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The Crypt Forest

This is my first 75 gallon tank.
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Aquascape? I'm a crypt farmer.

It's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

That IS an aquascape, it's titled "The Vacant Lot".
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looks great!

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That's beautiful Sean! How long did it take for the crypts to settle in and start looking good?
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I realy like the tank, and that is one of the ways I am wanting to go with my 55 gal!! Keep up the good work!

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great job. first tank already so nice, if later get another 2 or 3 tanks? i can't imagine of it.

love ur crypt so much!!

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Very nice, Sean!

Care to spout off all the crypt species in there?
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Nice tank Sean! Fairly low maintenance tank, I assume, due to the plant choices. Only problem I would gues is, when it's time to thin out those Crypts, you're going to be pulling up most of the plants due to the root ball sizes! There's always a trade off.

Question for you, do you dose this tank as you would a tank which would be composed of mostly fast growing stems?

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Thank you for the nice comments:

Tech info:

Lighting: 4 T-8 ODNO bulbs run staggered to create a noon day effect
2 bulbs 2 hours, 3 bulbs 2 hours, 4 bulbs 2 hours, 3 bulbs 2 hours, 2 bulbs 2 hours
Substrate: soil /clay sand mix under chick grit (was soil/clay/chick grit under sand but the MTS turned it over on me.)
CO2: bubbled into the pump in the sump, ~60 bpm.
Wood: Cyprus driftwood from FL

Plants,

Non Crypts: Cyperus helferi, Anubias barteri var. barteri, A. nana, A. nana “petite”, “weeping” moss, java fern

Crypts: Cryptocoryne beckettii, C. cordata var. ‘blassii’, C. griffithii, C. x willisii ''lucens'', C. lutea, C. moehlmannii, C. nurii, C. pygmaea, C. spiralis, C. usteriana, C. wendtii var. “red”, C. wendtii var. “TROPICA”

Fish: Firebar danios and skunk corys

Inverts: Nertite, MTS, and some stray pond snails.

The C. cordata var. ‘blassii’, A. barteri var. barteri, and Cyperus helferi, have all flowered in this tank. The Cyperus helferi has grown adventitious plants from the flowers.

I planted this tank from my other tanks so most of the crypts did not need a settle in period. The C. moehlmannii were the exception, they did need a small piece of Jobes stick in the root area to get started. The tank is about a year old now.

ching4ever, sorry for the confusion, this is my first 75 gallon tank, not my first tank. I’ve been doing this for years. This should be my first entry into the ADA contest.

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Aquascape? I'm a crypt farmer.

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That IS an aquascape, it's titled "The Vacant Lot".
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Sean, is that the 3m gravel ?

His basement is full of tanks like that ..

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Note: This answer won't mean anything to the people who have not visited my basement recently.

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Sean, is that the 3m gravel ?
No, the 3M Colorquartz is only in the 65 and the 'stream tank' 75 against the inside wall.

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Aquascape? I'm a crypt farmer.

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Wow Sean, quite the assortment of crypts for sure! I too am curious about dosing levels for this tank? EI?

Also, do you happen to have a good crypt ID website handy? Is it true that you really need a flower to ID properly?
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Good looking tank Sean! I love crypts, and that's a nice looking tank of them!

Steve - 33g reef and a 180g planted in need of a re-scape.
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Sweet tank, Sean! I love the way the driftwood kinda runs counter to the flow of the background plants. Definitely good competition material, IMO.
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Thanks guys, as far as dosing is concerned, I uh, feed the fish. I haven't added any traces since early November. It's a soil substrate. There isn't much for me to do except change some water when the tannins build up.

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Aquascape? I'm a crypt farmer.

It's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

That IS an aquascape, it's titled "The Vacant Lot".
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Gorgeous.

I hope to have a collection like that again sometime in my life.
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