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Old 07-30-2019, 04:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone, I am wondering if many people have tried growing plants in pots, or other similar containers, and how that went.

The reason I ask is that I am going to be setting up a new tank and I'm thinking of putting some of my Crypt. Undulata in a 3 or 4 inch clay pot. It seems that this way I can have benefits of a dirt substrate for the crypt without actually dirting the tank. If you've tried using pots, how did it go for you?
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I use containers a lot in breeding and grow-out tanks. I pick shallow containers like small bonsai pots (if I'm being fancy) or plastic trays used for take-out food. The trick is to pick something that isn't much deeper than the typical soil plus cap depth in a Walstad tank. You fill and plant in exactly the same way.

Typical house plant pots tend to become severely anaerobic, with plant roots only in the top 2" or so.
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Thanks Michael. What kinds of plants do you usually use? Do you do it more to have the benefits of plants while still having a bare bottom tank?

About the depth of the pots, that answers one of my questions, as I thought if the pot provided a deeper dirt layer the roots might access the dirt by doing deeper, but it's good to know that not the case.
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All kinds of plants: species I don't have room for in any other set ups but don't want to lose, species I want more of to go in another tank, things I'm curious about, etc. I cannot stand bare-bottomed tanks, so in breeding tanks I put a thin layer of gravel that is easy to vacuum, and the pots on top of that. And of course the fish benefit.
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I grow mostly epiphytes attached to rock and hide a few stem plants in perforated hydroponic pots behind rock. I have thin substrate just to cover the bare bottom and have no substrate plants.The pots are not visible and all my plants are mobile so I can rescape often to my liking.
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All kinds of plants: species I don't have room for in any other set ups but don't want to lose, species I want more of to go in another tank, things I'm curious about, etc. I cannot stand bare-bottomed tanks, so in breeding tanks I put a thin layer of gravel that is easy to vacuum, and the pots on top of that. And of course the fish benefit.
cool! It's good to know it works with just about anything.
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I grow mostly epiphytes attached to rock and hide a few stem plants in perforated hydroponic pots behind rock. I have thin substrate just to cover the bare bottom and have no substrate plants.The pots are not visible and all my plants are mobile so I can rescape often to my liking.
I like the mobile plants idea too This is a big reason I just set up what will be a shrimp tank with fluval stratum. Moving the plants is much less messy than in a dirted tank.
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Oh god,I've been doing that for decades to this day. I like the pots ability to keep plants where you want them..no spread of runners. Some plants grow much faster in pots when you put heavy feeders in pots with potting soil covered with gravel. Sword plants,Crypts,Bacopa,Nuphar japonica come to mind. Others,you can use pots that are 6" inches deep with no potting soils..but plants love the root room and depth..like Jungle Val.
I used to use ceramic pots picked up at thrift stores..glazed...now any black plastic pot with no drainage holes works. Again,some I use soil under, others none.
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I drill several holes in the bottoms of my tubs for water circulation. I wonder if that's necessary. Is it?

Also, years ago i grew about 50, full-sized corkscrew vals in a a 5 inch square tub, in garden soil, I think with incandescent light. My son and I sold it to a local store for $15 cash! I've never come close to that since.

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Plus,you have to match the plant to the pot. Big rooters like Echinodorus ( most,but not the known smaller types) Or Hygrophila difformis or Hygrophila corymbosa. Like that.
Crypts up to C.wendtii are best in nothing deeper than 3".

Another factor is..pure potting soil/dirt or a mix under a layer of gravel. I'm leaning nowadays to a light mix of soils and GRAVEL NOT SAND..
Aqaubill...Wouldn't hurt. I've used pots with holes as a hedge that a fast grower..cane grow through the pot drainage hole..into the substrate and thus much larger in a small pot My big Crypt.balansae has done that and I knew it would.
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