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  RE: [Aroid-l] My method--warm pots/water for aquatic aroids
From: "D. Christopher Rogers" <crogers at ecoanalysts.com> on 2007.02.15 at 17:10:08(15300)

I really like this method, Julius! I plan on giving it a shot. Here is what
I have been doing so far:

In my greenhouse I have two 35-gallon aquariums. I put a layer of peat and
compost about 4 cm deep on the bottom, and then an 8 cm layer of fine sand.
Then I filled the tanks with R/O water, and add some Lemna, Wolfia,
Wolfiella and Spirodella. In this way, the sand traps most organic material
at the bottom, and what sneaks through or is generated is picked up by the
duckweeds. This helps keep algae to a minimum. I use no heaters or
circulation pumps.

I planted my Crypts and Anubias in the sand, and let their roots go where
they like. I have had one Crypt bloom, but other wise the plants just keep
dividing. The Anubias seem disinclined to spread, but like to flower. Maybe
if I used heaters and circulation pumps the Crypts would bloom more, and the
Anubias would grow and spread. Next experiment!


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