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9 years 1 month ago #380 by Jacob
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I’m get­ting some cryp­to­co­ryne ret­ro­spi­ralis plants soon, it may come in a plas­tic pot with some kind of plant­ing medium. What should the sub­strate inside the pot I end up using con­tain?
I don’t know if there is some­thing that has to be in the sub­strate for this plant since I’ve read that’s the case with other cryp­to­co­rynes, and if there are sub­strates to avoid in a black­wa­ter tank.
Also won­der­ing about black­worms, since this is really all I feed the sphaerichthys vail­lanti I have. Maybe there’s a sec­ond food that would bal­ance that one well, though they’ve grown well on mostly blackworms.

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9 years 1 month ago #382 by PatrickG
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Hello Jacob,

I hope I under­stand you right: the plants arrive in plas­tic pots with plant­ing medium and that you want to cul­ti­vate the plants in pots (plas­tic or clay pots?). Plants are often put in rock wool. The rock wool con­tents a lot of P and N and it looks very ugly. So you need another sub­strate. And please use clay pots.

I use spe­cial sub­trate for plants (JBL Aquaba­sis) in two Aquar­i­ums to cul­ti­vate Echin­odorus. This prod­uct is sandy clay with a lit­tle bit of peat. Above the sub­strate is a layer with gravel. The sub­strate does not effect hard­ness, pH or N and P con­tent in the water and the plants grow well. I think the sub­stances sand and clay 10:1 and a lit­tle bit of peat or leaves and per­haps some ashes of wood should be good for cryp­to­co­ryne too.

Black­worms are very good, but per­haps you can cul­ti­vate and feed Daph­nia or Moina too.

Greet­ings
Patrick

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9 years 1 month ago #383 by Peter Finke
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I am a lover of Parosphromenus and a lover of Cryp­to­co­ryne. But apart from some odd sin­gle plants I have up to now not suc­ceeded in keep­ing and prop­a­gat­ing both in one aquar­ium. It sounds ridicu­lous, but the answer is the sub­stan­tial struc­tural dif­fer­ence between the run­ning waters with their con­stant new fer­til­iza­tion in nature and the very dif­fer­ent rather stag­nant waters in an aquar­ium, espe­cially a Parosphromenus–tank, where you are forced to keep fer­til­iz­ers rather far away.
I know of a chap (a Cryp­to­co­ryne–expert who claims to have a solu­tion for both but I doubt it. It would be nice and near to the nat­ural mod­els but the solu­tion seems to need unusal large efforts.
At any rate: care­fully remove the sub­strate in which the plants have been grown!

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8 years 11 months ago #578 by Mark Denaro
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Jacob,
This answer may be too late but you should remove the plants from the pot. I gen­er­ally pre­fer to buy these as bare root rather than to pay the pre­mium for the pot. The sub­strate should be fine and ide­ally include some iron. A sim­ple way to accom­plish this is to add a prod­uct like API’s Lat­erite to your sub­strate. The use of a sub­strate heater is also par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fi­cial to Crypts as it will cre­ate a flow of water through the sub­strate which will bring more nutri­ents to the roots.

You can offer a vari­ety of foods to S. vail­lanti. This species is the eas­i­est to feed and breed in the genus. I have bred them on a diet con­sist­ing entirely of Ocean Nutrition’s Com­mu­nity For­mula flakes. I would sug­gest a mix of flakes, pel­lets, frozen and live foods.
Best of luck,
Mark

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8 years 11 months ago #584 by Jacob
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Thanks, the crpyts are repot­ted in peat and almond leaves, and are grow­ing well. There isn’t that much peat cov­er­ing their roots, they are prob­a­bly exposed to the cur­rent enough to help them.
I never could get the vail­lan­tis to eat frozen food, I will try flake though maybe they are so used to live it would be hard to get them to eat it now.

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