Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Algerian Ivy on Top of Aquarium


Dailymotion:


February 18th, 2017 
This Algerian ivy has grown noticeably in the past 6 weeks. 


The new leaves are a brighter green color.

 The sand stays damp even after I stopped watering the plant.

 March 13th, 2017
 The plant grows steadily through the winter.




The root has grown most noticeably. 


Here you can see about 25-30 cm long root.


 I trim the end of the root.
 It should encourage growth of secondary roots. 


March 27th, 2017
 It took less than 2 weeks for secondary roots to start growing. 




Here you can see the secondary roots growing from different spots on the primary root.



May 11th, 2017
 The secondary roots have grown much longer in the past month. 


And a new primary root grows through the pot. 

Here you can see the new root.

 The Algerian ivy looks adorable on top of my small aquarium. 
Have fun and happy plants :)

Land Moss in Aquarium


Monday, May 22, 2017

Braided Roots Aquarium Garden




April 30th, 2017
 Roots of this Peace lily plant have noticeably grown since I braided them last month.



Let's fix the roots using a different type of braiding.
 The old roots that are in braids are about 50 cm long.



I have to untwist them.

There are many small secondary roots that have grown from the primary roots.
 I trim them off with scissors.
It should encourage growth of primary roots.
 Don't cut the ends of roots you want to grow!



 I keep some secondary roots at the end of the primary roots.

Here I have 7 old primary roots prepared in this way.
 Separate roots from each other into individual lines.

 I use a chopstick to help interlace roots.
 Lift up every other root and place it on the chopstick.
 I work from right to left.
There are 4 roots on the bottom and 3 roots on the top.

Bring the root from the right to the left pulling it between all other roots.

Remove the chopstick.

Repeat again as many times as the length of roots allows.

Lift up every other root and place it on the chopstick.



Bring the root from the right to the left pulling it between all other roots.





Work each row in the same direction.
Keep the same space between rows.
 Pull the roots on the left side to readjust the space between rows.









I damaged one of the roots.
 So, now I am going to work with 6 roots.

 Work in the same order or change it to your liking.
Lift up every other root.











Bring the root from the right to the left pulling it between all other roots.

 Because roots are of different sizes, I have to work with fewer roots by the end.

 I made the braid about 30 cm long.



Let's see how it looks in an aquarium.

 I like it!
We can use the braids as a base to attach other plants!



Have fun and happy aquariums :)