04-14-2006, 09:03 AM
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Kuala Lumpur
Here in Malaysia we don't have to worry about the cold and can have the tubs year round. My tubs are in my balcony where they only get a few hours of early morning sun each day. Since the water is only about a foot deep, it's not a good idea to have it sitting out in the sun the whole day where the temperature can rise quite significantly.
I have all sorts of plants in the tubs, mainly floating plants such as water hyacinth and water lettuce. There's java fern, java moss, various echinodorus, anubias, lilies, crypts as well. I also dump quite a lot of my stem plants into the tubs after trimming from my planted aquariums. There's floating riccia as well. I'm also growing water chestnut and arrow heads too.
All of them have guppies to feed on the mosquito larvae that will undoubtedly be present. They are only fed once in a while but seem to be doing well and are actively multiplying.
At the moment, the tubs don't have any equipment but I'm planning to add filtration to improve the water quality and provide water circulation.
I fertilize about once a week to ensure that there are no nutrient deficiencies.
Problems include caterpillars eating leaves and various other insect pests that affect the emerse growth.