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post #436 of 660 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 08:20 PM
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Anyone ever get pests/bugs popping up in their emersed setups? I know a lot of folks use potting soil & collected materials, so it seems like there's a likely chance of seeing them around at some point. Is this a fair guess?
I've gotten fungus gnats before from using straight up MGOCPM. A little bit of BT granules kills the larvae and a Drosera capensis next to my emersed setup takes care of the adults. Nowadays I use the mix I posted earlier and it seems to have cut down on the fungus gnats.

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post #437 of 660 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 08:47 PM
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I received my very first Crypt wendii green from aciditydweller in a ROAK this week and I am already entralled with it. It's tiny and so very cute. Upon further investigation into crypts, my boyfriend is looking at me like a nutcase as I spout of types crypts and Bucephalandra's I'd like to have in our tanks. Something about "Crypt" and "Bucephalandra" is just fun to say!
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What level are most people keeping the water in their emersed setup, compared to the surface level of the substrate? It seems like my plants that have a higher water level are doing better, but I've seen some pictures of pots in like an inch of water. Also, what is the humidity level of your set up. My 20L is staying about 80%, and I'm questioning if that isn't a little too humid?

Since I've just set up my 55 I'm thinking of ways to help maximize my success. Would anyone recommend the use of an air stone, or possibly two? Dogfish, I think I remember seeing a post stating you used one.
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I keep my water level up so that it is right below the surface of the substrate for a 3-inch circular pot. To keep the water from going stagnant, I use a small internal filter to circulate the water around my pots.

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I used a heater in my set up, it kept it soaking wet in there, everything dripped water. I didn't have hardly any melt when I popped them in the tank either maybe one or two leaves, but these were just easy crypts to. As far as water level, I had it about 1/2 inch up 2 inches deep. With water flowing around the base. Soil was always soaking wet from the humidity. Plants went nuts had tons of plantlets shooting up.

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What level are most people keeping the water in their emersed setup, compared to the surface level of the substrate? .... I've seen some pictures of pots in like an inch of water. Also, what is the humidity level of your set up. My 20L is staying about 80%, and I'm questioning if that isn't a little too humid? .... Dogfish, I think I remember seeing a post stating you used one.
I ran a 20L with a heater, 3" of water, airstone, plants in 4" clay pots, covered with Saran wrap. Humidity was 90%, Air Temp was 80+. This was in a cold basement.

Currently trying in a 5gl with 5 clay pots, 1" of standing water.
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Did you need to mist at all to maintain high humidity with an airstone? Or was the cover on top of the tank enough to maintain a nice %?
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Did you need to mist at all to maintain high humidity with an airstone? Or was the cover on top of the tank enough to maintain a nice %?
I think that a heater is a larger influence on the humidity then the air stone. I believe an air stone typically helps keep the water from becoming too stagnant, though I'm sure it'll probably help keep a higher humidity some too!
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I ran a 20L with a heater, 3" of water, airstone, plants in 4" clay pots, covered with Saran wrap. Humidity was 90%, Air Temp was 80+. This was in a cold basement.

Currently trying in a 5gl with 5 clay pots, 1" of standing water.

Sweet, then I'm not far off on my humidity!
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I think that a heater is a larger influence on the humidity then the air stone. I believe an air stone typically helps keep the water from becoming too stagnant, though I'm sure it'll probably help keep a higher humidity some too!
The air stone circulates the water to heat the tank evenly. I am unsure how that water movement may affect the humidity level???
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The air stone circulates the water to heat the tank evenly. I am unsure how that water movement may affect the humidity level???
Since I've added the air stone I've ended up with an area of bubbles surrounding the stone. I was thinking that by helping create a larger wetted surface it might help keep the humidity level up, although it probably has a minute affect.
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What is your favorite crypt website/blog? So lately I've been doing a lot of searching for Cryptocoryne related information & I've found a ton of cool websites and blogs out there! Some are more about collecting, some about cultivating, some are just great information resources... My crypt bookmark folder is ever growing! One of my favorite as a info resource is http://crypts.home.xs4all.nl/Cryptocoryne/index.html

What crypt sites do you enjoy reading?
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What exactly defines a "mother" plant?

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