Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Hendersonville, TN
Devin! I know!! That would be a good sign! Some are starting to put out little roots and dividing/budding. I forget the technical term for it. Their flowers are amazing!! And your plants that you have sent do provide a nice lush green back drop. The textures are really different, though, and the Mexican milkweed is flowering for me already. The shorter plants, like the Alternantheras and Aluminum plants add color and some needed thicket-like bushiness around the wood.
As you well know, you've had a hand in all of the wood-based hardscape and the plant selection, both Tillandsia and riparium. It's turned out wonderfully. Anyone who has pendant style lighting or relies on sunlight SHOULD have riparium or marginal plants growing. It just adds so much more to a tank, IMO.
C Gwinner...thank you! I used wood glue. Works perfectly well, and dries to match the color of the wood. With enough growth from the plants, it will look a lot more seamless. I'm getting a sampler package of terrarium plants that should be able to tolerate this type of lighting, from a Mack who is a hobbyist here and a pretty cool guy! Very helpful to me so far! I just don't know what all he sent to me yet. I'll find out tomorrow! Things along the lines of Margravia, ficus, vines, ant plants, and so forth. I didn't ask...I want to be surprised.
I did order additional airplants on my own, including a nice type of airfern, and some other Tillandsia. I do want to keep some of it a surprise, though!
The top part of the tank IS the focus right now, but I think that it is simply because that is where you notice the biggest and quickest changes. The aquatic plants are chugging along alright. I've had your "normal" algae issues which I'm still fighting a bit. I assume that they'll go away as soon as the system matures. But, spot treating with Excel and peroxide has cause some leaf-melt on my crypts, so you don't really see a lot of growth from them yet. Once things calm down in there, and the crypts, buces, thread-leafed java fern, anubias, and my slow-growing stems start putting on fast growth, it will look completely different, and (hopefully) equally as intriguing to view. That's the goal, anyway.
Marko--Yeah, the ties removal isn't actually very evident until you click on the pictures. Sorry about that buddy! You're right! They were just temporarily used to hold the wood in place until the glue dried and cured. I did wait a good 24 hours in between the "glue application and zip tie'-stage to 'removing the zip tie"-stage.
Thanks Andrew and Bob! Normally, I don't LOVE seeing leaves in a tank, unless it is for a shrimp tank. But, I needed something to tie in the top with the bottom. So, floaters, in general, help the eyes make that transition. The leaves further help with that. Plus, they add to the "forest stream" feel I'm trying to go for. They also help keep the tannins in the water, add anti-microbial properties, and foster the development of micro-fauna as well. Especially as this tank is slow to put on good leaf growth (it seems to be maturing "back to front" oddly), I need something "more" to look at in the water.
Once the tank is healthy and covered in crypt/buce leaves, I will likely take out most of the oak leaves, with the exception of having a few floating on top of the water.