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15 gallon in progress

PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:32 pm
by lucasgg
As my formal introduction mentioned, I've been in the hobby for nearly 4 years (I started as a young lad of 12). In this setup, I'm packing a Eheim 2211, ADA Aquasoil, spider wood, and an unknown species of rock. This setup is the 4th I've done with the aquarium and most involved planning wise so far. I also have another piece of driftwood coming in the mail by the 12th (if all goes well)ImageImageImage

Re: 15 gallon in progress

PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:27 pm
by Diana
Interesting beginning. As the plants grow a lot of the wood will disappear under the leaves. Any way to lift the branches up a bit so they will still show?

Re: 15 gallon in progress

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:30 pm
by lucasgg
Yes, probably just placing small rocks underneath the sticks, but I will be getting more wood here so i can get some much needed height


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Re: 15 gallon in progress

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:23 pm
by ScottFish
Nice!

Re: 15 gallon in progress

PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 10:26 am
by Crazygar
Looks like you are off to a great start. Are you planning to grow your carpet plants emersed?

Looking forward to watch this tank progress.

Gary

Re: 15 gallon in progress

PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:49 pm
by lucasgg
Gary, I have no experience growing emersed carpets, so I think that will be a "No". I'm planning on using dwarf hairgrass as my carpet, which grows well in nutrient rich substrate. I once got a healthy carpet going in detritus filled sand.


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Re: 15 gallon in progress

PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:51 pm
by lucasgg
New wood has arrived well ahead of schedule! It's fitting well so far. Things are looking tasty :3 ImageImage


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Re: 15 gallon in progress

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:43 am
by Crazygar
This tank would look awesome with some carpet plants! Growing emersed is easy, in fact, a great way to get a head start on carpet plants. Keep things humid and moist in the tank while your plants grow.

Here is an article I wrote regarding growing plants emersed in Tupperware containers, which can be easily transferred to Aquariums.

There is tons of information on growing plants emersed on the net. Might be something to consider.

Gary

Re: 15 gallon in progress

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:50 pm
by C. Andrew Nelson
I like your scape. This is going to turn out nice.

Re: 15 gallon in progress

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:28 pm
by lucasgg
Crazygar wrote:This tank would look awesome with some carpet plants! Growing emersed is easy, in fact, a great way to get a head start on carpet plants. Keep things humid and moist in the tank while your plants grow.

Here is an article I wrote regarding growing plants emersed in Tupperware containers, which can be easily transferred to Aquariums.

There is tons of information on growing plants emersed on the net. Might be something to consider.

Gary

I'll try it out, if it is as easy as you say. Does staurogyne repens do well emersed? Or broad leafed grasses?


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Re: 15 gallon in progress

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:47 pm
by rlcochran
I too suggest growing emersed. You'll really enjoy it.

Bob

Re: 15 gallon in progress

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:33 am
by Crazygar
Growing Stem Plants are a bit more challenging than carpet plants. I can be done, but you'd have to modify the setup to ensure strong growth of the stem (i.e. stilts to keep the plant steady).

Hairgrass grows like wild fire in emersed setups.

Gary

Re: 15 gallon in progress

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:07 pm
by lucasgg
Crazygar wrote:Growing Stem Plants are a bit more challenging than carpet plants. I can be done, but you'd have to modify the setup to ensure strong growth of the stem (i.e. stilts to keep the plant steady).

Hairgrass grows like wild fire in emersed setups.

Gary
this certainly is good to hear. Do you have any experience growing staurogyne repens emersed? Image


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Re: 15 gallon in progress

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:29 pm
by Crazygar
No, I attempted Hygro Sunset one time, and it was a mixed result. I found stem plants more difficult to grow in this type of setup as opposed to Runner Based (Hairgrass) and Rosette (Crypts love this type of setup) plants.

Gary

Re: 15 gallon in progress

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:51 am
by C. Andrew Nelson
Crazygar wrote:I found stem plants more difficult to grow in this type of setup as opposed to Runner Based (Hairgrass) and Rosette (Crypts love this type of setup) plants.


I imagine a lot of stem plants would buckle under their own weight when grown emersed.