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04-16-2014 03:52 AM
johnson18 Here are a few shots to show the growth in the last 12 days. Most are overexposed, still learning how to best photograph this tank with the new, higher light levels. I've been running the light at 75% the last couple weeks with fairly short photoperiods. I pretty much only turned it on today for these pictures as I forget to put it on a timer or tell my friend to turn it off over the weekend as I was out of town for a wedding in Charleston...ran three days straight.... Damn algae.









Here you can see the plants now well above the top of the light!!








04-16-2014 03:23 AM
johnson18
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Originally Posted by hydrophyte View Post
Did you watch that TV show Lost? In the shots up in the woods you can the adult form pothos growing all over everything. And they are the variegated form. I also noticed large coarse green wild form Syngonium podophyllum in some areas. They shot that show mostly on Oahu. I suppose Oahu is overrun with invasive weeds.
Oh yeah, it was all over that show. Definitely a weed in the right environment!
04-16-2014 03:21 AM
johnson18
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Originally Posted by AquaAurora View Post
Wow thats a long plant! I didn't know their leaves could get that monstrous (adult size)!
After seeing yours and a few other lovely riparium/planted hob setups I really want to slap some plants in mine! I have ugly blue foam covering the spill ways since my tank currently has a betta who doesn't want to stay at the calm end sooo want to cover that. I've been trying to find some undemanding plants I can stuff in the HOB that I don't have to worry about misting/keeping high humidty for BUT stay a manageable size.. though I guess trimming is an easy way to keep them from getting too huge.
Thinking of looking for pothos, aluminum plant, the.. whats it called..*googles* tradescantia zebrine and, maybe maidenhair fern (not sure if I can let this ones leaves just float on the surface, or only over the side of the filter box/tank) to slap into my 2 HOBs on the 20g.

Also wanted to ask: Is that cardamine lyrata growing out of the water and very compact/tiny light leaves under the aluminum plant?
I covered my hob overflow with riccia fluitans to start. I've slowly added more plants to it, Hydrocotyle Japan has been a good one. Wasn't a fan of moss. Pothos, aluminum plants and T. zebrina are all easy plants for an hob. I don't mist mine super often, maybe like once a week depending on the temp & humidity in my house. I've found that I have better luck getting emersed stem plants to adjust to the lower humidity if I don't mist them as often. Most seem to melt if misted too often. I think I've finally got some Hygro. 'Brown' adjusted to growing out of the hob.

That is not cardamine but Lysimachia nummularia commonly called Creeping Jenny. I picked it up fairly cheaply at lowes. It was rinsed well and then dunked in my 55g for a couple days to ensure that any pest had plenty of time to drown.
04-16-2014 12:43 AM
hydrophyte
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Originally Posted by johnson18 View Post
Sure is! I started with a small cutting of a variegated pothos(Epipremnum aureum) in the HOB. It now has roots in the hob, one of the hanging planters, growing through a trellis raft into the water and substrate all along the back of the tank. I don't think any roots made it down into the HOB the second time around.

The newest leaves are all larger than my hand, about 8"L x 6"W. I would say that this plant is still a juvenile on the edge of being a sub-adult. I had been thinking about cutting it into several pieces and repotting them in a hanging pot outside. I have pretty much decided to let it grow as I'd like to see how close to a full grown adult I can get it! Adult to fully grown leaves/blades range from 18" to 30" long.

Since the addition of more light the variegation has become more pronounced.
Did you watch that TV show Lost? In the shots up in the woods you can the adult form pothos growing all over everything. And they are the variegated form. I also noticed large coarse green wild form Syngonium podophyllum in some areas. They shot that show mostly on Oahu. I suppose Oahu is overrun with invasive weeds.
04-15-2014 08:58 PM
AquaAurora
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Originally Posted by johnson18 View Post
Sure is! I started with a small cutting of a variegated pothos(Epipremnum aureum) in the HOB. It now has roots in the hob, one of the hanging planters, growing through a trellis raft into the water and substrate all along the back of the tank. I don't think any roots made it down into the HOB the second time around.

The newest leaves are all larger than my hand, about 8"L x 6"W. I would say that this plant is still a juvenile on the edge of being a sub-adult. I had been thinking about cutting it into several pieces and repotting them in a hanging pot outside. I have pretty much decided to let it grow as I'd like to see how close to a full grown adult I can get it! Adult to fully grown leaves/blades range from 18" to 30" long.

