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post #1 of 12 Old 04-10-2013, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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lawn weed project

so it has been very nice here recently in ohio. today my daughter and I were playin goutside and she had noticed the weeds starting to pop up. she came up with the idea that we should try to grow them in our aquarium.

well what I did is scoop some of the tank water out and put it into a little Tupperware container and set it ontop of the tank under the lights. we got some wild violet and some clover floating around. only been in there today but gunna see if the trimmings can be floated in a aquarium and live. ill keep this updated as things progress.

p.s the tank water has the flourish and excel already mixed accordingly, why I used the tank water.
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-10-2013, 08:21 PM
ummmmm....... good luck I guess? You will need it.

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post #3 of 12 Old 04-11-2013, 06:09 AM
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Nice little project. I think I know a guy who is wrapped around a little girl's finger.

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post #4 of 12 Old 04-11-2013, 09:13 AM
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XD you will have more luck with mosses and ferns :3
have fun~
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-11-2013, 09:30 AM
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An interesting project!

Have you looked farther into what plants these are, specifically, and if they can be grown in water? I always get very nervous when live creatures are involved. . . Some plants may not be safe to keep with fish, though I don't know which they are, and there is potential for chemical issues (though I'd assume you'd know if you had anything like that in your yard, especially having been a landscaper, lol) I would prefer to run an experiment like this one fully outside of the tank until I had all my information gathered. . . just my way, lol.

Best of luck, interested to see how it goes - do try to give a positive ID on these if you are able. I'm curious to know what you have in there, especially if I'm to learn how it does in your tank water!
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post #6 of 12 Old 04-11-2013, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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the test is separate from the tank water, just used tank water to float them in. today all the plants have went from laying horizontal and are reaching for the light in a upwards growth pattern. not sure on the scientific names but got some wild violet and clover.
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post #7 of 12 Old 04-11-2013, 04:45 PM
Hope everything turns out good!

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post #8 of 12 Old 04-13-2013, 12:33 PM
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As long as you have no fish in this experimental "plant tank" you are safe. Chesherca referenced this; many plants release substances, some of which can be very toxic to other forms of life such as fish, bacteria, even terrestrial animals--and of course other plants (aleopathy).

Terrestrial plants and aquatic plants must have very different leaf structures. This is why marsh or bog plants such as the various Echinodorus, cryptocoryne, etc develop different aquatic leaves from those they have when emersed. A terrestrial plant not evolved to photosynthesis submersed will not develop such leaves, which is why they tend to rot when permanently submersed. However, we all know that some terrestrial plants, thinking of those that are often sold in chain fish stores as "aquarium" plants, can sometimes adapt to some extent, at least for a time. I would not expect such plants to develop submersed leaves except through natural evolution in some cases.


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post #9 of 12 Old 04-13-2013, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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i am still noticeing new growth on the plants, the clover seems to be struggling now but the violet is still going strong. i have noticed on the submersed leafs on the clover they have began to rot and there seems to be a sort of fungus growing on them. the violet however is still showing no sighns of anything on the submersed leafs. ill try to upload the daily pics sometime here soon.
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-14-2013, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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heres a few pics of the weeds.. gunna take some more until im done with this little project. today the water is brownish looking. I suspect its due to the water going stagnet without any surface agitation. all of the submerged leafs are starting to rot on both plants. however the leafs above the surface are showing new growth and going strong.
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