My hightech/diy setup

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    Thanks!
     
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    So I found a place in Melrose Arch that sells very healthy looking lucky bamboo, I have run it in one of my hob filters for years. These are nice long and big going to plant them in my substrate and let them grow outside the tank see what happens:

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    Good idea, always liked the look of that, might try that in my river tank
     
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    Yes Good idea! @CharlZA Let us know if they do well planted in the substrate.
     
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    Yeah, just need a way to keep them upright as they are top heavy plants and my substrate isn't very deep. But I'll make a plan.

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    They did pretty well in my HOB filter so will see how they do in tank substrate.

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    Love the bamboo

    I tried in the substrate, pfs, a while ago but mine were shorter and some of the leaves were under water
    I wasnt lucky with it they rotted for some reason
     
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    These are nice and big, they are about 60 cm long so they clearly the tank completely.
     
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    So since the bamboo is top-heavy I had trouble getting to balance them in my substrate. So I had a good hard long think on how to secure them so they don't fall over. And this is the solution. Industrial suction cups (used to secure heavy things on glass or tile surfaces), not the crappy ones that never work properly you buy at pet shops. The only issue is these did not come with clips that were big enough for the stems of the bamboo. So I took the spare clips from my canister filter (those long ones) cut them shorter and siliconed them in place just waiting for it to dry.

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    This is by how much the bamboo clears the tank when planted in the substrate:

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    Great problem solving, as always :thumbup:
     
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    I was given one as a gift last year, and i decided to put it in my tank just to see how it goes, and it's fully submerged in there and it's still doing ok so far. Didn't know they could rot though so I'll keep checking on it lol
     
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    It is a hit an miss apparently growing them submerged. Some do well while others don't.
     
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    Since working from home for the next 3 weeks, it gives me a chance to try out new equipment I had laying around like this inline glass defuser:

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    I actually like it looks a lot less obvious than my other one.
     
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    That is nice, to have it outside the tank much better
     
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    I love your threads so I am keen to see what plan you make. As a suggestion maybe some transparent suction cups that are used on hosing/piping? I really like the look of these bamboo. Think I may try some when the apocalypse is over
     
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    So the silicon has dried on my mounting suckers and this is the end result:

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    Pretty happy with how it turned out, depending on how they do I will get more of them:

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    Hope they do well because they stunning

    It might tempt me to give it another try!
     
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    Yeah let's hope the only way we will know is if we give it a try.
     
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    Found a spot near my home that has plenty of broken slate pieces so been experimenting with various Anubai species to see how it would look like if I glued them on the slate piece and so far I am happy with the end result. As a bonus I can move them around with little effort:

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