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Today 02:18 AM
Monster Fish That's enough lighting for it. If it's shaded, let it receive more light. Otherwise, leave it alone and let it do its thing.
Today 01:54 AM
philipraposo1982 Finnex planted plus.
Today 01:34 AM
Monster Fish
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Originally Posted by philipraposo1982 View Post
My crypt wendtii green grows great with a darkish red too. But my gecko has not. PH is 7.6 ish, nitrates stay around 10-20, temp is 77, GH and kh is 7 and 8 degrees respectively. I try and maintain 10:1 nitrate to phosphates too.
Everything looks good. What's your lighting like? In my shrimp tank, the Green Gecko is the tallest growing plant in the tank so it's never shaded.
Yesterday 08:34 PM
shloken38
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Originally Posted by Madsci View Post
Rescaped my crypt collection this weekend, thought you guys might enjoy




Crypts:
affinis green
affinis metallic red
albida costata
beckettii
beckettii petchii
bullosa
dewitti
hudouri
ideii
moehlmannii
norotoroi
nurii
nurii Pahang mutate
parva
pontederiifolia
undulata
usteriana
walkeri legroi
wendtii
wendtii green
x willisii
(sp.) - Unknown Sri Lanken (assumed), probably undulata or walkeri of some variety

I'm on the fence with what I want to do for a fert dosing schedule, anybody want to chime in what they do for their crypt tanks?
You have some nice crypts, some I haven't seen around. May I ask where you go that Bullosa from? Saw that for the first time the other day on Facebook.....love it!
Yesterday 11:32 AM
philipraposo1982
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Originally Posted by Monster Fish View Post
C. wendtii 'Green Gecko' is just as easy as other wendtii varieties IME. Just don't crowd it and leave it alone after planting it and it should become a weed. I have it in a low tech shrimp tank and it grows nicely textured leaves with the red blotch down the middle of each leaf.

What's your water parameters?
My crypt wendtii green grows great with a darkish red too. But my gecko has not. PH is 7.6 ish, nitrates stay around 10-20, temp is 77, GH and kh is 7 and 8 degrees respectively. I try and maintain 10:1 nitrate to phosphates too.
Yesterday 11:22 AM
Madsci Rescaped my crypt collection this weekend, thought you guys might enjoy




Crypts:
affinis green
affinis metallic red
albida costata
beckettii
beckettii petchii
bullosa
dewitti
hudouri
ideii
moehlmannii
norotoroi
nurii
nurii Pahang mutate
parva
pontederiifolia
undulata
usteriana
walkeri legroi
wendtii
wendtii green
x willisii
(sp.) - Unknown Sri Lanken (assumed), probably undulata or walkeri of some variety

I'm on the fence with what I want to do for a fert dosing schedule, anybody want to chime in what they do for their crypt tanks?
Yesterday 03:18 AM
Monster Fish C. wendtii 'Green Gecko' is just as easy as other wendtii varieties IME. Just don't crowd it and leave it alone after planting it and it should become a weed. I have it in a low tech shrimp tank and it grows nicely textured leaves with the red blotch down the middle of each leaf.

What's your water parameters?
05-31-2015 10:41 PM
philipraposo1982 anyone got any advice for growing crypt green gecko? I have one that I got a while ago but I can't seem to get it to grow well. It throws out new leaves every so often but they are not very big and sometimes comes out curling to the right or left.

The color is nice lime green as it should but the red / pick center is not as bold as I would like to see it. Its in a low teh tank with no co2 or excel so maybe thats it?

if anyone has grown this plant successfully submersed I would love some advice.

thanks.
05-24-2015 05:37 AM
Monster Fish Crypts will do fine with Excel if they're already used to it and you keep up with regular dosing. However, adding Excel for the first time to a tank full of established crypts will result in some melting.
05-24-2015 01:15 AM
JMN16150 My pondeteriifolia doesn't mind the glutahy-whatchamacallit? It creates new leaves on a regular basis
05-23-2015 07:07 PM
philipraposo1982 Some people report the same while others report negative effects from excel. The point is that it can harm the plant.

Not something I would risk in my tank, but to each their own.
05-23-2015 06:33 PM
AquaAurora I've grown crypt wendtii and parva with Seachem Excel and never had an issue.
05-23-2015 04:32 PM
philipraposo1982 With very hard water your pontederiifolia would be doing great. Even more so with the co2. I am aware that crypts dont like excel though, so I would stop dosing that. There really is no need for excel if you have a pressurized system.

Until my most recent rescape 1 week again I had a problem with acidic water because of safe t sorb substrate. Was a mess for my hard water crypts. I only just realized this recently which is why for a year I continued to deal with crypts that didn't thrive like I know they can.

I don't run co2 or excel. I have a 75g with a planted plus suspending 24" ish above the substrate. PH is 7.6 ish and temp is 77. I switched to pool filter sand substrate with dig root tabs.

Because of the recent rescape all my crypts are going through a melt and all plants are having to readjust to the tank. They were out of water for over 10 hours. So far its not too bad but I have still lost a lot of leaves. A new leaf is on its way for my pontederiifolia so I will take pics and monitor its growth for a while and provide updates.

I am hoping with the acidic water problem being solved I should be able to get decent growth.

Oh and I do a modified dosing, very little potassium and micros with occasional phosphates as needed. I have a heavy fish load so I don't have to worry about nitrates or phosphates generally. I do 2x water changes a week at about 50-60% to keep parameters fro. Fluctuating too much from normal tap water. Less time between WC means less time for things to drastically change.



The first picture is of my smaller plant of the 2. That leaf is older and has yet to melt since the rescape.

The second pic is of the more.matured plant, the new leaf. The rest of the leaves melted and I had to cut them off.
05-23-2015 04:16 PM
Madsci
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Originally Posted by philipraposo1982 View Post
What are you tank parameters like? Co2? What lighting? Substrate? Got any pics?
20L all-crypt tank, 30" Planted+, compost/peat moss capped with ecocomplete, very hard water, EI dosing/homemade root tabs (been busy last couple week so haven't been keeping up on this like I should. My crypts are kinda mad at me) and ~16 well-fed white cloud minnows, pressurized CO2 with full recommended dose Excel. How about yourself?

Pontederiifolia that are closest to the light are the most affected, which really makes sense. But even the off-center ones are getting some of that affliction. I've got about 20 different crypt species and Pontederiifolia are the only ones that really look like this. Don't have the time to grab a pic right now unfortunately but can update later.

A few of the parameters will be outdated in a few days though. I just got my Planted+ 24/7 yesterday (LOVE IT!) and am going to tear down and swap the substrate for topsoil with nutricote sprinkled on top and capped with black sand (plus new driftwoood I picked up last week).

Also, to anybody, suggestions about anything else I should consider during my rescape would be super appreciated! It's going down probably this next week, I'm so pumped!
05-21-2015 08:58 PM
philipraposo1982 Maybe together we can find out what is causing the not so great looking leaves.
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