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Old 12-31-2011, 11:01 PM   #1
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Growing plants immersed


I have a ten gallon aquarium that I put play sand in. I than add just enough water that there was a thin layer of water above the sand. I then added a lot of flourish to the water and sand and mixed it up. I put a glass lid on the top and then put 2 23 watt CFL (6,5000k) above the tank. Will some plants grow quicker immersed.

The plants I am trying:

-Anubias nana
-Rotala
-Ludwigia
-Lace Java Fern
-Anubias Congensis
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:12 PM   #2
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What will happen is, some or all of the leaves will die back, but pretty soon you will start seeing new leaves.

But when you fill up the tank, some or all of the leaves will die and you will see new growth when it is used to be submerged.

So actually in your case its not really worth it.
This way is good if you don't have space for plants or want to keep them for later.
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:40 PM   #3
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Some plants grow quicker emersed. I would recommend leaving no standing water above the substrate it will only cause issues.

Like Nalu said, there is a transitioning stage from immersed too emersed and then back.
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:49 PM   #4
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You really only need to worry about leaf die off on the stems since they actually have two different growth forms the anubias and java fern are rheophytic and the leaves are the same in both forms. You will see some hardening of the leaves in the emersed set up to account for lower moister but if you keep the humidity high won't be the case

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Soil would be a better substrate. Cheaper too. Keep in mind that Rotalas are rather difficult to convert to emersed growth. They need a very high humidity, so make sure your setup allows for that.
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:38 AM   #6
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Just get a glass aquarium lid or us Saran wrap ( cheap route) and your humidity will be 95% or higher
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:43 AM   #7
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Hi Zefrik,

Or you could do something like this.



Pogostemon erectus


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Anubias barteri nana 'Petitie'
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Old 01-01-2012, 04:54 PM   #8
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Very cool setup! Are the bottles closed or partially opened?
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:59 PM   #9
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Roy, That is really cool!

Are those peat pots and 2 liters cut in half?
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Old 01-02-2012, 01:13 AM   #10
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@ Axelrodi202 Actually both, I remove the caps in I want to decrease the humidity.

@ Zefrik - Yes, those are 2 liter Diet Pepsi bottles, the pot are coir.
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