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equatics 07-25-2012 07:44 AM

Having trouble planting crypt
 
Hi I just bought a crypt and I need some help with planting it. It came in one of those little plasttic potss and I successfully removed that.

I planted it in a shaded area, but I'm having trouble with having enough gravel substrate behind the plant to keep it down and keep it in place. It's a small one with lots of small leaves, and is in good shape. I would love to hear how other people plant these plants with the plastic basket off and the cooal whatever on.

Thank you!

1077 07-25-2012 07:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Nemo the Clownfish (Post 1170674)
Hi I just bought a crypt and I need some help with planting it. It came in one of those little plasttic potss and I successfully removed that.

I planted it in a shaded area, but I'm having trouble with having enough gravel substrate behind the plant to keep it down and keep it in place. It's a small one with lots of small leaves, and is in good shape. I would love to hear how other people plant these plants with the plastic basket off and the cooal whatever on.

Thank you!

Knock the wool or anything else left on the root's off in a bucket of tank water or small bowl and then see if it won't stay planted.
If not,,you may need to increase the depth of substrate at area where you want the plant to sit.

BradSD 07-25-2012 04:28 PM

Buy some more substrate or make you a deeper spot and plant it there. You only need to get the roots under the substrate, they can shoot out sideways and down. It can be hard if your tank is deep but it can be done with a little effort.

equatics 07-26-2012 06:14 AM

Thanks a lot for the responses. I watched a video on the subject by Tropica (TFH magazine) - some cutting of roots external to the wool on certain plants some separating individual plants where there are more than one. I had a very hard time getting the coal wool off another crypt and it's still trying to recover after at least one meltdown. I'll be careful this time and use a bowl.


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