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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-27-2005, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
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Crypt rot: Trim or ignore?

If one of my crypts is melting, what would be best, to trim the leaves as soon as they show signs of melting, trim them when they have more the 50% melt, or just leave until they completely melt?

I ask this because I was thinking that maybe when the crypt leaves melt, the mobile nutrients get transported back to the rhizome or something like that, in which case it would be good to leave the leaves until the completely melt.

If this is a nonsense question, please keep in mind that I know absolutely nothing on crypt biology, or biology in general

Thanks a lot.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-27-2005, 12:50 PM
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I don't know if there is any mobilization back to the root system or not, but I can tell you there is an enourmous mess created in your tank if you have a stand of Crypts melt. It's happened to me 3 times, each time a lack of or a change of ferts triggered it. The last time, I started trimming leaves immediately as soon as they showed meltdown. Leave the remaining leaf or 2 and the root mass alone, recovery is quicker than you would think, considering it's a Crypt.

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So they recovered faster when you trimmed all the leaves but 2? Or they recovered just as fast, but without adding all that plant waste to your tank?

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Fast is a relative term. But they did seem to recover a little quicker by trimming affected leaves as I noticed them. I didn't whack all but one or two leaves, I only cut out the ones that had started melting. It did keep the tank a lot cleaner in the process.

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