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Bog Bed Filter Update #2

In summary, everything is growing!



And as everything looks happy so far, Grover is branching out.

In NSW (Australia), the Watergarden Paradise Aquatic Nursery maintains over a 1,000+ waterlilies and aquatic plants for sale. The downside of the GPG's is their herbivorous nature and the fact that they will demolish anything of a vaguely vegetable nature.

Grover's idea is to buy some 'test' plants to grow in the BBF and if successful, expand them onto the floating islands (currently occupied by Elephant Ears).  The Elephant Ears are looking rather sad, as they have been munched by caterpillars.



He is sure they will bounce back when the caterpillars disappear as butterflies.  And the GPGs cannot really leap onto the islands, so the plants are relatively safe :roll:

Arriving soon is a tropical waterlily - Nymphaea colorata ( A smaller growing waterlily with rich violet-blue coloured flowers fading with age.)



And a creeping plant to infill between the Water Iris and Amazon Swords - Water Hyssop (Bacopa amplexicaulis - Bright green ovate leaves that clasps the stiff trailing stems. Small bright blue tubular flowers produced in the warmer months.)



This is the current plan...


(Waterlily planted!)


Edited by Grover65k
Plants arrived and have been added to BBF

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Thanx @aquaholic99 !

Green Tree frogs would be a great start - it'll help the Bog Bed Filter "come to life".

Just noticed over the weekend that even though the Elephant Ears have been denuded by caterpillars, they still made the effort to produce flowers.

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Cheers, and thank you


PS:  Do you have photo of the pipe clusters?

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Meanwhile back in the BBF...

The starring plant at the moment is the Amazon Sword Plant.


Echinodorus cordifolia


The history of these particular plants goes back to Grover's earliest years keeping aquariums.  The family moved to Buderim, Qld in the early 1970s and at the back of the garage (underneath the verandah) was where the 4 fishtanks in a wooden stand ended up. Grover then proceeded to have great plans to breed Swordtails for profit... Ha ha!   You can imagine how that turned out. :frusty:

One of Dad's friends was Evan Williams in Alstonville, northern NSW, who at the time specialized in growing and hybridizing waterlilies.  He also supplied a small variety of aquarium plants and Grover decided to splash out big $$ on some Echinodorus plants (the price?  $2.00 per plant incl. postage!).  Bear in mind that Grover was earning a whole 60c per hour at his Saturday morning job, so $2 (+ postage) was a big ask.

Short story is that a number of Giant Amazon Sword plants turned up, and in sub-tropical QLD promptly grew out of the tanks with emergent leaves and flower stalks.   And Grover has managed to hang onto descendants of these originals thanx firstly to his Mum, and then a younger sister who grew them in tiny ornamental ponds while he was moving around the state from job to job / house to house.

Photos from the Bog Bed Filter (BBF) -



These flower stalks have small white flowers with bright yellow centers spaced about 5-10cm apart.



And as the flower stalk lengthens, the flowers die, but are replaced with small plantlets.  Tiny roots go down into the muck and somewhat small but growing leaves start reaching upwards.  The stalk part hangs on for quite some time, so a pair scissors does the job of cutting the new plant loose.



And there you have the cycle!  From adult plant to tiddly plant which then grows to adult plant.

By the way, these plants look absolutely stunning when grown underwater.  In the Billabong they would probably last about 5minutes against the giant pink gouramis voracious appetite, so its best that they help reduce the bioload in the Bog Bed Filter!  In the BBF nearly all the larger Amazon Sword plants are throwing out flower stalks and the tiddlers are taking root and going gang-busters. :boxing:


Here is some more detailed information from the web -

Tropical Fish Magazine Issue Mar/Apr 2018




(more to come on the GPGs next time...)


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Solomon Islands Souvenir

Found this in my collection of things from 2002 when I worked at SITCO in Honiara.


Looking suspiciously like a Giant Pink Gourami !

This was acquired about 7 years before Tiddles arrived.


(Picture on right courtesy of  "Aquadiction"  - Design © 2021 - All Rights Reserved)

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