Nobody at home and Chasing the impossible dream?
Subject: Nobody at home
> I'll be going on assignment in US for a year and nobody will be
> to take care of my plant tank. I love some of the species that w
> to get and would like to keep them till I'm back and also the fi
> that I have grown to attach to. Any suggestion on what to do wit
> both the fish and plants. I don't mind to lose easy-to-get plant
> not the various species of Cruptocoryne, java moss and java fern
Sometimes a fellow hobbyist is willing to "babysit" a tank. I
kept a friend's reef in my basement one summer. Another option
would be to spread the plants out to other knowledgeable aquatic
gardeners and ask them to try to propagate the plants with the
understanding that you'll want cuttings back when you are ready to
set your tank up again. This is harder to do with the fish, and
although you are fond of the ones you have, the fish you have are
common easy to replace species.
Subject: Chasing the impossible dream?
Chris Teichreb wrote:
> Make sure to choose plants that will withstand the high
> temperatures your tank is at. Look at one of the 'Nature Aquari
> books, they have examples of planted aquaria for Discus. Hope th
It has been my experience that there are very few plants that are
not capable of doing _very_ well at Discus temperature (82-85F) as
long as their increase metabolism at that temperature is taken
into consideration. At warmer temps, plants need more light, more
trace element supplementation (macronutrients are usually not a
problem in a Discus tank ;-) and more CO2. As long as these needs
are kept in mind, you will find that most plants, including some
we think of as sub-tropical or warm temperate do just fine.
Subject: AGA at NY/Penn
Just a note to mention that I will be speaking at the NY/Penn
Council's weekend workshop this weekend. Dorothy Reimer will be
joining me, and we will have an AGA table set up. We'd love to
meet you and chat about plants in person! If you're attending,
come say "Hi"!
Aquatic Gardeners Assoc.