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What happened to my crypt...

PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 11:49 pm
by Lynae4
Hmmm...I planted a crypt in a clay pot and put it outside in my little bucket pond (about 19 gallons) for the summer. It grew okay especially considering there wasn't much fertilizer in the pond except what the fish were producing.

So, as the evening temps grew colder, I brought it inside, pot and all. The daytime temps here are still fairly warm, however. The outside temperature was varying from 90 degrees in the daytime to 60 degrees at night. Anyway, the little pond was warmish when I brought the plant inside.

I put the pot into one of my 10 gallon tanks that was considerably cooler than the water outside. The flourescent bulb is in need of changing as well. This crypt went from warm water and sunlight to cooler water and not very good light. I expected it would melt

It did not melt.

So, what makes a crypt melt? I've heard the light change theory and the water temp theory but this has not caused a melt for my crypts.

Well, it wasn't uprooted, however. I didn't disturb the roots. That idea won't work, either because I originally bought these plants through the mail. It came bare root from who knows what kind of water conditions to my hard water. It never melted then, either.

Maybe it likes the hard water and that helps to prevent a meltdown? The biggest melt I've ever had, no matter what I do to my crypts, is a leaf or two lost.

Any thoughts?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2007 5:55 am
by Steve Hampton
Crypt Melt is completely mysterious. Any environmental change can cause a Crypt to melt...melting seems to be a survival reaction and my way of thinking it only happens to already stressed plants. I've had Crypts melt when minor changes in environment occurs and I've made major changes to environment, even uprooting the plants, and not had Crypts melt. Sometimes you'll loose just a leaf or two and other times the Crypt will melt completely away, only to return a week or so later. It can be a puzzler.

PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2007 8:47 pm
by Crazygar
My long term Crypts seem to handle changes good. My recent purchases go through some phases before they adjust to the tank. My C.ponderfolia is just coming about now.


PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:48 am
by Lynae4
C. ponderfolia...I'm not sure I've heard of that one. Is it common? Mine are just C. wendtii. I'd like to get some different varieties, though, for my low/med light tanks someday.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 9:27 am
by Mr. Firemouth
Crypt Wendti is one of the hardier crypts. Mine go from tank to tank without ever melting. Some of the other crypts are a little more sensitive.
The other thing is they tend to take a while to grow and then start taking off.

C.parva, C. willisi, are a litlle pickier.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 9:28 am
by Steve Hampton
The spelling is Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia and is pronounced as krip-toh-kor-RY-nee

and is one of my most favored plants. I love all crypts. A series of events led to my having to take down most of my aquariums a year or so ago and I sold and gave away most of those wonderful species but I'm going to start anew with Crypt collecting again.

Anyone interested in Cryptocoryne spp. should check of The Crypt Pages. This is the informational site maintained by who is widely recognized as one of the world's leading experts on Crypts...Jan D. Bastmeijer. I saw Mr. Bastmeijer's presentation to the 2004 AGA Convention and was very very impressed and came away an even bigger fan of Crypts.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 12:10 pm
by Hurriken
Steve, if your not careful your going to turn me into a Crypt addict to. Great information.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:40 pm
by Lynae4
I'm sold. I was thinking of getting more crypts to put in my medium light tank.

It makes sense that some would be hardier than others. I should have figured that but didn't get that far in my thinking yet, I guess. I definitely want to try some different varieties and see if I can get them to grow.

PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:23 am
by DaFishMan
Lynae - you sound just like me right before I decided to get more crypt varieties. You're going to get hooked :)

The wendtiis are quite hardy - you can even get color variations among them now - green, brown, bronze & mi-oya.