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I've had all crypt tanks before and they do take a bit of planning. Unless you're good at anticipating how the plants will grow they can be a bear to work with. Eventually all but willisi and parva will get tall and will take some trimming. That's really the tricky part there, trimming the plants without causing a melt. :)

A tank with good front to back depth and extensive terracing will help a proposition like this a lot. As would grouping everything a Dutch style. Alternatively one can go with just a couple species which helps keep size conflicts to a minimum. Check out my crypt tank page.

http://www.geocities.com/ellindor/biotope/Sri_Lanka.html

Two months after that photo the large Crypts had all hit the surface and were starting to crowd the tank. That's when selective and restrained pruning helped out a lot.

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Phil
 
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