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Hi everyone! My name is Stephen, an economist by profession, a fishkeeper by obsession. I've been keeping fish for quite a while now, on and off for around 8 years. Right now, I have a hodgepodge of some cichlids, loaches, tetras, barbs, cories, and a few bettas. :smile:

I've always been fascinated by planted tanks, but my practical experience with planted tanks is severely limited to trying to keep a cryptocoryne specie, I think it's cryptocoryne usteriana. (In case anyone was wondering, I think I'm fighting a losing battle, as the leaves are turning brown and seem to be decaying already. #-o)

At the moment, I'm reading some internet resources on planted tanks. I hope to learn a lot from everyone here and hopefully, be of some help to others in the future. ;-)
 

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Welcome to APC, Crypt :)

Most Crypts are low light plants, it don't take much light to grow them. However it may be you don't have enough light or it could be Crypt melt. Post more details on your tank setup in the new to planted tank section so we can better help.
 

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Howdy Crypt! I have to say my first thought was that you can probably find some wonderful plants out in nature? Have you gone out to see? I'm so in envy of you folks that live where the weather is nice all year, and where the coolest plants might be just a short drive to a nice stream away....

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Welcome Crypt!

My first thought was Crypt melt too. I'd just let them go for a while and chances are they will come back for you.
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. :drinkers:

Piscesgirl said:
Howdy Crypt! I have to say my first thought was that you can probably find some wonderful plants out in nature? Have you gone out to see? I'm so in envy of you folks that live where the weather is nice all year, and where the coolest plants might be just a short drive to a nice stream away....

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Yeah, we do have some nice plants here, but you have to go all the way to the provinces to get them. I'm based in Manila, so the streams and rivers here are way to polluted to collect plants from. I know for a fact that Mr. Windelov comes here every so often to collect some crypts. I'll probably have to find some other like-minded people to get a collection expedition organized.

My first thought was Crypt melt too.
I'm pretty sure it isn't. When I first bought the crypts, they got crypt melt and just "melted" without turning brown first. This time around, it's really turning brown first, then rotting.

However it may be you don't have enough light or it could be Crypt melt.
I was thinking it was a light problem since I changed to a flourescent lamp that is kinda "pinkish". I'll post the tank specs. as you suggested later on at the "newbie" forum.

Once again, thanks for the warm welcome. :razz:
 

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Welcome to APC crypt :) I see that you mentioned you just changed lights? Crypts are very sensitive to any changes in tank conditions and have been known to melt down from something as seemingly benign as a light change. If the plant is reacting to something like that, it should come back once it gets used to the new light. Is that one of the new GE 9325K CF lamps by any chance?
 

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Is that one of the new GE 9325K CF lamps by any chance?
I'm not really sure about the light. I just got it from a local LFS close to my place. I think the brand was TFC, if I remember correctly. Sorry, I don't really know much about plants and the equipment needed to make them flourish... yet. I can't even find the most mundane things like tweezers needed for the hobby over here. :mad:
 
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