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  1. Hello today i ordered a crytocoryne wedntii from aquarium co op and i had some questions about its care.my first question was if it is recommended to cut off all the leaves because ive heard they tend to melt when they are newly planted.And my second question was if it would regrow if i cut it because im worried it might not grow back.
  2. Hi! I have 3 crypt undulata that were hit really hard with an algae outbreak. I lost a ton of leaves due to them being suffocated (I think) and I also had to remove leaves that were so covered in algae that they honestly looked horrible. Now they look ... well ... sad. My question is, if I uproot these crypts from my tank, do I need to pull out all of the roots or can I cut the plant out and keep the roots that I can’t pull out in the soil. I know the roots have established themselves quite well and I don’t want to disturb the dirt too much. I use Aqua Vitro Aqua Solum as a substrate. I also house a betta in this tank. It is 10 gallons. I also have a few horned nerite on their way to me and hope to receive them soon. My betta is quite aggressive so I hope the snails work out and can help me out w the algae. I have more crypts to replace these with. Thanks for your help. I apologize for the lengthy question. lauren
  3. Hello everyone, I am from California and am 24 years old. I have been keeping aquariums for about 10 years now. I currently have 5 aquariums, a 5 gallon, 10 gallon, 29 gallon, 40 breeder and a 55 gallon. They are all freshwater planted aquariums. I have had my 40 gallon breeder set up for about 2 years or so. Just a few days ago I noticed what I thought was a new leaf from one of my crypts. After closer inspection, it appears to be a flower. I never knew crypts could flower while submersed. Does anyone have any experience with this? I think it would be interesting to attempt to get seeds from it if anyone knows how.
  4. Before I discovered Aquarium Co-Op I was purchasing plants from other sources. I believe the plant in question was purchased from PetSmart. However looking at the receipt for the name of this plant was no help. Would you please help me with identifying this plant. I would like to purchase more. Of course, this time from Aquarium Co-Op.
  5. Hello everyone, April 9th I received a shipment of 4 crypt tropica pots from Aquarium Coop, I also bought 5 more pots of crypt wendtii green from another seller the same day. Today is May 6th and only one crypt wendtii green has started to sprout new leaves upon all the crypts melting. My parameters are as follows: GH-3°, KH-2° and PH-6.4-6.7. I’m running an inert coarse sand with root tabs and a finnex stingray. Off of everyone’s experience, are the other crypts every going to sprout or has it been long enough to say they won’t? Can’t figure out how to upload a pic or I would, any insight is helpful!! There is also dwarf sag, jungle val and a red melon sword in the tank. Not seeing any any new growth out of the val or sword but the dwarf sag has sent out quite a few runners.
  6. First planted aquarium. I clearly didn't buy enough plants for the 60. Got some rocks I found along the road for decor. (tested safe) Hoping they all survive. Got some dwarf baby tears and water sprite coming soon. Anubias will be planted in an easy planter.
  7. I see many pictures online of Crypt Wendtiii growing nice and compact. Mine grow more like Amazon Swords. They are nice full plants, but they tend to get close to 18" in height. I've actually started using them as background plants in some situations. For anyone with more experience with these, what should I do to get more compact growth? Higher light? Lower light? Feed less? Don't feed root tabs at all? I do like using them to add some color to the background, but I was really hoping to have nice full, small clumps of these in the mid-ground. Right now they dominate that space and i have to thin them frequently.
  8. Hi everyone Does anyone ever tried keeping cryptocoryne flamingo without CO2? I have very intense lighting in my aquarium, but don't have CO2 running in it, will I still get the nice pink colour (with the right fertilizing) or just greenish cryptocoryne?
  9. I am trying to correct my fertilizer routine. Up until now I have only been root tabbing 2 times a year. Doing some research on which plants feed thru the water column but can't ID 3 of them. Picture 1 and 2 I have no idea and picture 3 was labeled java fern but it looks different from my other java fern.
