Jess Posted October 12, 2022 Share Posted October 12, 2022 Ok this is ended up as kind of a rant....sorry...but if folks have suggestions I'll happily take them!!! It's such torture that I love every single kind of cryptocoryne SO MUCH, and yet keeping them alive feels like a coin toss (at best) or gambling in a casino (at worst). I've bought sooooo many crypts of every form (potted, tissue culture, bare root) from several vendors (Co-op, LFS, and the common plant vendors in the U.S.) and every different species or type that I could find. My survival rate is maybe 10-20%. Mind you, I have 3 aquariums that are full of plants...just not the ones I desperately want. In 2 yrs I've easily sunk over $1k into crypts (over $3k into plants in general). I thought I had cracked the code! With the last batch of crypts from the Co-op I left them in their pots for 2+ weeks. 2 crypts, in two different tanks, and one of them I just planted in the aquasoil last week seems to be doing fine. The other, not yet planted, was still doing fine in its pot. In that tank, I started dosing CaSO4 last week because my KH and GH are super low and I don't have crushed coral, and since Easy Green doesn't contain calcium I know my calcium levels are low. I remineralize a bit with Seachem Equilibrium but thought just a bit of gypsum would help to just raise the calcium levels more without increasing the GH so much (Equilibrium is mostly potassium). I've only added 1/2 tsp for 45 gallons every 4 days. Well, this morning I noticed the still-potted crypt in that tank has completely melted. Like, overnight. Last week $100 worth of crypts arrived (not Co-op that time), bare-root plants I've been floating in the tank, and they've almost all melted. I'm sure the remaining ones will melt soon after I plant them in the aquasoil. I just feel so sad. I think they really hate my soft water (about 30ppm KH, 100ppm GH after I add Seachem Equilibrium), or maybe they hate the 76-78 degree temps...those are the only things I can think of. I guess I need to get crushed coral and try mixing that into the aquasoil where I plant them; that would simulate CaCO3 from limestone in the waters where they apparently naturally grow. Or I just need to give up on crypts entirely. 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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