I am proud of the place we keep all of our plants for your planted aquarium. In the spring of 2012, while my wife was in a vegas at a bachelorette party, I started building the greenhouse that is now the home of Aquatic Jungles.From the start it was designed for one thing. GROWING AQUARIUM PLANTS. I paid $3,000 bucks to have a 12x24 foot concrete slab laid down. They guys who did it were great and got it done before my wife was home. (Our yard was still ripped up pretty good from the bulldozers, but atleast she could see where we were headed) They put a massive drain smack in the middle of the floor with two drain pipes that shoot out into my yard. One of the drains actually flows into the roots of one of the luckiest maple trees ever. The tree is 4 years old and has grown at a fast pace with all the dirty tank water we are feeding it these days.The greenhouse was purchased from http://www.completegreenhousekit.com/
and they were super helpful. I'd love to tell you that the greenhouse was put together in a weekend. Ha Ha. Anyone following my YouTube Channel, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MraGiwtPNMI
will know that it too ALL SUMMER. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was my 12 X 24 greenhouse. Building it was mega validating and a great "Man" project. I have to give my buddy Steve a bunch of credit as he was a tremendous help. I will say that the greenhouse was completed around September of 2012, started in April. I probably could have put it together a little faster, but why rush it and make it stressful? I also wanted to make sure it was done right, so I went slow and took my time, planning it out every step of the way.
I never could have imagined that I would have a greenhouse full of both great aquarium plants (and some fish as well.) It makes me happy to just go out there and chill in the mornings. The sun blasts its left wall all morning and both the fish and plants love it and look amazing. It is also a riot to have so many tanks that are made for only one species or separated out for different plants. If get something new in, I can throw a smaller tank up in no time and get it rolling for just that plant alone. I have three 10 gallon aquariums that are each setup for their own moss. Currently I have Java Moss
, Taiwan Moss and Flame Moss. I am still growing out the Taiwan Moss and Flame Moss before I put them up for sale on here.The greenhouse aquariums are as follows. We have 3, 125 gallon tanks along the left wall when you walk in. These get hit with a pretty substantial amount of light in the summer months as they are on the east wall. When you walk in the door and look straight ahead you will see 4 75 gallon tanks. All of these 7 tanks have sand on the bottom and our own special fertilizers to help feed your future plants at their roots. I mention this as I am known for how I keep my plants in a dirted aquarium, or using dirt under my gravel in my tanks.
While this will always be the case in my display tanks, we are simply too in and out of the tanks in the greenhouse. The combination of us constantly removing plants and the extreem amounts of light the tanks get resulted in significant amount of algae. We tried it for awhile but you simply can't get a good balancing point in the tanks that you are constantly changing the bioload. So today, (after a battle with Bryan to keep them dirted- which I lost) we are now running pool filter sand along with our own root ferts in all of these main tanks. But you can't keep a dirted man down. I have a few tanks that I still use dirt in. One of these tanks is a 55 gallon which we call "The Jungle" This tank is where I plant all of the more exotic aquarium plants that might require a bit more nutrients out the gate. The tank houses Crinum Natan
, Red Tiger Lotus
and a bunch of Crypts
. It is also a great spot plant aquarium plants that come in that are under sized or are cuttings off of a larger plant that need a place to grow out. I also have a 40 tall which i keep exclusively Baby Tears
in. While it is kind of a waste to keep such a low growing plant in such a tall tank, it certainly looks cool ;) This video is the exact plant you will recieve. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzdcxUf1abI
I recently setup a 29 gallon as well which isn't dirted that houses nothing but Anubias
(which, I will add, I always try to have a bunch of different species of Anubias in stock as it is Bryans favorite plant and he takes great care of it.) Speaking of taking great care of plants. I am really proud to talk about just how we take care of our tanks out in the greenhouse. Unlike a regular aquarium in your home, we are faced with different environment for growing and caring for aquatic plants. For starters we are dealing with plants that come in straigh from Florida Aquatic Nurseries. While they are clearly the leading supplier in North America, that doens't mean that some so so plants don't get sent out on occasion. We might get some aquarium plants that come in that aren't grown under water, they might die off a bit in our tanks (just as they would in your tanks) We also might have an occasional bit of algae in a tank that comes in with a plant. What we do about it is something special. EVERY WEEK WE DO %50 WATER CHANGES ON ALL OF OUR TANKS. Weekly water changes is a great rule for your tanks at home and I take a great deal of pride in sharing that we do this EVERY week. If a tank gets really bad, we will simply take it down to nothing and start over, before putting any new aquarium plants into it. Not sure you or your fish tanks feel after a big water change but imagine that feeling times 13 tanks!( Incase you are counting, 125, 125, 125, 75, 75, 75, 75, 55, 40, 29, 10,10,10 for a total of 829 gallons, my goal is 1000 ;) We are excited to hook you up.Tank On!