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My puddle died

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    Unhappy My puddle died

    The half barrell in the green house does not seem to be the right thing to grow aquatic plants in , the Water Hycinth *sp* hated it , the water lettuce croaked , I moved the water lilly to the large farm pond yesterday it grew well then started to look like :action-sm probably not enough sun . I was wondering if the mosquito dunks have any affect on plants . Nothing in it now except for the filter , going to buy a rubber duck to put in it lolol . Gin

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    Maybe the problem is the mosquito dunk. I also once had a puddle, not half barrel but a styrofoam box (no kidding) the kind they use for packing vegetables for export. In it, I grew a water lily, a lotus and a fish and one cray fish. You can try again, Gin. This time, put a gold fish in to keep the mosquito larvae in check.

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    Gin, I don't think the mosquito dunks would harm plants....we put the granule mosquito killer in our farm pond before the fish got established. Tanya is correct...a few goldfish and you wouldn't have to worry about mosquitoes..plus you would have fish poo for your water plants.

    I have no clue as to why the plants died, but don't give up yet...
    We don't grow the hyacinths or water lettuce..they have to be wintered inside....give your lily some more sun and some fertilizer sticks and some time to see if it recovers...I would leave it in the farm pond.

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    Thanks for the reply , I use rain water in the green house that is why the dunks were in it . I will try something else in it , at least the Vandas like it adds humidity . Gin

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    My guess is that they need full sun about 8 hours a day. In the gh, they may not be getting that. They also need some fert. if you do not have fish in the water with them. I bet the water-lily will do great in the farm pond!

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    Think you are right, the puddle is in a corner that does not get a lot of sun . Thanks for the suggestions . Gin

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    Aren't there some waterlilies that like shade?

    Also, here is a question: about how many gallons per lily do you need? I have been thinking about placing a large water container with a lily and a betta-fish near my orchids as a way to keep the humidity up.

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    It depends on the lily. Some lilies are smaller than others. I had one seed in the shallows of my 1/2 acre pond. When the water drops in late summer, it is in no water at all but the sand stays moist and it survived just fine.

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    I don't know how many gallons per lily , the one I put in the farm pond did not make it . I still have the pond in the greenhouse with nothing in it , trouble is it picks up to much run off from watering the plants ..
    I have a Betta got him as a tiny thing could see thru him he is big and bright red now . I bought one of the $19.95 hex shaped tanks from a box store it came with an under gravel filter , I use a turkey baster to pull out any old food, he likes the Betta pellets but once they sink won't eat them, surface breather and feeder . It might help raise the humidity a little . Gin

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    Betta spendens like constant high temperatures 82 to 86 degrees. Unfortunately they are relatively short lived, about 2 years. They will do a good job of clearing your mossie problem.

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