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Old 02-11-2004, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I am wanting to add some crypts to a 7 gallon bowfront tank. The substrate is eco-complete. I have a 14 watt regular flo and no added Co2. I currently have crypt willissi and parva. What other varieties of crypts stay fairly small? I was considering wendti but heard a lot of varieties of wendti get large. Does tonkinensis stay small? I will want crypts for the back and foreground of the small tank.



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C. parva is, of course, the smallest. The various hybrids with parva that now go under the name of C. x willisii are usually next in size. These used to go by the names, C. nevillii and C. lucens. Most of the other crypts get from six inches to over a foot tall. C. undulata may be a little smaller than the others in this category. Some of the wendtii species get over a foot tall. C. aponogetifolia can get leaves two to three feet long.

My limited experience with C. tonkinensis has been that it died on me before I could get it started. From the pictures, it appears to have very thin leaves, but not especially short leaves. Keith, do you know of a source for tonkinensis? I would like to try it again.
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I am in the same exact position as you!

7 gallon AGA minibow, eco complete, but I am running 26watts of lighting in mine.

I have C. parva, willisi, lutea, lucens and wendtii in mine right now.

I am doing a little bit of re-arranging, and I am adding C. walkerii to mine if the auction works out. I figure it'll fill in the back and right side nicely.

If my wendtii starts getting too big, I'm going to pull it and replace it with something else, that simple. Hopefully my LFS did good with keeping smaller plants.
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Paul,

Pets-warehouse claims to have tonkinensis. Not sure if it truly is tonkinensis.
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I purchased some tonkinensis awhile ago from Lowcoaster on Aquabid. He sometimes gets some rare plants. It didn't last very long, but I thought I might try it again. The 7 gallon might not be a good tank for it, but I could try it in my 30 long.

Geo, we have almost exactly the same set up. The only othe plants in it is some petite anubias, floating hornwort and java moss. I am going to add some narrow leaf java fern as well. I wanted to keep the lighting dim, because I plan on adding Axelrod rasboras.

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Pets-warehouse claims to have tonkinensis. Not sure if it truly is tonkinensis.
I think I will monitor AquaBid, instead. I ordered from Petswarehouse once a long time ago and had problems with being over-billed. I described the problems on APD, and I am lucky that I am not one of the long suffering defendents.
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Agreed.

I find it hard to believe the crypt stock they claim to have.
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Is 30watts incandescent lighting in a ten gallon tank enought light to grow some of the smaller crypts?
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Petswarehouse went out of business a long time ago, Robert Novak decided to close down the company after his lawsuit(s) began. Many people complained about the company's bad service (don't sue me! ), his site had lots of rare Crypt's. I even saw C.bullosa on the list, but I never did order...
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Not out of business. Look at

www.pets-warehouse.com
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