I think you might be happier if you plant the Lotus in a clay pot and put that into the planter. I'm doing that and it's much more user friendly..
I like the clay orchid pots. They are lower profile/wider. I cut a 3x3" pc of screen to cover the drain hole and use MTS/Sand CAP.
I think the Giant Dragon PK is a great idea!!! He'd be very Zen-like patrolling
I would cover the surface with floaters until the Lotus leaves. are established that will help keep him calm and reduce the chance of him jumping. He should be able to handle the Mosquitoes if he can't, an air stone would be enough to help. They can't survive in water with suface movement.
Lookinh forward to seeing your efforts!!
I didn't know they made orchid pots that big.
Where would you suggest looking for one?
I hesitate to ask but.. Are you referring to a red tiger lotus or nelumbo lotus?
Because from my reseach they require at least a 12" deep and 24" wide pot.
I get confused easily as you can probably tell.
A plakat dragon giant betta does seem very zen to me too.
Can't wait to get this set up and see what Petco has in store for me.
I plan on stuffing this thing with water velvet, marginals, water lettuce, frogbit, and whatever other floater I can get my hands on.
Its funny instructions always tell you to never plant your lilies in potting soil and that exactly what all my plants are potted in. They love it lol..
I can't wait to see my efforts either.
I'm off today to see whether or not one of the two garden centers near me with a pond section can order me a lotus so late in the season.
I'm hoping for a dwarf or semi dwarf variety.
If the lotus is small enough I might stick a helvola lily in there later on in the season.
Though I have to say. My memory of the pot in the store is bigger than when it got home. Its a fair bit smaller than my brain made it seem.
I'll post a picture of it when the sun rises.
Maybe you guys can help me plan it out a little more thoroughly.
Be nice to have a project work from the start for once.
I did measure how many gallons its holds without plants or substrate and it came out to around 22.5