Crypt pygmea flower. :D

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Crypt pygmea flower. :D

Postby AaronT » Sun Jan 14, 2007 2:02 pm

My first one!

The setup is as follows:
5.5 gallon AGA tank
RO water
Silver Maple leaf compost collected from underneath my parent's yearly leaf pile. This pile is several years old. I dug back and got the nice black looking leaves that where partially decomposed. I mixed equal parts of that, peat moss and pool filter sand. The moss around the plant is an unkown moss that us GWAPA folks got from Amano back at the 2004 AGA. It's doing well emersed to. It's intended purpose is to stave off fungus.

I lightly fertilized this tank only once in a month and a half with 1/5 the recommended amount of Miracle grow in a misting bottle. The room is heated to about 73 degrees or so.

Here's one of the setup:
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Here's one of the whole plant:
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And here's a closeup of the flower:
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Postby marine590622 » Tue Jan 16, 2007 8:56 am

Congratulations.
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Postby AaronT » Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:19 pm

Thanks. :D
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Postby marine590622 » Wed Jan 17, 2007 7:04 am

So what do you have over that for a light?
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Postby AaronT » Wed Jan 17, 2007 7:50 pm

marine590622 wrote:So what do you have over that for a light?


Lighting is an el cheapo shoplight from the hardware store. I'm running 2 phillips 6,700k T8s in it. The shoplight spans the entire shelf of the rack and the tank is on the shelf front to back. I can fit more tanks that way. ;)
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Postby marine590622 » Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:53 pm

thanks, I saw that dvd of that presentation at our local plant club and wanted to try my had at this some time... need more room though...
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Postby DelawareJim » Thu Jan 18, 2007 4:53 am

Aaron;

Temperature is obviously a factor in successful growth too. I've got some wendtii, pontederiifolia, and lucens in a similar set up that is at about 66-68' F. While the mosses, Echinodorus and Hemianthus in there are growing nicely, the Crypts are showing absolutely no growth since I set it up December 9. I haven't lost them though, so this tank is becoming an experiment in determining the minimum temps required to initiate growth.

Cheers.
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Postby AaronT » Thu Jan 18, 2007 9:18 am

DelawareJim wrote:Aaron;

Temperature is obviously a factor in successful growth too. I've got some wendtii, pontederiifolia, and lucens in a similar set up that is at about 66-68' F. While the mosses, Echinodorus and Hemianthus in there are growing nicely, the Crypts are showing absolutely no growth since I set it up December 9. I haven't lost them though, so this tank is becoming an experiment in determining the minimum temps required to initiate growth.

Cheers.
Jim


Jim,

They certainly did better when it was warmer outside..i.e. more humid. I'd say the room on average is only about 70 degrees though so you're close I think. You could put a heater in your setup to up the temp a little and in turn the humidity.
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Postby ruki » Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:39 pm

Looks very nice!
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