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Old 12-31-2004, 03:30 AM   #1
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Some crypt roots grow up???


Maybe this a dumb question that has been asked before, but...
Is it just my imagination, or do rome of the roots of crypts (at least the common ones I have, I think they're wendtii or something) grow straight up and out of the gravel? It's not like they don't have enough room in the substrate, I have a medium to lightly-planted 100g.
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Old 12-31-2004, 12:36 PM   #2
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mine do the same~

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never had that happen, and my gravel amount is on the shy side... maybe they're runners?
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never had that happen, and my gravel amount is on the shy side... maybe they're runners?
They are not runners, they are roots. It's another way for the plant to get more O2 to the roots.
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Old 12-31-2004, 08:52 PM   #5
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Thanks, Sean! So, is it a sign my crypts are not getting ENOUGH oxygen? Is it something I should be concerned about?

I think there are some terrestrial plants that also do this, but I can't remember which. I know banyans (fig trees) grow aerial roots down to the ground for added support, and cypress trees have "knees" that grow above the water surface.
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Old 12-31-2004, 09:33 PM   #6
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Thanks, Sean! So, is it a sign my crypts are not getting ENOUGH oxygen? Is it something I should be concerned about?
Nope, no concern needed , they will do this from time to time. I normally just cut that root off for the asthetic qualities and they never miss a beat... until the next month.

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