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Old 08-29-2004, 06:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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My 55gal planted has been doing incredible since using Ms.Walsted's methods for 5 months now. My only problem is that my giant hygro has begun to grow into my lights. Instead of trimming them below the waterline, I had thought of lowering the water level to allow emergent growth inside the tank Paludrium style. In doing this, are there any precautions to take or bad stuff that could occur?

It is currently planted with Bacopa, Giant hygro, Sunset hygro, crypts, java fern, and dwarf hairgrass. Oh and gobs of duckweed. It is occupied by a 3yr old Avacado puffer and 12 feeder guppies the lfs guy said he would eat and has not.

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My 55gal planted has been doing incredible since using Ms.Walsted's methods for 5 months now. My only problem is that my giant hygro has begun to grow into my lights. Instead of trimming them below the waterline, I had thought of lowering the water level to allow emergent growth inside the tank Paludrium style. In doing this, are there any precautions to take or bad stuff that could occur?

It is currently planted with Bacopa, Giant hygro, Sunset hygro, crypts, java fern, and dwarf hairgrass. Oh and gobs of duckweed. It is occupied by a 3yr old Avacado puffer and 12 feeder guppies the lfs guy said he would eat and has not.

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I think it would be better if you could maintain the water level at certain depth. When the water falls below that then you simply add enough to bring the level back up. How low depends on how much room you want the plants to have growing emersed. Maybe you can do something like half-half; 50% water 50% 'land'. Or maybe 1/3 of it allocated to let the plants grow emersed. Your choice. Good luck and hope to see the pictures soon!

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Nydiroth:
My 55gal planted has been doing incredible since using Ms.Walsted's methods for 5 months now. My only problem is that my giant hygro has begun to grow into my lights. Instead of trimming them below the waterline, I had thought of lowering the water level to allow emergent growth inside the tank Paludrium style. In doing this, are there any precautions to take or bad stuff that could occur?

Dave <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Your tank situation sounds fine to me. I can't think of any downside to encouraging emergent growth. However, if it doesn't turn out the way you want, I wouldn't despair. Sometimes the emergent plants that I've tried to encourage don't do well in my tanks. Meanwhile some other plant species does do well.

As long as you get good growth from some plants, you should be fine.
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Things went well. I chose giant hygro to grow emersed and boy did it. Actually, it outgrew my tank. About 3-4 weeks into the 1/3 level drop, the giant hygro was well above the tank, almost 6"!! The root mass was overwhelming to the point that I could not see the back of the tank on the left half of the tank and there was no signs of slow down.

At week 5 the sunset hygro started to look sick and the old submersed giant hygro leaves were looking poor. I had 0 nitrates, 0 nitrites, unmeasurable iron, and just about anything else. The hygro had sucked all the nutrients out of the water column.

I spoke with the LFS plant guru who suggested adding 1ml/day of Flourish, increasing by 1ml/day every 3rd day. I was to do this untill algae growth, stop for 3 days and continue a the level prior to the algae growth every other day. I was up to 5ml/day and still no algae growth!!

Work has been insane the past 2 weeks and yesterday I was really able to look at the tank and the Giant Hygro was beautiful. The sunset was amazing red with no Co2 and moderate light.

I hated to take the Giant Hygro out, but when I attempted to trim (If you can call cutting stems the size of your pinky finger trimming) I soon realized the plants had grown so intertwined, there was no thining them out without a major hack job. The nice thing is that the sunset hygro had grown so much, I was able to trim enough to fill in most of the other side of the tank.

Thanks for the information. Now I know why the LFS guy stated that the giant hygro was the weed of the aquatic world.

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Thanks for your testimony to the power of emergent growth. In my opinion, it is a sure thing in terms of counteracting algae problems.

You seem to have mastered the tricks for fosterings its growth.
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