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Old 06-30-2012, 02:22 PM   #1
 
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Plant ID help

Bad photo I know, but can anyone positively identify this crypt - the larger, red one? I've had it for years and it has melted probably dozens of times, but it seems happy in its new home and I'd like to get more for the other side of the tank. The smaller stuff to the left is green wendtii and there is java fern on the wood behind.
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:05 PM   #2
 
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Bad photo I know, but can anyone positively identify this crypt - the larger, red one? I've had it for years and it has melted probably dozens of times, but it seems happy in its new home and I'd like to get more for the other side of the tank. The smaller stuff to the left is green wendtii and there is java fern on the wood behind.
I have both the Crypt on the right and the smaller on the left.

Mika sent them to me.

Their called: Crypt Wendtii (Cryptocoryne wendtii)

The green ones can turn red too. Also, under high enough light ,they will form this crazy cool pattern. Great plant :D
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:26 PM   #3
 
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Yes, I would say Cryptocoryne wendtii "red" which is in our profiles, though the photo there is not the best as it is only one and there are 15 or more varieties of this species.

This crypt has exploed in my 90g, from one pot (which had 5 little plants when separated) I now have 30 or more all across the front in about a year. And I have found it less likely to melt when moved.

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Old 07-02-2012, 12:27 PM   #4
 
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Yea, it's crypt wendtii. I have it too.
That crypt is the only thing that hasn't melted on me yet. xD
Edit: I don't think we have the same variety. But when I ordered mine it was called "tropica."
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:42 PM   #5
 
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thanks all, I thought it might be the red variety of wendtii, but wasn't sure since it is so much bigger than the green version next to it

here is a view from the front showing the size difference, the red one is several times the height of the green ones
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:41 PM   #6
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When I had bought wendtii I asked the seller, who seems to specialize in crypts, about the heights for some of the varieties. I was told that the red and brown forms typically grow larger with green being the smallest and bronze being somewhere in bewteen. Obviously there are at lot of other factors that need to be accounted for, so that that info for what you will.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:19 PM   #7
 
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Light intensity can affect plant height in many species (not only cyrpts, but other plants too).

My C. wendtii is now 11 inches on the older plants in the 90g.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:39 PM   #8
 
yeah lots of things effect height of plants. From my experience green gets larger then the red/tropica varieties. My green crypts touch the surface in my 55(16" from substrate), sometimes the red do as well. Size just depends a lot on age of plant. Mine are also very crowded so they grow more vertical then outward.
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