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Old 06-12-2012, 12:14 AM   #1
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Emersed 10g 'The Plant Dump'


emersed |iˈmərst|
adjective; Botany

denoting or characteristic of an aquatic plant reaching above the surface of the water.
New Oxford American Dictionary

I'm stuck inside on a perfect day, so I thought I'd start a journal for this. The oldest bin (the glosso one) is about 3 weeks old

It's an awesome way to save an extra stem you don't need at the moment. Not to mention cheap.

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Tank- 10g with stubborn calcium deposits
Circulation- air pump
Lighting- 2x 23w CFLs 6500K via brooder lamps, 12+ hours a day
Substrate: Varies by tub. Mixtures of peat moss, worm castings, potting soil, Schultz APS, red clay dirt, and cinders.




Plants:
Bins L to R, up to down

1. Hygrophila sp. Bold, Rotala sp Goias, Lindernia sp. India, Cryptocoryne Parva
2. Glosso
3. Downoi, Mini Pellia, Fissidens, HC, Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis
4. Glosso
5. HM, Lindernia sp. Variegated
6. Dwarf Riccia (the urine cup)
7. Dwarf Hairgrass, Hydrocotyle sp. Japan

In water: Red and Green Azolla
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:39 AM   #2
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That is an awesome idea for a 10g!

Plants look great!
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:09 AM   #3
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I may give this a try with some of my plants. I'm becoming more and more interested in doing it. I have all the equipment already. It's just a matter of doing it.
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Old 06-12-2012, 04:36 AM   #4
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do it, it's awesome. after the worrisome transition phase, you almost don't have to worry about ANYTHING. not that i would know anything about child rearing, but having submerged plants is like trying to take care of a sick baby, while having this sort of setup is like having a grown up offspring who is a multimillionaire and sends you checks in the mail every month.

hehe. well, maybe not that good, but hey.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:25 AM   #5
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Yup, I agree. Growing emersed is about spending the 5 minutes each morning and evening to check over your plants.
They will quickly tell you if they're not happy, it's up to you to adjust conditions.
Nice setup aweeby, Dive right in complexity!
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Old 06-18-2012, 05:06 AM   #6
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added some stuff. It really is a plant dump. But a nice one, where the dump victims thrive after being dumped.

I forgot to mention that this is kind of a different project, just in vitro. Wabi-kusa style is something I have always liked. I wanted a huge stockpile of plant material to use for that... so here it is. that's kind of why there's so many foreground plants here.


with added Marselia Villosa var 'Oahu'.
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:26 AM   #7
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That is a really wonderful setup you have going! Makes me want to delve into something similar or start a hydroponics setup. Interesting how deep the care of aquariums can grow and branch out into such awesome things.

Looking forward to watching your progress! Especially/when if you start a Wabi-kusa style tank! Carry on!
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:49 PM   #8
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Great job on this setup!
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:17 PM   #9
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Looks interesting! What is this for?
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:44 PM   #10
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Thanks for the compliments!
tricity: It's basically a plant bank. I can put extra plants there and they 'collect interest' without me having to worry about co2 or ferts.

I now have pretty much all the popular low grow plants here. HC, HM, glosso, MM, DHG, Fissidens, Mini Pellia, dwarf riccia, regular riccia, hydrocotyle sp. japan and sibthorpiodes, downoi, crypt parva... and as soon as I dig into my other tanks and move some UG and lilaeopsis in here... THE WORLD SHALL NEVER AGAIN BE THE SAME.
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:24 PM   #11
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nice, looking good, my 10g is an emersed setup, with glosso, baby and reg dwarf tears, along with some microsword, been running about a week, plants have perked up a lil but havent spread, i open her up about every other day, just to mist a little then close tightly, you mentioned an air pump? what for? any tips for my first setup?
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:34 PM   #12
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I run an airpump in the shallow water so it won't stagnate. Plus it brings in some outside air so I don't have to open it up so often. I only crack the seal when I need to add something or trim. Every two weeks or so, I add more water so it just hits the soil line.

Are you planning to eventually submerse your tank? This is just a bare soil tank, so the plants grow like crazy anyway. If you have a normal substrate, they'll be a little slower, especially the microsword. I did a dry start on the 5.5 in my sig. Because I didn't have all my equipment in time, I ended up doing 4 months. It filled in nicely. Don't worry, give it some time. When the plants start spreading, it's going to be tough to keep them apart! (especially keeping the glosso and HC out of the microsword.)
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kinda like a little greenhouse, great idea man!
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:27 PM   #14
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There should really be a sub-section for emersed threads only! Whenever I see an emersed setup thread I am on it so fast! Haha.

Good looking setup!

btw, is emersed a real word? Google Chrome does not seem to think so.
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:29 AM   #15
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thanks!

And yeah, I wonder where the word 'emersed' comes from too, sometimes. Nothing on my computer seems to recognize it.

I really should take some new pics, but eh. Just picture it with more plants and being more filled in and stuff.

Here's an updated plant list.
1. Hygrophila sp. Bold, Rotala sp Goias, Lindernia sp. India, Cryptocoryne Parva,
2. Glosso
3. Downoi, Mini Pellia, Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis, marselia villosa, marselia minuta
4. Glosso
5. HM, Lindernia sp. Variegated, rotala sp. butterfly
6. Dwarf Riccia (the urine cup)
7. Dwarf Hairgrass, Hydrocotyle sp. Japan, marselia villosa, bacopa colorata

It now has a buddy, this old plastic container that used to be a veggie platter. I'm growing DHG, HC, and fissidens in there.
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