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06-17-2016 11:35 PM
TaylorTurner Thank you, @Seattle_Aquarist, that was very helpful.
06-17-2016 11:17 PM
Seattle_Aquarist Hi @TaylorTurner,

I don't have any secrets. I use a 3" plastic pot and fill it about 1/2" with gravel, then a 2" layer or so of Miracle-Gro Potting Mix (not organic / not moisture control / use regular) and top it off with about a 1/4" layer of Special Kitty cat litter. The potting mix will fertilize the plants for about 6 months or so. Water loss is minimal but if the plants look like they need extra nutrients I water them with Miracle-Gro Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food mixed to 1/2 strength. I find I need to clean the humidomes about every 2 months, which involves throwing them in the recycle bin and making a new one. I re-pot species about once a year. For lighting I use a shop light with 2X 40 watt lamps, cool-white or daylight type but I am looking at the LightsofAmerica LED shoplights with 4200 lumen / 5000K output as potential replacements of the 40 watt florescent fixtures.

Picture showing pots of various species being grown in humidomes


Miracle-Gro Potting Mix
06-17-2016 10:18 PM
TaylorTurner @Seattle_Aquarist, may I ask what you are using for substrate in your humidity domes? Currently I am using Black Gold organic potting soil with earth worm castings topped with Aqua Soil Amazonia, but am open to suggestions if you think I might have greater success with something else.
06-17-2016 09:22 PM
BDoss1985 Np I sold some off during the spring dewitii grows very fast i still have 2 cups full started with 2 plants in October


My matakensis is the brown var.


The other 2 i may have also come fall affins is coming back from a melt and the purpurea is new



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06-17-2016 08:24 PM
TaylorTurner
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@TaylorTurner hey if you haven't found dewitii or matakensis by fall hit me up. I don't risk shipping in this Louisiana heat.

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I will definitely keep that in mind and hit you up when the time comes. Thanks!
06-17-2016 06:25 PM
BDoss1985 @TaylorTurner hey if you haven't found dewitii or matakensis by fall hit me up. I don't risk shipping in this Louisiana heat.

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06-17-2016 06:18 PM
Nordic Mine lost almost all their leaves when I planted them, but came back nicely. I have been neglecting the tank for a while only doing water top ups. I noticed yesterday the one plant made a nice baby plant too... Quite chuffed but to scared to transplant it in case it melts again.
06-17-2016 06:17 PM
BDoss1985 I love the idea of the bottles and i guess if you had a room without a large temp swing it would work fine. Ive tried multiple unheated setups and always had a melt issue due to temp fluctuations.

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06-17-2016 05:52 PM
TaylorTurner
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I like those humid domes! They maintain a high humidity so the cuticle layer of the leaves remains very thin.....this allows transition from emersed to submerged growth to occur with minimal leaf loss.
This picture what inspired me to try it out. Yours look so nice and neat, I'll need to work on refining my design a bit.
06-17-2016 05:22 PM
GrampsGrunge
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CRYPTOCORYNE USTERIANA is back in stock at the aquariumplants website. This crypt has been hard to find.

I never had luck with this plant so maybe other will.
Probably because the waters it grows in are actually fairly hard with carbonates, it being from the Philippines.

06-17-2016 04:24 PM
Seattle_Aquarist
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I'm setting up 2 liter bottle greenhouses as I go along, but I might try to ease my partner into the idea of an emersed set up. I have a spare 12 gallon long in storage and a window shelf of the perfect length, so we shall see.

Hi @TaylorTurner,

I like those humid domes! They maintain a high humidity so the cuticle layer of the leaves remains very thin.....this allows transition from emersed to submerged growth to occur with minimal leaf loss.


For example, here i(#1) s a small emersed grown Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Florida Sunset' I put in a tank on 5/28/16


Here is the same C. wendtii 'Florida Sunset' on 6/15/16 (it was uprooted once by fish).....one leaf has melted & new growth has started.
06-17-2016 03:40 PM
TaylorTurner
Joining the club

I'm just starting to get into cultivating Cryptocorynes, so my collection is pretty limited at the moment.

Species I have:
C. nurii
C. wendtii 'Bronze'
C. wendtii 'Green'
C. parva
C. beckettii 'Petchii'


C. nurii


C. nurii


C. beckettii 'Petchii'

Species I would like to add next:
C. affinis 'Metallic Red'
C. purpurea
C. matakensis
C. dewitii

I'm setting up 2 liter bottle greenhouses as I go along, but I might try to ease my partner into the idea of an emerse set up. I have a spare 12 gallon long in storage and a window shelf of the perfect length, so we shall see.

06-13-2016 11:11 AM
tapwater super tank Seattle_Aquarist
06-13-2016 11:02 AM
BDoss1985

Flamingo spathe

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06-09-2016 06:57 PM
SwissCheeseHead very cool. I'll have to read more of it when I have some time.
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