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01-15-2006 06:12 PM
triple red there is no way that its a balanese......
01-11-2006 07:03 PM
esarkipato wow, thanks for this thread, all! My hand-me-down vallis isn't a vallis at all! It's a Crypt! Crypt spiralis! Hooooorayyyyy.
01-11-2006 05:05 PM
marchsunrise371 Well I figured if I could identify it then maybe I could figure out where in the world it comes from and then get it to do something by getting conditions close to what its natural origin would be like. It was labled a Balanese crypt when I bought it. But I don't really go strictly by what aquatic plants are labled in the stores. Alot of times they are labled incorrectly.
I think i might try to put it in a pot and put a jobes stick under it in some kitty litter and peat. Just to see if it will do something. (Nothing else has worked) Maybe move it to my tank that I have a peat filter on. That tank has 4wpg. no c02.
01-11-2006 12:54 PM
Bert H Don't know what it is, but definitely does not look like a Crypt.
01-11-2006 02:49 AM
Pictures of the root

Ok here are two pictures of the plant root and the size of a leaf relative to the size of a pencil.
I'm thinking if I can identify this plant I may be able to get it do SOMETHING,
I have searched many a site to figure out what this thing is.... just can't seem to find it.
Thanks in advance for the help.
01-10-2006 06:35 AM
Originally Posted by jmelnek
I have about 10 Cryptocoryne balansae in my 46g and they only started to have new growth when I moved them to the side of the tank for more light. I have a 96w cf and they were not getting enough light towards the back. Now they have to be trimmed about every 2 weeks.

Yeah mine started slowly, but cranked up when they saw more light after I moved them to the foreground. I really like the texture of C. balansae's leaves. Regarding your plant April, I'm with Mike on the ID. My C.balansae have kind of white colored roots.
01-10-2006 03:06 AM
marchsunrise371 Ummm,
The root is like a bulb. Although that is not an acurate description.
The "bulb" is sort of "cylindrical" shaped yet not like a rhizome shape such as with java fern. And there are several nodules on the bulb where the roots come out. The leaves come out from the top of the bulb and they all come out very tightly wrapped around each other at the center.
I will pull the plant up and take a pic tomorrow. Last night when I took the pic that is in the link I left my camera on and now I have to charge the batteries.
01-10-2006 12:01 AM
Momotaro What does the root look like? Does it even have a root? Is it growing from a bulb?

I am thinking it may be a Crinium sp. as well.

01-09-2006 02:33 PM
jmelnek I have about 10 Cryptocoryne balansae in my 46g and they only started to have new growth when I moved them to the side of the tank for more light. I have a 96w cf and they were not getting enough light towards the back. Now they have to be trimmed about every 2 weeks.

01-09-2006 11:51 AM
BSS Not sure what Dawn's plant is, but at least the commentary is making me feel better about my balansae growth. Like Wasser, I have lots of leaves that seem to keep dying off, but at least my growth is about 1.5x the death rate. So, in the year since I've had mine, it has likely doubled in size. I was hoping for more, but now I'm feeling much happier with what I've experienced.

01-09-2006 04:27 AM
Wasserpest Maybe a balanese Crinum?
01-09-2006 04:19 AM
marchsunrise371 Nope I don't think that is it.
Maybe it isn't a crypt. It just occurred to me that the leaves all come out in a tight center point. They are all layered on top of each other... very tightly around the center point of the plant. Does that make sense?
(Hi April)
01-09-2006 04:13 AM
AprilRain Cryptocoryne spiralis, maybe?

01-09-2006 04:04 AM

ok here is a link to a pic of it. It is the plant in the foreground.
Not a very good pic=not a very good camera.
01-09-2006 03:55 AM
marchsunrise371 that's closer but not it.
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