My emersed bin :)

By: drewsuf82
October 6th, 2014
4:20 pm

My emersed bin :)

Well after viewing the thread up top, and a lot more in here, I've decided to give this a go. This thread will be a copy and paste from my other journal, but I would welcome comments here as well since I know there's members on here who aren't on the other and vice versa

Wish me luck!

My parts list!

  • Scissors
  • Clear Plastic large bin
  • Shoebox size bins
  • Topsoil
  • Light Timer
  • Humidity Meter
  • Water
  • Lights
  • Some time
Well I needed some space, so I got rid of my moss growout which wasn't doing anything but growing algae...

Then I got myself a plastic bin from walmart ($16.77)

And I def took the humidity guage idea to heart($5.97 @ Petco, I could have gotten cheaper on ebay, but I'm impatient today....)

Drilled many many holes, used a pair of nail clippers to take care of the ugly hole blocking plastic that happened with many of the holes

Cleaned out the bin in the bathtub

I then took the lids that came with the shoe boxes and cut them to act as free dividers for multiple species (plus they're free since they came with the box!)

Fill up the dirt

Get your hands dirty and have fun

Add water, I've added about 4 gallons here, also added dividers...I've now reduced about a half gallon of water out of the setup since the soil seemed to be super-saturated this morning

Added the lights -- These are the walmart plant lights that they have locally, they seem to be doing the trick so far (I had these laying around, I'm planning on adding a few more possibly, IDK yet)

Humidity showing about 95% about 2 hours after letting the lights run and closing the top, checking everything tonight, plan on adding a few plants tomorrow!


So everything seemed stable, I've worked plants into 3 out of the 4 bins now.

Humidity was at about 92% when the photo period started, I added a bit of dirt to the bins to take care of the settling/saturation and then reduced the water just a hair, I'll be watching the dirt over the next few days to see if I should add a bit of water back or not, currently the water is approx. 1.5-2" under the surface of the soil.

Found some decent looking HC at the LFS (was very surprised to see that) bought a planter worth and got it in there. Here's hoping it takes off

Also found some pigmy chain sword, I've wanted to try these guys in the past but have had no room in any of my tanks, so I said why not and decided to go to town with the planter, here's hoping I get some runners Also decided to try some rotala macrandra japan red in this bin as well.

Some Moneywort and some CW Green, they're small but who knows, if these guys don't work out I'll transplant a bit from my bigger tank, or if they work out maybe I'll transplant some red or bronze over from one of my submerged tanks into the empty bin

Full bin shot as of about 20 minutes ago. I may open up to mist the plants down in a few days but that will be it, going to try to run this guy sealed for 72 hours and then open for gas exchange and mist and then close.

Comments and suggestions are always welcomed Thanks for dropping by, be sure to subscribe since this will be quite easy for me to update versus a lot of my tank journals.

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20 comments on "My emersed bin :)"

  • aquariumhobbyist
    April 27, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Any update on your setup?

  • strawberrybob
    May 3, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Heck of a work drewsuf82! Well done. Where did you get the idea of all this? Just amazing. Superb work.

  • sotiris
    May 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Nice work my friend!! I like very much just searching and watching emersed setups and the diversity of the plants! I started my setup with a 5630 led strip clear white color. Please could u tell us some details about your lighting; thanks!

  • drewsuf82
    May 10, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks for all the replies everyone, I should get around to doing an update tonight, the bin has been filling with plants and I'm getting ready to sell some plants and what not to get another one started.

    I got the idea from a sticky here on the forum.

    As for lights, I'm currently using 2 of the "Plant grow" flourescent lights from walmart and 1 13w 6500k cfl bulb.

  • drewsuf82
    May 10, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Well yall asked for it so I guess it's time for an update.

    Been opening the bin and spraying it with RODI about 2-3 times per week. Humidity is keeping around 85-90% depending on the day and the time of the day I check.

    Now for the pictures

    First off we have the Dwarf Baby Tears, they're filling in wonderfully and it's about time to thin them a bit and try to raise funds for another bin

    The Jap red is doing well, if I don't get any bites on the stems, I will trim and replant them to make more

    The B Monnieri has been growing like wildfire, I've trimmed from here on a monthly basis, last time I took it down to about 8 stems 2" long, that was a month or so ago...

    The crypts have filled in and are waiting for new homes

    The Alternanthera Reineckii that I started out with 2 months ago with just 4 stems has filled in really nicely, some beautiful reds with it as well!

    And now for the full bin shot! I've been itching to make another bin, I do have some A. Nana which has been doing well as well, but the leaves for some reason are a bit pale, not sure if they need some extra nutrients or what not, but I'm itching to get another bin going!

    As always, thanks for dropping by and viewing my journal! If you have any questions, comments, etc... feel free to leave them in a reply below and I will do my best to get back to you in a timely manner. Sorry about the delays with some of the responses, I wasn't getting notifications on tapatalk.

  • drewsuf82
    August 2, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Greetings everyone!

    It's time for an update I love doing updates!!!!!!

    I haven't been trimming things as frequently because I've been trying to let stuff grow in a bit and now it's turning into a jungle I love it!

    First up my Bacopa Monnieri! Wow this stuff has been growing like a weed, it's even reaching out into other bins!

    Next up: Rotala Macrandra Japan Red, this stuff has been a bit slow to get going but it looks like it's doing better now. I trimmed it down to dirt level almost about 6 weeks ago.

    In our next little corner we have Alt. Reineckii. This stuff has been growing well for me a rate of about 1" per week on most stems. Nice and healthy and happy!

    Now, the money shot (yes I know I didn't do close ups of everyone LOL) The HC is doing well even though I ripped 90% of it out about 6 weeks ago, my A. Nanas are coming along (almost ready to be split) and I've split up the crypts!

    Anyways, thanks for dropping by to my humble bin thread! If you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to leave them and I'll be happy to get back in touch!

  • drewsuf82
    August 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Hey everyone! Just wanted to drop by to let you know that my Bacopa Monnieri has decided to start flowering, well and to share two pictures with you of it of course!

    I'll try to get better pictures once it opens up!

  • HoldingWine
    October 18, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Such an awesome setup. Thanks for the update!

  • mathman
    February 10, 2016 at 2:04 am

    Any updates?

  • DutchMuch
    July 9, 2018 at 1:22 pm


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