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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:51 am Post subject: Re: Emersed Cryptocoryne Set-up with flowers Reply with quote

 Hi  Bhushan
 
 Lovely,  you  have  inspired  a  lot  of  people  now  I  guess.  I  would  also  like  to  start  on  a  small  scale.  Thanks  on  the  Wabi  Kusa  ball  and  set  up  pics,  I  will  set  one  up  at  office.  I  have  another  question  on  that.  Is  it  required  to  have  a  plastic  foil  on  top  of  it  or  can  we  do  without  it,  assuming  we  spray  water  with  a  spray  gun  everyday?
 
 What  technique  do  you  use  for  misting?  Do  you  use  a  machine  mister,  like  people  use  in  terrariums?  or  what  other  method.  Thanks  for  the  enlightening.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 12:11 pm Post subject: Re: Emersed Cryptocoryne Set-up with flowers Reply with quote

 Bhausan.....  no  words  will  be  sufficient  to  praise  your  creations  and  photography.  Just  Hats  off  !
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:04 pm Post subject: Re: Emersed Cryptocoryne Set-up with flowers Reply with quote

                                                   
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Beautiful  Pictures  Bhushan  ....  making  me  contemplate  on  setting  up  a  similar  setup  as  yours   Very Happy                

 Thanks  Seetharam.  Yes  you  should  try  it.  It’s  a  good  learning  experience  to  grow  some  of  the  hard  to  grow  species.
 
 
                                                 
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 Hi  Bhushan
 
 Lovely,  you  have  inspired  a  lot  of  people  now  I  guess.  I  would  also  like  to  start  on  a  small  scale.  Thanks  on  the  Wabi  Kusa  ball  and  set  up  pics,  I  will  set  one  up  at  office.  I  have  another  question  on  that.  Is  it  required  to  have  a  plastic  foil  on  top  of  it  or  can  we  do  without  it,  assuming  we  spray  water  with  a  spray  gun  everyday?
 
 What  technique  do  you  use  for  misting?  Do  you  use  a  machine  mister,  like  people  use  in  terrariums?  or  what  other  method.  Thanks  for  the  enlightening.
                 

 Thanks  a  lot.  I  use  plastic  foil  on  the  container  for  my  DIY  Wabi-Kusa.  You  will  have  to  determine  weather  you  should  use  the  foil  depending  on  the  humidity.  You  will  have  to  maintain  it  at  75  -90  %  approximately.  If  you  get  the  plants  directly  emersed  it  will  be  easier.  Otherwise  you  will  need  to  keep  the  humidity  high  initially  and  then  slowly  you  can  reduce  it  as  the  plants  adapt.
 I  use  a  regular  misting  bottle  to  mist  the  Wabi-Kusa.  I  spary  it  with  water  once  a  day  or  some  times  once  in  two  days.  This  applies  just  to  the  Wabi-Kusa.
 
 
                                                 
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 Bhausan.....  no  words  will  be  sufficient  to  praise  your  creations  and  photography.  Just  Hats  off  !
                 

 Thanks  Tirtha  for  the  kind  words.  It  is  nature's  creation  we  just  appreciate  its  beauty  in  different  ways.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:12 pm Post subject: Re: Emersed Cryptocoryne Set-up with flowers Reply with quote

 Bhushan,  It's  really  awesome   Thumb Up  
 Love  your  collections!!  Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:52 am Post subject: Re: Emersed Cryptocoryne Set-up with flowers Reply with quote

                                                   
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Bhushan,  It's  really  awesome   Thumb Up  
 Love  your  collections!!  Smile                

 
 Thanks  a  lot!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:44 am Post subject: Re: Emersed Cryptocoryne Set-up with flowers Reply with quote

 Too  good  man.
 Beautifull  set  up,  even  nice  photographs.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:24 pm Post subject: Re: Emersed Cryptocoryne Set-up with flowers Reply with quote

   Plants  &  snaps,  both  look  too  good.  The  fact  that  the  Crypts  are  flowering,  they  are  in  excellent  condition.  :thumb:
 
 After  success  with  Moss,  Ferns  &  Anubias  I  was  about  to  give  the  Crypts  a  try,  but  I'm  currently  out  of  space  &  time,  but  these  snaps  are  tempting  :)
 
 Bhushan  you've  had  the  setup  running  for  a  while  now,  have  you  seen  the  crypts  melting  even  in  emerged  conditions  due  to  sudden  change  in  parameter  like  temp.,  water  or  anything  in  specific?
 