  10. I've heard this plant mentioned hundreds of times online and in videos, but I just googled it for the first time and I was floored with images of lush crypt parka carpets... and it's said to be a low light plants!? I know that I cannot trust everything that I see online, but I can trust you all. So can you show off your crypt parva? If you can, could you tell me how much you started with and how long it's been growing? In my 25 gallon I had a nice little carpet of dwarf chain swords, but they are not growing well in the 75 g.... I might order some little crypts!
  11. Hey, I planted some cryptacorne wendetii red, its been well over a month (maybe two months) They melted back, and haven't grown back. I have inserted root tabs multiple times, and no change. Here are my water parameters: Nitrates: 20 Nitrites/ Amonia: 0 Ph: 7.5 Do I just need to wait more?
  12. Sooooo, it is one of those days. I just finished planting my now properly identified crypts (thanks @Brandy). I want them to take off and give them a good kick start by adding lots of root tabs. It was also time to add some for other plants. Now I am freaking out, I also added 8 shrimp this afternoon. I added some yellow and blue. Did all the research.... and somehow forgot in the excitement of planting my plants that you have to be careful with copper and shrimp. Checked my tabs and sure enough it as some listed. Question: do I know need to undo my whole set up and find all the root tabs? Picture below of brand. I am in 🇨🇦 so unfortunately can't get Easy Tabs.
  13. So I recently got my second round of cryp's tropical, and wendetii to be specific. And both times they came in looking great. First time I planted and the instantly melted and never grew. Figured I did something wrong as it was my first plant, no big, ill try again. Second one, again comes in beautiful, and now I know it's a heavy root feeder, and is known to melt. So I plant it on top of 3 root tabs, and it all melts away again. Any tips? Love the look but not sure where I'm going wrong. Just give it more time? Keep it in the pot with root tabs to help it convert? Any suggestions appreciated
  14. When I started my 29 Gallon tank at the end of the summer I got a Cryptocoryne Wendtii red. It really became one of my favorite plants, my Pygmy Corydoras love resting in it’s leaves and my Kuhli Loaches also rest near the bottom of it, hiding in the plant. I have small rounded river stones over some special plant eco complete substrate. Recently I made a few changes in my aquarium and suddenly the Crypt started melting like crazy. It’s been depressing to see how bad it has suddenly gotten compared to how vibrant and lush it used to be, Note it’s a red Wendettii but is mostly green, that’s because I don’t dose Easy Iron, just Easy Green. I had decided it wasn’t worth adding iron for just that plant, and my understanding was that the plant would be fine it would just be mainly green instead of red if it didn’t get enough iron. -Past parameters (About 3 weeks ago): Ammonia: 0 Nitrites: 0 Nitrates: 0 PH: 7 KH: 40 GH: 60 -Current parameters (Today): Ammonia: 0 Nitrites: 0 Nitrates: 0 PH: 7 KH: 0 GH: 30 The attached pictures show the progression: 1. After first planting in the end of the summer of 2020, 2. Two to three months later 3. Sometime after I added a sandbed near it and it started to melt, 4. Today after I removed all the leaves that melted off. That’s some Val grass on the right of it. I have had an algae problem for a while and I’m finally getting some Easy Carbon to add once the shipment arrives. (Half dosage so as to not kill the Val) NOW - Why is my Crypt melting? I think it’s because of the addition of some sand substrate but here are some possible culprits: -I recently dosed Fritz Paracleanse in the tank then did a 25% water change afterwards. None of the fish looked or seemed sick, I just did it as a precaution. -Fish overuse it. I have pygmy corydoras and kuhli loaches, a huge mystery snail that is always getting on it and pushing the leaves down with its weight. The Kuhli loaches may sometimes disrupt the top parts of the roots. -I haven’t added any new Easy Root Tabs in over 4 months. Now the main culprit and probably only culprit is the new sand substrate, my KH is 0, down from 40. The Ph is still 7 though. I got some Habrosus Corydoras a few weeks back and felt they would prefer some sand substrate to rummage for food in, and they do sure love it! I only added a small patch. I would have added it in the corner where the Crypt is but I didn’t want to disturb it! So I added it just by it in a small flat area that was clear of plants.. The sand I got is “CaribSea Super Naturals Moonlight Freshwater Sand” I see now that it said on the bag that this sand was a “Perfect way to detoxify metals” I’m wondering if that is what lead to the drop in the KH? Any plant experts would have any guesses or think that is definitely what happened? Will it ever recover? Should I add crushed coral or wondershell now so i don’t get a sudden PH drop?
