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Old 03-17-2004, 09:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here are a couple of pics from the emersed tray I set up a few weeks back...


Emersed Echinodorus sp. "Red Special"



Emersed Cryptocoryne wendtii "Tropica"
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Beautiful growth Justin.

Can you go over the details:

- substrate
- light
- fertilization
- misc
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Really nice Justin! What are you using to cover the plants?
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Yes lets hear some details. I have a freshly started emmersed tray. Do you think radican sword plantlets would transfer over to emmersed growth well? How big should they be before I transfer them? Any ideas?
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Nice setup Justin. I'm glad that's working for you.

My Cyperus is beginning to shoot out daughter plantlets like a sword plant on my tray. Barely any attention...

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Thanks for the compliments guys, means a lot comming from you!

On to the details,

It's a standard 20x10 tray with a Large clear dome. The same ones you can readily pick up from your local hydroponics store.

Substrate consists of River sand, mixed with peat 50/50 by volume. The organics were in there just to give me a little bit of security incase I didn't get the fert's right. This is my first attempts afterall.

Light is a whopping 2x65W CF ballast with one 6700K and one 9325K bulb. Considering switching to a 10K/9325K but I will think about it more on my days off.

The only ferts I have used on this tray so far are the General Hydroponics FloraGro/FloraBloom/FloraMicro based on thier recomendations for the fert levels dependant upon what stage the plants are on.

Misc, it has a heating pad on a controller keeping the temp somewhere around 80-82. This is to make sure the humidity is very high, which it is. The air in my house is very dry. Also, the plantlets from the E. red special are growing at an astronomical rate. Those pics are now 2 days old, I will update them tonight so you can see the change over 2 days. Your not going to believe you eyes. The crypts have been in there for a bit over 2 weeks, and have just finished adapting to emersed growth. I will put a pic up tonight of a Crypts I don't know the species of for a possible ID. All the "tropica" are throwing up daughter plants already.

This tray is FUN!!

The radican sword should do fine, just make sure it has a good amount of roots, and then put it in the tray. I left about 1" of stem on either side of the plantlet for now.

Anything else?
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Justin,

How do you have the lights suspended on top of the dome? After seeing the growth on yours, I think my plants could get a little bit of a boost with some extra light. I have a spare 96w 6700k PC w/ballast lying around. Wonder if the reflector w/ bulb can just be placed on top of the dome or would it get too hot?

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Thanks! I will try sticking one of the radican plantlets in my tray today. Cant wait!

Carlos, I would think that the PC would get a bit too hot for that plastic. You could easily make a mount for it out of some scrap wood though and have it sitting over the dome.
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Justin, your pictures aren't loading for me.... perhaps because they are so big? You could make them half the size and they would still be plenty big enough. Having the same problem in Wet Thumb where you posted them as well.
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Carlos,

They are roughly 10" above the dome. Not really inclined to move them closer as the plants are already looking like they will outgrow the dome in a couple weeks. Not sure if it would melt the dome either. I would keep them high though, no need to take a risk for nothing. You also want a good spread so all the plants don't lean into the center.

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The website was down for atleast a couple hours today, not sure why. Seems to be back up now.
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