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Hey guys here are some pictures of my HC in emerse form. It's been like this for 3 weeks already and i'm starting to wonder if i need to do something different. I keep the light on for about 8 hours a day and keep the water level just under the saturate. I'm using aquasoil II powder only. Any suggestion would help Thanks!!:D:D:D





 

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Your light may seem bright to you, but it is not enough for the HC. This thing likes TONS of light. Add light any way you can.

If you can suck out all the water and leave the HC in the wet Aquasoil (no water) you will have better luck. If you want to have even better luck then once a day, every day, pour water in the tank to cover the HC and then immediatly drain it completely so the HC is again in wet AquaSoil only. Fertilize this water liberally.

Basically the best results come when the HC grows in moist substrate. Lots of Oxygen and so on. HC hates being submersed, haha!

Here are some pictures of my emersed HC. Submersed HC never gets this big and healthy:
http://picasaweb.google.com/ddasega/HCMarch2008

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MorB,

There is one single substrate that grows aquatic plants right. Nothing else comes even remotely close.

AquaSoil.

--Nikolay
 

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Okay Guys This Is Taking Way To Long... No Progress. I'm Just Going To Buy Some Potted Hc I'll Give You Guys A Update On My 2.5gal When I Have It Set Up :d
 

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Hi,

Very nice aquascape. Good luck with it.

I'd like to second Niko's observation. I used to grow HC in a hydroponic flood system and had good results. However, I used Grodan rather than Aqua$oil.
 

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I third their observations - the more light the better for HC.

Also the richer the soil the better - I use black compost for emersed grown HC.

Even so, HC is a slow growing plant and can take weeks to fill in nicely in a setup. There is also usually a delay between when the HC is first planted and when it starts to grow. 3-6 weeks of delay isn't uncommon in my experience before the HC really gets going.
 

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I wanted to add that CO2 supplementation to the emersed culture results in faster growth rates. I first tried with sprinkling oatmeal around the plants (thanks, Paul!). Later, I added a DIY CO2 supplementation system that seemed to work better.
 

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I start my HC emersed over the weekend.
This morning going to mist HC and notice a lot of dark green stuff around HC, it was late so I did not look closer to see what it is.
Dark green like on the first picture in post #1. The leave are bright green but some dark green stuff around. I hope it not algae or they are dead from over heat from enclose seal tank.

This is what I have over the weekend, will try to take picture as soon as I get home today
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/photo-album/70800-journal-augus-10-gal-hc.html
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