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essjay 02-06-2013 06:21 AM

A bit of a brag about my crypts...
 
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3 weeks growth.. Gotta be good right? 8-)

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Last time parameters checked: 31/01/13 - PH: 7.9 GH: 8 KH: 5 NH: 0 NO2: 0 NO3: 10

Added Duplarit K fertiliser balls 27/01/13

Current temp 26*C - Lighting 2 x 13W 14000k T5 flouros - tank lit 11 hours per day as it gets very little natural light..

ao 02-06-2013 07:41 AM

congratulations ;)

Byron 02-06-2013 10:51 AM

Good indeed.:-D

JDM 02-06-2013 07:55 PM

Looks great!

Quick question, 14,000 K? Any particular reason it is so high? I thought that the 6,000-7,000 K was optimum, 10,000 K for reef.

Jeff.

essjay 02-06-2013 08:52 PM

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Originally Posted by JDM (Post 1421740)
Looks great!

Quick question, 14,000 K? Any particular reason it is so high? I thought that the 6,000-7,000 K was optimum, 10,000 K for reef.

Jeff.

Nope, no reason Jeff, they are what came with the tank... But I'm thinking, if it ain't broke, why fix it? :-D Although... Having said that, I am thinking of changing one of them to a lower Kelvin rating for the red spectrum (If my understanding of lighting is correct!)... Then I can get more reddy coloured plants.. I think.. 8-)

BTW.. I am totally addicted if you hadn't noticed.. lol

JDM 02-06-2013 09:01 PM

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Originally Posted by essjay (Post 1421816)
Nope, no reason Jeff, they are what came with the tank... But I'm thinking, if it ain't broke, why fix it? :-D Although... Having said that, I am thinking of changing one of them to a lower Kelvin rating for the red spectrum (If my understanding of lighting is correct!)... Then I can get more reddy coloured plants.. I think.. 8-)

BTW.. I am totally addicted if you hadn't noticed.. lol

Because Crypts are amoung the really low light plants you are probably OK, if you can change out the bulbs for the 6,000 range plants will generally do better, reds particularly as they need more of the right light.

Jeff

essjay 02-07-2013 04:02 AM

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Originally Posted by JDM (Post 1421822)
Because Crypts are amoung the really low light plants you are probably OK, if you can change out the bulbs for the 6,000 range plants will generally do better, reds particularly as they need more of the right light.

Jeff

Yup, that confirms what I thought.. Thanks Jeff :cheers:

acitydweller 02-09-2013 12:59 AM

very pretty.
both left in the pots?

essjay 02-09-2013 01:53 AM

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Originally Posted by acitydweller (Post 1424306)
very pretty.
both left in the pots?

Thank you :-) At this stage, yep.. :-) I'm a bit wary of disturbing them too much.. lol I had a close look at the one near the driftwood and I think it's actually two plants, so am debating whether to separate or not.. All that I have read indicates this can be pretty tricky...

Byron 02-09-2013 11:09 AM

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Originally Posted by essjay (Post 1424338)
Thank you :-) At this stage, yep.. :-) I'm a bit wary of disturbing them too much.. lol I had a close look at the one near the driftwood and I think it's actually two plants, so am debating whether to separate or not.. All that I have read indicates this can be pretty tricky...

Leaving the crypts in their pots until you are certain of their placement is wise. They may well melt when planted, so once is enough for this.

Normally you will have more than one actual plant in a potted crypt. I think I've had 5 or 6 in some. When you come to plant it, you can leave them together for a very busy plant, or separate them. Planting them maybe 2 inches apart in a gathering is very effective, as this is how they naturally grow once they settle and send out runners.

Byron.


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