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Today 06:20 AM
kisanjong Thats some collection you have very nice :clap:
Yesterday 09:06 PM
johnson18
Johnson18's Emersed tanks! New plans for expanded rack system! Input Welcome!

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Originally Posted by johnson18 View Post
I've figured out that I've got enough room to build a rack that is 10-12ft long and 6 to 8ft tall. I'd like to make it 2ft deep, with an added support 18-20" in from the front, on at least the first two levels, in order to fully support the back of the 40 breeders. Although I don't plan of having them full of water. This will allow me plenty of room for my emersed plant collection to grow over the next few years as well as room for any smaller tanks that I want to add for shrimp or small cichlids etc. I also plan to use this for some of my other plant collections, such as my Tillandsias.

I'm surprised not a single person had anything to say about a tank rack of this size! ;p Hahahaha!

C. x willisii 'Lucens' spathe I just photographed.
No flash


The flash shows the true colors of the spathe!


Looking through the tanks I've found the following:

There are a couple of the C. wendtii variants with spathes, which is no real surprise! The last few months it's been a rare occurrence when I can't find a wendtii spathe!

C. pontederiifolia seems to have gone back to growing vegetation instead of sending up spathes nonstop! Lots of new daughter plants.

C. usteriana x walkeri is still nonstop spathes. The old one is about half melted, the new one probably has two days left before it opens.

C. griffithii has been growing well, several new daughter plants have popped up in the last few months! Even more exciting is the mother plant looks like it has a spathe developing! Really excited about this as griffithii was one of the first "rare" crypts I added to my collection.

Crypt. sp. 'Flamingo' has been doing well. The leaves seem to be getting lighter in color with each new leaf. The first ones once it adjusted to emersed were almost a grayish brown.

All of the recently added species are doing well. Most have a new leaf or two already. I'd get some close up shots but I'd like to disturb them as little as possible before the big move.


Plenty of stem plants blooming too. These got a bit of a trim on Monday.



If there is anything in particular anyone wants a picture of let me know, I'll do my best to get you one!
04-21-2014 03:51 AM
johnson18 Dug around in the 20L a few minutes ago & it looks like C x willisii 'lucens' has a spathe developing. First time I've had this species do so! I'll definitely keep an eye on it and take some pictures!
04-21-2014 02:58 AM
johnson18 Thanks Devin! So far I have found that they are surprisingly simple, if you put them in the correct substrate mixture. The few hard water species I have tried at the beginning just slowly faded away in here, but I'm using a substrate that has an acidic pH. So that's really no surprise. I'm looking forward to expanding the number of emersed tanks I've got! The expansion will allow me to keep hard water crypts in a separate tank set up specifically for them. Same thing goes for the super acidic loving black water species!

There is already at least one species, C. longicauda "Rosanervig" 'Seri Amen', that I will separate into multiple pots, leaving one in my normal tank and moving the other to the blackwater tank. I've been told that when it is in water with a pH down close to 5.0, the plant shows it's true colors that the "Rosanervig" varieties are know for!

There are several species that I have avoided so far due to there pH requirements. I'm looking forward to being able to add pretty much any species I want! Well, that is if I can locate and afford them!
04-21-2014 02:24 AM
hydrophyte Wow, those crypts are beautiful.
04-20-2014 08:07 PM
johnson18 Since I'm sure most everyone loves pictures, here are a couple quick shots I just snapped of the 55.

Please let me know if you have any thoughts or suggestions on my rack build discussed in the post before this!





Most of the newer plants are all in this end. Been getting some new leaves already.



There are a bunch of spathes throughout the tank.
04-20-2014 06:42 PM
johnson18 I've figured out that I've got enough room to build a rack that is 10-12ft long and 6 to 8ft tall. I'd like to make it 2ft deep, with an added support 18-20" in from the front, on at least the first two levels, in order to fully support the back of the 40 breeders. Although I don't plan of having them full of water. This will allow me plenty of room for my emersed plant collection to grow over the next few years as well as room for any smaller tanks that I want to add for shrimp or small cichlids etc. I also plan to use this for some of my other plant collections, such as my Tillandsias.
03-27-2014 03:02 PM
johnson18

New plants have arrived! I'm super impressed by the sellers packaging.

Just went to grab some pots to plant these and realized I only have a couple 2" net pots. Whoops! Guess I'm off to the local nursery a couple miles from the house!
03-25-2014 03:57 AM
johnson18 Several new spathes all from the same plants that have been active.

Got the following plants on the way:
Cryptocoryne cordata var. cordata 'Blassii' (super red variant)
Cryptocoryne longicauda 'Seri Aman'"Rosanervig"
Cryptocoryne affinis "Metallic Red" 'Pahang Barat'
Cryptocoryne ideii

I've also inquired about a few more species.

Recently got the ok to start figuring out the required supplies that I'll need for an IBC tote aquaponics set up. Not sure yet if it'll be one or two containers. Super stoked about this. I've been slowly hoarding supplies, reading and watching youtube videos about aquaponics for the last year to build a small indoor set up for myself. Now that I'll be living with several people, we are going to scrap the small system for a more usable size to provide for all of us.
03-21-2014 06:12 PM
johnson18 Just waiting to pay for the following plants that should hopefully be here next week.

