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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Feb 10, 2014 11:19 PM CST
Ooops, sorry wrong picture. Was supposed to be some sort of plant picture or some plant project we could be doing while indoors:

Oh, dang, just realized these should have been links instead of photos (since they aren't mine).
Not sure I can find link to the pretty water plants in cup. So had to delete it till I can find link. Sorry Connie!

Here's link to mini plant projects we could be doing indoors:
http://theneotraditionalist.com/2010/06/03/i-heart-terrarium...

Oh I did find link to the water garden in cup and other containers:
http://artseachic.blogspot.com/2013/07/diy-freshwater-terrar...

And here's link to the how-to for the tabletop water garden in a cup:
http://radmegan.com/2010/11/indoor-tabletop-water-garden.htm...


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Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Feb 10, 2014 11:30 PM CST
I love that little water garden. Lovey dubby I bet I could grow something like that under my lights.
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Feb 11, 2014 2:01 AM CST

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Those are sweet! Lovey dubby
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Feb 11, 2014 7:41 AM CST

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This is a great topic and don't want to lose it, so I split it into it's own thread. I really want to see what else is out there on this topic. Hurray!
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Feb 11, 2014 12:24 PM CST
These seem to be pretty popular for those with limited room. I know someone who is torching containers for these kinds of green plants.

http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/marimo-moss-ball-light-...
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Feb 11, 2014 9:32 PM CST

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Oh my goodness, that moss ball is fascinating.
I have fallen in love with this one. http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/uncharted-territory-ter...

And look at all of these photos. https://www.google.com/search?q=miniature+terrarium&tbm=isch...
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Feb 12, 2014 12:31 AM CST
Oh no, more great pics to keep me from the dishes...thanks Lynn!
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Feb 13, 2014 8:36 PM CST

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I was trying to keep you from having dishpan hands Bev. Green Grin!
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Feb 14, 2014 12:12 AM CST
Hilarious! Thanks, Lynn. Am looking everyday to see what's out there from these creative people.
Name: Calin
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fixpix
Feb 14, 2014 2:44 AM CST
Yea yea cute, cute.
But sorry, not my cup-of-tea.
These all look kinda fake to me.
And since I am a gardener and plant lover... I can't say I fancy them. Same goes for the art of bonsai.
Plus, how long do you thing those plants and "containers" will keep looking like that?
I bet all pictures were taken right after the final touches.
There's always issues like condense, algae forming, white markings from the water, and so on.
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Feb 14, 2014 1:07 PM CST
Yes, you are right Calin...but think of the pictures as inspiration for those that want to create something just like that for themselves. Wonder how many people thought of trying hypertufa after seeing your balcony pictures? Even if there was just one person, then you have helped inspire them. That's what I think these creations can do for us people looking at the water garden pictures. Smiling Though I can see someone thinking that your ingenious strapping system to insure that your pots don't hurl off the balcony and hit someone below could have been an "issue" to contend with... Whistling ... Big Grin
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valleylynn
Feb 16, 2014 4:46 PM CST

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Many years ago I did terrarium gardening. I had some that looked brand new for years. Depending on the plants, soil and moisture, the tops/lids have to come off the let the excess condensation evaporate. They really are fun for indoor gardening.
Name: Calin
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fixpix
Feb 17, 2014 7:06 AM CST
Lol Bev, you are right. I have nothing against these. I am just stating this may not be as easy and cute as it looks.
Even myself own such a thing. Well, it's more like a bowl, with water, shells, and a nice water plant inside, and some water snails (do they have a different name???).
I have it, cause I thought a Beta fish could live in it. Well, it died after about 2 weeks.
Good for you Lynn... so, I guess I am partly wrong :)
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Eviesmummy
Feb 17, 2014 7:30 AM CST
Yup, my cacti terrarium looks as good now as when I planted it, which has to be over 18 months ago. I remove the stopper in the top for much of the summer when the cacti are watered, but it stays in over the winter when I keep them dry. I do occasionally see a small amount of algae growth along the sides but it always dies off after a brief break from watering.

I'd love to see pics of yuor bowl and water plant Calin, I'm sure there's far more upkeep with one of those to keep the water fresh etc.
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Feb 17, 2014 12:25 PM CST
fixpix said:Lol Bev, you are right. I have nothing against these. I am just stating this may not be as easy and cute as it looks.
Even myself own such a thing. Well, it's more like a bowl, with water, shells, and a nice water plant inside, and some water snails (do they have a different name???).


What a surprise to hear you have one yourself, Calin! Hilarious!
Sorry about the fish but hoping that what's left of your water garden is still comforting/exciting to care for? Smiling

Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Feb 17, 2014 7:31 PM CST

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Poor fish. They are so much fun to watch.
Do you still have the plant parts Calin. Smiling
Name: Calin
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fixpix
Feb 18, 2014 1:10 AM CST
LOL... I guess I was silly when I bought that fish. You know the Beta fish? The nice blue or red ones, always sold in small plastic caps here... and supposed to be kept alone as they are fighting other fish, etc, and they can "live" without artificial help (pump and stuff).
I said to myself, how cool. A fish!
Well, I still have the tank and all inside, the plant is growing etc. But I don't look after it. I mean I don't clean it.
The rocks and shells inside are covered in nice green algae.
Better I take some pics today (if I don't forget!)
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Feb 18, 2014 1:15 AM CST
Calin, Can you put other kind of fish in there, after you clean the tank, that is? Can goldfish stay in tank without pump? Seems like if you aren't using pump, then it is most important to clean it manually on regular basis no matter what kind of live animal you put in there? Blinking
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gg5
Feb 18, 2014 2:50 AM CST
FYI - the thing about the pump is for oxygen (plants take up oxygen too and can be a contributor to fish not having enough in a small tank) If you can figure out a way to make bubbles that break the surface of the water - like a tube that draws a small amount of water from the pool and releases it onto the surface, this will add oxygen into the water and everything should be fine Smiling (it can also be fun to set up some sort of waterfall thing, and again the water falling into the pool and breaking the surface layer, will add oxygen into the water for plants and other things. Thumbs up
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Name: Calin
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fixpix
Feb 19, 2014 1:35 AM CST
Well, I don't want history to repeat... Bev. And doing all that cleaning... doesn't make up for the excitement of having ONE fish Smiling
Greg... sounds really complicated. If I ever decide on this, it will be for a better purpose - bigger tank not just a bowl, and a lot of cute fish.

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