larch's planted HOB DIY

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    larch's planted HOB DIY

    I would replace the moss for HC on a bed of filter floss.
     
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    Re: Re: larch's planted HOB DIY

    Why would you go with HC?
     
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    25 degrees should be fine... With your water flow and temp, I can.t really see any problems... I would highly recommend some sort of CO2 as well, the moss and all your other plants will bennifit! You can dose with a bio carbon supplement like "Microbe Lift bio carbon or Seachem Flourish Excel... I've used both, with excellent results. Of course, if you do a pressurized CO2 install, then that would be best...

    HC is a very good alternative to use, but needs good lighting and also does best with added CO2. You can always start another planted hob for that...

    Marius, I used seachem matrix filter media in the hob and also topped it off with a coarse filter foam, poked holes in the foam and planted into the holes. A number of guys overseas, don't even bother with that, they just stick the plants into the hob, in between the existing filter media and pads... It works for them, so can't see a problem there, I just prefer the matrix, in my mind, the more media, the better...
     
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    I am already using DIY CO2 combined with weekly doses of Tropica ferts and daily doses of Seachem Excel. So let's see.
     
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    larch's planted HOB DIY

    Brilliant, then your moss should be find...
     
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    Re: Re: larch's planted HOB DIY

    On that fast flow, and almost emersed setup I would go with HC.. when it gets too big, cut in squares and sell. Then start again.

    Also, if you use rock wood, then it is a good substrate, and filter material. I think that I will do such a thing on all my tanks from now on, have a tray of emersed plants at the filter outlet.
     
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    Re: larch's planted HOB DIY

    Will see what my moss does first then maybe do the HC for the second HOB filter.
     
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    Just plant the HC into the moss...
     
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    Thanks for the reply, I tried with some type of filter media but they all died :scratch:
     
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    Nee Marius! Don't give up boet! What did you use for the filter media and what plants did you use?
     
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    Re: larch's planted HOB DIY

    Yeah don't give up dude. I also played around a bit till I got it right, so between me and Barry we should be able to get you going. I suggest finding a place that sells lucky bamboo. It is almost impossible to kill and needs almost nothing to survive.
     
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    Re: Re: larch's planted HOB DIY

    Even better.. :)
     
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    No thanks, I have issues growing moss, so I will see if this works then I will move onto bigger things. :p
     
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    Had to clean out my HOB to remove a dead fish that got sucked into it and out of all the plants I have in my HOB it seems the Bamboo is the happiest the root grows is just a weeks worth:

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    Removed my smaller planted HOB filter so I can focus properly on my main HOB, transplanted all the plants into the main one. Added a BeamsWork 14" Hi Lumen Mini LED Clip-on light and hooked it up on the same timer as the tank light. Will see what type of plant growth I get with the LED light.

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    The set-up really looks good, I like what you've done with the moss!
     
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    Yeah just hoping it grows and doesn't die like my last moss did.
     
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    Bought some moss from Dorry Pets and added it between the growing plants on the sponge do you guys think it will work?

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    That's a cool spot. I don't see why it shouldn't grow. It's a nice effect there.
     
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    Thanks, the moss in the spillway actually seems to be showing signs of life and is growing so maybe there is hope for my moss growing career. Hopefully the moss on the sponge does the same.
     

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