Light Weight Artificial Planting Medium?

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Light Weight Artificial Planting Medium?

Post by R&B Thoma » Thu, 29 Jun 2000 04:00:00



Hi.
I'm repotting some plants, getting rid of the 'dirt'. I was going to use
pea gravel and put larger river rock on top to keep the large fish from
digging. Some of my plants will have to go into larger pots that will be
too heavy for me to handle if filled with pea gravel. Anyone use other
items? Such as, packing peanuts? I know someone mentioned lava rock and
covering it with river rock, that would work but I'm looking for
something smaller. Any ideas?
Thanks,
Barbara
 
 
 

Light Weight Artificial Planting Medium?

Post by Kraft » Fri, 30 Jun 2000 04:00:00


How about planting right into bioballs with rocks on top to hold them into
place. For myself, I need that dirt. When the plants get big the first wind
that comes along will blow them over if the pot is light.

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Light Weight Artificial Planting Medium?

Post by Bruce L. Mansfiel » Fri, 30 Jun 2000 04:00:00


I would suggest the lava rock if you want light weight and cheap.  If you
are willing to spend more then I would suggest Isolite ceramic.  I use it in
my filter and it works very well and does just as they advertise.  It is
light weight, holds many nutrients, etc.  The company that sells it is
sundine and the url is: http://www.sundine.com/products.htm

I have been very happy with them.  It makes a somewhat expensive planting
material but it will also act as a biological medium as well.  I have found
the people at sundine to be very helpful and efficient.
Bruce Mansfield

 
 
 

Light Weight Artificial Planting Medium?

Post by Bonnie Lee Hil » Fri, 30 Jun 2000 04:00:00


Hello,

Quote:

> Hi.
> I'm repotting some plants, getting rid of the 'dirt'. I was going to use
> pea gravel and put larger river rock on top to keep the large fish from
> digging. Some of my plants will have to go into larger pots that will be
> too heavy for me to handle if filled with pea gravel. Anyone use other
> items? Such as, packing peanuts? I know someone mentioned lava rock and
> covering it with river rock, that would work but I'm looking for
> something smaller. Any ideas?
> Thanks,
> Barbara

You can using heating filters as a planting medium. The same filters
that are placed in the mechanical filtration area can be cut into squares
and placed in a mesh basket. The plant is put in with the filter pieces.
The top can be covered with pea gravel or rocks to provide SOME weight.
This would not work for tall plants such as cannas.

Since my goldfish NEVER bother the plants, I can plant in "nothing". I
covered bricks with black shade cloth in order to camouflage them. Then I
run a long cable tie lengthwise around the brick. I then use additional
cable ties to secure the hardy lilly root to the long cable tie. Finally,
I drop the lilly into the pond. This make "repotting" and rearranging
VERY easy.

Bonnie Lee Hill
Dallas, Texas

 
 
 

Light Weight Artificial Planting Medium?

Post by ibusk » Fri, 30 Jun 2000 04:00:00


So you mean that hardy lillies can grow from the water only ?
I'm a new ponder and have no experience with lillies at all,
so I planted my two first on large pots with heavy clay soil
from the pond excavation itself. Based on my experience with
planted freshwater aquariums, I would certainly prefer to use
a less organic medium, the more inert the better. Pure water
is the ultimate "inert medium" in this case ! Would kitty litter
be a good planting medium for lillies ?

-Ivo

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Post by Tina Underwo » Fri, 30 Jun 2000 04:00:00


Quote:
>Would kitty litter
>be a good planting medium for lillies ?

Thats what I plant mine in and they do great!

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Light Weight Artificial Planting Medium?

Post by Walter W. Denby II » Fri, 30 Jun 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
>I would suggest the lava rock if you want light weight and
>cheap.  If you are willing to spend more then I would suggest
>Isolite ceramic.  I use it in my filter and it works very well
>and does just as they advertise.  It is light weight, holds
>many nutrients, etc.  The company that sells it is
>sundine and the url is: http://www.sundine.com/products.htm

>I have been very happy with them.  It makes a somewhat
>expensive planting material but it will also act as a
>biological medium as well.  I have found the people at sundine
>to be very helpful and efficient.
>Bruce Mansfield


Bruce,  Thanks for your tip & link.  I'm seriously considering
using Isolite in my Bio/Veggie filter, which is under
construction.  I am using a 1/2 whisky barrel and I wanted to
fill the middle of it with either bio-balls or furnace filter
medium.  Your suggestion seems to be a-lot better!  Since roots
dont attach to Isolite it will be simple to clean the upper
part (veggie filter) and winter maintenance should also be a
breeze.  It also looks like an excellent biological medium.
I've been to their web site and sent an E-mail to them
requesting more information, however, I'm concerned by your
comment about expense and their lack of any pricing
information.

Quote:
>It makes a somewhat expensive planting material . . .

Do you have any idea how much it would cost to fill half of a
whisky barrel?  Im even having problems visualizing how much
material Ill need.  Luckily I live in Denver so I can just go
pick it up if it wont break the bank.

TIA, WWD

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Light Weight Artificial Planting Medium?

Post by Derek Broughto » Sat, 01 Jul 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

> So you mean that hardy lillies can grow from the water only ?
> I'm a new ponder and have no experience with lillies at all,
> so I planted my two first on large pots with heavy clay soil
> from the pond excavation itself. Based on my experience with
> planted freshwater aquariums, I would certainly prefer to use
> a less organic medium, the more inert the better. Pure water
> is the ultimate "inert medium" in this case ! Would kitty litter
> be a good planting medium for lillies ?

Lots of people use kitty litter.  I use it for those that don't seem to
be doing so well with just stones.
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