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11-29-2012 12:55 PM
bitFUUL Yeah, how can we get some seeds? I'm in Orlando.
11-19-2012 09:51 PM
@marko@ wow, i dont think ive ever seen a crypt fruit before.
if youre willing to sell me a couple of seeds, id love to try germinating them. if your interested, please pm me with the prices for the seeds for the species whose seeds you got.
11-19-2012 09:33 PM
Layout420 Haven't posted in a minute but I still have my crypts. Haven't had much time for them but they are all pretty healthy for the most part. Cool news, I have spotted 10 fruits/seed pods growing. I already have 2 that matured.

Mature fruit from a C. wendtii hybrid







25 seeds from one and 20 from the other. I've grown about 5 fruits before and the most seeds I got was 10-12. Some of the fruits I have this year are very large. So far this season I found 8 on my C. wendtii hybrid plants, 2 in C. beckettii, 2 in C. wendtii green gecko, and 1 in C. undulata. I had experimented with attracting large quantities of fruit flies to my setups and It appears to have paid off. I'll be posting more about the process and will be giving away some seeds so others can try their luck at growing from seed.
06-02-2012 04:27 AM
Marconis Jealous of that beautiful Crypt collection. One day I want an all-Crypt tank.
06-01-2012 07:08 PM
Layout420 It's been a really busy past few months for me so the updates have been rather slow. I've been taking pics tho so not to worry I have a bunch of cool stuff to share I just need to find the time to sort through everything and post some stuff. I had mentioned on other threads over at APC that I was going to try to culture fruit flies and see if I could pollinate my flowers. I looked on the internet and found a few places to get cultures from but never got anywhere. For a while I had been trimming my plants and leaving the trimmings in this styrofoam bucket, over time the decaying plant matter attracted fruit flies and now I have a pretty active culture of flies sitting in the middle of all my humidity domes. I threw in some fruit and other stuff and they are really loving it. I'm hoping to get a few flowers pollinated this season. I was able to some how get a few more fruits on a few of my C. wendtii species. I have a few pics to share of the newly discovered see pods. I counted 6 so that is going to be pretty cool to share. I am also looking to take a HD video of some of my setups to share with everyone. Anyways here are some pics, enjoy

Here is that bucket of flies I was talking about, Looks nasty but there are tons and tons of flies in there.


C. moehlmannii



C. lucens



Not sure of this species but It's commonly called C. nevellii , it reminds me of a mix between a willisi x lucens and a lutea


C. spirialis 'dwarf', next to C. ciliata this is the coolest spaeth I have




My chain swords are starting to send off runners




C. ideii, somehow this one melted completely but came back strong. It's that oak leaf litter I've been using. Stuff is really helping some of my melted plants come back!


Here is a species of C. undulata that I've had for a few years now, it's flower is almost identical to my common species of C. undulata but overall the plants look nothing alike. This species is very sensitive and melts at the drop of a hat. It was entirely melted but has come back strong. I've only had one flower ever from this species. Coolest flower too, so many shades of the same color.



Some species of C. cordata, I think


More to come over the weekend
05-03-2012 01:32 AM
ikuzo hi i'm glad to see you share your photos here too
they're beautiful i can watch those photos all day
great plants, great emersed setup
05-02-2012 11:36 PM
Layout420 Some emersed Eriocaulon parkeri


I think this is Eriocaulon linnaeus, grows locally in the southern states


It rained for 3 days and the snails in my moss container started to crawl all over the sides, I've never seen them active like this before


Dwarf Hairgrass, Eleocharis acicularis


Cryptocoryne albida threw up a new runner


Cryptocoryne 'Tropica aka bronze'






Cryptocoryne 'Red' ??


