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What does everyone do with their Crypts ? Do you let them just go wild or do you thin them every so often ? I have always thinned , but I see pics of tanks where they are going wild , so may change my thinking . Mine spread like wildfire and get bunched up quickly . Let me know what you do.....

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I think that the problem is that you’re not supposed to get them wet. They are kinda like gremlins I think!!!


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I've always preferred the overgrown, natural look to tightly manicured thinner growth, and my fish love dense plantings, but it's your tank at the end of the day, so as long as fish and plants are healthy, do what works for you.
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I get the it's my tank thing , just wondered what others do . They get so thick , won't they strangle each other out?

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I get the it's my tank thing , just wondered what others do . They get so thick , won't they strangle each other out?
They spread outward. If a clump gets enough nutrients, light, and circulation, it'll just keep growing, but eventually it's a good idea to break the clump in half so you don't get dead spots. Sort of like growing irisis or other clumping garden plants. You can let the clump get pretty big though, provided your circulation is adequate.
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I split my clumps up every now and again, but that's because I'm aiming for a loose carpet of sorts. They often go through a short period of melt whenever I do this though

The clumps do look great too though, and don't suffer from being moved about.

I suppose it just depends on what sort of look you're going for.

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On a serious note. Yes the clumps do look great. C. Wendtii. If you decide to limit where they are to go you will have to be vigilant. I have a 75 and they have shown up in every notecard size area in the tank! Just a small piece of one (like when you pull one up and something breaks off) for it to keep going. I have pull roots over a foot long - in all directions - and that was with trying to limit its growth. I have two small places I allow it to grow one on each end now the old original rhizome after having been trimmed continuously has seemed to slow down on the propagation. But even months after an aggressive purge I am finding small plants popping up all over. Now I Pull em every time I see one. So yea I hate them but they still have a place in my tank!!


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Plants with runners tend to know how far to space themselves out, they’ve been doing it all by themselves long before we came along and started shoehorning them into confined spaces. A big clump of long established crypt roots are a plus for a simple blast sand sized gravel bed.

Want to know the optimal minimal spacing for your new jungle Val plants to start with, just look at what it does on its own.

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Thanks for all the comments . I think I will let them go for awhile and see what happens . I wish my Vals would start spreading like that . They have in the past , but these I have now haven't yet...lol

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