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Emersed Crypt Tank (Mother's Day Gift)

Discussion in 'Advanced Strategies and Fertilization' started by travis, May 8, 2005.

  1. travis

    travis Lifetime Members
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    Aug 30, 2006
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    OK, I've been keeping Crypts in my tank for some time now and every time my mother visits she exclaims about how beautiful they are. She keeps orchids in her conservatory and I think I've got her convinced to give emersed-growth Crypts a shot, in fact I'm going to send her some shoots for Mother's Day. I would love her to see those incredible inflorescences. I have a multitude of species to get her started and I want to get her going with a good emersed-growth tank the right way.

    First: What sort of substrate would be best? I suggested a base of peat with standard potting soil on top.

    Second: What sort of water levels in the terrarium/paludarium would be best for Crypts. Should they be misted daily, etc.?

    Third: What is the best way to encourage spathe formation in Crypts in an emersed environment?

    Fourth: My mother's thumb is green down to the bottom knuckle but she knows nothing of aquatic plants. Any tips I should pass along?

    Thanks again for the great forum guys :)
  2. Greg Watson

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    Jan 23, 2005
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    Re: Emersed Crypt Tank (Mother's Day Gift)

    Here's what the Crypt Pages recommend for emersed growth:

    You can read a little more here:


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