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Well I'm walking through Home Depot one day and saw these plants called Money Trees (popular as gifts), aka as Pachira aquatica. The twisted stems caught my eye. Upon a little research they get huge in nature, but also grow in swamps. Since I'm still stuck in Nano Mode (actualy about to setup a 60p and still getting stuff together for a 5 footer) I decided what the hell.

So I brought the 0.9 Cubus back to life on a dresser in my bedroom. This setup is easy maintenance, although the setup has Riccia as well it grows slowly with the dim LED light and a few hours of afternoon soon.






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That is sweet.
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I have one of these tanks too. That is pretty awesome what you did with it. Are you going to add any RCS to keep the riccia clean?
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Thanks for comments. Probably no shrimp. These little tanks are pretty unstable. I'll probably put a few small snails in there.
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sweet setup.
i agree that there isn't enough water volume for shrimp but snails will do.

the only issue i can see in the future is the tree growing too big, maybe needing support to prevent tipping or the roots growing too tough and dense resulting in broken glass.
but since this grows so slowly, you likely wont have any issues for years.




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wow thats sweet! how is the pole of the light mounted?

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sweet setup.
i agree that there isn't enough water volume for shrimp but snails will do.

the only issue i can see in the future is the tree growing too big, maybe needing support to prevent tipping or the roots growing too tough and dense resulting in broken glass.
but since this grows so slowly, you likely wont have any issues for years.
Thanks, I keep clipping it like a bonsai so as you said I should be good for awhile.

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wow thats sweet! how is the pole of the light mounted?
Thanks, the pole is attached to the bottom of the tank via gorilla glue (it's bent underneath (should have actually glued a clamp, but it was a fast and dirty DIY)
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I never knew these plant roots could be submerged under water like this.
Where did you happen to get that .9g tank from?

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I never knew these plant roots could be submerged under water like this.
Where did you happen to get that .9g tank from?
what he said.. can you clarify how you planted this tank? looks so nice and simple.

which home depot did you go to? the one in stony brook?
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clipping like a bonsai tree requires access to roots (you have to clip them too to keep the tree shorter). that can be problematic since you have to uproot each time...
have you kept bonsai trees before?




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I never knew these plant roots could be submerged under water like this.
Where did you happen to get that .9g tank from?
I got the tank at my local Petsmart. You can get it many places. It's sold as the Marina Betta Cubus I believe. Comes with a little LED light (worthless) and a cover that just sits on the tank which I removed.


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what he said.. can you clarify how you planted this tank? looks so nice and simple.

which home depot did you go to? the one in stony brook?
Pretty simple, mound built up with aquasoil and planted the Tree vary high up so it' base wasn't completely submerged. The rocks look pretty good and also hold the AS up. You should be able to find them in any HD or other plant store if there still in season, The tank has been setup for about two months.

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clipping like a bonsai tree requires access to roots (you have to clip them too to keep the tree shorter). that can be problematic since you have to uproot each time...
have you kept bonsai trees before?
Just an expression, I'm fine-tuning leaves so it looks good and some light can pass thru to the Riccia.
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this is amazing! im totally going to copy you!! maybe with a bowl though, we'll see.

i agree with others, there might be slight problems with the tree. but not for a while. so i think is worth doing and trying!


what light do you have? it looks really nice!


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Grows naturally in swamps (South America) and Pachira aquatica gets nuts that they say are similar in taste to peanuts!!
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you could actually use a two pot system to make it work better. you can have a pot that's rim is even with the substrate in the tank. and have the pachira aquatica potted in another slightly smaller pot. the outer pot stays in the tank, but the inner pot can be removable from the outer one, so you have root-prune and do other maintenance with the pachira, without messing the rest of the tank up.

as long as both pots that holes in them, it would be fine!


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this is amazing! im totally going to copy you!! maybe with a bowl though, we'll see.

i agree with others, there might be slight problems with the tree. but not for a while. so i think is worth doing and trying!


what light do you have? it looks really nice!
The light is the LED one sold by alot of companies including AFA. I previously had it in a mini s. so far two months and water stays crystal so well see how it does. I'm sure the roots of tree is helping as well.


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