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Emersed Aquatic Plant Hydro/Aquaponics? Rack System

Discussion in 'Emersed Journals' started by Jason King, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. Keith

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    That is the fun of creating something that is not the standard, all these little concerns that pop up along the way.


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    I agree Keith it's fun building these things and learning along the way.

    I'm sure I will modify parts of it as I go.

    Once I've fitted the valve today and adjusted the niagra falls flow :D my next step is to pot my plants into the slightly bigger pots and organise them into the species rubs. For example I have 30 mosses and 10+ anubias along with some other plants.
     
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    All sorted and working yay :)

    The valve fixed the flow problem but I'm going to leave it flowing at a minimum for a few days to test and then maybe adjust the flow slightly.

    For those interested this is the valve I used because the piping is 21.5mm I could not find a valve that fitted so had to adapt this but it's working great.

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    The temp dropped about 2 degrees in the last rub so im happy with that.

    In the meantime I'm going to continue potting the plants
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    2c is not that much my tank varies more than that over the year and even in one day with our hot days & colder nights.

    I use a similar valve as a stop valve on the end of my hoses.

    They are a great idea.

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    Yes 2 degrees this time of the year is good but it may change in the summer? I'll find out in 5 months :)
     
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    I am a strong believer in always getting a bigger and stronger heater by doing that you never put a stain on the heaters.

    I also run two heaters one at the intake and one at the outlet by doing that I hope to keep the filter at the same temp.

    Another point is I always have old spare heaters around.

    One company LFS does not use tank heaters at all, the room is enclosed (no ceiling) but close by is a big heater running warm air in the room.

    All tanks are about the same temp even the cold water tanks.

    Another private LFS used to hang heavy black plastic curtains to close the tanks off from the shop on cold winter nights.

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    I currently have 2 200w heaters running but from what I can see they are on all the time, I'm not sure if this is because the system is newly running or not.

    If it's doing it in a few days I'll get some bigger heaters.

    litres of the system are.

    6 x 7L = 42L
    4 x 5L = 20L
    1 x 40L
    sump 60L
    Filter 30L
    Water in pipes?

    So give or take about 200L
     
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    Obviously in the spring / summer months the air temp will probably be enough.
     
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    Progress

    Everything is looking good and healthy so far :) so I went a head and finished attaching the moss.

    Stems potted I decided on using ada amazonia for these as it's cleaner than soil and full of good stuff :) and I already had some not being used.

    also helping the setup cycle for when I add a few shrimp and fish (no rush)

    Today ill plant my crypts the same way and then my anubias using the 50/50 mix off clay ball and rock wool plus root tabs .
     
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    Certainly sounds like you need bigger heaters in the sump otherwise you could be putting a lot of strain on the smaller heaters.

    With the Anubia what variety are you going to grow A nana petite is very hard to get in Aust if available the cost is way over the top.

    On ASW I saw A Bonsai not that is what I would like to see sounds like a LFS selling name.

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    I think a bigger heater will be the next thing :)

    Anubias x 15+ different species one being petite and one bonsai? May be the same but grown by different farms?

    Here are a few random pictures of some stems and preparation for my crypt pots.

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    more to follow :)
     
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    I have a few pieces of A nana petite plus, A nana petite x A nana some where in the tank.

    The petite will grow faster and slightly larger if pushed along in a Hi tech tank.

    I paid just under $6 a leaf by the time it was posted.

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    Anubias remain one of the more expensive common plants here for example most potted plants cost 3.50 4.50 but anubias 5.50 due to slow growth?.

    I have a anubias Nana pinto its half green / half white leaves that cost me 15.00 but its a rarer form

    Not as rare as a £50.00? white anubias :/ lol
     
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    Cryptocorynes are now planted

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    And an example of the moss setup, the moss will stand up soon as its just been tied.

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    Hi Jason,
    Glad things are up and working :)

    Great system build :clap: Wish i had room for one.

    One thing you said you were going to use ADA soil?? Some people have had melting during dry start using this ?? Something to do with the leaching of Ammonia from ADA soils Ok in a planted tank but not for W-K or D-S ??
     
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    The only way to remove the Ammonia is cover it with water aerate it and big water changes every day.

    Jason not that far from up and running now, then what?

    Keith :cathug:
     
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    Thanks both I was unsure about the ada soil but both tom Barr and shadowmac both say it will be fine. I used it in one pot a while back and it seems fine.

    I did have a problem with the tmc soil burning some plants a while back.


    My fingers are crossed and I'll be doing a few water changes.
     
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    I have never used ADA I only know what I read on the Aquarium forums about the Ammonia when cycling or disturbing the ADA at a later date.

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