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My lil' emersed setup

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quick actions and thinking have caused the start of this journal. About 20 minutes ago, I setup a 10g emersed tank (hurray!).
Here are the specs:

2x 20w lights of America bulbs
eco-complete
a little bit of water

Flora:

3x Cyprus Helferi
1x HC
3xRotola Roundifola

Now comes the questions:

Do I have enough lights over this? Currently, they are on for 12 hours, what is the correct photoperiod?

Does it have to be humid?

Is there another journal/article/whatever on emersed setups?

How should I dose it?


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I have a ten gallon emersed setup with the same lighting, same photoperiod. That is plenty of light to grow the HC well, but it will take a very long time to fill in. I started with about a 4"x4" piece a few months ago and it is covering about half of the the tank now.

I keep mine humid by keeping the top closed and putting some tape over the filter cut-out in the back. If the glass is foggy, it is humid enough.

I don't dose anything, but I'm using ADA aquasoil.

You have way too much water in there. You shouldn't be able to see the water line above the substrate. I killed a good portion of HC by having the water level too high, you only need the substrate to be wet, no standing water.

Your Rotala looks like Ludwigia repens.
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yeah, you don't need it that wet.. I sure how you'd take out the excess water though. But your plants should be fine.


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cool, I will drain some of the water.

What type of tape did you use?

edit: I just drained some of the water, and I had the idea of putting a reptile heat lamp over one of the openings in the back. I'll see how this works out.

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I took your suggestions to heart and this is what I have now:




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I used a couple pieces of packing tape for the back hole. What is the reptile light for?
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^heat. I think it helps:


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I have a very similar setup, started it about two weeks ago or so. It's in a 2.5 gallon aquarium that conveniently comes with a relatively air tight glass panel. That might be something to look into for this, once a day I usually just open it a little to allow for some air movement. Aside from the typical glass canopy, you could probably have a local glass shoppe cut a little panel for minimal cost.
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^ ya, I will look into that. I already know that it will be a pain to reclose top when I need to mist it.

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Nice setup ir0n_ma1den, the lamp idea is great for heating. I think you can put a lot more plants to take advantage of the Eco Complete nutrients.

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Update:
wow, I forgot about this thread.

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Well, surprisingly the only plant that seems to be doing well is the HC. I don't know if my other plants are just acclimating or dying, can anybody help me? Ask if you need more information.

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it might be the heat that's the problem... Put a thermometer in there to see the temperature.

And plant the stem plants sideways.. Roots will grow and emersed growth will sprout at the tip.


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Hurray for ideas!

I had trouble getting ludwigia repens and Dipildis diandra to grow emersed so I came up with this idea. I took 2 plastic cups, filled them with eco-complete. I then planted the tiny clippings in the cups and then filled them to just above the plants. This should allow the plants to gradually grow in their emeresed form:




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Looks cool! I would look into making a mister for your tank, DIY misters can be done for less than $20. Also as you said a glass top would be good.

If you want I can send you some emmersed cuttings of whysteria I think.. Its one of those green weeds that will grow out the top of my tank when I let the water level go too low...

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Looks cool! I would look into making a mister for your tank, DIY misters can be done for less than $20. Also as you said a glass top would be good.

If you want I can send you some emmersed cuttings of whysteria I think.. Its one of those green weeds that will grow out the top of my tank when I let the water level go too low...

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Thanks for the offer, but I will be away for atleast a week starting on friday.

Do you have a link on how to make a DIY mister?

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