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Old 03-18-2012, 01:06 AM   #81
 
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Thanks! I just wish the argentine swords in the back right would grow faster. They were decent sized when I got them, but they were tube plants and I have since cut back the emersed leaves, there are a TON of new growth but it's all short growth.

Will say one thing though, switching from the Aqueon 8000k bulb with a full hood to the Life-Glo 6700k bulb and a glass top has made a huge difference in plant growth!
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:16 AM   #82
 
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Very nice job! Keep it up!
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:18 PM   #83
 
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Looking gorgeous kangy! Making me rethink my plans for my 55 comin up this week. I like the (not sure how to phrase it) ropey? look of the anacharis.
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:43 PM   #84
 
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Thanks Jay and Beetle!

Ropey works for me They are actually like that out of frustration, the darn things grow like weeds so floating them becoming a real chore and I couldn't get them to stay anywhere else so I shoved them into some holes in the driftwood. Between the two tanks I cut and toss at least 18-24" off each week! I just pull them out of the holes, cut the bottoms (new growth is always more healthy) and stick the fresh cut tops back in the hole. This also minimized the branching lol, I tried cutting the tops one time flush with the water level and all that did was cause them to make 7 new branches that I now have to trim. By far the fastest growing thing I have in the tanks.

A few of my crypts have stalled out recently, probably a delayed effect to the light change, thinned out a small bit, just now starting to see some new stems coming out. Overall though, with all the mixed stories about Crypts I've been very happy with the durability of mine in both tanks. the 10g is basically a crypt forest. The large sword in the 29g is going through another growth spurt (comes in waves), I cut back a couple of the stems that were reaching the front glass. I did pull out the last of the Micro Sword yesterday, it was surrounded by 4 runners from the Dwarf Sagittaria (holy cow is that thing taking over the substrate)

I've actually been really impressed with the performance of the two Ludwiga (Repens and Arcuata). Started with two stems of each, only one of each made the Ich heat treatment but are both a nice red color (higher near the top) and growing FAST.

Now that my reef tank is stabilizing I'm spending a more balanced time between the tanks. Going planted reignited the spark I had for fish keeping, adding in a reef has tilted it from hobby to obsession lol
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:31 PM   #85
 
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yeah for some reason all of the old growth on the stem plants in my 20 long all get diatoms like woah on them. I just hack off the bottoms (unless im trying to propagate) and replant, as you do. Especially my ceratopteris thalictroides. Its ungodly how fast that thing sprawls! its rivaling my hornwort for 'least likely to wear down my scissors' status.

The crypts in both of my tanks (that have crypts) ive noticed grow alot shorter and ALOT slower since I added the floating plants over both. My 55g had once a basketball sized forest about a foot tall in one side, now its half that thick and the crypts (red wendtii) are only about 4-6" tops. Its about 10" tall in my 20 long, but I try to keep the plants from shading it too much, and its still not sprouting daughter plants like it once did.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:33 PM   #86
 
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I agree, since I've need my lights, I haven't seen any new growth form my red wendtii crypts
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:53 PM   #87
 
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Most of the crypts are still thinning out, leaves are just disintegrating from the tips, most of them about 1/3 of former size. On the other hand though everything else in the tank is doing amazing. Even the Senegal tea plant has grown more in the last week than it did the first 2 months I had it, pennywort just now started taking off and showing new roots forming (was bare stems/leaves for a while with no roots and minimal growth) The Life-Glo bulb has notably made a big difference in overall growth, the center melon sword is friggin HUGE right now. a new leaf sprouted and grew to 5" in 2 days! Wisteria taking off. Every day I see new runners from the dwarf sag (will be a full carpet soon at this rate). The argentine swords have picked up another growth spurt. I'm going to be in big trouble though if they get anywhere as thick as the melon sword. I was hoping for tall stems with leaf tips. Will probably end up needing to thin them out as they are planted pretty close to each other. Good times!
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:00 PM   #88
 
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Its amazing what happens with the right lighting. Sorry to hear about your crypts. The one crypt I have in my tank now (forgot what species it is now) has never melted. Even with the amount of light changing. It has also double in size. Am so happy it is growing. I have tried 2 others that melted and didn't come back. On a different note if your Dwarf Sag spreads to much for you you can always send me some. LoL
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:29 PM   #89
 
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That's the funny part about my Crypts. They took right off when I planted them, none of the dreaded crypt melt I read about, was so excited. It's only the Lutea that is doing bad, the Wendtii (red), while not growing much it's still full size and healthy. I am starting to see some new growth out of the Lutea though so I hope it comes back. The Wendtii is the one that has turned my 10g into a jungle.

That dwarf sag I swear is on a tank domination mission. If you want some it's all yours I would be more than happy to send you a few runners from it if you pick up the shipping cost (and provide shipping instructions as I've never done it before). Probably by the time it gets to you the darn thing will replace them with twice as many new ones lol
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:18 PM   #90
 
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That's the funny part about my Crypts. They took right off when I planted them, none of the dreaded crypt melt I read about, was so excited. It's only the Lutea that is doing bad, the Wendtii (red), while not growing much it's still full size and healthy. I am starting to see some new growth out of the Lutea though so I hope it comes back. The Wendtii is the one that has turned my 10g into a jungle.

That dwarf sag I swear is on a tank domination mission. If you want some it's all yours I would be more than happy to send you a few runners from it if you pick up the shipping cost (and provide shipping instructions as I've never done it before). Probably by the time it gets to you the darn thing will replace them with twice as many new ones lol
The first Crypt I bought did melt when I first put it in the tank and then it recovered and a couple weeks later it completely melted and that was it. The second did the same thing from the started neither came back after that. The third one I got never did that not once and is doing great! The only thing I can think that is different is I have a dirt substrate now so may the crypt loves it? Lutea is the one I have now I think....

That's awesome I will take all the Dwarf Sag you don't want. As far as shipping it well that is easy. It just has to stay wet or moist. I have had plants shipped to me wrapped in wet paper towels and/ or newspapper that was put in a ziplock bag or just a pastic bag that you can tie up btw you don't want to trap air in the bag. I will send a PM with my shipping address here in a few.
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