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post #1 of 3 Old 06-20-2013, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Outdoor Plant Grow Out Tank

Has anyone set up an outside plant tank? I have a 2.5 gallon unused ane decided to try to speed growth of certain plants I want more of.
Right now it's just asian water grass, anacharis and salivna.

Did you ever add fert or just let the sun do its work?

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post #2 of 3 Old 06-20-2013, 03:15 PM
My current 55g with a couple of goldfish is kinda outdoors. Back porch with three outside walls and the fourth a screen.

The only real difference is the temperture changes hence the goldfish and eventually a heater. The first winter here is alabama (down to 20f or so) I actually had a layer of ice one morning. Heater prevented that.

Operationally it has only sunlight and gets 3 hours of direct sun in the morning when its not cloudy.

So I do have a green water problem which requires wraping the tank in black plastic.

So I would recomment you treat your tank just like an indoor tank with a few fish to feed the plants. And adjust the lighting when you get green water.

my .02

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-22-2013, 06:17 AM
I understand goldfish put out an enormous amount of ammonia and organics. Aren't those one-celled photosynthesizing proliferating algae lucky!

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