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post #16 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-14-2013, 01:56 AM
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Some of the roots started growing out of the cups! (the dwarf umbrella sedge cups and the mexican milkweed cup).
I also started pinching some of the plants to encourage branching. What do you do with the portions that are pinched off, Devin? (I pinched the milkweed at 3 different points on separate stems and just poked those portions into the cup for now)
The Asclepias cuttings root easily you suspend the cut end in the water. They probably won't root so well if you stick them in gravel. You should instead use a trellis rafts or an empty planter. When the cuttings have numerous new white roots you can plant them in gravel.
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The Asclepias cuttings root easily you suspend the cut end in the water. They probably won't root so well if you stick them in gravel. You should instead use a trellis rafts or an empty planter. When the cuttings have numerous new white roots you can plant them in gravel.
Thanks! Here's a small picture update featuring the riparium plants-- pre and post pinch (of the asclepias, aluminum plant and joseph's coat)!

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Day 38 Update


Basketgrass is doing much better, some portions of Joseph's coat is a little droopy. Everything else is about the same-- still growing well.
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Wow that looks really nice. Have you seen any flowers yet?
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Thanks devin!
The dwarf ruellia is bursting with seeds... and the asclepias might be starting to flower. Will post pics later!

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Day 57 (December 10, 2013) Update

Glossostigma has really filled in in the foreground. A trim is due. Most of the stem plants have died back because the riparium plants are blocking out light.

The riparium plants are doing REALLY well, with the exception of Spathiphyllum sp.ó itís a really slow grower and it might mean the death of it since the plants around it are starting to block out its light. The Asclepias curassavica is already past 20 inches (51 cm) of height. I want to trim it back but itís flowering right now and I wanted to see that first.




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Ruuuey you have absolutely nailed this Riparium stuff. Glad to see your mexican milkweed is flowering. Keep at it!
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Those plants look fantastic! Nice job growing them!

Do you have two Kessils over this tank? It's obvious the plants are loving the light.
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Thanks guys!
@devin, yup. Those are two kessils suspended over the tank.

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@devin: how do I "feed" the plants? And how often would I do that?

Also, since the stem plants died back because I trimmed too far/ didn't have enough lighting, I was thinking of adding some low light crypts/ferns. Could you guys give me some recommendations?

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I am a big fan of crypts due to their low-light, low-maintenance requirements. Are you looking for taller crypts in the back?

If so, spiralis, balansae, and albida all grow tall with narrow, grass-like blades.

Wendtii and wendtii variations would work well too. Good variety of colors available, and they will grow more bushy with broader leaves. Some can get very tall, like mi oya.

crypt pontederiifolia can grow fairly tall, and it's leaves are more like a spade on a stem. Fairly slow grower underwater though in my experience.
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I am a big fan of crypts due to their low-light, low-maintenance requirements. Are you looking for taller crypts in the back?

If so, spiralis, balansae, and albida all grow tall with narrow, grass-like blades.

Wendtii and wendtii variations would work well too. Good variety of colors available, and they will grow more bushy with broader leaves. Some can get very tall, like mi oya.

crypt pontederiifolia can grow fairly tall, and it's leaves are more like a spade on a stem. Fairly slow grower underwater though in my experience.
Thanks for the suggestions! The back part of the submerged portion of my tank receives little to no light due to the riparium plants but the midground receives pockets of light. Going to look into c. wendtii. Have you any suggestions on crypts that stay smaller?
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