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I was wondering how many out there have an aquascape with a primary focus of crypts. Last night I did my weekly water change and prune of my 29 gal and as I sat there uprooting, topping, and replanting a large number of stems, I thought of doing something with primarily crypts, thinking the maintenance would be lower. My concern is that having experienced a major meltdown once with wendtii, I would hate to think of the whole tank someday going into meltdown and ending up with a tank of goo. Are there some crypts that are more likely to melt than others? Or are most of them of equal susceptibility?
 

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Justin Fournier (srooy if I spelled that wrong) has a crypt tank. Try a search of posts by him or maybe he has a website. I have been thinking of doing htat also.
 

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Yes, almost boringly low maintenance once they balance. No algae, no real work. WC once a month whether it needs it or not. I could probably go 6 months easily if I cared to, but I'm a hopeless tinkerer.
 

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Looks nice! What size is hte tank. How much adn what kind of light, filter, substrate, etc. How do you think something like that would work in a 5.5 gallon? I have been thinking of something alont those lines, Maybe crypts and java species. Oh tell us more:)
 

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If crypts are the majority plant, I find that melting occurs much less often than it does when crypts are a minority.
 

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I put this tank up last June and have never had a major meltdown. I have rooted around and pulled up a C. spiralis root ball the size of a softball, so it gets some rearranging from time to time.

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20XH, currently has about 2wpg NO, XP1 canister
lower 2" of substrate are 50/50 Flourite/quartz gravel with a good handful of peat, top 2" is Onyx sand with some Estes black gravel. I use root tabs from time to time. This pic is from early Dec.

I don't like nano tanks, so haven't tried one, but I would prefer this kind of setup if I did one. Less water means things happen faster, so I wouldn't want a fast little tank. Just my pref.
 

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That tank looks great! I have just re-done a 10 gal where I have replaced plain gravel with a bag of eco-complete, I had wanted to try out. Looking at your tank, I know what I will eventually try out with this tank 8) . Thanks!
 
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