Funny you should mention this Aaron, as I have just moved house, which meant strippng the 240l tank down. The plants in the propogator have been a neglected lately with a two week holiday, and the house move. I am expecting them to bounce back, but the next major issue is finding the time for...
I rely on good old N. Wales sunlight, and find it to be sufficient. It sounds as if your approach will be similar to mine, so give my thread a read.
For the hairgrass, make sure the blades are separated by combing, as they can turn brown and die off.
It`s early days yet, but I have given a few bits and bobs away and plan to give away some more as a UKAPS donation. Start up and running costs are minimal, and if I can keep all my more expensive plants ticking over, then I should make a reasonable saving.
Cheers Tony and Steve. It is well worth giving it a go as it is quite interesting, and not too difficult, although success with plants does vary.
Hiya Llj, I am mostly doing this to save money. I have lost count of the number of times I have thrown or given plants away, only to have to buy some...
Cheers dude. :D
I split two pots in to four, and all are chucking out runners. I`ve got a lot of growing on to do yet to get enough for my next project.
They haven`t laid the first brick yet. :? Hopefully we will move in in time for a Christmas house warming. :D
Here is an update now that I have had time to make a few observations on my failures and successes.
My current formula, which is working quite well, and is easy to maintain and algae free is this:
Light: sunlight through a patio door. I sometimes move the propogator back a bit on sunny days...
Re: Will this emersed setup work with Crypt Parva?
I am currently finding that one spray per day of EI water from one of my tanks is keeping all my plants happy. The humidity levels seem to be naturally high on their own.
Stu, the Fissidens is just out of the water (it is what you gave me) on a small piece of wood. I suspect it will do well, but it is hard to see its shape when it is not under water. When it attaches properly I will just dip it under water in one of my tanks to see how it is doing.
Here is a quick update, but with no photos just yet. The temperature has been getting up to around 35C during the recent weather, and the stems have wilted a bit.
L. arcuata: A lot of die off of the immersed growth, but some good emersed growth had started after a week. I`ll be able to make one...
Cheers Aaron. I sincerely hope there will be some progression to report. Even if the plants hold their own I will be happy. I should be able to keep a small stock of all my favourites and save myself a fortune.
I have a thermometer in there now, and it is at 22C.
Mine was a basic Â£5 or so one as I already had the cable from my naive days in the matrix.
The vents are open, so CO2 levels will hopefully be OK.
Cheers Tony. Sorry about the lens dude. :oops:
I will be keeping the water at about 1cm below the top of the rock wool for now.
You can get smaller propagators than this, Steve.
Basically, I am hoping that the lid will keep the humidity up, but it is very trial and error for me. The cable will hopefully keep the water warmer and, therefore, the humidity should be high enough.
I will probably mist the plants at every...
This is nowhere near as Gucci as your set up SO19Firearms. The gravel is primarily for the cable, but it also helps even out the base, which had a few peaks and troughs moulded in to it.
Got anything you want to try in here Stu?
I have just added a pot of Staurogyne sp too. I reckon I may...
First off, thanks to Super Duper Coley for some useful starting up info and pictures.
Here are all the component parts. I don`t know whether the cable heater is really necessary, but it may help to keep the humidity up. Most light will be daylight, but I may supplement it with one or two 11W...
This was exactly my line of thinking, Andy. Keep a steady flow of air through the unit and the plants will get more CO2 than they could ever need.
My thinking with the CO2 injection in to the water was that the gas would barely have time to dissolve in the water, so the spray bar would...
I have been lead to believe that CO2 injection is a must, but I originally started thinking about propogation and assumed a steady flow of air would supply this.
Anyway, the propogation unit I intend buying has a small sump with a pump and sprinkler system that sprays the roots, and keeps the...