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Old 01-03-2020, 09:03 AM   #11 (permalink)
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LOL..great! Pothos...I tried years ago. In fact you can see it on DAVES GARDEN.com under Pothos and my photo is bayarea tropics. You can see it grew much larger than average leaves for an indoor plant. Only,Pothos glued itself to that wall...I had pry it off,with the roots stuck. Later,I had to sand and repainted that wall ( and room) to remove all the evidence. Also,Pothos is rangy...Syngonium is not despite being a vine. I mean,it will eventually get viney but it's simple to trim and next thing you know,it's looking like a shrub growing out of your tank.
GG one tip: Dose with iron. Not only is it good for aquarium plants,it will make that Pothos a deep green,faster growing and thicker leaves. huh,that last sounded like a shampoo commercial

Keep us apprised on how its going. Really won't be a long wait before you see water roots and new growth. I started with just small cuttings like that..maybe four that had some roots. All that and more since late summer.

If you have that tank in a sunroom,your are destined for great success GG!
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Old 01-06-2020, 04:25 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I do dose iron and Flourish Complete in a dirted tank. It does seem to make a difference. I already had some cuttings in water and I also cut a nice piece from a potted plant to add to it. I ordered a clip-on led light for the syngonium and the pothos. Will update!

I have heard horror stories about pothos sticking to walls! Mine is actually anchored to a vinyl window frame. The window faces the sunroom and doesn't get much light, hence the LED light.

I wish I could keep a tank in the sunroom, but it has a temp variation from 60-65 in winter (space heater) and up to 82 in the summer (no AC). Maybe it could be plants only?

Edit: Can you provide a link for your pothos pic on Dave's Garden? I can't find it! You have a lot of posts!

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The sunroom sounds fine to me. Just put an oversized (300-500 watt) heater in the aquarium. All you need are temps in the mid 70's. 82 in summer is more than safe for plants and fish. Mosses might balk..maybe.
Here's part of the Pothos. I never dosed but I did have White Clouds ONLY in there and gobs of java moss thrived..so the white clouds were breeding,the young survived and it looked like a tank of some kind of Neon Tetras.
The leaves on the Pothos became much larger than grown in a pot indoors. IF I had dosed? I'm sure now they would be double the 8" they got.

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Those are some giant leaves! Wow! I have read that pothos growing vertically will produce bigger leaves than when trailing. I've noticed this to be a fact. I first thought something was wrong with my trailers.
I have been toying with the idea of some sort of tub garden in the sunroom.

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Pothos for sure will only get larger leaves climbing..that's pretty much true for Aroid vines.


I tell you GG,if you have a sunroom..haul a tank as big as you can into it and have fun mixing Aquarium plants with Aquaponics. If you want a plant tank where there are few fish..go White Clouds..I found they need very little filtration..just standing water in my old 50 gallon and gobs of java moss and fed flake foods..they were spawning all the time. No heater for me indoors in California. Not for them.


You in a sunroom have so many choice in what can be grown in water roots. Pachira aquatica aka "Good luck/Money plant"..is a wet streambanks plant in the wild. Ficus retusa..the one sold at Home Depot as Bonsai? Can be grown roots in water ( dose iron for sure!) I l think Ming Aralia can thrive that way. You have the light for all to thrive.
I wish my 240 was in a sunroom!..the possibilities!
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Good info! Now I'm truly inspired. I didn't know that about money tree. I have one of those too.

Something I had years ago that I've always wanted to try again in a tank is papyrus (umbrella plant). I keep this photo around for inspiration! Not mine-i just love it!

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That would work...Papyrus MUST have sunlight..its not a shade plant at all. This is where the trials and tribulations can be-ha. Remember too,In a sunroom if your tank is getting too much sun before you get all the plants you want in ( who buys $$$ and many plants to start a tank?,we get a few here and there as the budget allows)...you can always shade the tank here or there with potted plants around it...trees.pots on stands,pots hanging in the right spot.

What I like very much about the seachem iron is the gluconate also acts as a algaecide..boy,does that help. So using that from the start is a good idea.

What I like about this? It's a way to make a planted tank even more natural...sun,bold tropical plants and roots. I even saw a 50 gallon hexagon with just two fat Veiltail Goldfish and what was the emergent plant that seemed to fill half the tank with roots? Dieffenbachia! One of the old types that had a massive snaking trunk and 2' paddle leaves. It was Aquaponics before the term came into being.
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The sun came out and and sunlight hit the Bolbitis heudelotii. It began to pearl..I mean a real stream of bubbles non stop. No Co2 tank.
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What I like very much about the seachem iron is the gluconate also acts as a algaecide..boy,does that help.
Please explain how Fe gluconate is an algaecide???

This is usually how myths get started among hobbyists.

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The reason that Fe-gluconate drops off is that the iron precipitates as
Fe+3 rather quickly and the gluconate (being a labile sugar) is digested by
bacteria and algae.
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My mistake. i got my Seachem crossed with my Excell articles. Excell has the algaecide...Seachem's iron gets plants going so well,what algae I had are gone..and my tank gets sun. It was home to green spot and hair for quite awhile. I can't get over what a difference it's made and the Syngonium that was fast before is now exploding in growth with large greener leaves than ever before.

Here's a link to a article on low tech tanks and he links to his article on Excel:

http://www.sudeepmandal.com/hobbies/...ed-tank-guide/
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