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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-05-2014, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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How to plant in drylok rocks

Hello all! I've been lurking on this part of the forum for some time learning about paludariums. I'm an aquatic plant/fish keeper who wants to take a walk on the dry side.

I'm going to make a false bottom with egg crate and stack polystyrene rocks on top. The rocks will be coated with drylok. There will be a water feature for irrigation and aesthetics. I don't know what plants to use, save mosses which are easy for a fish-keeper.

My questions are several:
How to plant with all those drylok rocks?
Do I create 'pots' in the rocks to plant in?
Do I make troughs to hold substrate?
How can I get the plants roots access to the tank water below?

I would like to have some rooted plants. Keep in mind that all irrigation water eventually goes back into the fish tank portion of the build.

Thanks so much!

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I've done a couple paludariums in the past using stryofoam/epoxy.

I just worked a few pockets into the design for some plants, and also went with some creeping vine types (creeping ficus worked well, ivy, etc.), as well as some that just had bare roots in the water, or emmersed aquarium plants.

I've also done panels of cork and tree fern fiber, and then just jam some sphagnum/substrate in a pocket/crevice with a small plant.

As to water, I had most near waterfalls, or close enough to the water level that they would wick some up.
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