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Thread: Looking for Utric/Genlisea suggestions for underwater growth display

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    Finished the test setup and its now on a windowsill.

    I punched some holes to allow the Utric to roam if it wants to and siliconed up all the surfaces just in case of any chemicals or anything odd. I cut some sponge type material (seed starting sponges I had) to act as wicks. and added tree fern fiber into the main pot.

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    I added two rubber bands to hold the entire pot under water to help with the transition from where it was to this setup. Once the water evaporates to the floating level I'll remove the rubber bands and just let it be. I would assume I'll lose the two leaves in this process.

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    I know it's a bit late and not related to plant choice but if you wanted to augment your design at a later date this was the image that came to mind as I read your title: http://users.humboldt.edu/rziemer/zp...v24n2cover.jpg

    I tried to find a link to the article but a very brief search didn't yield anything.

    I do like the floating pot idea though! This way you don't have to worry about evaporation and exposed roots as much.
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    Here is the test setup right now, so far so good! The original leaves died as expected. No visible underwater growth yet.

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    Well it has been about a year since I updated this odd little box and it has exceeded any expectations I could have had.

    Here it is in its home, just sitting on a windowsill floating in some algae coated water. I push the entire block down into the water ever week or two and top off the water with RO water, sometimes fert water. No real rime or reason. I have yet to change out the original water.

    Back of the Utric.
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    Some growths are starting to get out of the side holes.
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    Bad photo, but you can see that tiny run of bladders that is growing down into the water, almost all of the growth is staying inside the box.
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    Nice little boat full of plants you have there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdaxFlamma View Post
    I know it's a bit late and not related to plant choice but if you wanted to augment your design at a later date this was the image that came to mind as I read your title: http://users.humboldt.edu/rziemer/zp...v24n2cover.jpg

    I tried to find a link to the article but a very brief search didn't yield anything.
    Here is the short comment from page 31 of the June 1995 CPN associated with the front cover photo.
    On the front cover, we see how Geoff Wong has cleverly grown Genlisea violacea in a shallow tray with holes in the bottom and setting over a clear container of water so that we can clearly see the twisted trap arms. A few years ago, very few people had genliseas in their collections; now, many of us have five or six species. But we rarely see the traps unless we unearth the plant, often damaging it. Photographing the traps has also been a challenge. But now we see them clearly and Joe Mazrimas has made a fine photo.

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    Photo taken on Jan 9 2016 for reference in the NASC auctions. Too busy to take another photo this morning but it is still growing nicely. The tips of the "paddles" are sunburned from too much light in that window.


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