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08-02-2015 08:33 PM
HX67 Thanks for the recommendations, CB.

In the end I just couldn't figure out how to do it without dismantling the whole setup.
With the mini-ecosystem established, snails, microfauna and such, I didn't want to take a chance with any pesticides. Had to go mideval and just burn everything.

I can imagine your struggle with mealybugs in a greenhouse, they are the worst pests I've come up with. Good luck!

High hopes for recovering this tank.
But if I'll see another one of those buggers, I'll torch my apartment.
07-30-2015 01:01 AM
CannaBrain I hate mealy bugs, man. I deal with them every day at work (I can actually smell them now). Shame they got so bad.

For future reference, malathion is a little intense. You can use systemics, imidacloprid usually being the active ingredient. Makes the plant toxic so the juices they're sucking will kill them eventually. I'd be very nervous to use around fish as well. Neem oil can work as well, but again... in a tank w/ livestock I'd be a little nervous. Neem is more natural and has strange effects on different insects. Takes several repetitions of spray to get em.

There's also cryptolaemus which will devour the bugs and would by far be the safest way to get rid of them should you encounter them in the future, however not sure how easy they are to get.

But yeah.... Mealybugs are the bane of my existence at work (I work in a greenhouse), sorry to hear they got in your system.

Was absolutely gorgeous and I'm sure it will be again.
07-29-2015 11:39 PM
twentyleagues Wow really nice set up! Sorry you had to dismantle it. Great fabricating to.
07-29-2015 07:07 PM
HX67 Aaaand, after a total overhaul, some rescaping and trashing all vegetation, we're back in action.

Looking forward to getting it cured and replanted.
10-25-2013 10:04 AM
HX67 So. I've gotten another inhabitant in the tank at some point. And it's multiplied to a state of infestation.

Mealybugs, of Pseudococcidae family.
Very, very sticky little buggers.

I've been trying to keep the infestation under control by spraying the plants with just water regularly, but it's getting out of hands. A nice Nepenthes was the first victim and the black mangrove is taking a pretty bad beating as well.

From what I read at houseplant and gardening forums, this thing is not easy to get rid of.
In a paludarium, next to impossible I guess.

Malathion was mentioned, so what I'll propably have to do is rehome all the fauna, take apart the whole tank, treat all plants with this very unpleasant insecticide and disinfect the whole tank before building it back up again.

10-05-2013 01:17 PM
HX67 Tank still up and running.
I got a half-decent shot of a Hypseleotris compressa, one of the two males inhabiting the ground floor.

Love these guys. They have a nice mutual understanding of their territories, just regularly showing off at each other at the border of their grounds.
12-16-2012 12:38 PM
Originally Posted by LyzzaRyzz View Post
Im waiting for them to straighten out, and behave, but they are taking forever. Okay, well, two and a half days..but really cuba, straighten up!
I like that the mangrove is growing differently! I like the look. Is there a reason its behaving this way?
Man, a couple of days... I've been waiting for a few weeks.

The reason is I'm forcing them down and horizontal, so they'd fill up the tank a bit wider than just growing up. They reach the cover pretty quick and have to be cut all the time otherwise.

Good luck with the cubinos.
12-16-2012 03:01 AM
LyzzaRyzz You DO have a very green thumb! Look at your project as a whole! Not many people would have been able to do what you have.
Time is key, friend. Patience is a virtue, and its not one of mine! I can understand your frustration in waiting on the plant. I just got a package with ludwiga cuba in it, and they have HUGE stalks! Im guessing the package was tossed around, cause they ended up in squiggle shapes! Im lucky they didnt just snap! Im waiting for them to straighten out, and behave, but they are taking forever. Okay, well, two and a half days..but really cuba, straighten up!
I like that the mangrove is growing differently! I like the look. Is there a reason its behaving this way?
12-15-2012 10:07 PM
HX67 Black mangrove is doing pretty good in this tank.
Taking pics of it is a bit hard to me, but some of the growth can be seen in this:

It's not behaving the way I want, either. Forcing some of the stems to grow horizontally to let them grow a bit longer is not proceeding the way I expect. Leaves are taking their time to turn upwards, towards the light, to look more natural...

I need a bigger/taller tank. Or a greener thumb.
11-28-2012 07:42 PM
HX67 Hehee, she's exstatic!

I've got this new/old tank coming along. It might be nice (height at 6') for some mangroves. It's going to take awhile to finish the tank to a state that it's ready to receive mangrove propagules...
Please, please. Do share your experience on the vendor, if you get any. Mkay?
11-28-2012 07:26 PM
hydrophyte That is some happy Samolus that you have in there!

I think that I might send an email to that vendor in Austria.
11-28-2012 05:50 PM
HX67 An exceptional pic of the tank, showing how the lighting rack sits on top of it, from today.
Just before I started harvesting it. Needed a scythe and a sickle...

Some nice stems Samolus makes when blooming

This is just the harvested blooming:

Thanks for looking.
11-21-2012 08:36 AM
Originally Posted by StraightAddicted View Post
One of the best tanks that I have seen. Its paradise for any mudskipper. Great to see everything come along over time. I like when you trimmed up the plant into several smaller ones. Gave it a more open feel to the tank, but im sure others would disagree with me. Keep it up and goodluck down the road.
Thank you.
I'm a very lazy gardener, so the difference before-after tends to be huge. The rate of Samolus reproducing, spreading and filling up the tank has been a really big surprise.
Black mangrove has grown quite well recently, and I need to figure out a strategy to go with it. I have a dream I could help it to grow up bonsai-ish in there, but I'm still building up courage to prune it accordingly.

Originally Posted by LyzzaRyzz View Post
Absolutely wonderful! Keep updating! I think I'm addicted!! Lol
Thank you!

Originally Posted by hydrophyte View Post
Hey HX67 did I ask you yet if you had ever purchased from that seller in Austria with the wide variety of mangrove propagules? I would be interested to know more about that.
I haven't gotten around to it yet, but am still intending to. Will update when there's something to report. They still look very promising.

The seller in question is
Anyone with any word on them, please chime in!

Originally Posted by reybie View Post
Can something like this be pulled off in an open top tank?
An open top or a partially open front. Sure.
The only restrictions I can think of are the need for higher humidity the chosen flora and fauna may have and escape-proofing the tank.

My tank is open on the front of the top, which keeps the front glass nicely dry.
11-20-2012 04:18 PM
hydrophyte An open top tank could be better in some ways. Those mangrove plants like to have lots of air and an open top would give them more room to grow up.

Here's my mangrove riparium planting in a 65G open top...

11-20-2012 03:54 PM
reybie Can something like this be pulled off in an open top tank?
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