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bigehugedome 07-01-2011 11:03 AM

What type of plant is this? How do I trim it?
Can someone tell me what kind of plant this is? And what do i do with it? Its too big for my 5 gal now, I was thinking about moving it to my 29gal. Then I need something for the 5 to replace it with. I am going to the LFS tomorrow, any suggestions?

Its a really bad pic

Its either

Cryptocoryne Pontederiifolia
Cryptocoryne Parva

or something in this :
2 Potted Foreground (can be substituted for microsword portions) narrow leaf sword, Sagittaria subulata, lilaeopsis mauritana
1 Med Bare Root Anubias nana
2 Bunch Plants, Ludwigia ovalis, pennywort,anacharis
5 Vallisneria- corkscrew, spiralis (leapord?)
1 Aponogeton Bulb with sprouts crispus
2 Med Bare Root Cryptocorynes Walkeri, wendtii bronze

1 Potted Cryptocoryne (priced at $3.50 or lower) Undulata

Ill try to find an older pic from when it was smaller.

Byron 07-01-2011 11:27 AM

It is a crypt, but which one I'm not sure. Cryptocoryne wendtii, the green form, possibly, maybe C. spiralis. Both grow large, up to 30 cm or almost a foot.

redchigh 07-01-2011 11:36 AM

it could be the crypt walkeri... Many crypts have geographic differences, so two crypt wendtii greens bought from the same supplier can sometimes look different.

If you move it to another tank, try not to damage the roots too much. Once you plant it, it will go through crypt melt (where the leaves literally melt). Usually the root stays alive, and will sprout.

Actually, since there's a good chance it will melt anyway, you could just make it melt in your 5G. Then when it gets too big, do it again.

A good plant for 5 gallon tanks is echinodorus bleherae 'compacta' or E. 'Klienar Prinz'

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