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Old 08-05-2010, 08:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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superb!.... How to combine carnivorous plants that hate mineral water, with immersed stem plants that needs good root nutrition...
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:10 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Here are more photos for you all to enjoy.














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Old 08-06-2010, 12:26 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Hi. Just wanted to share a photo taken of a friends 60F tank that was extremely well put together. Enjoy.

His foreground plant is UG. There are other emerged form of plants in the tank.



I would first like thank my friend JoJo who is the owner of Aquascapes here in Honolulu, Hi. His shop is an ADA themed shop with everything you need to create the scape of your dreams. His awesome creations and displays in the shop exemplifies his knowledge, experience, and dedication to the hobby. Also a big mahalo for the pictures he took. Very professional and well done!

To all of you who commented to this thread, Thank you very much for your kind comments. I'll try to answer all of your questions here. The scape created here with this tank is an emersed aquatic, carnivorous plant bio in an bog layout.
The tank is an ADA 60F, lighting is provided by a suspended hydroponics (4) 24" 24w 6400k t5's, and an Achmea 24" 36w 6500k t5 for a duration of 14-16 hrs.
The substrate used is a 50/50 mix of peat and sand, a basic mix used for carnivorous plants that require an acidic low nutrient soil.
The carnivorous plants used in the layout are found naturally in bog conditions include Dionera-the venus fly traps, Drosera-the sundews, Sarracenia- the American pitcher plants, also various emersed Utricularia:U. Gramnifolia, U.Livida, U. Monanthos, U. Prehelensis, Other CP's grown in moist but not wet environs include Pinguiculas, Australian pitcher plant-Cephalotus, 'Wooly sundews also from Australia of the Petiolaris Complex, and a few others. The emersed grown aquatic plants included eleocharis sp. hair grasses, various mosses, HC-Hemiantus callictriodes, Hydrocotyle 'Sib', A few Rotalas- Indica, mini, floaters - mini water lettuce, frogbit, and azola.
The tank is an 'open top' tank with no cover or humidity dome, temperature and humidity are monitored by a digital hygrometer that normally stays in the low-mid 80's, and 70%-80% respectively. The plants are misted or squirted with a baster once in the morning and evening. There is no filtration used nor co2, and no fertilization regiment, CP's will not tolerate ferts in an enclosed enviroment. RO is used as sole water source initially and is filled to a level just above the roots of the plants. Utricularias appreciate a little flooding above their leaves once in a while, other cp's should never be submersed. The bog and pond areas are stagnant and will need to changed every other day or so with fresh RO water. I use a turkey baster to suck water out and for refilling. The only other thing that I added to the tank initially and with every water change is an very effective product called EM-1 which is an live Microbial Inoculant of effective Microorganisms that will keep your substrate and water features "sweet".
All plants used in this layout were grown and propagated from my various collection of Rainforest CP's, and other CP's in wetland environs under green house, semi- shade conditions or full sun. The plants suffered a little when brought indoors under artificial lighting from their transition of outdoor cultivation. For the first few weeks supplemental lighting was added with two clip on
cf spirals 100w 6500K ea. Most sundews can handle as much light as you can give the without burning. A small table fan on its low setting was also used for air circulation.
Again, thank you very much for your nice comments and interest. I hope I covered all questions?
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Thanks Maestro for all of the information. Again, awesome tank!!!! Thank you for the kind comments also.
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wow thats great and i thought i was doing good with a 4x4x4 in tank with HC in it

fantastic
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Absolutely gorgeous! How ingenious! I love all the colors and textures. When you add to it that these are carnivorous plants it's just too cool! I'm loving the entire scape!



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Thank you Tex Gal for the nice comments. The melding of an emersed /carnivorous plant scape is very challenging one that requires daily tending, for replenishing evaporation, trimming more aggressive emersed aquatic plants ex: HC, various hair grasses, Hydrocoytyle "Sib", and others that tends to overrun the more slower growing carnivorous plants, and other aquatic gardening chores. The hours spent on maintaining this layout goes unnoticed as it returns and rewards you with it's beautiful array of colors, it's wonderful, almost all-season display of blooming flowers, and the surprises with new growth that crops up often. The carnivorous plants/emersed aquatics layout offers a interesting up-close experience of how these weirdly beautiful, "Avatar" type creations attract, trap, and utilize these foods (small bugs, gnats, ants, and other insects for their nutrition. . .simply amazing. . .It also allows you a physical interaction with them through supplemental hand feeding. They'll will await you with gaping 'mouths', and sticky fingers, seemingly saying, "feed me, feed me" Definitely a scape/layout to try for those who need to be challenged. Happy aquascaping!
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Thank you LIUXIANGFEI for your bump! I don't know how your post got deleted
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So how do you feed these guys? I see you say hand feeding but the bugs have to come from somewhere. Quite a turn of events - bringing bugs inside the house. It looks like you maintain this inside. I don't think I see one dead leaf or stem! (Talk about daily maintenance.... a labor of love!)

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it's beautiful array of colors, it's wonderful, almost all-season display of blooming flowers, and the surprises with new growth that crops up often.
That's one of the amazing thing about these plants. Many times it's just the leaves of the plant that offers the same cornucopia of color that a full bouquet would offer. The blooms are just a little extra spice. It's just amazing the beautiful things the Lord has made. ...and we haven't even discovered half of them!



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So how do you feed these guys? I see you say hand feeding but the bugs have to come from somewhere. Quite a turn of events - bringing bugs inside the house. It looks like you maintain this inside. I don't think I see one dead leaf or stem! (Talk about daily maintenance.... a labor of love!)



That's one of the amazing thing about these plants. Many times it's just the leaves of the plant that offers the same cornucopia of color that a full bouquet would offer. The blooms are just a little extra spice. It's just amazing the beautiful things the Lord has made. ...and we haven't even discovered half of them!
This particular layout is maintained indoors facing a picture window in my fish room. They produce an attractant that entices and lures bugs to them, eventually trapping their prey with sticky dew, trapping pitchers, or closing mouths (venus fly traps). Most of the insects that they attract are small enough to enter through window screens like ants, gnats, mosquitos, etc. It offers a 'Go Green', safe alternative to insecticidal sprays in the home (or fish room). An occasional supplemental feeding is done with FD tubifex or bloodworms, powdered between the fingers and sprinkled over the traps, or also with tiny bits of defrosted bloodworms fed via tweezers, or by very small live crickets for the Venus traps. It's all to cool!. . . My fish in other tanks around the fish room are seemingly displaying envious behavior at the front of their tanks, from all the attention the "new tank" is getting, trying desperately to convey a silent telepathic message. . . " hello..we're hungry tooo! haha........
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