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Old 12-29-2014, 09:36 AM   #11 (permalink)
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illustrator - those are gorgeous tanks. I admire the simplicity in your approach. Well done. What species of crypts are in your first tank? Also, what is the temperature range on your tank with no heater? Thanks for posting.

C. aponegetifolia and C. usteriana are two species I would love to grow in the future once I can set up a larger tank.
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That's awesome! I've never heard of using worm castings in planted tanks. My parents use it in pots for crotons. Do you use heating cables under the crypts? What are your water params?
Worm castings work well. Some people claim they need to be boiled first (to remove ammonia I believe?), but I have used them successfully straight out of the bag. You don't need to go overboard with it though as it probably does leach a lot of nutrients at first.

No heating cables are used. I keep the temp around 75 or so. I actually don't know the water parameters because I don't own test kits. I just use water straight from the tap. I may be lucky in that my tap water is good, but I also think many crypts are more adaptable to water conditions than we give them credit.
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I recently set up a new crypt tank that houses Botia kubotai loaches, tiger barbs and harlequin rasboras. It is sort of an asian stream themed tank with high flow. I will try and get some pics soon.
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Excited to see this new tank! I've always wanted to do loaches as well. Particularly kuhlis.
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illustrator - those are gorgeous tanks. I admire the simplicity in your approach. Well done. What species of crypts are in your first tank? Also, what is the temperature range on your tank with no heater? Thanks for posting.

C. aponegetifolia and C. usteriana are two species I would love to grow in the future once I can set up a larger tank.
I am trying a bunch of crypts in this aquarium at this moment. I will probably keep fewer in the future. What is there now:

C. beckettii "Petchii"
C. cordata (obtained as C. xpurpurea)
C. crispatula var. balansae "Brown"
C. nurii
C. spiralis var. caudigera
C. spiralis var. spiralis
C. undulata (regular form, obtained as C. willissi)
C. undulata "Broad Leaves" (triploid form)
C. wendtii (obtained as C. bullosa)

The aquarium without heater is still around 22-25'C because of the room temperature + heat from the lights. In summer it gets a few degrees more. I have one of the C. affinis for a long time at 16'C at my job, it grows very slowly then, but survives well. So there is no need to worry if the temperature would drop a few degrees once in a while.
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Real great thread I'll post mine tomorrow.


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125 gallon semi high tech crypt tank Click image for larger version

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I am trying a bunch of crypts in this aquarium at this moment. I will probably keep fewer in the future. What is there now:

C. beckettii "Petchii"
C. cordata (obtained as C. xpurpurea)
C. crispatula var. balansae "Brown"
C. nurii
C. spiralis var. caudigera
C. spiralis var. spiralis
C. undulata (regular form, obtained as C. willissi)
C. undulata "Broad Leaves" (triploid form)
C. wendtii (obtained as C. bullosa)

The aquarium without heater is still around 22-25'C because of the room temperature + heat from the lights. In summer it gets a few degrees more. I have one of the C. affinis for a long time at 16'C at my job, it grows very slowly then, but survives well. So there is no need to worry if the temperature would drop a few degrees once in a while.
Any pics of the C. balansae 'brown'? Curious what that looks like. I have some that has nice bronze coloration and was wondering if this was common. Most of mine stay totally green.
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[QUOTE=Kalan850;784274]125 gallon semi high tech crypt tank Attachment 32146 it's seen better days but I'm getting her back where she needs to be.

Sweet tank! Whats the substrate and lights? co2? Share a list of the species you have in there when you get a chance.
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Old 12-30-2014, 04:13 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Beautiful tanks Rajah! In the OP, 1st pic, what is the crypt in the back-right corner? 3rd pic, what is the crypt dead center?

One more question, in your experience and knowledge of crypts, are there any other species of crypts that stay small like crypt parva or close to that?
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