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Philip's Emersed Growth Experiments (PICS!)

Hi all,
I've been wanting to grow aquatic plants emersed for a while now, but only recently got around to planning it. I picked up 8 - 4"x4"x7" clear containers from The Container Store today (along with some other sizes that i will be returning next weekend... decided that they're too small for my use) to plant individual species in. I figured this would be a better idea than putting them all into an aquarium with saran wrap over the top because it will help avoid plant mixup, and I also thought it might be easier to control the humidity in a smaller environment. I'm using Miracle Grow moisture control potting soil to grow the plants in. I don't have any lights yet, since i'm a little confused as to what kind i should get... any suggestions? I want something that's skinny, has a reflector, doesn't put out too much heat, and that i don't have to hard wire myself. I was thinking T5 but i'm just not sure where to start.

Overview:
• 30 - 4"x4"x7" clear containers
• Stored in my 60P stand
• Miracle Grow moisture control potting soil (~1.5" deep in each container)
• Catalina 2x24 watt T5-HO retrofit (on 16 hours/day)

Plant list:
• Ammania 'bonsai' (true rotala indica) []
• Diodia virginiana []
• Gratiola brevifolia []
• Hygrophila lancea []
• Hyptis lorentziana []
• Limnophila sp. 'Sulawesi' []
• Lindernia 'india' []
• Lindernia grandiflora []
• Staurogyne stolonifera []

Pics to come...



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What fun! You can get a lot of amazing colors and textures growing some of those emersed stems plants.

I grew some little gardens with stems plants in pots in Aquasoil in a couple of 5-gallon tanks. It developed such pretty growth it made me wonder why this type of growing hasn't turned into its own hobby.
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YAYYYY! Philip finally got to finding more ways to grow plants! Your probably going to do a better job at it than me, since you have all these plants already. I guess you really want a light with a reflector since you said it twice


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Man Philip your parents must be really supportive of your hobby. If I tried to get away with this I'd be kicked to the curb. I just sent up a 7.9G Cherry tank and they had a FIT until I told them you could make $ off of it (no need to tell them I won't even break even ).
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YAYYYY! Philip finally got to finding more ways to grow plants! Your probably going to do a better job at it than me, since you have all these plants already. I guess you really want a light with a reflector since you said it twice


PICS PICS PICS!
Believe it or not, I only have 5 of the plants on that list right now. I lost/removed a lot of them after the accidental 5-day blackout.

Thanks for the correction-- I didn't realize that I said it twice, even after reading it a few times last night!


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What fun! You can get a lot of amazing colors and textures growing some of those emersed stems plants.

I grew some little gardens with stems plants in pots in Aquasoil in a couple of 5-gallon tanks. It developed such pretty growth it made me wonder why this type of growing hasn't turned into its own hobby.
Yeah, I'm really excited about this project. It's a way for me to have more plants (collectoris at its best!) without having more filled aquariums.

I was going to use aquasoil but my LFS ran out and I wasn't in the mood for paying shipping charges. I hope I'll get the same results with the potting soil. I think Adam uses potting soil in his emersed setups.


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Man Philip your parents must be really supportive of your hobby. If I tried to get away with this I'd be kicked to the curb. I just sent up a 7.9G Cherry tank and they had a FIT until I told them you could make $ off of it (no need to tell them I won't even break even ).
Haha yeah they're pretty supportive. I'm very lucky.

The good thing about keeping the plants in containers is that I can get more and my parents won't even notice since they'll be under my aquarium stand.


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I decided to go with a 2x24 watt T5-HO Catalina retrofit for the lighting. Very happy with it so far.

Here's a few pics... I need more containers!
I have tons more plants waiting to be planted, just don't have more containers right now... planning on picking some more up this weekend.

Under the stand:


Gratiola brevifolia:


Lindernia sp. 'india':


Poaceae sp. 'Purple Bamboo':


Diodia virginiana:


Hygrophila lancea:


Ludwigia pilosa:


Ludwigia repens 'rubin':


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Awesome! I love the containers...
Never thought to use something like that.
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Awesome! I love the containers...
Never thought to use something like that.
Thanks, but i can't take credit for the idea. I stole it from Jose (xjaypex).


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Those look really similar to those containers they sell carnivorous plants in! Very cool!

I'm very glad that you're making progress with that hygro

I'm going to start planting my extra stems outside tomorrow for the summer.

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Those look really similar to those containers they sell carnivorous plants in! Very cool!

I'm very glad that you're making progress with that hygro

I'm going to start planting my extra stems outside tomorrow for the summer.
Yup, and i still have one small stem growing in my tank.
The L. 'rubin' seems to be doing well also.

What plants are you going to plant outside?


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looks good phillip! i like the containers! my 15g is crammed with 2.5'' pots lol


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Where did you get those containers???? Like Cardinal Tetra mentioned...I need these to grow my sundews and butterworts in.
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Where did you get those containers???? Like Cardinal Tetra mentioned...I need these to grow my sundews and butterworts in.
The Container Store, of course!

Here is a link to the different sizes that they have available. Unfortunately, it looks like they don't have a store in MI, but they do ship.


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