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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-19-2007, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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I was bored and this is what I did...

Hey guys I've recently been reading a post on here about immersed plant growth https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...lgae-free.html so I decided to give a go but with a twist.

so here goes, remember I was bored.

To spend no money I had to use what I could get so I went out to my garden got some soil and some plants I don't know what they are and I don't know if they will work but its an experiment, the only plant i know is the clover, that backing looks like some hairgrass, I pinched it of a flower bed. and the other is some sort of weed, also I found some bags of kiln sand.

Ok so this is what I did:

Dug up the plants, separated them and trimmed back the roots to encourage growth, left them to one side in a tray of water.

Sifted some ordinary soil from the beds to take out any unwanted rubble and make it fine.

Sifted the kiln sand for the same reasons.

Mixed the two together in a bucket and ran water through it to clean the "DIY Substrate" till it ran clear.

Stuffed it into a old sock and rand more water through and at the same time squeezing the sock to get more muck out.

Stuck the Substrate in the tank to about 3cm deep.

Planted the clover to the left front corner and the weed to the right front and back corner and the "Tall grass to the back left corner.

The rock is acutely volcanic rock that I've had for over ten years now that I got from a volcano in Tenerife.

because I pre-washed the substrate there was plenty moister so no need to add any more water, otherwise just add enought water to cover the substrate.

Sheet of sandwich wrap on top to lock in the humidity, with two pencil holes at to to allow air circulation.

My desk lamp that I never use (50W).

I dont know if this is going to work at all or even if it dose well the plants adapt to a be submerged.... here are the pics ill keep you guys posted on the outcome. God knows if this will work at all but it sure cured my boredom today I wonder what I'll do tomorrow, hehe.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-21-2007, 11:57 PM
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very ingenuous, great decoration
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-22-2007, 12:16 AM
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Hopefully I get the big square jar I put on my Xmas list, then I'll be doing something similar to this. Very cool

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I like this...very neat.
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