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Smile 65g emersed!

So I just turned my planted 65 in my basement into a emersed grow out for extra plants I have from me dismantling my other tanks - mostly Anubias. I've also seen a lot of threads regarding emersed setups, so I'd like to share mine! I've set up and dismantled 2 other emersed setups in the past, but I think this one will be here to stay for awhile.

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65 gallon (standard)

Lighting:
Aquaticlife 2x39w (giesemann rosette/midday)

Substrate:
Hydroton base with fluorite cap

Cover:
Improvised plastic and electrical tape

Extras:
Tetra internal for waterfall
Mistking on timer - 4 times a day with 10-15 second durations

Plant List:
Anubias nana
Anubias broadleaf
Anubias petite
Anubias hastifolia
Anubias coffeefolia

Java fern
Bolbitis heudelotii
Bolbitis heteroclita cuspidate

Glossostigma elatinoides
Micranthemum umbrosum "monte carlo"
Dwarf hairgrass
Utricularia graminifolia
Hydrocotyle verticillata
Micro chainsword
Staurogynes repens
pogostemon helferi

Cryptocoryne green
Cryptocoryne brown

Bacopa carolinina
Rotala mini butterfly
Rotala Vietnam
Ammania multifolia
Alternanthera reineckii
Echinodorus versuvius
Hygrophila pinnatifida

Mini pellia
Spiky moss
Taiwan moss
Fissidens fontanus

FTS - don't mind the mess around it


Anubias - broadleaf, nana, coffeefolia, hastifolia


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I'm definitely interested to see how yours progresses. I am redoing my 90 gallon for an emersed setup (thread: revampped 90 gallon for emersed plants), so hopefully we can learn some tricks from each other's setups!

Where did you get the square pots? I went to Lowes and Home Depot yesterday and could only find circular ones.
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I'm definitely interested to see how yours progresses. I am redoing my 90 gallon for an emersed setup (thread: revampped 90 gallon for emersed plants), so hopefully we can learn some tricks from each other's setups!

Where did you get the square pots? I went to Lowes and Home Depot yesterday and could only find circular ones.
That'd be cool! That's the best way to learn, I'd happily share my experiences.
However regarding the pots, I got them from a local hydroponics store, they usually have more square pots than the chain hardware stores.
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update! I moved some plants around and a lot a few more varieties to the mix. some plants seem to be growing well like ferns, glossos, and hydrocotyles - while everything else seems to be halted. a few anubias sprouted bright green leaves, but nothing dramatic.
ive been adding some houseplant fertilizer into the water column and misting a fairly strong solution of tropica(had a little bit left from 2 years ago )+water mixture onto the plants.
added plant list to the top as well!

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Wow that looks really good. I think I might switch from dirt to hydroton in my emersed tub now.
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Wow that looks really good. I think I might switch from dirt to hydroton in my emersed tub now.
hey, thanks! but only the base is hydroton! the cap is fluorite, I had it lying around so I used it, but I think a combo of hydroton and dirt/peat would be very effective.
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Looks good!

How much of a hydroton base did you use? I've got a thin layer of hydroton in the very bottom of a few of the pots I have in my emersed set up, mostly to keep the substrate mix from being lost out the bottom. I'm not sure there would be an advantage to using much more than that.


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Looks good!

How much of a hydroton base did you use? I've got a thin layer of hydroton in the very bottom of a few of the pots I have in my emersed set up, mostly to keep the substrate mix from being lost out the bottom. I'm not sure there would be an advantage to using much more than that.
Thank you!
I also have very little in the pots, just one layer of them. They were used so less fluorite gets flushed out the holes at the bottom. I can see the Hydroton working well for Anubias, but other than than it doesn't seem to make a difference.
I was initially planning to use pots with all Hydroton, for the Anubias, but the fact that they leave huge gaps in between each other started looking like a bad place to start a algae farm
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Nice setup.

Do you find that mosses grow faster emersed or in high light high co2 tanks?
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Nice setup.

Do you find that mosses grow faster emersed or in high light high co2 tanks?
Thanks for the kind words!
Personally for me, my moss in my high tech tanks grow faster as the high co2 and fertilizers seem to work very well, but the emersed growth is a lot cooler and best part - no algae.q
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Thanks for the kind words!
Personally for me, my moss in my high tech tanks grow faster as the high co2 and fertilizers seem to work very well, but the emersed growth is a lot cooler and best part - no algae.q
Awesome, thanks. I have grown moss under both conditions and always had better results in water when tons of co2 was added.
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So as not to hijack that other thread:

This is what I have so far. It's only about 3 gallons and I was just going to get moss growing on the rocks that aren't submerged. One problem I'm having is actually seeing into the tank lol. The humidity is so high (and the tank isn't sealed) that it's hard to see in.



This pretty much got started because I had the equipment laying around, and extra moss so I thought I would experiment.
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So as not to hijack that other thread:

This is what I have so far. It's only about 3 gallons and I was just going to get moss growing on the rocks that aren't submerged. One problem I'm having is actually seeing into the tank lol. The humidity is so high (and the tank isn't sealed) that it's hard to see in.



This pretty much got started because I had the equipment laying around, and extra moss so I thought I would experiment.
It looks good so far, few things would be to lower the water as much as possible - you get less algae that way, or just add some floaters at the bottom to cover the gravel.
However if you just wanted to grow moss you didn't need gravel, just adds to surface area for algae. Also the waterfall flow might be too strong to just lay moss on the rocks, they might just wash off one day and become a PITA, perhaps a method to attach them first would be good.
And the humidity is so high for such a small tank! Lol and it's not even fully sealed!
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The standard 65 is a nice size and shape. It is not so big that you can still move it around without too much trouble, but there is lots of room inside including vertical space to grow plants.

A 65 is a great tank for a riparium setup, too,

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thanks for the tips. The filter is a whisper 10i so the water has to be that high, but I think I'm ok with that. I might plant some crypts and if they grow out of the water, meh. I've got some java fern plantlets stuffed into the cracks and they haven't wilted yet, so that's good. This is really just an experiment for me so I'll see what works.
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