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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-27-2012, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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Emersed setup, partial success, but a question..

So after solid few hours searching here and through out google for set up ideas. I had ZERO money, so it all had to be what I had in the house.

I don't have a pic yet, I just decided to seek advice tonight. The setup is as follows:

Clear-ish Tupperware
Some cut down plastic planters, modified to add more ventilation
The leftovers of a bag of topsoil
Plastic wrap

So, I just grabbed some trimmings, not even sure what, planted them, filled the bottom with water and a little in each plant pot.

Covered the whole thing in industrial sized plastic wrap, put in some vent holes and walked away.

I think it was getting too much sun, dried up and caused an algae farm, so I moved it back to give it less sun time. The algae subsided and it seems more moist in there.

Weeks go by.. I don't look at it.. the plastic wrap is hanging off the inside. the water level is low, and there's bugs all around it.

I refill the water, fix the plastic wrap, and leave it for another couple weeks.. now.. plants! I have no idea what kind but plants none the less.

One issue is that there's obviously larvae of some kind swimming in the water, which scares me. I don't know what's down there.. if it were safe to feed my fish I'd be down.. but I just doubt it. Is there any way to limit/minimize the bugs?

I'm still in shock this thing is growing plants!!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-27-2012, 10:14 PM
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This sounds pretty cool!
Any pictures of your setup?
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-27-2012, 10:45 PM
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Some things your fish can eat some things will eat your fish! You need to figure out which is which before you start feeding anything. In the mean time I would empty the water out of the container and start with clean water. I feed my fish mosquito larvae all summer. The biggest problem is that all the problems outside, algae etc end up being problems inside also.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-28-2012, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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I took some pics and oh boy did I have an algae problem. I'm going to take your suggestion and find myself a better lit as well.

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Seems to be a good start! Great job :^)

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