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3 weeks growth.. Gotta be good right? :cool:

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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..
 

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Good indeed.:-D
 
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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.

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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.. :cool:

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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.. :cool:

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.

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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:
 

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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...
 

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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.

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Nothing really wrong with the light IMO, could probably be better but thats hard to tell from the kelvin temp alone. I've propagated hundreds of crypts under some 9,000K bulbs.
 
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