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post #16 of 52 (permalink) Old 09-28-2011, 07:29 AM
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What are the small, green plants on the top left and the yellow-orange plants in the middle?
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What are the small, green plants on the top left and the yellow-orange plants in the middle?
The green plants are hygrophila corymbosa, the reddish-orange plants are alternanthera reineckii "cardinalis"

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What a great idea! I wonder if this would work in Northern CA?
Don't see why it wouldn't work. The only thing I'd worry about is the temperature. How cold does it get over there?

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Oh...I might have to try this. We do usually get a couple of freezing nights in the winter time though....Maybe move it to the garage under a grow light for the winter and keep it outside March though December? That just might work.
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some updates and some questions. I'm wondering why these plants are doing just as good as my CO2, EI dosing tanks. For the first time my sword has sent out 2 runners. I've never had this happen in my tanks inside. Also, my H. Kompact is showing some slight reddish hues in it's leaves(supposedly only happens in high light/high tech circumstances). This hasn't ever happened in my CO2 enriched, EI tanks either. Anyone know what could be the cause of this? My only guess is sunlight, and maybe rain?

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You'd be surprised at how many micromoles of PAR the sun puts out, even in the shade. I was playing with my clubs par meter and I was getting readings from 500-1000 micromoles in the shade. I'm not sure what light you're using on your tank, but I bet you don't have over 200 micromoles at the water surface. Could be the reason why?

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I might have to try this next summer, looks fun
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Dammit, wish it wasnt dropping into the 60's here in Miami already - I might still try this and grow out my clippings for the upcoming 75/90/110? tank!!!

Cant wait to hear my property manager bitch about the tub sitting on my patio
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Dammit, wish it wasnt dropping into the 60's here in Miami already - I might still try this and grow out my clippings for the upcoming 75/90/110? tank!!!

Cant wait to hear my property manager bitch about the tub sitting on my patio
I've been wondering what affect temperature has on aquatic plants. I'm guessing cold weather slows down their growth? As long as this tub doesn't freeze over do you think they will survive the winter?

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lol, they'll always find something to bitch about.

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What's the status of the grow box?

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What's the status of the grow box?
I buried it in the ground, so my male and female betta would survive the winter. Temperatures got down to the upper 30's here at night. They both made it through.

It's also in the middle of my garden. Pretty relaxing place now.







I never change the water or add any nutrients. I just throw my clippings in here when I trim my tanks. To be honest though, the plants are not in the best shape. Some leaves have holes in them and the colors aren't vivid by any means.

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Hm, I've been wanting to do the same thing, but I have a north facing balcony and not much direct light

I've been successfully growing algae on rocks in a tupperware pan for my otos though, lol.
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Wouldn't the water get too cold at night for te betta?

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Wouldn't the water get too cold at night for te betta?
I thought that would be a problem too. Since it's in the ground I don't think temperature fluctuates to much. They both made it through the winter on whatever food they could find...I'm guessing mostly mosquito larvae.

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