larch's planted HOB DIY

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    Moss in the ramp is doing nicely now I spray it clean each morning with a spray bottle to keep it clean:

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    Changed the biological media bag so now I can keep double the amount of filter media in my HOB. Also the Chinese Lucky Bamboo's roots are growing nicely:

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    Looking really good , got one plant and its coming along in mine. Still needs a lot of work to get it looking like this.
     
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    Yeah, just keep at it. It is very rewarding seeing it coming together.
     
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    Nice!

    Your thread actually inspired me too.. I chucked a pot of HC in my aquaclear filter. Seems to have worked like a bomb. I didn't even remove it from the pot or the potting media it came in from Anubias! LOL!
     
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    Re: Re: larch's planted HOB DIY

    Lol you sound suprised that I could inspired anyone. You guys better watch it I might just revert back to my colored sand plastic plants and my bubble diver scuba steve.
     
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    Don't forget your rocket thermometer... :pottytrain2:
     
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    Oh that did not work out so nicely the popped out the gravel and shot out the tank landing on the floor and broke. lol!
     
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    Glad I added the extra lighting, it really kick started the plant growth:

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    Added more lucky bamboo and tied them into two bundles using some cable ties:

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    Finally I am able to grow moss again, the moss in my custom build slipway seems to be growing nicely now:

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    The Lucky Bamboo seems to be doing great as well, the leaves are nice and green and the root system as just starting to sprout:

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    Cable-tied the Bamboo together and you can see some of the roots in the picture:

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    Hopefully the moss takes that I placed on the sponge between the plants:

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    The plants are doing really well with the aception of the plant lice infestation that I currently have.

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    Also loads of new growth going on now.

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    The massive amount the moss have grown since I got it, was barely two patches when I got it!
     
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    The root growth that I have been getting from the plants growing in the sponge:

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    Looking very cool :icon_thumright:
     
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    Thanks, next step would be to see what my ammonia and nitrate levels do when I don't go for my regular water changes. I want to cut down on my water changes going from 1 week to every 2 weeks.
     
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    Quick update, finally got rid of all the plant lice on my plants fish loved them as snack. The terrestrial plants seems to love putting down roots in the filter sponge as they are growing like crazy, as a added bonus the leaves create cover for the moss growing on top of the sponge. The custom built slipway I built using a ice cream tub some wire mesh and moss is also growing like mad, all of my tanks critters also decided to take up residence inside the moss feeding on whatever comes out of the filter.

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    My little moss covered ramp for my HOB is coming along nicely now. It has completely filled out now and is actually forming a floating carpet on the tanks surface:

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    Had to trim some of the plants so that the moss growing on the sponge can get enough light. Also I started with a small patch and in a month or two it covered the entire sponge:

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    larch's planted HOB DIY

    That really looks good. Strong healthy growth and the moss, even better. Well done. Very big thumbs up! I'm contemplating doing a riparium style build on my big outside tank to grow a few kitchen herbs, Origanum, Basil, etc.
     
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    Nothing much to report on remove the Chinese Lucky Bamboo because it was being out competed by the Pathos, other than that it is growing nicely:

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