01-01-2012, 05:49 PM
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I didn't think about splitting them at first either, if it wasn't for the first pot coming apart as soon as I removed and rinsed it I probably wouldn't of done it either. I was so nervous to plant the crypts after all the crypt melt horror stories lol. I was especially nervous seperating the Wendtii, it was a massive chuck bulging out of the pot those roots were so intwined I felt like a surgeon. I was so afraid of damaging the roots, but with slow steady patience it came apart nicely. I think it started as one plant that stayed potted for way to long and just spread until it couldn't spread anymore. Did you cut the roots on yours when you planted? I've read the proper way to plant plants in the aquarium is to cut the old root growth to encourage new growth, but also read that any disruption to the roots is what triggers the "crypt melt" I left mine all intact, not sure if I should of done that, if the old root mass will die off, or what will happen but as I posted above they seem to be doing well. They were a pain to plant with those deep roots though.
Sidenote: Awsome picture, and congratulations, is that your first? We have one girl (and a boy on the way due Feb 8th) She is two and a half now, lol terrible two's, she is awesome though, feeds the dog, picks up dog poo, feeds the fish every day, and helps hold the hose during water changes, she LOVES the aquariums, she will pull up her stool and sit there and watch the fish for 15 minutes at a time (with the attention span of a 2 year old I think that's pretty good lol). My wife asked her the other day if she wanted to go to the store and her response was "yay, I like getting plants for fish" haha shows I take her to the LFS maybe a little too often :)