Originally Posted by slowfoot
Well, it's three newts, so they do need the space. With a fully aquatic species like this, deeper water is better for them - they do spend a lot of time swimming. I just don't like filling my tanks to the top because my light heats the surface of the water quite a bit.
Oh, that is quite a bit of livestock. Yes you are right they probably do need the extra space.
A couple of crypts that grow well in ripariums and stay shorter are C. wendtii
'Green' and C. wendtii
'Tropica'. These two are real hardy and easy to grow. They won't grow much with cooler temps all the time, but they will tolerate cooler water just fine. Lower temps will probably enhance their colors too.
Crypts should go in riparium planters with rich media to root in. I do really well adding some real topsoil buried down inside the clay gravel. A couple other plants that also grow short that will root well on your driftwood or on riparium trellis rafts are Anubias barteri
'Windelov'. If you give ti some light the 'Windelov' grows really nice like this.