it to turn brown maybe by providing certain ferts, or does the color just depend on the particular strain?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 03:23 AM
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Not that I have a lot of crypts, but my tropica (they were as puckered as an Eggo waffle when I picked them up in their emersed form!) are the reddest crypts in my tank. Also among the larger ones. (Except for crispatula "balsanae" - that guy trails along the surface!) The other ones I have vary from bronze to green, and with only a couple of exceptions, I don't know what they are. (Petco "Crypt, Assorted" potted plants!)

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 04:55 AM
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My Crypt Wendtii Tropicas really started turning bronze after I increased the lighting. It makes sense, under high light they just don't need as much chlorophyll to satisfy their photosynthesis needs.

That's my take on it at least.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input!! ^^ I think I will just wait to see if mine turn a little more red. It would be awesome to have that contrast
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