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01-14-2016 08:06 AM
Monster Fish GH should be at least 7-8, KH should be at least 7. While C. walkeri tolerates softer water, C. usteriana is a hard water plant.
01-14-2016 06:11 AM
Patriot Is water hardness of 8 good enough to grow cryptocoryne usteriana x walkeri? I can't find a reading of the ideal water hardness for this species.
11-25-2015 02:50 PM
Dave in the basement
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Originally Posted by philipraposo1982 View Post
Not sure if this actually helps or not but I do it with my crypts. I have a container floating in the tank where I am pulling crypts from, as I am pulling up plants I move them in there. The container is filled with the same tank water. The end goal is to never expire the plant to the open air. I find there is far less shock with this method.
Thanks for this as well! For the plants that went to another room, I kept them submerged. For the ones that just made the trip across the room, I told them to hold their breath. So far, so good!
11-24-2015 09:18 PM
Dave in the basement
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Originally Posted by BruceF View Post
I find that if you have crypts that are doing well they will continue to do well when you move them. I just take them up with as much root as possible separate them into individual plants and then plant them out in the new tank. A little trimming of the roots and leaves doesn't hurt. If they like your water in the first place they will be happy in the end.
Thanks, Bruce! I divided and moved quite a few of them, so we'll see how they do.

I still have a ton of them left, so maybe I'll ROAK them if my friends aren't interested in them.
11-24-2015 06:30 PM
philipraposo1982 Not sure if this actually helps or not but I do it with my crypts. I have a container floating in the tank where I am pulling crypts from, as I am pulling up plants I move them in there. The container is filled with the same tank water. The end goal is to never expire the plant to the open air. I find there is far less shock with this method.
11-24-2015 05:59 PM
BruceF
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Originally Posted by Dave in the basement View Post
Anyone have any advice on splitting and moving crypts, please? They are taking over my 55 and I need to spread the love to my 15 and 29 tanks. Thanks in advance!
I find that if you have crypts that are doing well they will continue to do well when you move them. I just take them up with as much root as possible separate them into individual plants and then plant them out in the new tank. A little trimming of the roots and leaves doesn't hurt. If they like your water in the first place they will be happy in the end.
11-24-2015 03:00 PM
end3r.P Anyone have tips on growing C. parva in a low-light, low-tech setup? I know it will grow very slowly -- just want to keep it alive and healthy. Soft or hard water? Temp? Ferts?
11-24-2015 01:08 PM
Dave in the basement Anyone have any advice on splitting and moving crypts, please? They are taking over my 55 and I need to spread the love to my 15 and 29 tanks. Thanks in advance!
11-18-2015 09:42 PM
Madsci
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Originally Posted by Patriot View Post
Are they hard water crypts in soft water?
I have very hard water. Crypt noritoi I believe is a hard water crypt (if submersed culture is viable long-term, I think this would be the tank for it), crypt albida I suspect would be a hard water crypt, and I'm unsure about crypt dewitii but I have a feeling it's closer to a blackwater crypt.
11-18-2015 06:01 PM
Patriot
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Originally Posted by Madsci View Post
Hey guys, I'm having trouble keeping some of my submerged crypts. (Planted + 24/7, sand capped topsoil, CO2, EI dosing and occasional root tabs)

Crypt norotoi is a lush green when I can get it to grow and I've gotten 7 or 8 plants from the original but it's not uncommon for all of them to lose their leaves at once and they're not looking so hot right now. Crypt costata albida is another one that looks super gorgeous and it's a unique crypt but the three plants I've started with have never propagated and have never had >3 leaves/plant. Crypt dewitii I've never really been able to grow - the rhizomes I've got now are growing a bit but I'm afraid patience isn't going to be enough to see them really thrive.

Anyone else have experience trying to grow these crypts submerged? I don't think I have the will/resources to set up an emersed setup, unfortunately.
Are they hard water crypts in soft water?
11-18-2015 05:56 PM
Jared Klein
Plant ID?

So i got this plant in a little bag sealed from a local pet store. no idea what it is and i posted another thread asking about the small white specs. I'm pretty sure it is a Crypt, but no idea which one. also it doesn't seem to be thriving like everything else in the tank. Any ideal water parameters for this guy?

Also this whole plant is about the size of a half dollar.
11-18-2015 02:13 PM
Madsci Hey guys, I'm having trouble keeping some of my submerged crypts. (Planted + 24/7, sand capped topsoil, CO2, EI dosing and occasional root tabs)

Crypt norotoi is a lush green when I can get it to grow and I've gotten 7 or 8 plants from the original but it's not uncommon for all of them to lose their leaves at once and they're not looking so hot right now. Crypt costata albida is another one that looks super gorgeous and it's a unique crypt but the three plants I've started with have never propagated and have never had >3 leaves/plant. Crypt dewitii I've never really been able to grow - the rhizomes I've got now are growing a bit but I'm afraid patience isn't going to be enough to see them really thrive.

Anyone else have experience trying to grow these crypts submerged? I don't think I have the will/resources to set up an emersed setup, unfortunately.
11-11-2015 04:23 AM
Monster Fish
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Originally Posted by Patriot View Post
Thank you for the information. I have both cryptocoryne usteriana and usteriana x walkeri. I will have to add that stuff then.
No problem. Check this out:

Cryptocoryne by country
11-11-2015 04:15 AM
Patriot
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Originally Posted by Monster Fish View Post
Nope. You need to add GH booster and carbonates (baking soda) to keep the hardness above a certain amount. I keep the similar C. aponogetifolia in one of my tanks and I have to dose baking soda and GH booster after each water change to counteract my soft water.

I recently received a small C. usteriana. I'll see how it grows in my dirted tank with crushed coral in the substrate.
Thank you for the information. I have both cryptocoryne usteriana and usteriana x walkeri. I will have to add that stuff then.
11-11-2015 04:11 AM
Monster Fish
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Originally Posted by Patriot View Post
I understand that cryptocoryne usteriana does very well in hard water. Will it do fine none hard water?
Nope. You need to add GH booster and carbonates (baking soda) to keep the hardness above a certain amount. I keep the similar C. aponogetifolia in one of my tanks and I have to dose baking soda and GH booster after each water change to counteract my soft water.

I recently received a small C. usteriana. I'll see how it grows in my dirted tank with crushed coral in the substrate.
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