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I read a REALLY good article about Paludarium's. Here's the link:

http://www.tfhmagazine.com/details/a...ll-article.htm

The writer refers to the fact that if you use "egg crate" as you island/land mass base, the terrestrial plant roots will grow thru the holes in the base and seek out the water column for nutrients. I was wondering if anyone knew if this happens with most terrestrial plants? Or, just the ones that he mentions in the article? I think that the roots hanging in the water will look really cool, but I dont want to try this just to have the plant die because I used one's that cant get nutrients from just straight water. Let me know what you guys think.

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I would not try carnivorous plants.

My zebrina(trandescantia), pothos, jasminium, spider, cloves and peace lily spathe plants all threw out roots in 3 three days, just make sure you have lights, preferably high output, and circulation.
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I put a compact hygro stem on a rock covered in emerged Christmas moss and it's grown super bushy and has roots deep in the water. Looks cool.

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Ok. Sorry to sound like such a newb (which I am in this) but, what do you do, glue the plant to the egg crate? Or tie it? What would be the best way to attach the plant to it to help facilitate the growth of the roots into the water?
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Ok. Sorry to sound like such a newb (which I am in this) but, what do you do, glue the plant to the egg crate? Or tie it? What would be the best way to attach the plant to it to help facilitate the growth of the roots into the water?
1) Get some biosponge, and use the suction plugs,
2) Make a mesh pot and use gravel and biosponge, and use suction plugs to attach to side glass.

There's a thread somewhere, just search for planters on general discussion or DIY.
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An easier (and often much more convincing) way to do this is to just get a big manzanita stump and stick it half-submerged right in the middle of the tank. Some plants will grow right on the stump, while others can be grow in mesh pots nestled into crevices in the driftwood.

You can get good results using an eggcrate structure for your land area, but you can also get a big mess.
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