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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-28-2015, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Watering mats.

Wondering if anyone has ever tried something similar in a tank setup.

http://www.leevalley.com/en/Garden/p...t=2,66758&ap=1


It's worth looking at the instructions. It shows of it can be used.
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Nobody really?
I guess I will take this as a no. Which means I will have to try it out.
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Never heard of that, but I like it! If it works out, and you have extra to spare I might be interested in buying some off of you.

Let us know how it affects the evaporation rate.
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I will post back eventually. Not quite ready yet. It's in my todo jar. So many projects, so little time.
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I don't understand how this would apply to a planted tank. Are you using the mat as a layer below the substrate?
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I'm gonna guess Mariostg has a riparium in mind. He has at least one that I've seen here in the forum.

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I'm gonna guess Mariostg has a riparium in mind. He has at least one that I've seen here in the forum.
Daisy Mae, don't start any rumours LOL. Hum have to think where am I going to set it up? Bedroom? living room? basement?
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Well, where's the fun if you don't gossip once in a while?

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Set up of planter with watering mat.

Tonight I set up a small prototype using a piece of water mat. I am little skeptical. Later on I will add some more plants. Rather denuded for now.



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Cool, is that one of those seedling flat dome covers that you used? The clear plastic?

I'm gonna cross my fingers that it works. I fully expect it to work, actually. It looks like you have good contact between the soil and the mat.

If you find later on that the sides are not getting moist as evenly as the centre, then maybe put the mat under the entire bottom of the soil, even if only one thin strip is touching the water.

Fun experiment.

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Cool, is that one of those seedling flat dome covers that you used? The clear plastic?
Nope It's a disposable paint tray liner. I cut it out to use the deepest section.

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I'm gonna cross my fingers that it works. I fully expect it to work, actually. It looks like you have good contact between the soil and the mat.
I hope so too, because I want to use this all over the place LOL.


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If you find later on that the sides are not getting moist as evenly as the centre, then maybe put the mat under the entire bottom of the soil, even if only one thin strip is touching the water.
I was thinking going full width and I may end up doing so anyway to help the roots that really want to dip their feet directly in the tank. But on the instructions, they use only a narrow strip.

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Fun experiment.
Most definitely.

Bump: The paint tray liner is perfect width for a 20 gal long.
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Wicking effect really seem to work. It has been a couple of days and the soils is very wet. Yesterday I added some soil which was rather dry. It's all wet now. I will add more plants.
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Hurray! For wet soil and more plants.

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Hurray! For wet soil and more plants.
More plants? Done My alternative Aquarium
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