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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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