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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-07-2019, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Flamingo crypt

I have been growing out some pink flamingo crypts in submerged form and am about ready to sell off a few plants each plant would have 4-5 leaves. What would be a good asking price for them; from what i have seen around they range from $20-$60 but it depends on what form they have been grown in. I live in canada and it is an extremely hard plant to come by in any form.
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I would think you could sell them for $35 all day. Any pictures? I really want to get some of those plants.


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Here they are, all of them are lining the front of the plants. On my first propagation i got 15 plants off of the original 3, in the next month or two im going to be doing a second propergation on the bunch.
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Here they are, all of them are lining the front of the plants. On my first propagation i got 15 plants off of the original 3, in the next month or two im going to be doing a second propergation on the bunch.


Absolutely beautiful! What conditions are you keeping them in? Fertilizers, parameters, substrate?

Id totally buy some from you if you were state side.


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I haven't tested my parameters in the last little while but last i checked they were
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Temp 75
Ammonia and nitrite 0
Nitrate 30 ppm
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Kh 5
Substrate is just black sand with root tabs, fertilized with thrive 3 a week with liquid co2 (excel) everyday. 50% WC everyweek
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I haven't tested my parameters in the last little while but last i checked they were
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Temp 75
Ammonia and nitrite 0
Nitrate 30 ppm
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Kh 5
Substrate is just black sand with root tabs, fertilized with thrive 3 a week with liquid co2 (excel) everyday. 50% WC everyweek


No injected co2?


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Nope no injected co2 as of yet, it is in the future plans though. The money that i make off of the sale of the crypts i am going to be putting towards a co2 system. So it will be liquid co2 for now
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Nice! I just picked up a tissue culture cup for $20 at Aquashella Chicago little more than a week ago. I haven't seen much growth from them yet.


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Nope no injected co2 as of yet, it is in the future plans though. The money that i make off of the sale of the crypts i am going to be putting towards a co2 system. So it will be liquid co2 for now
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Excel / Metricide 14 (and others) = mild algaecide allowing the use of slightly stronger lights + helps break down protein films growing on plant leaves allowing them better access to atmospheric CO2 concentrations in the water.

For what it's worth, I live in Canada and bought Crypt flamingo for $14, tissue culture, easily 8 - 10 plants.

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In the OP's defense, tissue culture plants are way different than already grown-in, established plants. I'd choose the already grown plants with long, established roots, over tissue culture personally. I think that adds a bit more of a "premium" they can charge if they want to sell them.
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In the OP's defense, tissue culture plants are way different than already grown-in, established plants. I'd choose the already grown plants with long, established roots, over tissue culture personally. I think that adds a bit more of a "premium" they can charge if they want to sell them.
I agree! The pictured plants here look way better than the culture cup plants I paid for. I'd pay a little more for healthy grown plants.


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In the OP's defense, tissue culture plants are way different than already grown-in, established plants. I'd choose the already grown plants with long, established roots, over tissue culture personally. I think that adds a bit more of a "premium" they can charge if they want to sell them.
I agree too, my TC Flamingos never took hold and wasted away into nothing. They looked good out of the cup, then just went south. I bought them along w Anubias variegated that looked rough, but then did well in the same tank. Go figure...

To answer OP, I'd say somewhere in the 25-35USD range sounds right to me, depending on size/# of leaves. Around here anyways
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Ive killed three different batches of this plant in TC, aquasoil, sand, didnt matter. Finally scored a big fat established plant and it's thriving like a typical crypt is supposed to. My hats off to anyone who can get the TCs to live

Nice looking tank Emily. Thats an impressive hair grass carpet with only liquid co2
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In the experience of the people who are successfully growing them, how big do these plants get? Do they create a crypt forest that can actually be pretty sizeable like other crypt species, or are they a more manageable, smaller size that sends runners?


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In my experience they they stay fairly small from soil to tip of the leaf i would say its about 10cm and smaller. Once they got established i found they do create runners about as fast as other crypts do, however the smaller size of them i find makes them more manageable and they don't tend to dominant their space like larger ones do. The new runners tend to go a little more unnoticed and stay very close and tight to the mother plant. I have had the crypts or a little under a year and have had a very generous crop of them already.
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