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marchsunrise371 01-09-2006 01:44 AM

help with balanese crypt
 
Hello everyone,
I have a Balanese crypt that I have had for a little over a year.
It does nothing.... no growth, no melt, nothing..... I have moved it, I have had it in low light, high light, co2, ferts.....it looks exactly the same as the day I bought it.:icon_roll
Does anyone have any ideas on how to jump start this plant?
And if anybody can link me to a pic of this plant...What it would look like if it did grow....It would be much appreciated.:)
Thanks,
~~~Dawn

jmelnek 01-09-2006 02:25 AM

Here you go:

http://www.plantgeek.net/plantguide_viewer.php?id=68

Wasserpest 01-09-2006 02:34 AM

While this isn't going to help you, I can tell you that I have the same issue with a balansae for about 3 years now. It has 3 leaves, and as one new leaf appears, the oldest one disintegrates. Many many things have changed in my tank in the years, but the C. balansae hasn't. Weird.

marchsunrise371 01-09-2006 02:48 AM

maybe a different variety balanese
 
I went to check out the link and maybe I don't have a Balanese crypt. Or maybe it is a different variety than one in the link.
It is some kind of crypt. It has very narrow long leaves that are green. And it has the wrinkles that are typical of crypts.
I was trying to post a pic but can't seem to figure that one out.
Sheesh I always have the worst time posting pics on boards lol.
~~~Dawn

Wasserpest 01-09-2006 03:53 AM

Yeah, that picture doesn't do much good.

How about this?

marchsunrise371 01-09-2006 03:55 AM

that's closer but not it.

marchsunrise371 01-09-2006 04:04 AM

http://hometown.aol.com/flowergirl371/index.html

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.

AprilRain 01-09-2006 04:13 AM

Cryptocoryne spiralis, maybe?

http://www.plantgeek.net/plant-76.htm

-April

marchsunrise371 01-09-2006 04:19 AM

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)

Wasserpest 01-09-2006 04:27 AM

Maybe a balanese Crinum? ;)

BSS 01-09-2006 11:51 AM

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.

So....thanks!
Brian.

jmelnek 01-09-2006 02:33 PM

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.

Josh

Momotaro 01-10-2006 12:01 AM

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.

Mike

marchsunrise371 01-10-2006 03:06 AM

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.

Betowess 01-10-2006 06:35 AM

Quote:

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.

Josh

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.


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