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Re: Small crypts

>Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 11:46:20 -0800
>From: "Rachel Sandage" <rachelsor at hotmail_com>
>Subject: Small crypts
>What are the shortest crypts?
>- -Rachel

I think the very smallest variety is C. parva. I bought three, and they are 
just the most pathetic-looking things in my Eclipse System Three. Unlike 
the majority of other crypts, this one needs moderate- to strong lighting. 
They will suffer in the shade of other plants. I may transfer them over to 
my 5.5-gallon plant tank to see how they fare under slightly stronger 

C. x willisii is also supposed to be a relatively small variety, but I 
can't speak from experience. Then, of course, there's C. wendtii var. 
'Tropica', which is supposed to be more compact than the ordinary wendtii. 
Again, never had the stuff so I can't say. But what I *can* say is that 
under favorable conditions, whether it pleases you or not, even small 
crypts may grow larger than what literature cite. I transferred some 
wendtii from one tank, in which I thought they were doing "very well," to 
another, in which the new leaves grew triple the size of the old ones, AND 
the color completely changed to a beautiful burgundy. Go figure...