Thursday, February 11, 2010

Green Life in my Tanks

Started my Cryptocorynes Collection...
Cryptocoryne is a genus of about 50-60 species of aquatic monocot plants from the family Araceae (arums). The genus is naturally distributed in tropical regions of Asia and New Guinea.
Commonly called water trumpet (which refers to their inflorescence; a spadix enclosed by a spathe typical for the Araceae family) Cryptocorynes are mostly found in streams and rivers with not too rapidly flowing water in the lowland forest. They also live in seasonally inundated forest pools or on river banks submerged only at high water.







Just started with this unidentified Crypt I got from the Lfs recently.. I started to divide into 3 rhizomes to get the most out of it and insure its survival.. Maybe in the next couple of months this will be identifiable already... The thing with Cryptocorynes is that, it is way too difficult to identify their species coz they tend to change their Size, Shape and Color when raised in a varying conditions...

Got some large type of crypt(Cryptocoryne balansae) that I smuggled from the Philippines which is very slow growing...Not a very good potted specimen...


The Java Invasion...
Java Moss (Versicularia dubyana) is a moss belonging to the Hypnaceae family. Native to Southeast Asia, it is commonly used in freshwater aquariums either by attaching it to rocks, pots or driftwood and can be trained to create a 'moss wall'. Java Moss can be easily propagated via division. It accepts different intensity of lighting and makes a great foreground plant. Livebearers keepers commonly use this as a fry protection for canniballistic mother.

This piece of java moss which I trained to attach in a sandstone rock is my first taste of this kind of moss given to me by one of the Lfs owner Shakeel... Thanks man!!!

After a while under a full lighting...It seems that they wont stop growing!...
Now take a look...


When all else fails...

This one dont!...

Elodea or commonly called waterweeds... A good oxygenator and a great stuff to go with my 'endlers' fry. Very fast growing and a toxic terminator as well...

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