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    Default Attempting emersed.

    Thought I would finally contribute, now that I have had *some* success with growing emersed.

    https://i.imgur.com/SvS3e9A.jpg

    This is my "second attempt" for this particular setup, after initially dealing with a fungus gnat, and fungus problem that seemed to halt growth entirely.

    The Monte Carlo was grown from a single pathetic sprig I found stowed away in the root system of another plant, somehow it survived.

    https://i.imgur.com/2MLU8V9.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/yypPmCJr.jpg

    Hoping to increase my "collection" of Cryptocoryne species at some point, all of which I have Cryptocorynus to thank for - C. Crispatula, Crispatula var. Balansae, Wendtii "Green", and Beckettii.

    Couldn't figure out how to resize each image, hahaha.

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    Looking good! That light is looking super powerful tho! Hope you have dimmed it.

    Whats your garage temperatures like?

    Emersed bug can bite you hard!

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    It's not dimmed actually haha. But it hasn't caused an issue so far, and I seem to have really good colouration as a result - with the "Super Red Mini" and Alternanthera Reineckii at least. I wanted to try something different, the top setup is what I tried first but that was mostly a failure.
    It doesn't seem to drop below ~22C from what I have observed, I have a heating pad underneath it.
    I should have kept each plant potted individually, but I don't mind this look either.

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    Looks great. The 'Super Red Mini' carpeting like that is something I haven't really seen before (mine is currently very spindly and erect). Crypts looks very nice too, good to see they're happy and going well!
    Rainbowfish, Cryptocoryne, Echinodorus

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    Well, it's been a while..

    https://imgur.com/a/HNJDw

    Now have species such as Spiralis, Pontederiifolia, Cordata var. Siamensis 'Blassii', Lutea/Walkeri 'Hobbit', Wendtii 'Flamingo', Wendtii 'Tropica' and a few other odds and ends. Finally got a Lagenandra Meeboldii that i've wanted for forever. Bottom setup has remained the same, more or less.
    Also have a microscopic C. Regina/'Silver Queen' that is thus far growing and looking promising, as well as a not-so-good looking C. Aura that has been proving difficult, being my first blackwater species.

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    Really nice indeed! Love this setup.

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    Love it Kennett Feeling inspired to try emersed as well.
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    Our pond project
    http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showthread.php/63649-Natural-Looking-pond-with-waterfall-in-our-frontyard

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    If anyone is interested, they have some nice semi opaque containers in Bunnings that are suitable for indoor emersed projects. They could be stacked as well. I have done a simple DIY light for these that I will be documenting soonish. Great indoor winter project.

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    That they do. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any that are especially tall, for the larger species such as Ciliata. I've thought about stacking mine but it's a real pain if you need to access the lower ones.

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    If you have an interest in growing aquarium plants, go for it. I found potting soil to be a disaster due to not being able to sterilise it. I had a fungus gnat outbreak which seemed to halt growth before decimating everything. I had a similar experience when I moved on to Bunnings coconut coir on top of expanded clay balls separated with flyscreen. It wasn't until I swapped it out for a hydroponics coconut coir that I really had success.
    I have more Alternanthera Reineckii and Monte Carlo than I know what to do with.

    https://imgur.com/a/pWtM9

    A few more I obtained this afternoon. In order, C. 'Pigmea', which is said to be a "pygmy" or dwarf cultivar of C. Willisii from what I have researched online.
    C. Purpurea, which could very well be Dennerle's Purpurea which is allegedly just a Cordata. Time will tell, I guess.
    C. Ciliata, i'm hoping it's var. Latifolia and not var. Ciliata.
    I won't know for sure unless I end up with a spathe of course, that's assuming they pull through.
    Last photo is a Fissidens spp. I found locally growing semi and completely submersed which I hope to propagate in each setup.

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    Thought i'd throw up a few more photos..

    https://imgur.com/a/ehUVs

    Three different Spiralis, two of which are var. Spiralis. Some out of control Beckettii and Wendtii 'Tropica' I had to palm off. Some random Anubias etc.

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    Great work man. Looks like the emersed bug has bitten you..... :P

    Keep up the good work and update often!

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    Yep.. Especially Cryptocoryne, i'm hooked. I'm at about ~33 varieties, but there's still so many I don't have. The trouble is keeping a good amount, the Wendtii I have get out of hand quick. I have a few locally collected Fissidens as well, but stem species are basically out of the question due to how much space they demand. I still have far too much Monte Carlo haha.

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    If you are keeping crypts, Grubs and Cryptocorynus on the forum both collect with precise names etc.

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    Yeah, I would say Cryptocorynus is a friend - a ripper of a bloke haha, that's where I got a lot of what I have. I know Grubs has species I don't have, and vice versa hahaha.

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