12-20-2009, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
Kelso, just ensure you don't disturb them. Crypts are fussy plants and do not appreciate any change in water parameters, water quality, lighting, fertilization, or being moved within the tank or to a different tank. If any of these changes occur beyond a minimal degree, the crypts are notorious for "melting" when they completely dissolve into a pile of mush. Should they do this, leave the roots alone, they usually survive and new leaves will sprout although it can be anywhere from a few days to a year or more before a particular plant will recover.
Crypts adapt to varying conditions, but once adapted they do not adjust easily to changes of any significance.
Is there anything you don't know? =D That's what happened when I first got the plant, but ever since then, it's been growing very well, very deep color. And you're absolutely right, I haven't touched a thing in my tank, all I do is lightly vacuum the surface of my substrate during water changes. It was weird how it melted...I was like oh no...what a waste...but for some reason I did just leave it because two leaves were still full...good thing I did =)