Coralife T5NO Dual Bulb

Cryptocoryne Cf. Affinis

I originally purchased this plant as Cryptocoryne Cf. Affinis and to my understanding the .Cf is used when the species is undefined/unknown. I’ve had this plant growing in emersed conditions ever since I got it and it’s displayed a wide variety of colours for me in the time I’ve had it as you’ll see in the pictures below.

I hope one day this plant will send up a spathe so I can hopefully ID it but it’s still gorgeous nevertheless

As always here are the conditions in which it’s kept

Lighting- Coralife T5NO Dual Bulb – 6700k and rosette bulb – Lights are on for 10 hours. 
PH- 7.5
Substrate- Homemade substrate mix, cow manure, sheep manure, worm castings, natural red clay, and cheap topsoil.

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Cryptocoryne X Purpurea Ridley Nothovar. Purpurea ‘Kota Tingga’

This is by far probably the rarest Cryptocoryne I own, especially considering they have completely destroyed it’s natural habitat due to palm oil plantations being put up.  I really hope I can grow this one and propagate it so it can be spread to fellow hobbyists; here is a link for further information and pictures of the plant :

http://images.aquaria.net/plants/Cryptocoryne/p/PUR/PUR/Kota_Tingga/
http://crypts.home.xs4all.nl/Cryptocoryne/Gallery/pur/pur.html

Since I literally just got this plant it still needs to adjust to it’s new conditions, I’ll be keeping it in my emersed tank like many other Cryptocoryne’s I own.

Lighting- Coralife T5NO Dual Bulb – 6700k and rosette bulb – Lights are on for 10 hours. 
PH- 7.5
Substrate- Homemade substrate mix, cow manure, sheep manure, worm castings, natural red clay, and cheap topsoil.

 

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Cryptocoryne Cordata Var. Siamensis ‘Thailand Sungai Kolok CTSK’

There is little to no information on this Cryptocoryne anywhere on the internet; I can only trace it back to two people, one in which I know personally and is a great friend of mine; where the other one who originally brought this plant in hasn’t said much about it (at least from what I could find).

I just recently got this species on the weekend so it is still adapting to it’s new conditions and is quite small; however as it grows I will take lots of pictures.

Also, here is a link to my friend who posted a picture of the spathe when he had it blooming: Photo belongs to orchidnutz;Jim. R

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/attachment.php?attachmentid=29186&d=1411536600

Right now I have it under the following conditions:

Lighting- Coralife T5NO Dual Bulb – 6700k and rosette bulb – Lights are on for 10 hours. 
PH- 7.5
Substrate- Homemade substrate mix, cow manure, sheep manure, worm castings, natural red clay, and cheap topsoil.

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Cryptocoryne Cordata Var. Siamensis ‘Blassii’

Cryptocoryne Cordata Var. Siamensis ‘Blassii’ is another plant that gave me trouble submersed, however in emersed conditions this plant grows extremely well and sends many daughter plants.

This is a great beginner Cryptocoryne that you don’t always see for sale; I originally got this species from Oriental Aquarium in Singapore.

Lighting- Coralife T5NO Dual Bulb – 6700k and rosette bulb – Lights are on for 10 hours. 
PH- 7.5
Substrate- Homemade substrate mix, cow manure, sheep manure, worm castings, natural red clay, and cheap topsoil.

In some pictures you can see the pink “shine” the plant has, it’s quite attractive.

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Cryptocoryne Cordata Var. Grabowski ‘1952 Shirley Aquatics’ AKA ‘Charlie Drew’s Giant Red Crypt’

Before I begin this post I just wanted to apologize for the lack of posting; I’ve been swamped lately with preparing for school as I’ll be moving to Australia in 2015.

Cryptocoryne Cordata Var. Grabowski ‘1952 Shirley Aquatics’ AKA ‘Charlie Drew’s Giant Red Crypt’ is a beautiful Cryptocoryne that can get extremely large like most Cordata’s do; hense it’s name “Giant Red Crypt” however it’s been known to get as large as 2ft tall. This is a Cryptocoryne that is extremely hard to come by now a day and has quite a history and was originally sold under the name “giant red crypt, crypt grandees” in the 1950’s; for anyone looking to read into it’s past here’s a link to the Tropical Fish Hobbyish February 2009 issue where Charlie Drew’s Cryptocoryne Cordata Var. Grabowski ‘1952 Shirley Aquatics’ was on display : http://www.tfhdigital.com/tfh/200902?pg=111#pg111

Now lets get into how I’ve been keeping this plant; I originally tried it in submersed conditions under low light with a PH of 6.5 when the CO2 is on and 7.5 when the CO2 is off. The growth was EXTREMELY slow and almost painful so I decided to take it out and give it a try emersed as I was having success with other Cordata species in the emersed state.

I went ahead and potted the plant in my homemade substrate as mentioned in many other previous posts and placed it in my low light emersed tank, specific details will be listed below:

Lighting – Coralife T5NO dual bulb with 6700k and rosette bulb on for 10hours a day, the fixture is raised roughly 12-15 inches above the tank.
PH- 7.5
Substrate- Cow manure, sheep manure, worm castings, natural red clay, and cheap topsoil.

As you’ll see in the pictures below this plant has really begun to display dark veins as it matures; as well as it’s daughter plants showing a deep red.

All the pictures are in order from newest to oldest so you can get an idea of how the veining will display as it matures.

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