Outdoor Planted Tub Question/s

knives00005

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Apr 17, 2018
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Philippines
Hi.

I have this crazy idea of trying out growing plants outdoors using tubs.
No co2, no filter, probably just a powerhead to keep the water moving (or no?). Natural sunlight.

Planned flora:
-Ludwigia Pantanal
-Ludwigia White (or no, too expensive and demanding)
-Ludwigia Senegalensis
-Cabomba
-Hygrophilla Corymbosa
-Pogostemnon Octopus
-Pogostemnon Erectus
-Rotala Vietnam
-Staurogyne Repens
-Corkscrew Vallisneria
-Jungle Vallisneria
-Java Fern
-Limnophila hippuridoides

Planned Fauna
-Guppies
-RCS/Amano Shrimp
-Nerite Snails or some Assassin Snails
-SAE (if I can find one)

Substrate
-Garden soil topped with either sand or aquasoil. (Plants will have individual pots)

Ferts
-DIY Osmocote tabs
-DIY mixed dry ferts

Do you think it will work?
I live in the tropics, so no winter season.
When rainy season comes, I can drill an overflow hole on the top, put a net on it.

Any suggestions/helpful comments are welcome. :)
 

ashtonfitzgerald

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Sep 7, 2018
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Oshawa, ON Canada
You'll be dealing with a lot of PAR even in the shade. I found getting balance in a small system of 50 gallons was challenging, but I wasn't putting a ton of effort into it. I'm sure it would work with some attention to detail.

All the easy plants I tried (Rotala, Val, Sagittaria, crypts and even Anubias nana petite under the shade of some floaters did very well outside, it was the algae that was tough to control for me. Likely nutrient build up and low flow.


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