Cryptocoryne undulata, species from Florida Aquatic



Cryptocoryne willisi x lucens



Random Cryptocoryne wendtii, they are all usually a blur to me so hard to identify the species



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Cryptocoryne lucens finally put out a spaeth, first time in over 1.5 years



I was having bad melt so I tried the method of putting oak tree leaf litter around the plant and I have to say it is actually working quite well

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This is really starting to take off



An unknown Cryptocoryne wendtii species




Cryptocoryne ciliata is getting kinda big this time of year


Cryptocoryne beckettii is one of my favorite flowers, it opens up so nice





HC growing in an orange juice container. I put some aquasoil in the bottom and dropped a few pieces of HC and a Cryptocoryne wendtii inside. Really is taking off


5" pot with Cryptocoryne albida overflowing with HC



Cryptocoryne wendtii species


04-15-2012 05:30 PM
xximanoobxx Really nice setup! Mine never really got super thick since they're indoors and not receiving enough light. Contact me if you're interested in some rare crypts. I have a bunch of extras(maybe) at home. (elliptica, schulzei, etc.)
04-15-2012 05:17 PM
nantuko /drool I love seeing these amazing emersed setups! Subscribed.
04-14-2012 11:16 PM
Layout420 Cryptocoryne wendtii 'tropica aka bronze'


C. moehlmannii


C. pontederiifolia with some java fern


C. wendtii 'red' (left) and C. wendtii 'copper' I think


an unknown cryptocoryne, any ideas...


C. beckettii



03-31-2012 02:32 AM
Layout420
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I know Florida is always warm so are you keeping these domes outdoors under direct sunlight?
Yep, I keep them all outside. I have a screened in patio that helps keep the intensity of the sun down. Also, I keep them in an area that gets direct sun from 12-1PM ish until 4 or so. All the rest of the time they get indirect sun. I am also going to have to change the location of the plants soon because I'll bee having temps in the mid 90's and although they can tolerate the higher temps the water can reach 100+ degrees and that is no good. I've had the water temp in the mid 80's these past few months with my styrofoam containers in the low 80's to high 70's. Last year I got temps in the high 90's when it was very hot out. No deaths but they should probably have temps in the mid 70's-80's. I have plans to drop the tiny humidity domes I am currently in and purchase a 2x4 foot plastic bin with a humidity dome top from the hydroponic store. I want to be able to control the water a little better right now i'm having problems with algae and fungus/mold. My idea is to have the water level just at the base of the plants and have it pumped in from a sump and hopefully the current will keep the algae down this way I can filter the water. If my idea translates as good as I hope it will be quite impressive. I'll post pics of the entire operation if I get it up and running. Should cost upwards of 400$ to get it up and running but it will really cut down the work I have to do 10 fold. Right now I have 15+ set ups that require water changing bi weekly. Each water change at it's fastest takes 5 min.
03-30-2012 01:00 PM
speedie408 Thanks for answering my questions above.

One more question. I know Florida is always warm so are you keeping these domes outdoors under direct sunlight? I just couldn't help but notice in the pics that they seem to be...

Great update btw.
03-29-2012 12:35 AM
GMYukonon24s Nice collection.
03-28-2012 10:31 PM
Layout420 C. wendtii 'green gecko'





An unknown C. wendtii, I posted pics of the plant and the leaves in my last post





C. undulata 'Florida Aquatic species'



Some species of C. willisi x lucens



C. moehlmannii, I thought this was long gone in my collection. It looks almost identical to C. pontederiifolia but now that it flowered I can see the subtle differences between the 2 species. C. moehlmannii grows taller and has a more yellowish green shade to it.



I got another spaeth on that unknown C. wendtii species


C. wendtii 'tropica aka bronze'



Random C. wendtii, probably red





C. pontederiifolia is finally going to flower this year, been 2 years since any of mine have flowered. Last season I had about 200 plants that did not flower


Pot of C. albida with HC


Hydrocootle is flowering in my swamp/wetland tub



A family of frogs is living in one of my tanks, I found some eggs today



Here is the tank



3 C. beckettii spaeth's ready to bloom, I hope they all go at the same time it would be a cool pic

03-28-2012 10:13 PM
Layout420
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Those crypts look so healthy. do you keep any submersed?
Nope, not at this time. I do have plans to build a 50-70 gallon tank at my dads business. He has the tank but we have to do a few things to get it ready. He's got a client that distributes gas so he's getting a CO2 tank and regulator this week. I have a nice 4 foot long CF light fixture and we are most likely going to put a flourite/eco complete type of substrate in. Going to order a power head and a Eheim 2215 canister filter. I have a ton of crypts and java ferns and anubias to populate the tank with, and a ton of drift wood. Should have it up in about a month or so once everything arrives It might take a week or 2 to get it ready to add water. I'll post some pics. I will probably put 1-200 crypts in it. The tank is 4 feet wide by 2 feet tall by 1 foot deep.
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