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post #31 of 63 (permalink) Old 03-30-2009, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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I don't think I ever tested the water, I changed the water maybe about once a month, and the rain water was able to get in it.

If you scroll up to the top of page 2 you can see that I had a potted plant growing from on top of the bricks.
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Its almost that time again!

Man am I excited for spring / summer...

I'm doing this this year regardless of what anyone else in my house says lol.

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this is very cool...
I want to try this.. have you considered doing it indoors with some lighting?
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A Hill - $7 for a tub and you are set to go. They don't take up that much space.

Down Shift - I have thought about running one inside with lighting over the top of it but then I thought my dog would be in it drinking the water or after the fish....Outside seems best.
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I will be wintering mine in the FL room, in a container like yours.
Or, I might set up a tank so I can see the fish for a few months.
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Here are some pictures of mine from last night.

Before surface skimming... kind of gross looking...


After surface skimming and a small water change.


It seems that some birds have taking a liking to the tub. I had a morning dove taking a drink out of it yesterday.
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Did you leave the tub out all winter? Where did that sludge come from?
Looking forward to the rebirth.

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The tub stayed out all winter. The fish did not but some of the plants did. Most of them didn't fair too well. I think the sludge is happening because my plant mass it too low and the light level is too high. Therefore the algae is just filling the gap.
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Can't wait to see it fill back up. What is the big leaf plant?
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What is the big leaf plant?
That plant is an amazon sword. It is planted in a pot that has been layered bottom to top as follows - large gravel, peat moss, and capped with sms. It is starting to grow some new leaves. I am kind of hoping that it will grow out the top of the tub. I am not quite sure it is going to work though. The humidity level might be too low for that. If leaves start growing out and frying in the sun I will lower the pot a set of bricks.
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Very cool, I thought so but wasn't sure. They are big and beautiful. Is that a plant in your avatar, with stripes?
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The plant in my avatar is a Jack in the Pulpit. I found it on a field trip with my 5th grade class last year.
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Well I just came back from vacation to MI and I wanted to give a small pictureless update on the tub.

I have emerged growth from the amazon sword, rotala, Alternanthera reineckii, and Creeping Jenny (I think..). The water lettuce are over taking the surface and some of the plants are about 5 inches in diameter.

Today I plan on getting rid of some water lettuce so the plants below can get some light. I also have a dwarf lily that will be added to the tub. It started with a couple of very small leaves. After a couple of weeks in my 55G with high light, CO2, and EI ferts the leaves are packed on the bulb and are huge!
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Well it has been a while since an update has happened around here so here is my tub again. Plants are growing well. Water lettuce needs thinned again but that is normally the case. The rotala has made it pretty much all the way around the tub.

Here are some picture....





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Awesome!
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