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I'm n luv wit a crypt

PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:03 pm
by aquatic hoyt
hey guys. I started this post to talk about cryptocryne my favorite plant type ever in the hobby.

the kind,s I keep at the moment are crypt parva. crypt undulata and crypt wendtii green

whats your opinion on this plant and what kinds do u keep?

do you know a website where I can buy healthy cheap crypts?

Re: I'm n luv wit a crypt

PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:48 pm
by ScottFish
Have you any pictures of your "girlfriend" --crypt?

Re: I'm n luv wit a crypt

PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:09 pm
by meh
Scottfish :slapforehead: :whistle:

Re: I'm n luv wit a crypt

PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:15 am
by J.B.
Cryptocoryne species are great mid/foreground plants that provide a myriad of different colors and shapes to help bring your tank alive. I like them as well, and have kept all three of the species you mentioned. My only complaint about them is they melt horribly when moved, and in my experience don't readily come back. This problem is of course is self-imposed because I tend to move my plants and hardscape around a lot trying to achieve my perfection. If left alone, I suppose they would be near perfect plants... :whistle:

Re: I'm n luv wit a crypt

PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:47 pm
by twotone12valve
I really injoy my crypts they are a great plant, I have wenditii green as a back ground plant in my 125 gallon. As soon as I get the internet at my new house I'll get pictures up. But I do get the melting thing, I had great luck with the plants from my 125 in the moving process I had no melting at all. Even the plants that are now floating because of being poorly planted have not wilted, although some of them that I trimmed and put in my 20 gallon wilted to nothing, but are making a great come back.

Re: I'm n luv wit a crypt

PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:49 am
by aquatic hoyt
J.B. wrote:Cryptocoryne species are great mid/foreground plants that provide a myriad of different colors and shapes to help bring your tank alive. I like them as well, and have kept all three of the species you mentioned. My only complaint about them is they melt horribly when moved, and in my experience don't readily come back. This problem is of course is self-imposed because I tend to move my plants and hardscape around a lot trying to achieve my perfection. If left alone, I suppose they would be near perfect plants... :whistle:



with my crypts i experienced a fantastic thing with patience I had a crypt wendtii green and it turned from one stem to over 50 in about a year in a low tech no ferts and barely any light tank. now I have almost half my high tech tank full of it and its purplish bronze too now.

Re: I'm n luv wit a crypt

PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:41 pm
by asukawashere
Crypts are a lot of fun, and there are so many to choose from (even more when you include the closely related genus Lagenandra). Even the pet store staples are lovely plants (C. parva is an awesome little thing), but if you're really enjoying growing them, why not look into getting ahold of a few of the "collector" crypts? There's an entire subset of planted tank hobbyists who specialize in collecting aquatic aroids (plants like Crypts, Anubias, and their much rarer cousins). You'd have to poke around on plant-dedicated forums to find them, but the hunt is half the fun. Some great options for someone looking to start collecting some of the rarer crypts are C. cordata 'Rosanervig', C. affinis (especially the 'Metallic Red' version), or C. nurii (regular and 'Pahang Mutated' form). Young plants of the aforementioned are fairly affordable.

From the many variants of C. wentii, I personally enjoy the 'Green Gecko' variety,but 'Florida Sunset' is pretty cool, too... it looks better growing emersed, though.

As for my crypts... I keep a whole long list, but some of my favorites are my C. aponogetifolia, C. zukalii, and C. longicauda—not species you'll ever see in your LFS.

I will, however, also profess a certain fondness for the C. pontederiifolia patch in my 120g setup... actually, for those that really hate crypt melt, C. moehlmannii and C. pontederiifolia (which form a species complex, as the only real difference between them is the color of their spathes, and intermediate specimens abound) are fairly resistant to it. Only drawback is that they're a bit big—comfortably midground plants in a large tank, but a bit bulky for a small setup.

Re: I'm n luv wit a crypt

PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:25 pm
by aquatic hoyt
I just was given a oppurtunity to get buncha rare crypts! imma do it.

Re: I'm n luv wit a crypt

PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:38 pm
by meh
hoyt you seem to be the plant kinda guy? do you like aquatic plants more or fish?

Re: I'm n luv wit a crypt

PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:10 pm
by aquatic hoyt
meh wrote:hoyt you seem to be the plant kinda guy? do you like aquatic plants more or fish?


heres a hint....I did a PLANT ONLY dirted tank today.

Re: I'm n luv wit a crypt

PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:34 pm
by aquatic hoyt
and angelfish though.

Re: I'm n luv wit a crypt

PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:38 pm
by meh
Ok so here is my anwser: you love plants but Angelfish are loved too.......i love angelfish!!!!!!! :fish:

Re: I'm n luv wit a crypt

PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:53 pm
by aquatic hoyt
yep. we should hang out sometime at your or my place.

Re: I'm n luv wit a crypt

PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:54 pm
by aquatic hoyt
ScottFish wrote:Have you any pictures of your "girlfriend" --crypt?


yes.

Re: I'm n luv wit a crypt

PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:50 am
by Crazygar
My favorite Crypts would have to be C.lingua, C.balansae x.crispulata, C.ponderifoila and C.nurii.

I always have Crypts in my tanks and always will. I have the same batch of C.parva when I first purchased my first one in 2004. Many generations later, still going strong, look at Office Space. :D

Gary