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Old 04-02-2013, 01:19 PM   #376
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Crypt roots contest!!!!

I had a crypt wendtii tropica that got so big it wound up cracking the 4.5" diameter clay pot that it was in:



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Great root growth! So how long did it take? And what did you start with? Baby? Adult?
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:00 PM   #377
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The plant pictured above originated from a clump of rhizomes with medium sized leaves.

Most of that root growth was within 6-7 months after I moved it into an emersed set up.
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:44 PM   #378
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Anyone know where i can find a red metalic looking for one or two

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Old 04-07-2013, 01:49 AM   #379
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Wow nice thread. I so have a question though, it was discussed briefly but not a very solid answer was given. Will I be able to keep crypt inside shrimp tanks without worrying? I have heard if the leaves melt or a cut, deadly toxins are released that have the power to kill shrimp. I was wondering if there was any evidence behind the belief or if it is "busted". I always loved crypts and used to have quite a bit, but got rid of them because of that belief. Thanks in advance!


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Old 04-07-2013, 02:42 AM   #380
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Wow nice thread. I so have a question though, it was discussed briefly but not a very solid answer was given. Will I be able to keep crypt inside shrimp tanks without worrying? I have heard if the leaves melt or a cut, deadly toxins are released that have the power to kill shrimp. I was wondering if there was any evidence behind the belief or if it is "busted". I always loved crypts and used to have quite a bit, but got rid of them because of that belief. Thanks in advance!


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I keep crypts (green gecko, willissi, lucens, undulata) in my shrimp tank with no problems.
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:20 AM   #381
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bacon5 - I believe the thought on the broken leave toxin theory had to do with other crypt sp. not shrimp. It was/is thought it might be an allelopathy defense mechanism.

I've keep several sp. of Crypts with Cherry & Amano shrimp without issue.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:09 AM   #382
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So how exactly do you create the big "bush" looking groups of crypts? Are they usually one mother plant with runners or do you group a bunch of plants together? Dying to add a few more crypts to my tank!
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Kind of wondering about the "bank/bush of crypts" growth habit also...
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:33 PM   #384
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Crypt roots contest!!!!

I had a crypt wendtii tropica that got so big it wound up cracking the 4.5" diameter clay pot that it was in:





Here's the whole de-potted plant taking up roughly an entire bare bottom 10g breeding tank:

Wow! Amazing roots!
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So how exactly do you create the big "bush" looking groups of crypts? Are they usually one mother plant with runners or do you group a bunch of plants together? Dying to add a few more crypts to my tank!

I plant a few mother plants in a group with about 3" between them, larger toward the back of the group. Then I plant younger plants in semi-circle in front & around the mothers. I try to place them between the "gaps" from the front view point. Finally, I put babies in front of them. Then LEAVE IT ALONE, which is the hardest part. Over time, 6-8mos it will be very thick.
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I plant a few mother plants in a group with about 3" between them, larger toward the back of the group. Then I plant younger plants in semi-circle in front & around the mothers. I try to place them between the "gaps" from the front view point. Finally, I put babies in front of them. Then LEAVE IT ALONE, which is the hardest part. Over time, 6-8mos it will be very thick.
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I was going to post this question on a separate thread but this seems like the place to ask a crypt question regarding roots! The pics show plant purchased as c.lutea from aqplants.com. They had been grown in the rock wool stuff. I broke them up and replanted them in a soil tank capped with ecocomplete. I did a dry start. The crypts mostly died back and once I flooded the tank they started growing nicely. I use co2 and am not adding fertz right now (plenty of healthy growth on the other plants as well). The question: it looks like they are sending roots UP as well as down -- and I'm not on the space station. So I did what I normally do and googled it. I got a bunch of hits, some on this site: One person (who seemed likely to know what they were talking about) said that they were looking for oxygen. Another person said they were looking for Fe. A third said they were looking for nutrients. A fourth said they "had heard" that crypts do this when they are overcrowded. Anyone know for sure what they are doing?
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:13 AM   #389
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I got a couple crypts in the netti pots and the roots are all over the place so now they are stuck in the pots what's the best way to go about getting these plants in the substrate? Ill post a pic after work.
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I got a couple crypts in the netti pots and the roots are all over the place so now they are stuck in the pots what's the best way to go about getting these plants in the substrate? Ill post a pic after work.
Cutting the roots is perfectly okay, just leave about 1/2 inch. Do not plant the mineral wool though, remove all of that from the roots.

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