Cryptocoryne Cordata var. Cordata 'Blassii' (super red variant)
Cryptocoryne Longicauda 'Seri Aman'"Rosanervig"
Cryptocoryne Ideii


I also noticed when I put in the pot with the C. Affinis 'Metallic Red' that I'm gonna have a hard time fitting many more pots into either of these tanks. I may have to go ahead and take out the Schefflera pre-bonsai that has been living in the 55 to encourage the growth of areal roots. That plant is sitting on a piece of wood to keep it out of the water, once removed it should provide room for 3-6 more pots.
03-21-2014 04:48 PM
rajah_22 Sounds like great idea. I would post the care sheets around online as well, so lots of people can find them.
03-21-2014 04:40 PM
johnson18 So I've been looking at some of my plants and I need to thin out a few pots pretty badly. Most of the crypts are pretty basic: a couple wendtii variants: Green gecko, FL Sunset, lutea, pontederiifolia & probably a few nurii, though that may not be all of them. I'm thinking about maybe putting together a few emersed crypt starter packs as a RAOK. I always pack different species separately & labeled as I personally cannot stand ordering several different species of plants and getting them all tossed in a bag or rolled in a papertowel/newspaper together with no way to fully ID half the plants species. I was also considering putting together a simple How To/Care sheet with maybe a few basic pointers, substrate suggestions/idea, misting tips, etc... Maybe some moss or riccia for you to chop up and top your substrate with. I'm hoping to have it aimed towards the folks that may have just started an emersed tank or are interested in crypts but have been holding off on the emersed growth. I just know how much I love growing Crypts and seeing spathes pop up! I would really like to help some others who want to get into emersed crypts too!

I would like to try and get some input on this idea!

If you are an experienced Crypt keeper, what were some essential things that helped you when starting out? Got any recommendations or thoughts?

If you are part of the target group, what would you think you'd like to see or get in a pack like that? Just plants? Maybe some root tabs that could be used whole or opened and mixed with substrate? Also would a How To/Care Sheet actually be of use or just a waste of my time as you can find all the same info either here, the Crypt Club or any number of great emersed crypt journals on here or APC/BarrReport/HydraForum/etc....

Anyone wish to chime in on this?



As a side note, I've got two Affinis 'Metallic Red' that have yet to be planted. They will be split between emersed and submersed.
03-19-2014 04:43 AM
johnson18 The plants are loving their new lights! I've had spathes from C. wendtii(3), usteriana x walkeri(2), nurii(1) & pontederiifolia(3) as well as several different Anubais sp. inflorescences(6 total) since installing the new bulbs! Unfortunately I had surgery to removed kidney stones last Monday 3/10 and spent all of last week either asleep or highly intoxicated. Just when I was finally starting to feel better I started experiencing a new pain from what's most likely some sort of kidney infection. No worries, I live, but it's made digging around in tanks and pulling plants to take pictures a little more difficult than usual.

The stem plants seem to like the new lights. Hygro sp. 'Brown' has started going crazy in the 55. I added several nice rooted stems of Hygrophila sp. 'araguaia' in two pots to the 20L, looks like it's adjusting well.

I've not seen anything from the two crypts added 3/5. They both totally melted and have shown no sign of returning.

Here is the Cryptocoryne usteriana x walkeri spathe that opened today, took this just before lights out. This is the second spathe in two weeks.



H. 'Brown'. You can also see two of the three pots of C. parva I recently added after pulling close to 30 individual plants out of my 20L Riparium.



My A. barteri has seen an increase in the size of it's most recent new leaves. It currently has two inflorescences at the same time, actually the second opened today.



Here is a mostly fts of the 20L.

03-05-2014 05:20 PM
johnson18 Added C. nurii Pahang mutated and C. noritoi "Wongso" from Han today. They look a little rough from shipping but I am hoping they will bounce back. The Anubias nana 'Snow White' for my 55 didn't make it, very mushy! The 'Stardust' was in a little bit better shape than the white but not much.

C. nurii 'Pahang mutated'



C. noritoi 'Wongso'



I'll add pictures of them planted over the next few days as they aren't much to look at right now.


The C. 'Flamingo' is doing well, it has put out two leaves since it was planted. Not pink but they seem to get a little lighter with each new leaf.
03-05-2014 04:39 AM
johnson18 Got the rest of the Geisemann bulbs installed this morning. Definitely adds a lot of pink to the visual light on these tank, which doesn't bother me as they aren't display tanks. The pink isn't nearly as noticeable on the full tanks. I also knew that Aquaflora was pink when I ordered it!

I've got three different crypts that have spathes developing & a few Anubias inflorescences forming too!

Here are a few full tank shots of the 55! A couple of these look way more pink than they really are. My red duct tape holding the plastic wrap on certainly doesn't help.









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