Using an aquarium

golden_ca_2000(BC Canada)February 7, 2008

Have any of you used an old aquarium for growing your babies in? My babies are growing soo slowly so I wondered if I could use an old aquarium and line all my babies up in there and add a little bit of water and turn on the light for a few hours a day. What I am wondering though is if I water these babies this way do you think they will get to wet and I will have another problem. I normally water from the top so I have never tried it this way. I have been growing these violet leaves since June and it seems to be taking an awefully long time - I thought maybe the warmth and the humidity might help? Any suggestions or comments??

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irina_co(z5 CO)

Golden =

it will work - if you put a very light soil - 1:1:1 plus even more perlite, wicks, and a mat on a bottom. You water the mat - just to keep it slightly wet. if you have a piece of acrilic blankie -it will work - but if you do not - you can use several paper towels or several sheets of a newspaper - at the time it will fall apart - your babies will be already going. The secret - is to keep them humid, but never sitting in water. You can put a layer of perlite on the bottom of solo cups with leaves.

I use plastic domes on the trays -with the same treatment- and when they are growing strong - I can gradually lift the domes.

Even when your babies are grown - your aquarium can host episcias - especially the variegated ones, miniature sinningias - and whatever likes terrarium culture.

Irina

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