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  1. BigTom

    Emersed Help please

    Yeah I pretty much just wedge mine in - for most things you want roots in the water or at least somewhere that stays damp, without submerging too much of the base of the plant. Sent from my LT30p using Tapatalk
  2. BigTom

    Ripariumplants, new to this.

    Think Ed meant that the palm stems are growing from nuts.
  3. BigTom

    Terminalia, now with a dash of guave

    Good thoughts - that gives me a bit of direction, thanks. When I was a kid we lived in the South Pacific (Vanuatu) and there was insanely huge banyan nearby, in which me and some friends made a den in a space in the roots right at the very top. Great trees for climbing!
  4. BigTom

    Terminalia, now with a dash of guave

    OK, here's a challenge for you Darrel - I'm going over a few potential plans for the next iteration of the Bucket, and am after ideas for a small tree or other plant with sturdy, architectural roots that would grow OK indoors with it's feet in water, just supported by rocks/driftwood. Bonus...
  5. BigTom

    Terminalia, now with a dash of guave

    I wish I had a 35 meter high conservatory in which to grow tropical trees like you :p
  6. BigTom

    Dry Start Method questions and advice

    Nice result on the moss, looks like it worked well.
  7. BigTom

    Caring for house plants in a HOB Filter

    That sounds fine. Prepare for some serious growth though!
  8. BigTom

    Caring for house plants in a HOB Filter

    Never noticed any infestations on the pace lillies and other plants growing out of my tank. Should be fine, and easily enough to remove if they do develop anything. As for other plants; plenty of ferns should be suitable. Paulo (LondonDragon) has a very nice fern hob setup in his shrimp nanos...
  9. BigTom

    Terrestrial plants for Planters

    Generally speaking you want something that won't block water flow through the roots. Hairnet or tights would be cheap and easy if the gravel's small enough to fall out.
  10. BigTom

    Interesting concept by Oliver Knott

    He totally stole this idea out of my mind (not the wonky tank, but having a tank completely surrounded by a trickle filter).
  11. BigTom

    pothos

    That's rather pretty, will keep my eye out for that one.
  12. BigTom

    pothos

    I often see it in just described as 'hanging plant' or similar in Homebase/B&Q.
  13. BigTom

    Emersed aquatics plants flowering and taller plants?

    Thanks Darrel, good info as ever. I've seen that Tropica link before and really enjoyed it - I wish they had more 'underwater landscapes' on their website, would make a great addition. Will see how the plants do, as always I'm fully prepared for it all to go horribly wrong :lol:
  14. BigTom

    Emersed aquatics plants flowering and taller plants?

    Hippuris and Equisetum :lol:
  15. BigTom

    Emersed aquatics plants flowering and taller plants?

    Well they won't produce pretty flowers, but I'm trialling Hippuris vulgaris and Equisetum hymale at the moment, both of which should hopefully be good structural emergents, assuming they do OK at 22 degrees.
  16. BigTom

    pothos

    Yup, it's really easy to grow just with the roots in the water. Adapts very quickly - just wash all the soil of the roots and bung it in. Here it is growing bare-rooted in one of my nanos -
  17. BigTom

    Splash Tetra

    Yup, pothos is very easy to adapt to aquaculture. You could even just tie the pothos above the water line with string attached to something down the back of the tank if you wanted. Just need a little ingenuity.
  18. BigTom

    Splash Tetra

    if you ran a bar or something across the back of the tank, just above water level, then you could just have the pothos dangling it's roots in the water and train the rest of it along the bar. Even a row of suction hooks might do the trick. You just need to be able to keep most of the stem and...
  19. BigTom

    Splash Tetra

    I'd think that peace lillies planted in shower caddies (try amazon/ebay) should be perfect for this job, unless they jump high enough that you'll need a lid, in which case maybe a climber like pothos would give you more control over where the plant goes. I know these guys will happily lay eggs...
  20. BigTom

    POT PLANTS

    http://www.tuncalik.com/2010/01/indoor- ... aquariums/
  21. BigTom

    POT PLANTS

    Have a look for hydrophyte's blog and posts over on the planted tank forum, he's trialed quite a few species.
  22. BigTom

    POT PLANTS

    Yeah, a lot of those will be marsh plants that can stand having wet feet. Also, a lot of the tropical 'foliage' plants sold in garden centres and DIY shops will adapt well to riparian conditions. Obviously there will be some exceptions. A lot of plants will look a bit sad for a few weeks when...
  23. BigTom

    how to grow hairgrass emerse?

    I guess we interpreted his question somewhat different schruz - sounds to me like he wants to just plant it in his garden :lol:
  24. BigTom

    how to grow hairgrass emerse?

    Seems an odd thing to do, given that it's so cheap to buy in it's emersed form from pond suppliers.
  25. BigTom

    rebuilding my vivarium

    Loved the old layout, I'm sure this will be great too. Didn't realise how big the viv was!
  26. BigTom

    Growing an Amazon Sword partially emersed?

    Hi Ollie, The trick is to buy a large/mother plant that is already in the emersed form. Mine was about 10 inches tall when I bought it (from Java Plants), so the leaves barely broke the surface of my 12" tall tank. It is now a 5 foot tall monster :)
  27. BigTom

    My emersed setup - Tesco Jar 19/9

    Re: My emersed setup - Sword leaves, and Fluval Stratum? My emersed sword leaves are always very yellow at first, then turn green over a few days after they're fully gorwn.
  28. BigTom

    Green aphids

    Ladybirds!
  29. BigTom

    My vivarium (pic heavy)

    Very nice indeed. I've been considering trying out some Ficus repens in my setup, I wonder how it would do with the roots in water.
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