I built the new filter cage, using jigs made out of Lego Ė it worked great! Nice and square now, lower profile than my original setup, and the smoked glass looks pretty nice. I simplified my scape a bit, removing some of the rocks, and changing the slope. I also opened up and levelled out the clearing in the lower left. The current plan is to get a small manzanita w/ moss tree in that area, maybe also some small rocks, Pogostemon helferi, clumps of riciaÖ there are all kinds of things that could look cool in that spot.
I created a narrow valley that can be viewed in full from the front right.
This shot just shows a detail of the top piece I used, I really like the overhang.
Anyway, none of that was terribly exciting, but this
is! Utricularia Graminifolia! My absolute favourite freakiní plant! Iíve been drooling over all the tanks with this stuff ever since I first noticed it a couple months ago. I had always assumed I would have to mail order some in the spring, but actually found some locally. Itís a really healthy bunch too.
For those of you not aware of how small UG is :P
I also bought a bag of black fluorite sand to make planting easier. I only used about a two cups of it, spread thinly.
I know people usually use tweezers for planting things, but that didnít work for me at all. I tried several times, and always ended up either crushing or dropping them. Also, since there is no water in my tank, they stuck to the tweezers anyway, and got pulled out when I removed the tweezers.
Once I gave up on the tweezers, planting bcame fun. I just poked a small hole.
Separated a couple plants,
Dropped them in,
And closed the hole.
After Iíd planted a couple dozen I began to realize I was starting to run out of room to plant, and hadnít even made a dent in my pot of graminifolia, so I started planting in heavier groups of around 8.
And this is where it sits right now. I plan to grow the UG emersed like this for at least a week.
I put a sheet of glass sitting over the tank, and Iíve got a couple inches of water in the bottom with a heater to keep the humidity up in there.
Can somebody please tell me how to change the title of the thread? I'd like to add a 56K warning for one thing..