Saturday, September 8, 2018

Emersed Project:Rotala Macrandra 'green'

This time round, I would like to try an emersed setup with Rotala Macrandra 'green'. This plant is very easy going in the tank. With high light and good CO2, it grows very fast. Frequent trimming will make it become bushy in time. :) 

A jar for planting
Some Aquasoil
Some garden fertilizer 

And of course some trimming stalks of aquatic plants 
I had some trimming stalks of Rotala Macrandra 'green' to try on. Below are an illustration of step-by-step working on it.

Add a little bit of fertlizer at the bottom of the jar
Just a little bit since the size of the jar is quite small

Add aquasoil in the jar to cover the fertilizer. About 3-5cm depth is good enough for stem plants to spread the roots.

Add in water with water level is just above the soil surface
Group 3-5 stems at one go and plant in the jar. There is not necessary to plant one by one :)

After planting done
Cover the top with a clear plastic ClingWrap

Poke some holes there for better ventilation to prevent molding and for plant to uptake CO2 easier from air 
Label the jar with plant info and planting date :)
Putting it outdoor with nature (not direct) sunlight and watch it grow.
I normally prefer to put my emersed plants outdoor where it would have good lighting, but not direct sunlight. It would save energy and also effort to set up timer compared with having indoor lighting. You just need to have a daily check to ensure the moisture in the jar is alright. Normally, if you see water vapour on the jar / clingwrap, the moisture level there is alright. Spray some mist water time to time to keep the leaves wet.

And that's it! Now you can just watch it grow. :) 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Emersed Project: Rotala 'bonsai''

What would you do with trimming stalks of aquatic plants after tank maintenance? Put for sale? Or giving it for free to fellow hobbyist? Or throw it away?

There is another option: planting it emersed. 😊

I would like to write down step-by-step planting Rotala 'bonsai' emersed for your reference. This plant is beautiful underwater. Below are some of the  photos taken from my tank before it was trimmed.  

Beautiful Rotala 'bonsai' in the tank (submersed condition)
It needs frequent trimming to get a bushy shape

Trimming stalked