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Old 06-19-2011, 05:38 AM   #1
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DIY aquarium planter


I wanted to design a planter for some of my tanks that are bare bottom, here is what I came up with
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I used a 2L bottle, cut the top and bottom so that the top slides over the bottom part. I removed the cap/nozzle and drilled plenty of holes with a dremmel tool.

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The plant I used is an Amazon Sword. I positioned it so that all or the roots are inside the planter and then I temporarily covered the opening with tape so that I could fill the planter upside down without the substrate spilling out.

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Halfway though filling the planter with gravel I put some osmocote ferts in the middle of the gravel. this is only enough to boost the plant in the beginning, later on I will have to put smaller root tabs through the top opening.

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the bottom should slip inside the planter top. I glued it together with crazy glue and twisted the bottom so that the glue spreads out better.

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The result is okay for something that is basically done with what would have been tossed into the recycling bin. This can be done with smaller bottles but I chose one that has more volume, so that the roots have more space. It should be big enough for the rest of the plants life. It is also heavy enough to withstand most fish's attempts to move it.

what do you guys think?
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Old 06-19-2011, 06:07 AM   #2
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Now this is what I can renew, recycle and reuse. I think this is a great idea, aesthetics aside. But I think it might take up a lot of room in smaller bare root tanks won't it?
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:50 PM   #3
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yeah it does take up a lot of room. I suppose it would also work with other plants that just grow vertically. Although I wanted the plant to block out as much light as possible in the tank that its in... here's a link to it... here
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Maybe give yourself a bit more room at the rosette of the plant to grow some. Looks like it will choke off at some point.

I use terra cotta pots for bare bottom tanks.
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:52 AM   #5
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I use terra cotta pots for bare bottom tanks.
I used to grow some plants like that but I ended up knocking them over a lot when I was doing water changes with a gravel vac and the substrate in the pot would spill and it was just a big headache
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:37 AM   #6
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imo it would look better painted
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I think it's quite a clever solution. Ideally, I would prowly want some sort of re-open/closable container, but for materials on hand it's a nice kludge.
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imo it would look better painted
you know what... I had a can of krylon fusion with me and I was really tempted to spray it. So far I do not like the way that the crazy glue makes the plastic look white but I do love being able to see the roots. if the roots do not satisfy me then Ill pull it out and spray it.
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Old 06-21-2011, 05:07 AM   #9
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I think it's quite a clever solution. Ideally, I would prowly want some sort of re-open/closable container, but for materials on hand it's a nice kludge.
true, I was trying to go for something that doesnt require glue, but it was just too weak without the glued seam. If I ever need it opened I can just cut it open and put it into a new soda bottle since I just happen to like pepsi so much
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Excellent point!
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I'm getting ready to make a riparium and would love to know how you made your diy hanging planters? I like the way your planters look.
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16 inch, 7 inch and a 5 inch, made to fit into a standard 10 gallon tank with a 4 inch internal filter in one corner. the design uses a plexiglass frame that is tightly wrapped in plastic screen mesh and spot glued on all edges with krazy glue.

they are all 5 inch when righted up. the diagonal cut design should help avoid shadows underneath them so that more can be seen underwater. furthermore the diagonal line improved the surface area/volume ratio, more water flow will be in line with the root system. the sides have a triangular hole to aid water flow through the planter.

this view shows the support used for the long planter, that holds the two long support pieces for the front. It also serves as a divider for the roots between two different plants.

a view from the top

a view of the back of one of the smaller planters. I used neodymium magnets glued to the inside of the plexiglass that will then attach itself to another magnet on the outside of the tank. (I later discovered that these are not strong enough for the weight of the gravel and resorted to siliconing the planters to the dry tank. This is okay only because the sides and the back of the tank was painted black so you can't see the silicone glue)

smaller planter from the front. I chose not to paint these models because the mesh was on the outside and the glue spots were not as noticeable as with the previous model.

inside the smaller planter

I have also made another planter for a 55 gallon tank that I will soon take pictures of, to show you its installation
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Old 06-22-2011, 01:12 PM   #13
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Bummer, for some reason I can't open up the images.
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:09 PM   #14
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Does any one else have problems viewing the images? I tried looking from Firefox, Explorer, and from my Android phone and can't pull them up on any of them.
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Yea, they are linked to a website that needs membership and password.
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