Since the addition of more light the variegation has become more pronounced.
Wow thats a long plant! I didn't know their leaves could get that monstrous (adult size)!
After seeing yours and a few other lovely riparium/planted hob setups I really want to slap some plants in mine! I have ugly blue foam covering the spill ways since my tank currently has a betta who doesn't want to stay at the calm end sooo want to cover that. I've been trying to find some undemanding plants I can stuff in the HOB that I don't have to worry about misting/keeping high humidty for BUT stay a manageable size.. though I guess trimming is an easy way to keep them from getting too huge.
Thinking of looking for pothos, aluminum plant, the.. whats it called..*googles* tradescantia zebrine and, maybe maidenhair fern (not sure if I can let this ones leaves just float on the surface, or only over the side of the filter box/tank) to slap into my 2 HOBs on the 20g.

Also wanted to ask: Is that cardamine lyrata growing out of the water and very compact/tiny light leaves under the aluminum plant?
04-15-2014 07:58 PM
johnson18
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Originally Posted by AquaAurora View Post
Is the very large heartshaped leaf in lower right of these photos pothos?
Sure is! I started with a small cutting of a variegated pothos(Epipremnum aureum) in the HOB. It now has roots in the hob, one of the hanging planters, growing through a trellis raft into the water and substrate all along the back of the tank. I don't think any roots made it down into the HOB the second time around.

The newest leaves are all larger than my hand, about 8"L x 6"W. I would say that this plant is still a juvenile on the edge of being a sub-adult. I had been thinking about cutting it into several pieces and repotting them in a hanging pot outside. I have pretty much decided to let it grow as I'd like to see how close to a full grown adult I can get it! Adult to fully grown leaves/blades range from 18" to 30" long.

Since the addition of more light the variegation has become more pronounced.
04-14-2014 10:35 PM
AquaAurora
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Originally Posted by johnson18 View Post
Might be about time for a trim....






Is the very large heartshaped leaf in lower right of these photos pothos?
04-05-2014 12:32 PM
Qwe
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Originally Posted by hydrophyte View Post
Those seeds from the Ruellia are very easy to sprout and the seedlings grow pretty fast. You can start them right in a riparium planter or in regular potting soil.
Very easy indeed... don't even need a planter!

04-05-2014 07:28 AM
hydrophyte For scale you can also try to drown them by dunking the whole plant underwater. If you repeat this a few times you can knock them down quite a bit. The Ruellia can handle being submerged for a whole day or two.

Those seeds from the Ruellia are very easy to sprout and the seedlings grow pretty fast. You can start them right in a riparium planter or in regular potting soil.
04-04-2014 09:43 PM
johnson18
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Originally Posted by rajah_22 View Post
Nice looking riparium plants!

Have any suggestions for a good riparium plant that can be attached to wood (no soil) and will grow with its roots in the water, but stem and leaves totally exposed, high light, and low humidity house? I have a log at the very top of my tank that I want to put a plant onto but haven't found something that will work well.
Many of the plants that Hydrophyte sells as trellis raft plants would probably work well. They are marginal/bog/swamp plants vs some of the emersed grown aquatics that need the high humidity. I'll try to get some closer shots of these plants in my tank as many of the larger plants here are grown in that manner!
04-04-2014 09:39 PM
johnson18
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Originally Posted by tattooedfool83 View Post
Looks amazing man
Thanks man!
04-04-2014 09:38 PM
johnson18
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Originally Posted by hydrophyte View Post
That Ruellia 'Katie' is blooming again.
Yup, it's got several more buds and seed pods all over it! I can always count on it for a nice splash of color. It gets Scale like a mofo though! I'm smashing them on a daily basis and barely make a dent. Fortunately they don't see to spread to any of the other plants. I see one every once in a while on the mangrove but never more than that.
04-04-2014 04:06 AM
hydrophyte That Ruellia 'Katie' is blooming again.
04-04-2014 12:55 AM
tattooedfool83 Looks amazing man
04-03-2014 06:01 PM
rajah_22 Nice looking riparium plants!

Have any suggestions for a good riparium plant that can be attached to wood (no soil) and will grow with its roots in the water, but stem and leaves totally exposed, high light, and low humidity house? I have a log at the very top of my tank that I want to put a plant onto but haven't found something that will work well.
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