As always, I’ve thought of another idea before I’ve even starting working on the project at hand. This is partially due to my racing mind but really I’ve hit a dilemma on the Goldfish Project. What am I going to do with all the left over plants that I won’t be using?
My current project has brought to light that I don’t have a disposable income. Surprise there! Without money, projects halt to a complete stop. So, I need to figure out a way to keep cost down. Of course equipment and hardscape materials are easy to reuse given a good rinse. It is the plants that worry me. What am I going to do with them while they are awaiting their new purpose in my next aquascape? I must keep everything alive so I can continuously use my plants in several upcoming aquascape.
So, without further ado. My plan is to start a 'farming' tank for aquatic plants only.
Without a bioload from any fauna, complete filtration is unnesserary. I would only need to keep the water circulated with enough flow to prevent any “dead zones”. I’m thinking a small power head would be good enough to keep flow consistent. With a pre-filter sponge attached to the intake I won't have to worry about the filter getting clogged with dead leaves.
I could give the CO2 a boost (along with light and ferts) to increase plant growth. I would be able cultivate larger numbers of plants having continuous supply for future aquascapes. Say I also wanted to grow some moss or java fern on some wood or rocks. I could do that ahead of time to make a more 'complete' aquascape from the beginning.
Many plants, especially crypts, tend to melt when moved into an aquascape because of differences in temperature and water hardness, among other things. Matching parameters with the Farm Tank could help the plants in their transition. Speaking of transition. This could also be great for transitioning emerged growth into submerged growth. Doing this ahead would save me some frustration in dealing with a transitioning plant and a new aquascape at the same time. I’m hoping having already established plants that are ready to grow will help the instability of a brand new aquascape.
To keep everything accessible I’ll pot the plants (unless they are growing on mats or driftwood) so I can add and remove anything easily. Without lining the bottom with soil, cleaning will be a breeze. That is exactly what I want this Farm Tank to be, easy and efficient.
I want to use this farm tank as a learning tool as well. By constantly growing these aquatic plants I’ll learn each and every one’s uniqueness. Does this plant prefer shade or bright light? Does it fare well in high flow areas? How does pruning affect the plant? These are only a snippet of questions that are running though my mind. Understanding each plant and what it needs to preform at its fullest is a quintessential aspect of aquascaping. If you don’t know your plants, how can you put them together to make a cohesive aquascape.
So, lets study aquatic plants together. To stay up to date on the workings of my Aquatic Plant Farm Tank please subscribe and continue reading The Greener Side.