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Old 05-24-2011, 01:21 PM   #11
 
meh, still quite a bit of time to find the right plant, currently DSMing my HC lawn, not performing as well as i would like, moisture is escaping somewhere....
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:27 PM   #12
 
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You know, I'm having the exact same problem.. I'm using a fish bowl, with saran wrap over the top, and a rubber band on top of that... Still, the crypts are drying out. :/
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:35 PM   #13
 
my fluval edge is far less well covered but the moisture levels in there are crazy, but in my small 1g its just not working, not sure what the issue is. Are you misting yours? I mist mine once a day, it helps a little, im sure it would be worse if i didnt mist.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:49 PM   #14
 
Crypt wenditii does get large, but you can also keep it small. I have no problem growing it in my 1 gallon puddle tank.
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:59 PM   #15
 
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I don't mist because I'm rarely home. I don't have much in it.. Just some tiny crypts, and trimmings of bacopa and ludwigea. If it succeeds, great. If not, I'm not really losing much. They're all sitting in a little water, so I'm just not sure.
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:43 PM   #16
 
how do you keep it small? Constant trimmings? last time i grew it in the tank, the plant grew OUT of the tank and then dried up and died. would like the avoid that this time...
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Old 05-26-2011, 10:24 AM   #17
 
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Probably had a lid on the tank..
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:05 PM   #18
 
I ALWAYS have lids.... They grow slow in my paludarium compared to my aquariums. I start with like a baby crypt only an inch tall and it will last quite a while in there. Usually when they finally do get to big I move then to another tank and pick another little one to replace it. I have a couple dozen bronze crypts amongst my tanks so there are always little ones everywhere.
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:43 PM   #19
 
a lid on the tank only results in the crypt pushing against the lid... Yea i dont want to have to continually transplant my plants, esp with a soil setup where disturbing it would cloud up my water like mad. I may try a lily and use the shade created by the bigger leaves as contrast since finding a red plant thats small seems near impossible...
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Old 05-26-2011, 05:08 PM   #20
 
I have to disturb that tank like once or twice a year and thats just for general plant prunning. It gets to the point where their are more plants and water-borne roots then actual water. All the plants seem to keep the water pretty low in nutrients since it use to get no real water changes. It has quite a bit of light on it so that along with the high competition from all the other plants slows those crypts down. Takes it 6 months to reach the water surface which is only 4" above the gravel.

Be aware when transferring crypts to an emersed setting they will lose their leaves. No amount of misting is going to keep submersed growth alive out of the water. The plant will switch to emersed growth eventurally... may take well over a month. Emersed growth will look much different then submersed growth. Likely narrower flat leaves. Its a hard sudden transition on the plant. When you flood the tank it will again shed its leaves and take a while to go back to submersed growth.

Also pruning... if crypt is so happy it is hitting the lid It will not likely notice the loss of some leaves. I prune crypts often if they get big and bushy and are out competing other plants. If there are a ton of them in the same area general care is the removal of older leaves as it is beneficial for the plant allowing room and light for new ones.
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