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Re: Crypt. ciliata


If you wish to try them emersed in a "bowl" then you could maintain the
humidity over them with a plastic bag upended over them and loosely attached
or resting on the bowl below.

I have seen large stands ( e.g. 20 feet by 200 feet) of this plant on tidal
mangrove mudflats up in PNG. I would be interested to hear from you if they
are reproducing by runners or by axillary plantlets. I got the impression up
there that "latifolia" seemed to use plantlets that detach and drift off
with the tides and currents as a colonising strategy whereas the "narrow" or
"ciliata" subspecies was more a runner producer that stabilised mudbanks and
could resist stronger currents and handle higher salinities.

BTW the tallest plants I was able to approach were about 4 feet tall with
leaves about 3 inches wide and 30 inches long - not your usual aquarium

Bruce Hansen
president at angfa_org.au
Please visit us at http://www.angfa.org.au

----- Original Message ----- > Date: Mon, 8 May 2000 12:35:20 -0700 (MST)
> From: "Roger S. Miller" <rgrmill at rt66_com>
> Subject: C. ciliata
> Folks,
> I have three Cryptocoryne ciliata that are too big for the tank their in,
> and growing taller all the time.  Currently they're about 14" tall and
> they don't have any tendency to bend over when they hit the water surface.
> The highest tank I can put them in would provide only about 16" water
> depth, so I don't have many options.
> I don't think these specimens are the nice, well-behaved "latifolia"
> variety, but instead the full-sized variety that can get to a meter or so
> in height.
> The question is, what can I do with these plants?  The options I'm
> entertaining so far are: 1) trade them to someone who can put them in a
> pond or open tank setting, 2) plant them in a small container like a fish
> bowl and let them go crazy, 3) composting them.
> The trade option is OK if there's anyone in the Albuquerque area that's
> keen on having them, but they don't seem to transplant well.  The fish
> bowl option would be fun (I'm doing that now with a large echinodorus) but
> I don't know if the plants will be able to take dry air.  If they don't do
> well in dry air, then that would also effect the option of growing them in
> a pond as the air here is typically pretty dry.
> Any other suggestions?