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Old 04-30-2017, 03:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have had a few crypts in my aquascapes over the years, but never had any problem with them suddenly melting. This week I had some family problems that distracted me for a few days, and as a result, I didn't replace my DIY CO2 solution at the normal weekly interval. About 3 days later I noticed that my Cryptocoryne wendtii had totally melted! And, of course my concentration of CO2 in the water had dropped off significantly. The plants just literally became mush! My tank is low medium lighted, and my normal CO2 concentration is around 10-20 ppm, far from a high tech set-up.

So, what "they" have been telling us over the years about crypt melt is right! A sudden change in water conditions can wipe them out. Hopefully they will soon re-grow.
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wow that is really interesting. at least the roots and such are still alive correct? will come back. You'd think they were a really hardy plant!
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wow that is really interesting. at least the roots and such are still alive correct? will come back. You'd think they were a really hardy plant!
I'm assuming the roots are alive, but I don't want to pull them out to check on the roots. Crypts have such long roots that replanting them isn't easy. This was so strange! They seemed to melt in just a day or two, but it might have been a bit longer. And, it was the really beginner crypts - Wendtii - not any of the more difficult ones. They didn't even melt when I bought them from a forum seller, and set them out in my tank.
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I have a crypt.balanse (spelling of that, idk) and when I took it out one day a long time ago, doing a rescape. Its roots came up across my tank! little fluval V but that's still about a foot 1/2 long!
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Hang in there Hoppy! Continue maintaining your tank, perhaps doing an extra large water change for all the dissolved nutrients from the melt. If you leave everything in the substrate, they will definitely come back. I've had it happen twice on me when the tank's 'routine' was upset. C. wendtii is particularly bad for melting. Out of 3 Crypts, it's always been the only one I've ever had melting.
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Hang in there Hoppy! Continue maintaining your tank, perhaps doing an extra large water change for all the dissolved nutrients from the melt. If you leave everything in the substrate, they will definitely come back. I've had it happen twice on me when the tank's 'routine' was upset. C. wendtii is particularly bad for melting. Out of 3 Crypts, it's always been the only one I've ever had melting.
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What Bert said. Mine have always come back.

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thought I'd ask the people here, since they have this plant I figured:
Anyone have any crypt wendtii bronze they could sell? or green? or both
do pm plz
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thought I'd ask the people here, since they have this plant I figured:
Anyone have any crypt wendtii bronze they could sell? or green? or both
do pm plz
I think you can post a request in the for sale forum.
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I think you can post a request in the for sale forum.
Ah ok thank you hoppy, im fairly new to this forum as you can tell so I didn't know if I could post a wtb kind of thing in the sale section. I read the rules didn't look as if it said anything of the likes.
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