  15. I just set up one of my 10g tanks to get it cycling so it will be ready as a QT for fish I plan to start ordering in April. In the process of setting that up, I decided to grab a hunk of mopani driftwood out of the 29g I'm slowly rescaping (awaiting my new rocks and some plants - woohoo!). Got a surprise. I expected any plants that had grown around it (and the crypts had gone WILD all around it) to have spread UNDER it. Like THIS: (Of course, that's how it looked AFTER I removed all the detritus that had gathered under the driftwood.) When I pulled out the mopani, though, I found this ATTACHED: The spot it punched through is about 3/4" thick. I guess it found a weak place in that knothole, eh? Eesh. I had no idea a plant could punch through a chunk of wood like that. I left the crypt I've dubbed "Hercules" in the wood when I moved it. I figured he's claimed that chunk of mopani, so he can have it. LOL
  16. What’s the difference between crypts and sword plants? I haven’t seen enough of them in person to get a sense of the difference. And for some reason Google isn’t being helpful.
  17. Hello all. I bought this crypt from a store and they said it was a crypt pink flamingo. I’ve had it planted for over two months now and I haven’t seen a hint of pink. Is it my care that is not bringing the pink out or is this not a pink flamingo? it’s in a 10 gallon with a nicrew light. There’s a root tab directly under it. I’m not running co2
  18. I had a lovely 8 month old, established crypt that looked fine. Yesterday it began melting and lost 1/3 of its leaves, then lost another third today. There’s a few leaves left but I don’t know if they’ll make it through tomorrow. Should I cut it back and wait to see if it regrows from the roots? Leave the few leaves that are left and see what happens? Or take it out entirely? Not sure what caused it to instantly melt. I haven’t added any new fish in months. ammonia 0 nitrate 0, nitrates 40 (right before doing a water change.) I use Eazy Green and Root tabs..
  19. Hi friends! I’m always ordering crypts, but I never save the labels. Is the Crypt “Tropica”? I’d like to get another. I’ve enhanced photo so it appears as saturated as it really is. thanks so much!!
  20. If you had to choose ONLY ONE genus of plant to scape with for a new tank, which genus of plant would you choose? I would likely go with either the cryptocoryne or anubias genus. There's so many different different species (AND SUBSPECIES) with differing sizes/colors/textures to them, the possibilities are endless 😎
  21. I have pinholes in the leaves of my crypts. I'm currently dosing easy green 1-2x per week but my nitrates are wanting to stay over 40ppm. Is there a fertilizer I could add into my routine with much less to no nitrates and more of the rest?
  22. Are these guys planted deep enough? Cryptocoryne lutea.
  23. I have some Cryptocoryne lutea, they were green, but their leaves borders are turning brown. Could it be a deficiency? I am using root tabs, but no liquid fertilizer.
  24. Sorry for the second post in a day... this all thing is new to me. So this weekend It went to a very nice fish store here in NYC and they helped me set up my first tank (no fish yet) a lot of things and information went on at the store ( I was very impressed by the knowledge form the little I know) but I forgot to ask what plants they gave me 🙂 I emailed the store but I guess that I will get quicker response here ... so trying out my luck . here are some pictures 🙂 Thanks!!
  25. Ok. So Cory had some and he sold it. And it is out there somewhere...growing...and everyone wants it. All you lucky ducks who got some better be multiplying this like crazy, using all the root tabs you can cram into your substrate, because I would be willing to bet your LFS will buy THAT. Will someone local hurry up and sell some back to Cory so I can buy it? 😎
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