Nursery Update

Discussion in 'Emersed Growing' started by altaaffe, 27 Apr 2009.

  1. altaaffe

    altaaffe Member

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    I created a nursery system at the top of my Oscars 2m tank which I now successfully grow a number of plants.
    The tank is covered with 2 perspex covers with 2 luminaires each of 2x39W T5.

    The 2 trays are lined with Betta filter matting which the roots seem to like and the water is the return from a Tetratec EX1200. I feed no ferts, no CO2, etc - everything comes from the main tank. Water return to the tank is by holes drilled in the trays and this provides the surface agitation for this tank also.

    The tank & plastic covers:
    2009_0427nursery0001.jpg

    Tray one with newly placed mat seeded with Staurogyne plantlets and a little HC:
    2009_0427nursery0002.jpg

    Tray two with some older plants (will get ripped apart and redone once the other tray has taken hold):
    2009_0427nursery0003.jpg

    As an aside - I also feed a tank I'm experimenting with via an overflow, this also double as my shrimp breeding tank:
    2009_0427nursery0004.jpg
     
  2. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    nice setup, tray 2 is very nice as well.
    How big is that tank? It looks huge!
     
  3. altaaffe

    altaaffe Member

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    It's a 2 metre tank giving around the 700 litre mark.
     
  4. Graeme Edwards

    Graeme Edwards Founder Staff Member

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    Thats a cool bit of plant propagation there. Keep them away from that Oscar though, they are not by any means plant friendly, :lol:
     
  5. a1Matt

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    inspiring 8)
     
  6. vauxhallmark

    vauxhallmark Member

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    I LOVE it!!

    Just the right balance between a 'Heath Robinson' style solution, and a nice looking living area display.

    And what a brilliant way to link two parts of the hobby that you are interested in - keeping large messy fish and growing plants - it's like a little ecosystem where both aspects help the other - oscars (and tankmates) providing 'nutrients', plants providing 'waste removal'.

    Hats off to you :D

    Mark

    PS - those rainbows are enormous!
     
  7. a1Matt

    a1Matt Member

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    Thats exactly what I meant when I said inspiring! :lol:
     
  8. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    :lol:
     
  9. altaaffe

    altaaffe Member

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    Thanks All.

    They're all about 4 years old now, bar the one right in the middle of the first shot which is actually a Boesmani / Lacustris hybrid - I didn't have the heart to euthanise it just because it was a hybrid after all it had managed to survive and it is only ever going to stay in this set-up.
     
  10. vauxhallmark

    vauxhallmark Member

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    Lookin good :D

    Mark
     
  11. ghostsword

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    Indeed this is a fantastic idea. Placing plants on trays above some part of the tank.

    I have a 125 rio, small tank, but high, and will try to replicate this setup, especially as one could use a spray bar coming from the filter to feed the tray.

    Even a 20cm long tray would be more than enough, and provide shade for fish that like shade, such as neons.

    One to replicate.
     

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