 I'm  still  holding  Moss  &  Pelia  sp.  in  emerged  conditions.  These  were  collected  from  the  wild,  since  they  have  survived  for  this  period  (14  months),  I  guess  they  should  do  better  once  moved  in  a  proper  setup.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:05 pm Post subject: Re: Emersed Cryptocoryne Set-up with flowers Reply with quote

 Bhushan  that's  pretty  cool  collection  you  have  there.  Thumb Up  .  I  am  sure  many  of  us  will  try  and  go/start  for  emmersed  setups.Its  a  very  inspiring  .Its  lovely  and  so  also  the  photography.Thanks  for  sharing  the  pics  &  experience  with  us.  Smile  
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:28 pm Post subject: Re: Emersed Cryptocoryne Set-up with flowers Reply with quote

                                                   
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Too  good  man.
 Beautifull  set  up,  even  nice  photographs.                

 Thanks  a  lot!
 
                                                 
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   Plants  &  snaps,  both  look  too  good.  The  fact  that  the  Crypts  are  flowering,  they  are  in  excellent  condition.  :thumb:
 
 After  success  with  Moss,  Ferns  &  Anubias  I  was  about  to  give  the  Crypts  a  try,  but  I'm  currently  out  of  space  &  time,  but  these  snaps  are  tempting  :)
 
 Bhushan  you've  had  the  setup  running  for  a  while  now,  have  you  seen  the  crypts  melting  even  in  emerged  conditions  due  to  sudden  change  in  parameter  like  temp.,  water  or  anything  in  specific?
 
 I'm  still  holding  Moss  &  Pelia  sp.  in  emerged  conditions.  These  were  collected  from  the  wild,  since  they  have  survived  for  this  period  (14  months),  I  guess  they  should  do  better  once  moved  in  a  proper  setup.

                 

 Thanks  Deepak.  Even  the  emersed  set  up  has  problems  of  its  own.  The  most  devastating  can  be  infestation  by  aphids  and  fungi.  I  am  lucky  none  of  these  have  touched  my  set  ups  yet.  My  one  unique  problem  with  this  set  up  was  introduction  of  a  very  small  spider  due  to  introduction  of  a  few  plants  from  a  major  nursery.   These  plants  were  in  the  transit  for  over  7  days  before  I  got  them.  Within  a  few  days  my  whole  set  up  was  covered  with  webs  and  I  could  see  the  buggers  about  2-4  mm  in  size  rapidly  spread.  
 The  temperature  in  my  set  up  swings  about  10-15  °F  during  the  day.  I  don  think  it  has  caused  any  problems  yet.
 But  what  causes  melting  in  crypts  is  the  proximity  to  each  other  in  an  emersed  set  up.  I  had  a  problem  with  this  in  the  beginning  as  I  used  to  maintain  the  set  up  at  very  high  humidity.  Due  to  this  the  plants  still  had  leaves  almost  like  submerged  ones  and  as  soon  as  they  touched  another  specimen  or  the  sides  of  the  tank  they  would  start  yellowing  and  deteriorating.  I  soon  observed  that  they  could  be  maintained  at  a  much  lower  humidity  and  that  helped  the  plant  send  out  more  robust  leaves.
 Another  major  hindrance  is  getting  the  plants  itself.  Here  in  States  there  are  very  few  hobbyists  (you  can  count  them  on  your  finger)  who  have  maintained  more  than  twenty  varieties  of  this  wonderful  species.  I  am  not  considering  any  of  the  botanical  gardens.  Some  of  the  blackwater  crypts  are  just  too  hard  to  get  your  hands  on  and  to  keep  alive  for  a  normal  hobbyist.
 Another  important  factor  with  crypts  will  be  the  substrate.  If  they  don't  like  the  substrate  they  will  just  not  flower  but  will  keep  on  looking  nice  and  healthy  for  years  and  years.  So  you  will  need  to  experiment  with  different  substrates  and  combinations.  
 Best  of  luck  for  your  set  up.  Thumb Up
 
                                                 
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 Bhushan  that's  pretty  cool  collection  you  have  there.  Thumb Up  .  I  am  sure  many  of  us  will  try  and  go/start  for  emmersed  setups.Its  a  very  inspiring  .Its  lovely  and  so  also  the  photography.Thanks  for  sharing  the  pics  &  experience  with  us.  Smile  
 
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 Thanks  a  lot.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:41 am Post subject: Re: Emersed Cryptocoryne Set-up with flowers Reply with quote

 Excellent  thread,  Bhushan.  Very  informative.
 
 Way  to  go  Clapping  
 
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 Nayak,  Thanks  for  the  encouragement  !
 
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 7:33 am Post subject: Re: Emersed Cryptocoryne Set-up with flowers Reply with quote

 Hygrophila  sp.'Araguaia'  flowered  today.  Beautiful  lilac  flowers  with  sprinkle  of  lavender.  The  picture  of  the  plant  is  in  the  beginning  of  the  thread.  
 
 
 
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 Cryptocoryne  usteriana  flowered  today.  This  is  the  regular  form  of  C.usteriana.  C.usteriana  spathe  can  be  differentiated  from  the  C.usteriana  var.'Red'  by  the  very  light  brown  edge  of  limb  which  is  slightly  uneven  and  has  some  small  bulges.
 
 
 
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