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My planned Crypt/ Anubias Emersed tank

So i have a ghetto tupperware emersed set up going but its unsightly and thrown together.
Im planning to use a 10 gallon tank i have laying around. Im going have a piece of glass cut for the top to fit a little loosely. Ive read that using plastic or acrylic can make them warp and id rather not have to worry about it caving in.
I was gonna use a 10" dome light with a undetermined wattage cfl which i will have resting on the glass for optimal light and heat exchange for the plants. Depending on condensation on the top piece of glass i may rise the light or prop the glass up a little to allow some humidity to escape.
I was looking at using 3" rigid plastic mesh pots with coco tek liners and probally potting soil in there. Anyone used anything like this before? I bought a few green plastic pots from lowes for like $.57 each and the mesh pots and coco liners would roughly cost me the same. But with 3" pots i could fit 18 pots in my 10 gallon set up.

Any thoughts, opinions, critiques so far? Any experience with what im planning?

Now ive been reading various things about emersed set ups and some people have water flow and others dont. Benefits? Draw backs I have a few ideas of doing this with just some air line and a single air pump and taking a tac to the airline like an air sprinkler of sorts.

Im in the planning stages of this and will be getting this going in about 2 weeks and then i need plants.

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temporary set up until I get back next week from my trip. No crypts or Anubias in there just various clippings I've had growing emersed for a few weeks micro swords guested emersed tub. They were algae ridden in my 75 the roots on a couple clippings put into the micro sword tub. No more then 3 weeks since they were placed in tub
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This is a temporary set up. Think ill have any issues with using that t12 single bulb over that tank? It's what I've been using but now there is a greater distance and space between the light and plants
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It appears the set up will work for me while I'm gone for the next week. Everything is condensation and I didn't most the plants today and they all look wet and have sprung up towards the light
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A couple of shots before I leave them to fend for there self while I go on a 6 day trip
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Left unattended for 6 days with no air exchange and things have grown in nice. I'm gonna be swapping out the t12 for a 100w 6500k cfl today in a 10" dome. See how that works
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The planned tub in the last pic with pieces of the set up on top. Just need a few more pieces and I can start filling with plants
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. 3" net pots with coco tek liners and will be filled with miracle gro organic
the tub my new plants will be housed in. Not sure of temp or humidity level, I do have a gauge on its way. But by the condensation on the walls I'd say temp and humidity is up there. And if its not up high enough a small heater in the water will up it
stays a steady 80 degrees in this tank, will find out the humidity soon as well. But everything in it is growing like crazy. I've had one pot completely melt away and I'm waiting to see if anything comes back before I pull the pot. It also has one Tupperware tub with a couple amazon sword plantlets that have transitioned and doubled in size so they will get there own pots tomorrow. And a single leaf Anubias nana petite that I hope will grow. It hasn't died yet so there is hope


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And a single leaf Anubias nana petite that I hope will grow. It hasn't died yet so there is hope
My impression is that Anubias just doesn't give up. Hopefully it'll work out for you.

Thanks for making this journal. I don't have the space right now, but if I ever free up a tank I may do something similar to try to build up a reserve of ready-to-plant plants.
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It was a hitchhiker in some plants awhile back, it's actually a half of leave but it's holding strong. A month now at least it's been chugging along. No change positive or negative. So I'm hoping it pulls thru.


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Looking good man! You've already got some nice growth going on there! It'll look better once you've got some more plants!
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Yeeah i cant wait to get some more plants to fill it in. The excitement is building
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Great thread. Keep posting.
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So I got the gauge in, it's not high tech just a dual temp/ humidity gauge. But it's registering around 80 degree temp with 90% humidity. And this is at plant level. I dropped the gauge in the water so it might be an off calculation. But the humidity is definetly high in the 10 gallon. I have to take my daughter to the dentist and when I get home ill move it to the new tub to get an idea of what it is like in there


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