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Re: Crypt sp. tries to flower immersed

I have regurally  Cryptocoryne albida´s? inmersed flowers

Best regards
Antonio Trías

> Date: Fri, 02 May 2003 11:58:42 -0400
> From: Chuck H <grendel at usit_net>
> Subject: Crypt sp. tries to flower immersed
> I have a tank that is completely filled with a single species of
> Cryptocoryne.  This plant came in an "assorted crypts" package, so I'm
> unsure of its identity.  My feeling is that it is most likely a Sri Lanka
> variety.  It is hardy, grows like a weed, and is ~25-30cm tall on
> average.  Offsets generally come up around 8-15cm from the parent.  Leaves
> are narrow, lanceolate, undulate under moderate to high lighting, and are
> most attractive under moderate light where they adopt a copper hue
> with darker, relatively symmetrical "tiger" stripes in a vee shape along
> the center of the leaf.  In higher light the leaves are dark brown -- the
> previously mentioned vee's are still faintly visible -- with intense red
> the underside.  In this manner, it is similar to C. becketti.  I'm moving
> some of these plants to emmerse culture soon for a shot at identification.
> Not long ago, more out of necessity than design, I allowed nutrients to
> plummet to near zero.  I didn't do any water changes during this time and
> turned the CO2 and lighting down.  The results were predictable; all
> melted creating total devastation.  I was very busy with work and allowed
> the tank to remain in this condition for about a week.  Then, I removed
> of the meltdown detritus, ran the diatom filter, and brought nutrients and
> lighting back to normal levels.  The response of the Crypt was
> phenomenal.  By the end of a two week period, the Crypt grove was growing
> in thicker than ever, completely obscuring the substrate.  But the most
> amazing thing is that one of the largest plants tried to flower
> immersed.  However, the spathe never matured and the inflorescence
> eventually melted within a few days of discovery.
> Has anyone else had a similar experience with Crypts trying to flower
> immersed?  I hadn't realized such a thing was possible.
> - --
> Chuck Huffine
> Knoxville, Tennessee
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