I think Bonsai soil is mostly Akadama, which is moler clay. So it would be suitable and would provide the high cation exchange capacity would be beneficial. Some cat litter is also moler clay so could be an option.James Wong uses Bonsai soil for his terrariums, I wonder if this would be a good medium for this sort of thing.
I think temp would be fine. The main concern is keeping humidity high while at the same time ensuring enough air circulation so that things don't become stagnant and mould becomes a problem.Would ambient temp at about 18-19 degrees be sufficient to promote growth?
Well, that’s part of the problem, much of this had to be done in a hurry…long story.How old is your tank? If youve got 3+ months on the tank then I would just put the buce right in. Usually melting buce is when people put them in brand new uncycled tanks.
Ive heard they actually grow faster under water.
No matter which option you go for, dont cut any of the roots. Its fine if some roots are just hanging in the water. You are correct in not burying the rhizome. There must be flow around this to prevent rot.
If you do want to grow them hydroponically, one way to drain the soil would be to have an empty piece of pvc pipe sitting in a corner, and use a pipette or turkey baster like item to suck up excess water though there.
If you only have soil in your tank and not dosing liquid fertilizer, then plants will do better with roots in soil. If you have inert substrate and use liquid ferts them they will do best with roots in the water. They just want nutrients
I think youve got this
*as long as your tank isnt brand new that is
To tell the truth I've never drained the water from my setup for this reason. It's been around a year now and I've not had any issues.How does one drain the water from the soil? Without a tap on the bottom of the tote it seems impossible to tip over for draining without making a mess?
Thank you.To tell the truth I've never drained the water from my setup for this reason. It's been around a year now and I've not had any issues.