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    Attempting a Cryptocoryne parva lawn again

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    Hi guys,

    Recently, I got hold of some Ferka fertilizers and since my newly introduced Cryptocoryne wendtii wasn't doing to well, I decided to try it. Surprisingly, the plants reacted very well to it and started sending out runners!

    As such, I thought perhaps I should try to see if the good results can be extended to the challenging Cryptocoryne parva as well..

    Since it's an experiment, I think it's best to be conservative. So today, I started off with 50 pots of emersed plants first.



    At first, it seems like a lot, but after taking out the pots and trimming, it's actually only enough to pack 1 ft tank densely. Took about an hour just to get all the plants ready for planting.



    So off we went and here's part of the tank from the top.



    I'm sure in a few days, they will start to melt. Let's see how it goes from here!

    Cheers,
    I have dwarf cichlids in my tanks! Do you?

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    Wow! 50 pots!!! Do continue to update us

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    WOW!!!! Talking about being conservative!!! 50 pots of C.parva!!
    Do keep update as i'm having thoughts of attempting it as well...

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    where did you get them? the quality sure looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milk View Post
    WOW!!!! Talking about being conservative!!! 50 pots of C.parva!!
    Do keep update as i'm having thoughts of attempting it as well...

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    Most plants are tissue cultured in Oriental Farm, so i think not a big issue. That includes all wendtii, becketii, parva, pygmaea and some others too.
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    Quick update.

    So far so good. The Cryptocoryne parva are starting to perk up and leaves are now pointing up instead of all over the place.

    And for those who wanted to know where I got it from, you can order it from Midori or C328.

    Cheers,
    I have dwarf cichlids in my tanks! Do you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lorba View Post
    Most plants are tissue cultured in Oriental Farm, so i think not a big issue. That includes all wendtii, becketii, parva, pygmaea and some others too.
    Tissue culture....interesting...I have read somewhere that pitcher plant(Nepenthes) are being cultured through this process, i think orchid plants too...Never really read that crypts can do done the same way...

    Anyway,Lorba...any links to tissue culture of crypts??

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    Wow planting them must be back breaking.

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    very beautiful crypt parva lawn benny! i'm tempted to try a similar lawn instead of Jap HG for my discus tank

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    Might be good news to you because I've never experienced crypt melt with C.Parva. One guy from Teo's simply dug up a patch for me and they've stayed green ever since. Heavy root feeders though, they start shrinking when the base fert runs dry.

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    what substrate mix did you plant them in? seems like no melting so far
    i only ever tried parva before in amazonia and had massive melting in the 1st week

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    Mine never melt in my low tech, but then it doesn't seems to do anything! It appears to have some new leaf, although it might possibly from when i first bought it a few months ago. It also appears to be getting smaller, so maybe it doesn't have enough nutrients. Hope that you have better luck.

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    Hi guys,

    Received quite a few Private Messages on the development of my Cryptocoryne parva lawn. So here's the update.

    So far, since day 1, none melted. All is well indeed. However, they are no longer as perky as the second day of planting. Perhaps the lighting is too strong and they are all sprawling on the ground. Here's one section of the tank.



    An expanded view of the same section.



    A close up view of the sprawling Cryptocoryne parva



    Since they are doing relatively well with the Ferka fertilisation, I've decided to add another 30 pots in. These are the new entries in another section my tank.



    You can clearly see that they are still upright. I'll probably tidy up the tank a bit and dump more of these plants in. They are painfully slow growing, but that also means it's relatively maintenance free! Lazy me!!

    One thing to note: I hate the moss that grows inbetween the parva. What a pest!!

    Cheers,
    I have dwarf cichlids in my tanks! Do you?

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    looks great!

    hows the parameters like?
    soil used, fert routine, co2?, lighting?

    i am sorely tempted to try it!

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    You should..haha...

    Maybe i should take a pic of my lawn that i bought with you benny? haha..
    i am the exact opposite.. mine all standing up.. which i hate and benny loves...haha..

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    will the lawn survive in low tech?

    <2WPG of light
    no co2
    weekly dose of step 2 and special shade
    weekly WC

    i'll be using full ada substrate system with amazonia though ==> if it helps

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    wow... total 80 pots right?

    i started mine with just 20 pots for a 3ft tank

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    wow stunning foreground benny! after seeing this, I'm sorely tempted to keep such a lawn in my upcoming 1ft cube tank instead of a bare sandy foreground. Low tech tank with 2x 13W of light over the 1ft cube (about 4wpg though) with no co2 (excel 2-3 times a week) and wondergro macro+ and micro+ at 1/3 EI dosage. would this be viable?

    it'll be an office tank so slow growing is always a plus! how many pots would i need to have a decent looking and not a botak (bald) look in my 1ft cube...hope i can get them to sprawl like benny's, my preferences are similar to ranmastome's in that aspect

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    Err.. dsnfpl knows.. he saw my little 2 footer tank...
    it runs on chiller, stuffed with plants, but no co2, no excel, no dosing whatsoever, 24watt light, little algae, no water change. Basically, top up 1cm every 2 months...and feed fish twice a week....

    If you don't call that super low maintenance...i dont know what is...
    And yes the parva is alive.

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    (other than being good for the plants)the chiller would make the fish less active, hence the need for less food?

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