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post #31 of 320 (permalink) Old 04-04-2012, 08:56 PM
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I'm about to stuff some of my water loving orchids in there. Love seeing what's being done here. Moss falls. <3

Suggestions: Pothos cuttings, Sweet potato cuttings, wet ferns (I have my maidenhair fern in there). Really, it's anything you can cut and root in water. I could stick my rooted avocado pit in there. I have so many random things in water culture, they'd do fine in the HOB. I'd love to try Sarracenia one day

For more terrestrial plants like the fern, I stuff them in a net pot with floss and then sink just the bottom of the pot leaving the rest above, it keeps the whole thing moist just by capillary action and doesn't drown the poor plant.

The biggest trouble I'm running into with water culture is that my plants aren't as hardy as they could be being a bit short on nutrients, so when a pest hits, it hits hard. I just had to throw out my entire pile of sweet potato cuttings due to spider mites infestation. It's Spring. All the bugs are out in force.

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I am planning on adding Lobelia erinus, red basil, and English lavender from my seedling tray.
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I am planning on adding Lobelia erinus, red basil, and English lavender from my seedling tray.
Wow! Very nice!


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I'm about to stuff some of my water loving orchids in there.

Suggestions: Pothos cuttings, Sweet potato cuttings, wet ferns (I have my maidenhair fern in there). Really, it's anything you can cut and root in water. I could stick my rooted avocado pit in there.

For more terrestrial plants like the fern, I stuff them in a net pot with floss and then sink just the bottom of the pot leaving the rest above, it keeps the whole thing moist just by capillary action and doesn't drown the poor plant.
Do you have names for water loving orchids or know where to find them?

I have pothos sticking out of the 29 non-dirt tank already so I'll want other things for variety. I had pothos in my 40 dirt tank and as soon as the roots reached the dirt it went crazy taking over and growing like an 1/2 inch a day. I took it out and now I'm looking to plant it in an indoor hanging basket (if I can ever find one).

How do you keep the net pot from sinking to the bottom?

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Do you have your plants just dropped directly into the filter box? What plants do you have there now, I see Zebrina. Specifically whats the plant that looks kinda like a tree branch.
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Do you have names for water loving orchids or know where to find them?

I have pothos sticking out of the 29 non-dirt tank already so I'll want other things for variety. I had pothos in my 40 dirt tank and as soon as the roots reached the dirt it went crazy taking over and growing like an 1/2 inch a day. I took it out and now I'm looking to plant it in an indoor hanging basket (if I can ever find one).

How do you keep the net pot from sinking to the bottom?



Do you have your plants just dropped directly into the filter box? What plants do you have there now, I see Zebrina. Specifically whats the plant that looks kinda like a tree branch.
Plant stems are between filter pad and plastic bio pad (for bacteria), there are also some zeolite chips.

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I got some plants today I'm hoping might work for this purpose.
this thread has the list and will document my progress.

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I got some plants today I'm hoping might work for this purpose.
this thread has the list and will document my progress.

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Did you just stick the stem into the box with some filter floss?
I did before i found out the roots love filter floss. It makes it a pain when cleaning because you have to basically clip off all the roots to throw out the filter floss. So, now I just use the regular sponge blocks and that's it. Just stick the stems down around the sides of the sponge and they stay put.


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What are the potted plants at the back sitting on or are the clipped somehow to the back side of the tank?
They're in 9 inch plastic planter pots and on top of some 3 inch Styrofoam blocks. I had a little room left on the table behind my tank so that's why I started putting Low Light terrestrial plants back there. no clips or anything, just on the extra table space available.

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Off topic here; but I noticed the zip lock bag over your outflow. Is this your method of keeping co2 in the tank? Any details about this or point me to the correct post.
Great idea everyone with plants in the HOB!

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Epiphytes grow well in HOBs, orchids & anthurium. I also have a terrestrial red club moss growing on top of the biomedia, the growth rate is ~10x that in soil.
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Off topic here; but I noticed the zip lock bag over your outflow. Is this your method of keeping co2 in the tank? Any details about this or point me to the correct post.
Great idea everyone with plants in the HOB!
It's actually a baffle to reduce outflow
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Epiphytes grow well in HOBs, orchids & anthurium. I also have a terrestrial red club moss growing on top of the biomedia, the growth rate is ~10x that in soil.
WOOOOW AWESOME!!


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Would wandering Jew and dwarf palm be good plants for an HOB? I figured the palm/reeds are exactly what does the filtering in nature.
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This is how mine looks like now



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