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Old 03-25-2017, 05:33 PM   #1
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Hey Y'all,

I think I've asked this before, but I want to ask again. I'm looking for an aquarium plant from my youth. My mom kapt aquariums form the time she was 10 years old (in the 1930s); I don't remember a time without at least one aquarium in the house while I was growing up, from the late 1950s through the late 1970s.

She always had one particular plant that she just called "Crypt". I don't ever remember her buying any; it was just always there. When I went out on my own, I took some of that plant with me for my tanks.

It was a darker green, like Java fern, on the tops of the leaves. The undersides were a wine color or maroon. The leaves were either smooth or slightly ruffled along the edges. It grew in a rosette form, wasn't more than 4 - 5" tall, and propagated by runners like crazy. She kept it in everything from 5-gallon to 55-gallon tanks under incandescent or fluorescent lights.

Everything I've seen points toward C. wendtii, but none of the many pictures look exactly like what I remember. I don't know what Crypts might have been around in the aquarium trade as long ago as the 1930s. If anybody has any idea what plant it might be, I would surely appreciate any help.


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Old 03-25-2017, 06:26 PM   #2
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I'd say it would be one of these 3, crypt wendtii, crypt backetii, crypt affinis.

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Aquarium industries in Australia have three different Wendtii versions, I have the brown Wendtii and it sounds like it's a good match for the description you gave. The leaves ruffle more with higher light and it does send out runners more frequently than many other crypt varieties i have although not constantly.
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