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40g breeder Crypt tank

I had set up a 40gallon breeder awhile back with lots of Rotala Indica, and Staurogyne Repens that I just wasn't happy with. So I ripped out everything and my tank sat for awhile. I have used Crypts in the past before and really liked the idea of doing Crypts only planted tank. So, last week, I went out in search of a whole bunch of plants to start my tank up. I'm doing this on a bit of a budget, so I'm pretty much going with whatever I can find in stores.

I have lots of C. Wendtii Bronze, and since it's supposedly a smaller growing plant, I have some C. Undulata in the front. I've experienced some crypt melt so far, but hopefully it will not be so bad. I threw some Seachem root tabs under some of them so hopefully maybe that'll give them an extra boost and won't melt as much.

Like I said, I only really plan on using the plants I find in stores, so for the background I'm using the biggest Wendtii Bronze I could find and hopefully they'll grow much bigger.





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Sorry if the pics suck... My camera phone doesn't take good pics and for some reason always distorts the lighting on the tank.

I don't have any livestock in the tank yet, as I'm unsure of what I'm going to stock it with. I might try a simple set up with just shrimp, or some schooling tetras and cories.

Any suggestions on what I should do to help the tank...? Or how to make it look better?
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Maybe add a hard scape to it??


Or be the first to do a Dutch Scape consisting of strictly Cryptocoryne plants!


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Dutch style cypts only would be awesome!!!
I think you should add rainbow fish, just a shoal of 7 and a few cories would be really cool!
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Dutch style cypts only would be awesome!!!
I think you should add rainbow fish, just a shoal of 7 and a few cories would be really cool!
Good luck!
Thats pretty much exactly what I have in my 40B! My stock includes 4 Dwarf Neon Rainbows (Melanotaenia praecox) and a group of C. Habrosus. In the future Im going to add some female Neon Rainbows and increase my group of corys to 12 or so.

Be weary of adding regular rainbows, such as Bosemanis, for I believe they get too big for a group to be kept in a 40B.

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What's your lighting and the like on this? I'm going to keep telling people to do thread fin rainbows until I see someone do thread fin rainbows lol :P

One suggestion though, get more crypt species. I really like the idea of a crypt only tank, but with just wendtii and undulate I think it'd be boring. At least get different version of wendtii like florida sunset and green gecko. As far as other species I like, petchii is nice, and its smaller, parva is super small but also super green, nurii is a classic, and metallic red looks kinda cool. Usterania is a monster of a plant that could be cool as a background. I almost like the idea of no hardscape, although if you did add hardscape, I'd just do stones, cause I think stones and crypts makes a tad more sense than wood and crypts, but idk.

This is going to be awesome though.

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