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#1 WigglePuppy

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 12:53 PM

So I've decided to actually grow plants on purpose, in a tank dedicated to them. I've grown plants before but never actually put any effort into it. I'm not actually putting effort into it now, actually......

- 5 gallon tank with old fashioned steel frame (thrift store find by a friend, she left it at my house, mine now! mwahahaha!!)
- little 3g internal filter to keep the water moving
- lighting is a west window that has successfully grown me aquatic plants before - tank is against the window (kitchen counter)
- sheet of glass over the top

I've filled half the tank with water from a cycled tank, and the filter is full of completely cycled sponge that's been in a well established tank for months. I went to the petstore and bought one little bunch of val and one little bunch of wisteria and dumped those in. Then I stopped at the dollar store for some of my fav river stones they sell and tossed those into the bottom. I still need to figure out a fertilizing routine.

I have always sworn by the simple method for any of my exotic pets which has always led to great success (bird, herps, fish, mammals, inverts...) and even the simple method to my big, thriving indoor jungle of houseplants so I'm excited to see if it works here or utterly fails. Let's all sit back and watch! I'll be picking up a few more plants (val and cabomba for sure) later this week.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 09:26 PM

tossed a big stone and some driftwood in as well, and will add some sand on thursday so the plants can actually root in something.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 09:28 PM

Pictures!! :D

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 09:04 AM

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 11:26 AM

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Sand on thurs and another bit of val....and something else, maybe not the cabomba though. I'm going to yank a couple of young apple snails out of the herd in the coldwater tank and add them in the next few days.

Edited by Kate, 27 September 2011 - 11:54 AM.


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Posted 29 October 2011 - 03:45 PM

One month later.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 08:20 PM

Sighs... I miss my old 10 gallon metaframe set up.

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 02:54 PM

It's really filled in nicely! Great work!

I <3 Metaframe tanks too. (I even have an old Metaframe light fixture lying around somewhere just for the eventuallity that I snag one for myself LOL)

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 03:00 PM

Yeah I didn't realize how small the wisteria was until I compared it to the old pic. Everything is still chugging along and growing fast. I threw in some ghost shrimp a few days ago. I hope they get down to breeding me a nice happy colony! At least one of the females I tossed in had an armload of eggs.

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 02:16 PM

Look at it grow! Nice!




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