help crypts in trouble

Discussion in 'Plant Help' started by chump54, 7 Jan 2009.

  1. chump54

    chump54 Member

    Messages:
    512
    Location:
    Thorington, suffolk
    Hi...

    holes appearing in my crypts... is it crypt melt? they have been in there ages. just started today. and it's happening really fast.

    DSC_0091.jpg
    DSC_0085.jpg

    what should i do?

    cheers

    Chris
     
  2. UCBONES

    UCBONES Newly Registered

    Messages:
    14
    Location:
    Cotgrave, Nottingham.
    The holes/affected patches look a little too uniformly round to me - I'd guess somethings been making a snack of them.
     
  3. chump54

    chump54 Member

    Messages:
    512
    Location:
    Thorington, suffolk
    i'm not sure they seem to start off as dark circular marks, then after a couple of hours it's a hole...
     
  4. Nick16

    Nick16 Member

    Messages:
    1,761
    Location:
    Surrey, UK
    have you got any snails or catfish in the tank? if so what kinds.
     
  5. chump54

    chump54 Member

    Messages:
    512
    Location:
    Thorington, suffolk
    pest rams horn snails (tiny little buggers) and otos... all been in there ages.

    C
     
  6. Thomas McMillan

    Thomas McMillan Member

    Messages:
    1,127
    It COULD be the snails.

    It could also be some kind of defficiency, but you'd need to speak to someone who knows about the scientific side of things for that.
     
  7. Ed Seeley

    Ed Seeley Member

    Messages:
    3,262
    Location:
    Nottingham
    I would guess that that's melt. Have the leaves started to disintegrate by now?

    If it was snails I wouldn't have expected the changes in colouration so quickly, however it could be that they are causing damage that the plant is then reacting to.

    Have you changed any water parameters dramatically?
     
  8. chump54

    chump54 Member

    Messages:
    512
    Location:
    Thorington, suffolk
    no, no dramatic change in water params. I'm thinking that it is melt, i'll see what its like in the morning.
     
  9. chump54

    chump54 Member

    Messages:
    512
    Location:
    Thorington, suffolk
    so it was/is crypt melt most of the Cryptocoryne beckettii petchii has gone... possibly to return
     
  10. Ed Seeley

    Ed Seeley Member

    Messages:
    3,262
    Location:
    Nottingham
    IME they usually grow back pretty quickly. I hope your do too.
     
  11. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

    Messages:
    7,091
    Location:
    Cambridgeshire
    Crypts can be sensitive to the most minor of changes. It could something as simple as your water supplier changing something.

    Removing the affected leaves from as near the rhizome as possible and they should regenerate.

    Good luck. I hate to see a poorly crypt.
     
  12. Superman

    Superman Member

    Messages:
    1,804
    Location:
    Cheltenham
    For my newer layout in my tank (see journals), I had about 3-4 weeks of crypt melt over the tank. Each plant deciding to melt at a different time. Although now they've stabilised and new growth is sprouting through.

    My tip would be for anyone growing crypts would be soon as they see a leaf or the steam to the leaf getting in back condition, remove it at the substrate immediately. If left it'll just rot away and you'll have to siphon it out at a later date.

    Best thing like with all plants, is to remove any bad conditioned leaves before planting as it'll help in the long run.
     
  13. GreenNeedle

    GreenNeedle Member

    Messages:
    2,706
    Location:
    Lincoln UK
    Just as a measure of how sensitive they are. I recently added more flow into my tank via a Koralia1 and moved my filter intake at the same time.

    This is the only change I have made to the tank and I noticed over the past few days that some of the crypts have started to melt. I can only assume that is down to the difference in flow they are experiencing now or better distribution of the CO2/nutrients within the tank ;)

    AC
     

Share This Page

Facebook Page
Twitter Page
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice