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Just Set Up A Plant Nursery Tank


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Over the past few months, my aponogetons have produced several seedlings. I decided to set up my old 5 gallon hex to see if they'll grow better in a fishless tank.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e330/br5...nurserytank.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e330/br553/babyapons-1.jpg

This one is a clump of seedlings that are too small to plant without damaging them.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e330/br553/clump.jpg

If the plants take root and fill out the tank, I might make it a betta home.

And a random guppy picture

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e330/br553/2guppies.jpg

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I moved 3 more plants to the new tank. One of the plants was actually 3 older seedlings that had taken root together. I had to take them out of my 10g tank when I put in an internal filter. They are kind of small because they were in a shaded part of the tank. Hopefully they will recover if I took them out in time. The water is a bit cloudy in the picture from a bacterial bloom, I think. When I shut this tank down about 6 months ago, I just drained it, I didn't rinse or clean it out. But since there aren't any fish in it, there shouldn't be a problem.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e330/br5...escueplants.jpg

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Wow pretty cool, Nice guppies i have some guppies they are green cobra delta guppies and just had 40 babies! I also saw some babies in ur pic on the leaves of the plant, how do u get ur plants to grow so much! In our guppy tank we have a type of lilly that grows alot but the java fern doesnt grow any and it doesnt get eatin

Levi

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I guess there are several reasons my plants grow as well as they do. I use two 20watt screw-in fluorescents for lighting instead of the orginal 15 watt incadescent. This way it doesn't heat the water as much and I get about 4 watts of light per gallon.

I also dose nitrogen and potassium 3 times a week, iron, phosphorus, and micronutrients once a week after the water change. I have a CO2 injector and dose Florish Excell (carbon suppliment) everyday. I've had the original tank set up for about 10 months or so and have only vacuumed the gravel once. This way the gravel is nutrient-rich, which is important for root feeders like aponogetons and dwarf lilies. Sometimes, I'll have several apon flowers come up at the same time and, if I use a soft cotton swab to rub the flowers, I'll get seeds. Although my dwarf lilies have never flowered, one grows like crazy and has 3-4 lily pads at any given moment and the other has split into 3 plants.

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The bacterial bloom or whatever was clouding the water has finally cleared. I know now to rinse the tank, gravel, AND the filter pump next time I set up a tank. Right now, I am not running the filter but I do have an airstone to circulate the water. A couple of the baby apons have put out what look like new leaves and one of the rescue apons has started to sprout a new leaf as well. The new growth is so small it would be difficult to take a picture of but I'm hoping there will be some noticable growth in about a week. I will post new pictures then.

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