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Foreground Crypt for 4ft tank

Will be setting up a 4ft (most likely 120g) crypt tank soon. What is a good foreground crypt? Not interested in using C. parva.

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You'll want one that grows in a rosette pattern. From what I have seen so far the Wendtii green gecko is beautiful and grows in the rosette, has purple, brown, green and red colored leaves. Looking at google images, I may actually not have green gecko as it seems to be mostly green in the pictures and mine is definately not but still grows roughly the same as the pictures I saw.

I'm still really new to crypts so have the basic starter plants. Wendtii in red, brown and green as well as a few others. Can't wait to get a few of the rarer colored ones.

From the plant database here - http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/my...Rosette_Plants

Cryptocoryne petchii
Cryptocoryne beckettii - really pretty
Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia
Cryptocoryne walkeri 'lutea'
Cryptocoryne wendtii - very happy with all my wendtii plants
Cryptocoryne x willisii 'lucens'
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica'
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Brown'
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Unless you wanted to spend days and days planting tiny little plants, you are wise to want to avoid C. parva! hahaha.... Most of the wendtii varieties grow too tall for a proper foreground. I personally really enjoy C. x willisii 'Lucens'! I've got a nice patch of it growing in the foreground of my 55. It would look awesome in a larger 4ft tank.
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Thanks for the suggestions. C. willisii is an option. Interesting suggestion with the wendtii. From what I've seen it appears that the red/bronze ones can get huge while the green ones stay smaller. I am considering C. wendtii 'Green Gecko' as well. Anyone know how large that one gets?

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As far as I know all of the wendtii varieties will reach the same large size. When I first planted my 55, I had a few different C. wendtii var. within very little time they were all way too tall to be in the foreground.
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when i had parva i didnt pull each plant apart i planted in clumps pretty close together. maybe 3-5 plants together and then a couple inches apart i would plant a few more plants. they seemed to fill in pretty quick that way
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when i had parva i didnt pull each plant apart i planted in clumps pretty close together. maybe 3-5 plants together and then a couple inches apart i would plant a few more plants. they seemed to fill in pretty quick that way
Do you have any pics of your parva carpet?

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I just planted some wilissi path through a section of my
Only in the tank a few weeks so still adjusting, but pics online seem to keep it pretty short

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