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Fome
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PostPosted: 2004.12.05(Sun)13:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Personally I can't imagine a plant so large that it would require a "big" hole to be transplanted into. Specifically what plants and size are you referring to?




oh, sorry, I'm still a bit new at this planting thing and only have my dinky 10g to draw reference from. do you just put the plant in the very top layer, allowing the roots to grow into the fertilizer?
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PostPosted: 2004.12.05(Sun)15:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve do you get your mulm from already established tanks of your own or from other people? How do you collect it? Can it be stored in water for a couple of days with no ill effect?

Sorry to jump in! Thanks
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Steve Hampton
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PostPosted: 2004.12.05(Sun)21:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fome wrote:

oh, sorry, I'm still a bit new at this planting thing and only have my dinky 10g to draw reference from. do you just put the plant in the very top layer, allowing the roots to grow into the fertilizer?


Here's a great link the describes how to plant each basic type of plant.

http://paul.aaquaria.com/planting/Pageset.htm

Click on each link on the left side of the page to learn how to plant; bulbs, stems, rhizomes, and rosettes.
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PostPosted: 2004.12.05(Sun)21:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

uLtRa wrote:
Steve do you get your mulm from already established tanks of your own or from other people? How do you collect it? Can it be stored in water for a couple of days with no ill effect?


Preferably from your own established tanks. I'd only collect mulm and use it from someone I knew to be a very good kishkeeper. I have a dozen tanks so harvesting mulm is never an issue for me.

To collect the mulm; deep gravel vacuum an established tank and siphon the collected water with mulm into a 5 gallon bucket. Allow the mulm to settle to the bottom of the bucket overnight. Next day decant the water off the top of the mulm being careful not to remove the mulm in the decanting process. The remaining liquid and mulm can then be poured/scraped onto the bottom layer of substrate.

Ideally you want to use the mulm as fresh as possible to preserve as much beneficial bacteria as possible, however, it's still viable as a great nutrient source even after drying out. After about the fourth day the mulm may take on a strong odor if it's not aerated.
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PostPosted: 2004.12.06(Mon)8:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

steve.

what do you use in your substrate to creat those hills? Clay?
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PostPosted: 2004.12.06(Mon)23:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheVillageIdiot wrote:
steve.

what do you use in your substrate to creat those hills? Clay?


Those are Riccia mounds, I described how to create the mounds on another forum.

http://tropicalresources.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=7914
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PostPosted: 2004.12.07(Tue)8:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

steve,

briliant! a riccia sandwich! lol! thanks for the input, I'm off to michael's this evening... Smile
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PostPosted: 2004.12.07(Tue)23:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

About laterite... what exactly is it and is there anyway I could substitute or forgo it for something else? All of the products I've seen as labelled laterite were quite expensive.

Thanks.
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PostPosted: 2004.12.08(Wed)10:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe laterite is iron enriched clay, here in ga, we have a lot of it lying around, but I wouldn't recommend putting that in your tank...

laterite is expensive (about $4-5 (us) per pound), but a little goes a long way! Smile 3-4 pounds would probably be enough for a 50-55 gallon tank!
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PostPosted: 2004.12.08(Wed)13:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

where do I buy it?
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