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Still Water and Plants

PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:49 pm
by twotone12valve
Ok my question to some of the plant keeping people, I have recently set up a 1 gallon planted tank it's mostly hair grass and some unknown red leaf steamed plant. It seems to be working out ok, it's only been running two weeks about half the hair grass melted but has come back and seems as though it's starting to grow now.

Setup:
1 gallon glass tank
1 desk lamp, 25watt bulb
Eco complete substrate
No heater
No filter

The tank has no water flow, is this bound to fell eventually? Sooner than later? I'm not planning on stocking it though it does have MTS cruising and cleaning. I have been doing some small dosing with excel.

Re: Still Water and Plants

PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:09 pm
by Crazygar
You want some kind of water flow in that tank Matt. The algae will grow dense, smother your hair grass and cause all sorts of problems. PicoTanks are cool, but you need some sort of flow.

Gary

Re: Still Water and Plants

PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:58 pm
by twotone12valve
Yeah I thought so, I think I'm going to have to get creative on a method it's only got a 6"x6" foot print so I'm thinking a tiny air system probably.

Re: Still Water and Plants

PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:05 pm
by twotone12valve
Well just an update on this subject, I have not found a con to not having movement in this set up yet. I do a 60 percent water change once a week with water from my 125. So far the hair grass is doing ok it's growth is slow but I have heard that is normal at first also I'm not using proper lighting the k value of the bulb is only 35k so I'm sure fixing that would help as well. I have noticed many small things living along side the mts in the tank witch I have always found to be a good sign as far as water stability.

Re: Still Water and Plants

PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:39 am
by Crazygar
Even a small air driven pump modified to produce flow across your lawn would be a great start. Once algae reaches into your Hairgrass, it will be hard to remove. I learned that from first hand experience.

We'd love to see some pics, I am a big fan of Nano/Pico setups having a Nano setup myself.

Gary

Re: Still Water and Plants

PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:40 pm
by vanalisa

Hi,
This is interesting; I just posted on hair grass. Can hairgrass grow out of water?
Thanks,
~V

Re: Still Water and Plants

PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:44 pm
by Crazygar
Yes, I have an article in the Pens and Pencilfish section of the Forum about growing plants Emersed right here.

Gary

Re: Still Water and Plants

PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:44 pm
by vanalisa


Gary,
I enjoyed your piece on emersed plants. I'm a little confused by a few things but I have to go to the fish store! Maybe you can help me clarify a couple things in the near future? But I have to go to the fish store...new stock in...."no thanks I'm just looking,"...yeah, right.
~V
~V

Re: Still Water and Plants

PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:43 pm
by Crazygar
Careful of the Dark Side Vanalisa.. new stock = new tank... fueling an addiction is easy here.

Gary

Re: Still Water and Plants

PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:38 am
by vanalisa
Crazygar wrote:Careful of the Dark Side Vanalisa.. new stock = new tank... fueling an addiction is easy here.

Gary


Well my budget USUALLY takes care of that problem for me!

All I returned home with was an ivory mystery snail and a beautiful little piece of wood I'm embarrassed to have paid for. Bloodworms, a non-frivolous and necessary purchase.

I have sworn to leave my empty 20 gallon alone for now even though there were a lot of new fish to consider it's just too much for my brain and for my time to get that one together. Considering a species only with Green Neon Tetras or Ember Tetras, tight schoolers. Easy and effective. Fortunately the store had neither!

Community tanks sound aggressive; not my style and I have difficuly with decisions.

Deciding to end post,
~V

Re: Still Water and Plants

PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:30 pm
by Crazygar
In this hobby decisions can be the ultimate stumbling block on starting a new tank? What to get?

Concentrate on one tank and work on that one until you feel it's done (in truth, no tank is really "done"). Then concentrate on a new one.

Snails like to travel, sometimes out to a dry death. Make sure you have a good tight fitting lid on that tank.

Gary