How to Grow and Decorate with Cryptocorynes
Not the best plant for impatient aquarists
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Cryptocorynes grow best in non-brightly lit tanks. Too much light
encourages algae to coat their slow-growing leaves. They grow slowly but steadily.
Cryptocorynes hate being moved. Transplanting them stops their growth for
a long time. Potted crypts usually take the move to another tank in
Enemies. Don’t bother adding cryptocorynes to cichlid tanks -- with a few exceptions such as angels and dwarf cichlids. Avoid plant eaters such as silver dollars and most plecos. Use fast-growing plants in the same tank warily. Crypts will need fertilizer when kept with well known fast growers. Frequent small amounts of fertilizer work better than occasional big servings.
Needs. Cryptocorynes (and most rooted plants) root best in a smaller substrate about the size of a b-b. Their roots and rhizomes grow right below the surface and spread widely. Gravel vacuum cleaners will disturb them greatly.
Reproduction. Not many people will go to the effort to harvest cryptocoryne seeds. You need to gradually lower the water level until the tiny blooms appear and get fertilized. Nearly everyone grows new cryptocorynes via their rhizomes -- like irises.
Cryptocoryne Wilt. Crypts hate floating in a tank unplanted. And sometimes just moving them to another tank with different lighting and water conditions will make their leaves wither and disintegrate. Plant the root base and take patience lessons. Over time, crypts usually regrow.
Last Words. You
can find several species of crypts. For darker tanks and dimly lit areas,
find that cryptocorynes will do the job. Cryptocorynes are not a plant for
Tyler Musialek, July 29, 2012
A: I'm adding your info to my crypt page. Thanks. LA
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