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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-21-2020, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Can someone please tell me how to correctly plant this crypt?

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I'm just starting to put plants in my tank but I'm not sure that I am doing it correctly.
I saw a Youtube video where someone planted the plants deeply in the gravel so thats what I was doing. But then I read that Anubias, Java Fern and Crypts don't like to be planted deep in the substrate but just on top of the substrate so that the rhizome doesn't get buried. The anubias and java fern I have show big rhizomes so I can the difference between the roots and the rhizome. The crypts are not as easy because I can really tell if there is a rhizome or not. Can someone please advice me on if the entire root system needs to be completely buried in the gravel or should I just lightly put in the gravel? Click image for larger version

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-21-2020, 07:54 PM
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They aren't like an Anubias to that extent. Cryptocorynes will grow roots several inches under the gravel.You see the part where it turns from white to woody? You want the brownish part submerged in the substrate. If it loses its leaves after a few days, don't despair, Crypts are known for this. After they melt away, they should come back. Changes in lighting and water parameters make old growth leaves drop sometimes.
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It looks like there's not a lot of roots, and they're rather short- so if it doesn't stay down what I sometimes do is either put a few smallish rocks over the roots to weigh it down, or unbend a paper clip into a U and pin it down with that, remove later.


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