Post by necroslasher on Apr 23, 2011 12:56:11 GMT 7
Good day sir/ma'm, I am surfing the net for other carnivorous plants and I've found a carnivorous plant that got my attention: ALDROVANDA.. Did someone here in our forums took care of such plant?? Is it compatible in tropical climates like here in the Philippines??
or you can try a DIY CO2 diffuser. all you need is a 1.5l pet bottle, yeast, warm water, sugar, air tube and airstone. try googling it. I did this before when I still had a planted aquarium. instead of buying a diffuser set. costs around 2k for the set plus the cost of CO2 refills.
Yup that is me. I do not sell them. They are not plants for newbies as well.
When I got my plant, it was small and was threatening to die on me, so I put CO2 injection for a while, until they got established. After I knew they were okay, CO2 stopped. The Aldrovanda Guru is Rich..rsivertsen who is a member of the forum as well.
I just saw that you posted in the main forum in Aldrovanda and that you drained your pond in preparation for Aldrovanda. I will reply to your question here:
If you really are serious about Aldrovanda, you have to prepare way in advance (you are in luck you haven't ordered any). You put water in your pond, then look for monocot plants that you can pot and plant in your pond. What I have are Cattails and Horsewhips. Why these? They will use up any nutrition in your pond water preventing algae bloom, and at the same time the roots apparently will give off CO2. You should also put some ramshorn snails and other small snail species (pond snails) in your pond.
When your pond is established and is algae free for maybe half a year, then you are ready.
I was lucky that I had an established pond when my aldro arrived, and have never had any algae problems on this particular pond (actually a wash basin). If you want to put fish, consider one or two algae eating fish like Mollies. But I'd prefer to take them out when the Aldro arrives. My pond does not have fish in it. The worse fish to put in the pond before the aldros arrive are Goldfish and Carps, and they are also worse fish to have in the pond with the aldros as well.
How big is your pond by the way? Pictures?
As for Temperature and sun, I live in metro Manila and they are happy, not too direct sun is better I think, because of heat and also possibility of Algae blooms.
Dionea Muscipula (VFT) N. Ventrata, N. Alata, N. Miranda Aldrovanda
Oh man! Can you please read my post again, I typed all those words and you still ask me what to do next?
Also I feel that to start off an Aldro pond, your pond is too big... in my opinion only.
Again, if you set up your pond correctly from the start, you might not need CO2 anymore. If you insist, just buy a CO2 cannister for Airguns, have them fill those with CO2, and put a heavy glass container in the pond filled with water, turn upside down and put the CO2 inside. You will see the CO2 inside start to reduce, after a day refill with more CO2, etc. etc. But I think there really is no need for CO2.
Dionea Muscipula (VFT) N. Ventrata, N. Alata, N. Miranda Aldrovanda
Maybe I'll chime in here, Arvin is absolutely correct in that these plants are NOT easy, and not recommended for beginners, and that you will have to prepare well in advance to have the correct companion plants ready for Aldovanda. These plants must have large amounts of CO2 percolating up through the plants, this is usually done from respiration from the roots of their companion plants, as they also will absorb and assimilate the excess nitrogenous matter released by the Aldrovanda. Decaying dead leaf matter from monocot plants will also release CO2. A well prepared pond will look like a flooded lawn. You could try growing Papyrus plants along with any Carex sp, Juncus sp, Typha, Phragmites, various decorative grasses, etc.
They will also require a healthy population of zooplankton, from copepods, rotifers, small snails, etc. Your water depth, 1.5M is WAY too deep, they grow in very shallow depth levels, commingled with various grass-like plants growing up from the detritus and clay, water depth should be perhaps 25 cm (12 inches) or so. they can do quite well in just a few inches, barely enough to cover them.
Here are some photos of my pond.
Last Edit: May 5, 2011 7:17:26 GMT 7 by rsivertsen
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