Originally Posted by discoveringmypath
I'm a newbie. Are your emersed tanks meant to speed up growth?
If so, how is the transition for plants grown out of water to in water?
Some plants do have an adjustment period going from emersed growth to sub, luckily not many melt-like they do when transitioning from sub to emersed! Most sword plants will lose their emersed growth when transferred into a submersed environment. Certain stem plants look totally different when in their emersed state, often only recognizable to the trained/practiced individual. While emersed is great in that you've got an almost endless supply of plants to use(stems especially!), many people grow specific plants emersed as it's the only way they will bloom. Many of the folks that keep Cryptocoryne species grow them emersed for this reason. An emersed set up is really quite versatile in its function all dependent on how you set it up! Just like with filled tanks, you can create two totally different emersed environments by changing certain variables. I really enjoy the versatility of emersed, plus it allows me to focus on growing happy, healthy plants without dealing with the stupid fish. Hahahaha.... I guess I just like the flora better than the fauna.