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4/16/2011 - Go to here to see latest setup - Click Me


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I had a lot of extra plants around that were just taking up to much space, so i decided I would do another emersed setup.

I had acquired an old beat up 75 gallon aquarium a while back that had just been sitting around collecting dust. The thing is really shot and i wouldn't trust it filled with water. Glass is scratched, seams are just flat out nasty, so this looked like the best candidate to house my new setup.

I did a lot of research about types of emersed/hydroponic setups and since I had a lot of extra equipment laying I figured I would try an Ebb and Flow setup.

I utilized window box planters, four in total, which fit exactly inside a 75 gallon. Three are planted and one is empty right now. Still deciding on what I want to put in there.

I filled each with substrate, some old eco I had laying around and one with schultz.

I braced each of the four planters off the floor of the tank using 3" PVC pipes that I cut down. This is so the planters are not submersed and it would create a small sump of water underneath the planters. This also allows each of the planters to drain out.

I used a quiet one pump for the main water feed up to a small riser that distributes the water out to the four planters. I have it set on a timer to run for two minutes each hour. This is just enough time to submerse the substrate. Also on the timer is an Exo terra fogger that gives the tank a bit more humidity. (i also have a heater in the water to keep the tank water temp up to about 80 degrees. This also helps keep the humidity in the tank high.)

For lighting I had my old 48" PC fixture. I run two of the 65 watt 10,000K bulbs for about 15 hours a day.

I dosed the water column up to about 10-10-10 (give or take). I throw a shot of ferts in from time to time for the heck of it. I mist the plants about once every two weeks.

This is what the final product looks like... Tell me what you think!!

Its been running for a few months now. Love it. Simple and algae free!















 

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Now I want to set up my empty 90. In theory, this is how alot of the aquatic plant producers do it. If you went on a larger scale, with various crypts and what not, you should start selling to your local stores. Sell it to them for the same price they get per plant before shipping. If the stores can buy a healthy product for the same price and not have to pay shipping, they should jump on it. Also, since it is not being packaged and shipped, there is less stress on the plants.
 
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Thanks everyone! I actually have this setup in my basement, so as far as space goes, its really a no brainer. Its not like its pretty or anything, so find a corner, clear out the cob webs and let er rip.

searunsimpson: I hear ya. If it ever got to a large scale, perhaps I would, but chances are I would just sell them here or donate them to my club before that. But at least the idea is there.
 

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Nice setup Glenn. :) Any flowers on those Crypts yet?

What's in the third box?
 

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Nice setup Glenn. :) Any flowers on those Crypts yet?

What's in the third box?
No flowers yet. Waiting patiently...:icon_eek:

Third box in the front is Lileaopsis. Takes a while to grow, but its a perfect candidate for an emersed setup.

Still thinking about what I want to put in the rear empty box. Its been empty for a while. I was thinking HC, but I am not really a fan of it for some reason. I did have UG for a while and it grew like wild fire, but some hitchhiker Riccia and HC was mixed in with it and it just became a PITA to clean up.

Open to ideas if you have any.
 

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Very cool idea and setup. Do either anubias or crypts lose their leaves after being grown this way then going into a submerged environment?
 

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Anubias, no. Crypts, yes for the most part.
Brainfart on my part there. <reminds self to let coffee kick in before posting:confused1:>

My crypts typically lose leaves just being transplanted from one side of aquarium to the other...lol
 
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Nice Ebb and Flow setup. I have used a few of these in the past and have a nice hydro setup still but it wasnt used for aquarium plants :hihi:

I used rockwool on all my hydro setups I may start a new one up after seeing this with some hair grass and stuff now.
 

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Very Cool, Wish I had the room to try that!
 
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