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growing glossotigma emmersed

PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:45 pm
by beeshrimpnerd
i will be attempting to grow some glossotigma emmersed, has anyone done this? lighting, fertilizers, conditionsetc? ill try this with some tropica plants. how do i make sure it doesnt die down? how should i make the transition?

Re: growing glossotigma emmersed

PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:52 pm
by beeshrimpnerd
sorry, i meant that i will be purchasing the glosso from a local tropica dealer

Re: growing glossotigma emmersed

PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:22 pm
by Crazygar
What I usually do is;

1) Keep the substrate moist, but not enough to turn it into muck
2) Cover the tank with saran wrap to trap in moisture
3) Make sure that you keep a good photoperiod (12hrs) for the plant to grow
4) Each week open up the saran wrap cover and mist with a mister. Mist all the plants and recover

When I start to fill up the Aquarium, I make sure that the plants have grown in thick and slowly add water to get the plants used to submerged conditions.

Gary

Re: growing glossotigma emmersed

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:03 am
by beeshrimpnerd
Thanks! But should i dose any ferts? I've also realized that tropica plants are quite expensive compared to other nurseries. Know why? anyways, should i fill in abit of water to in addition to moist substrate?

Re: growing glossotigma emmersed

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:31 am
by Crazygar
Since there is not water in there, Ferts are useless, besides, use a nutrient rich substrate. There is more CO2 in the Air than in water, you'll see some amazing growth rates emersed. I used to do with Hairgrass and had tons to fill many tanks!

Gary

Re: growing glossotigma emmersed

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:44 am
by beeshrimpnerd
I've read that you should just fill in a bit of water so the plants dont dry out. is this true?should i do this?

Re: growing glossotigma emmersed

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:47 am
by Crazygar
Just enough to keep the ground moist. This is where the weekly misting comes in. Even every other day, your plants will tell you when they need water. Observation is the key.

Gary

Re: growing glossotigma emmersed

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:50 am
by beeshrimpnerd
Thanks a bunch!
But is atill dont understand why tropica plants are so expensive.....is it because they are of higher quality?

Re: growing glossotigma emmersed

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:08 am
by Crazygar
Tropica plants are imported and good quality. I prefer Tropica over any other.

Gary

Re: growing glossotigma emmersed

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:44 pm
by beeshrimpnerd
OH yeah, on last thing. I know that glosso requires especially high light levels. What lighting should be used?

Re: growing glossotigma emmersed

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:48 pm
by Crazygar
You are technically growing emersed before adding water. Well, water inhibits light, so without water, the lights you currently have will be more than enough, though one question, what is your light setup over the tank?

Glosso really needs serious lighting in submerged conditions.

Gary

Re: growing glossotigma emmersed

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:21 pm
by beeshrimpnerd
I'm pretty sure its enough. 2 high wattage metal halide bulbs.

Re: growing glossotigma emmersed

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:27 pm
by Crazygar
Oh yeah. Wear sunglasses. What's the tank depth? You have more than enough, each bulb will cover 24" X 24"

Gary

Re: growing glossotigma emmersed

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:40 pm
by beeshrimpnerd
Metal halides always have me shielding my eyes and thefy also temporarily bind me. Its fine, only standard ten gallon.

Re: growing glossotigma emmersed

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:46 pm
by Crazygar
Wow, that will cover the entire tank. Be careful not to place it too close to the top of the tank, wow you'll have no issue growing anything you want, just remember to inject CO2 and dose regularly.

Yes, you'll be fine, just watch the moisture levels in the tank while growing emersed. Put the lights on the intended photoperiod and let nature take her course. I am really curious as to see how this is going to turn out. Could you document this for us?

Gary