How do you make an HDR? Growth looks great
You can make an HDR in photoshop CS5 or in Photomatix by combining multiple pictures that are taken at different EV (exposure values)
Keep us posted! I'm really interested in how the final product of your HC carpet is going to look considering the fact that you are keeping the HC "moist." Most journals I've seen show the substrate very saturated with water.
Thanks for the interest! It is growing quite well, the coming 2 weeks will be where most of the growth happens, the first 2 weeks are all adjustment and roots.
You can see how all there is in the tank is condensation - all the soil is moist from the constant evaporation and condensation that repeats as the tank warms and cools.
You're dry start is going very well. I've got to try your technique of not actually planting them, seems to work better.
I tried a dry start a few months ago. Didn't go so well, half of it yellowed and the parts which managed to spread were overcome with some sort of emergent hair algae.
Very clean combined set up, digging the foam cut out for the stand's openings. Slick!
Sprinkling the HC on the surface definitely seems to give more of a headstart and the HC puts down roots just fine - if you have the patience to not flood it for a while this is the way to go, but if I flooded right now I think about half of it would float.
I've had issues with yellowing the past, and the emergent hair algae - it was a nightmare and eventually killed all my HC, this method is much better for preventing algae, although you do see a good bit of yellowing where some leaves and roots die off as a result of just laying on the surface.
Originally Posted by HypnoticAquatic
whats your lighting schedule like? doing it the way you are is a basic aeroponic set up with a couple things changed, which is why u will have much better growth and no root decay. if your shaded side is growing faster that could be a sign that its getting to much light (time/intensity) but if its just growing up thats normal as its shaded and trying to grow to the light. either way u should know soon either way if that side fills in try toning down the light if its just growing up then u know its just from shade, if thats the case just tape some aluminum foil to the side to help light get around that rock and back to the substrate
there are little tips and tricks to make it even faster not really needed and u have down what u need imo. if u can cover all the sides so no light can get in or out might help out, and id do a 14hrson 8off or 18on 6off light sched. just watch your plant it will speak to u when its happy or not.
I'm on a 16 on 8 off light cycle right now.
I think the stuff in the shade is growing better because of moisture issues.
It doesn't get as much light so I think it's not drying out as much but the stuff in the middle is doing good, just not quite as good.
There is a bit of what you mentioned too - leggier taller growth in the shade, but the leaves are bigger too and it looks a lot fuller as a result.
Hadn't thought about it as a makeshift aeroponic set up - it does meet certain criteria!
Originally Posted by kcartwright856
Love the rock pieces that you chose! With the plants, it reminds me of a hillside in Great Britain.
Interesting! My mothers side of the family actually lives in Stoke-On-Trent and I recently visited and we went up to Wales which did have a similar kind of look now that you mention it!
I don't get what you mean by 14 8 or 18 6 light sched.
He's talking about how many hours the lights are on vs off - but made a little booboo on the hours in the day when he said 14 8.
Originally Posted by xxUnRaTeDxxRkOxx
Loving the setup, really love the Ohko stone you have in the tank!!!!
Thanks! I like them a lot, they are an underrated stone IMO.
I really love the blue and red tint they have - even more pronounced when underwater too!