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Old 01-25-2011, 06:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been running this substrate experiment for a few months and posting the results on an Australian site. I thought this maybe of interest to some crypt junkies. Not all these products will be avaliable outside of Australia. I'll copy the pictures and text from the original forum with dates in bold.

26th July 2010

Seeing as I have some tank space I thought I would give a substrate trial a go. I numbered 16 different pots in which I have planted some Crypt Wendtii "Tropica" for growth in emersed conditions. I've tried to recreate how these substrates would be used in an aquarium (for example pot 5 only has a pinch of each of the powders). I will be trying these substrates;
1. ADA Amazonia

2. ADA Malaya

3. ADA Africa

4. ADA Amazonia + Powersand Special S

5. ADA Amazonia + Powersand Special S + Multibottom + Ironbottom + Bactar ball + Penac P + Tourmaline

6. Eco-complete Live - Black

7. Eco-complete Live - Red

8. Flourite

9. Flourite Red

10. Onyx Sand

11. Dupla Ground + Root G & K + Dupla Plant

12. Richgro Aquatic plant mix

13. JBL Florabasis + Florapol + "7+13 Ball" + 4cm sand layer

14. Terralit + 4cm sand layer

15. First Layer Laterite + 6cm sand layer

16. 2 Dino dung pellets + Sand


The plants all came from one tank, they vary in size a bit unforetunetly, after potting up they looked like this;


They are all in a 3' tank with a 21W T5HE bulb over them. I will add a thin layer of sand over pots that don't have a sand cap and then add some moss to all the pots. The pot map is like this;
01-02-03-04-05-06-07-08 - Back row
16-15-14-13-12-11-10-09 - Front Row
A photo from above showing;
01-02-03-04
16-15-14-13

A photo from above showing;
03-04-05-06
14-13-12-11

A photo from above showing;
05-06-07-08
12-11-10-09


I'll try and update this at fairly regular intervals, I imagine I'll let it run for 12 months. I've only had this Wendtii variety flower outdoors so far, keen to get a better example. Maybe try a DIY substrate version next.
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25th Sept 2010

2 months after planting, everything is growing and adapted to emersed culture. Original photo on the left for a comparison against today's shot on the right.

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18th Oct 2010

The first one to flower, opened today.
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27th Nov 2010
4 months in


Pot 11 had a spathe within a few days of opening
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26th Jan 2011

Update time.


Flowering to date;
Pot 01 - 0
Pot 02 - 2 - (28/12/10, 16/1/11)
Pot 03 - 0
Pot 04 - 0
Pot 05 - 3 - (27/12/10, 10/1/11, 22/1/11)
Pot 06 - 4 - (15/12/10, 26/12/10, 11/1/11, 23/1/11)
Pot 07 - 1 - (25/1/11)
Pot 08 - 0
Pot 09 - 0
Pot 10 - 0
Pot 11 - 5 - (2/12/10, 15/12/10, 23/12/10, 8/1/11, 22/1/11)
Pot 12 - 0
Pot 13 - 4 - (12/12/10, 29/12/10, 11/1/11, 25/1/11)
Pot 14 - 0
Pot 15 - 0
Pot 16 - 1 - (18/10/2010)
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amazing!
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Please advise what water do you use (pH, KH)?
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Very cool experiments! Please keep updating -- always good to see some real data. . .
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THNK!!! very nice and informative experience
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To me the most informative is that it looks like the plants are growing well in all soiltypes. Sure, in some they grow faster than in others and in some they flower better, but it is really hard to say how much of this is due to the size variation at the start or just some random variation between plants. I really like this kind of experiments. It would be wonderfull if a student will pick this up and make a thesis out of it with more species and an analysis what really makes the difference between the soiltypes (in pH and other parameters). I guess that at some nurseries they already did things like this, but i doupt if those data are public ...

Also excellent how you have photographed the plants in a standard way!
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