hey guys, i've accumulated mold overnight! why is this? is it because i don't have enough airflow since its covered all day?
I have these glass panels I stole from my job (shh dont tell) so I could put one on and that would leave half of the tub open.
USe moss, moss is an apparent anti fungal/mold. Works amazing
Each pot put some moss and it will spread and prevent fungus and mold. I had some white mold or fungus pop up in a pot, I threw some java moss on it and it went away in less then two days.
okay so i put the moss around and replaced the tub cover with one of the glass panels. it fits perfectly, and leaves about a 2.5" space in the back for airflow. Tattooedfool- you say the mold goes away fast? i hope so
Yeah I'm not sure, the two kinds I have in 2 submerged tanks haven't put out any new leaves. And I had another Anubias of a different variety put out a yellow leave that has since changed to green. So only assumptions at this point
Both my anubias (nana and barteri)
Grow the new leaves yellow and then turn green too, and they are submerged.
Don't give up man, just gotta find the right balance. My tank is a 55 gallon with a couple if lowes cut pieces of glass as the lid. They don't fit extremely right but right enough where humidity is always 85% and air temp is a little over 70 degrees. I have a heater in the water cranked to 80 and a single rio power head to move water from one side to the other.
The water level stays below the dirt and I have moss in every pot which keeps mold and fungus at a stand still. I also use a single air stone which I believe helps with humidity. But all my plants grow like crazy, I have cut and filled up two tanks just with emersed clippings and plan on adding more and more as my own personal plant bank.
My lights are just 2-6500k t8 lights from lowes and u keep them on 14hrs a day, is like to have t5s but haven't had a stahl out on plant growth to force me to upgrade my lights so for now ill stick with it. I haven't changed my water ever and just topped it out. I did add a couple ml if flourish to the water for no reason. The dirt hasn't been depleted yet so no reason to add anything. Every time something fails its just something learned to not do the next time.
For this to be successful am i going to need more tech? Everyone made it seem so easy. I just feel like I'm growing a mold tank instead of plants.
My water got so disgusting too. Over a span of less than a week it became nauseating.
What could be causing this? I don't think I have very much humidity, but I'm worried that lack of air will just cause more mold. I'm frustrated
You need exactly what you have. If the water got gross quick the. Just plan to change the water every other day. And if you change it every other day then keep the lid on until you change the water and then that will be the air exchange then close the lid and let it go. What kind of soil did you use? Is there alot of wood in it? My first emersed tub was micro swords in a Tupperware container with Saran Wrap over it under a light. And it grew quickly.
Maybe. It was just potting soil from my shed.
So should I leave the glass cover as is with the 2.5" air gap, or put the bin's original cover back on? I wasn't planning on doing water changes that often
I used miracle gro organic garden soil. Not sure if it matters or not but I know that some soils have a lot of fertilizers in them. Personally I would leave the lid on and maybe pop it open everyday to allow stagnant air to escape and new air to go in. You don't have to do water changes at all. That's up to you
I am reposting my original reply on PT for anyone who is curious as to what is going on here.
When you say mold what exactly does it look like? Mold and fungus is quite common when you start up a new batch of soil but after a few days it dies off and you don't see it again.
The bad kind of fungus I am talking about is thin, like spider web, slightly yellow, and digests plants into goo rather quickly.
Emersed setups are pretty easy to get going and care free, you do not have to change the water daily or even agitate it at all. The water will probably grow algae in it, but that makes no difference to the plant growth so I just ignore it completely.
I'm going to say that your problem is a rather severe lack of lighting. Fungus doesn't like high light at all, and you only have CFL 14watt. The spiral type bulb in there loses half of the light it puts out because it restrikes the coils, subtract all the light that doesn't shine the 10 degrees straight down into your tank and you are probably only getting a few watts of light to the plants. By comparison on my emersed tub I had a 55 watt power compact with individual reflector only 6 inches away from the plants. By comparison the lighting difference is blazing sun and a dark corner in a basement. You need more light to do this that is the most important aspect of emersed setups.