Aquascaping with Aquatic Seeds (Journal Entries) Aquascaping with Aquatic Seeds (Journal Entries)

4 comments / Posted on by Team Buce Plant

Aquascaping Seeds:

During our recent trip to Interzoo, we acquired some mystery seeds in Germany that were given to us as Hemianthus Callitrichoides.  After returning home and doing some research, we found that others had tried something similar but either labeled as Glossostigma or Baby Tears.  Some users claimed that the plant would not thrive under water for long and would begin melting after a few weeks submerged.  Others said the seeds were a pesky weed that could take over your aquascape. 

 

So I decided to test these magical seeds out under different growing conditions to see what for ourselves.  Here are the results:

 

I began with a 1.5 gallon low iron UP-Aqua tank for that high definition, crisp-clear picture:

lowironrimlesstank

 

I decided to do a simple and classic Iwagumi layout utilizing only sand and Seiryu Stones:

Hardscapematerials

 

Final hard scape:

Finalhardscape

June 6, 2016

I lightly scattered seeds from the container directly onto the sand and rocks, carefully trying to leave a even dash of sprinkles.  I then sprayed the tank down with water from my aquarium until the lowest point of the sand was submerged and covered it with saran wrap.  I put an UP-Aqua LED light clip on it and kept the photo-period at 8 hours a day with misting every other day.

AquaticHCseedssprinkledinscape

 

 

June 15, 2016

After 10 days, most of the seeds began to sprout.  When I sprinkled the seeds, I purposefully left two trails of empty sand but this turned out to be pointless because the carpet eventually grew out very thick.  Some of the seeds that are sitting on top of the rock did not sprout but everything that was in contact with soil had no issues. 

 grownout

 

June 22, 2016

 IMG_1641 – Some of the seeds that were on the rock which previously didn’t sprout began to show growth after being submerged , with roots anchoring into the rocks.  

Rootsonrock

 

Conclusion:

I am still unsure what species of plant these seeds are from but I don’t think its Glosso, HC or UG.  Although I’m skeptical as to whether it will continue to thrive submerged, so far it has been two weeks with no signs of melt, deficiency, bleach, or die off.  This has by far been the fastest growing carpet I’ve ever encountered.   Even if the plant doesn’t survive for long under water, this project has been fun and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to do a simple, cheap but potentially temporary Iwagumi aquascape or terrarium. 

finaltankhcseeds

Aquascaping Seeds:

During our recent trip to Interzoo, we acquired some mystery seeds in Germany that were given to us as Hemianthus Callitrichoides.  After returning home and doing some research, we found that others had tried something similar but either labeled as Glossostigma or Baby Tears.  Some users claimed that the plant would not thrive under water for long and would begin melting after a few weeks submerged.  Others said the seeds were a pesky weed that could take over your aquascape. 

 

So I decided to test these magical seeds out under different growing conditions to see what for ourselves.  Here are the results:

 

I began with a 1.5 gallon low iron UP-Aqua tank for that high definition, crisp-clear picture:

lowironrimlesstank

 

I decided to do a simple and classic Iwagumi layout utilizing only sand and Seiryu Stones:

Hardscapematerials

 

Final hard scape:

Finalhardscape

June 6, 2016

I lightly scattered seeds from the container directly onto the sand and rocks, carefully trying to leave a even dash of sprinkles.  I then sprayed the tank down with water from my aquarium until the lowest point of the sand was submerged and covered it with saran wrap.  I put an UP-Aqua LED light clip on it and kept the photo-period at 8 hours a day with misting every other day.

AquaticHCseedssprinkledinscape

 

 

June 15, 2016

After 10 days, most of the seeds began to sprout.  When I sprinkled the seeds, I purposefully left two trails of empty sand but this turned out to be pointless because the carpet eventually grew out very thick.  Some of the seeds that are sitting on top of the rock did not sprout but everything that was in contact with soil had no issues. 

 grownout

 

June 22, 2016

 IMG_1641 – Some of the seeds that were on the rock which previously didn’t sprout began to show growth after being submerged , with roots anchoring into the rocks.  

Rootsonrock

 

Conclusion:

I am still unsure what species of plant these seeds are from but I don’t think its Glosso, HC or UG.  Although I’m skeptical as to whether it will continue to thrive submerged, so far it has been two weeks with no signs of melt, deficiency, bleach, or die off.  This has by far been the fastest growing carpet I’ve ever encountered.   Even if the plant doesn’t survive for long under water, this project has been fun and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to do a simple, cheap but potentially temporary Iwagumi aquascape or terrarium. 

finaltankhcseeds

4 comments

  • Posted on by summicron

    It’s been nearly six months. Did they survive?

  • Posted on by PTG

    Cool project! Are your plants still alive? Did the carpet take over?

  • Posted on by Kom

    are the plants still alive?

  • Posted on by Dennis

    incredible, so fast for seeds. I wonder what this species is too, I agree, it does not look like hc, gloss or others

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