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PostSubject: plants in the tank??   12/22/2009, 1:58 pm

hey guys, i want to put some plants in my tanks with my emp but im not sure what is safe and what isnt?? id like to put some chilli plant in there to grow because it would look very nice and then i would get chillis:) but would they harm the scorp if they dropped to to the floor and she ate them?? or would she even eat them?? or is putting chilli plant in a stupid idea all together? any suggestions would be great thanks:D
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PostSubject: Re: plants in the tank??   12/23/2009, 10:40 pm

She wouldn't eat the peppers. I don't think a chili plant would harm her. However, plants require UV light, and constant exposure to UV can stress out the scorp. It helps that they stay under hides during the day though.
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PostSubject: Re: plants in the tank??   12/24/2009, 9:26 am

a thanks:) i dont have a uv light on the tank and my tank is generaly out of the sunlight,so the plants wouldnt grow:( thanks for the advise:)
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PostSubject: Re: plants in the tank??   12/24/2009, 1:47 pm

you could try something along the lines of this...



which is what I use in my emp exxoterra....

Unfortunately to maintain it indoors, would require constant light if you're using a regular florescent tube... and some source of running water... which is rather complicated and considerable hassle. Not to mention the fact that the constant light exposure will be detrimental to observing natural scorpion behavior....

This is also what I use in my H. spinifer tank...



these plants tend to deteriorate after about 4 months with the occasional cricket or roach munching on its leaves
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PostSubject: Re: plants in the tank??   12/24/2009, 5:17 pm

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would they harm the scorp if they dropped to to the floor and she ate them??

Scorpions are carnivorous and so they won't eat any vegetation.

But like what has been said, it would be detrimental to do so and creates a lot of hassle, so personally I would decide against it. A better option would be one of the examples shown in the above post - still quite difficult but some obviously manage just fine Wink Smile
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PostSubject: Re: plants in the tank??   12/24/2009, 5:46 pm

Chilli actually emanates an invisible acidic vapor which in smaller animals might cause uncomfortable irritation. Just a thought
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PostSubject: Re: plants in the tank??   12/25/2009, 6:28 pm

a thanks for the advise guys, i currently have a 92 litre tank for my female emp and it just looks really bear, i am going to be getting her a male in the next few weeks. what are the plants you have got in your emp tank because they do look really nice, and i have a regular florescent tube on during the day thanks Smile
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PostSubject: Re: plants in the tank??   12/25/2009, 7:03 pm

i've got this pothos
http://www.cbgarden.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/image/Renata%20Pictures/pothos%5B1%5D.jpg

in my tank and it's doing great. They grow pretty fast and look nice. Just don't dry it out w/ a heat bulb (placed on op or at it) and make sure to mist it often. Watering the plant once a week or so is good. I have mine in a pot buried in the substrate, don't know how it will do in coco fiber substrate though, but this plant can sprout roots in water alone and continue to grow, so maybe it can survive.
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PostSubject: Re: plants in the tank??   12/25/2009, 7:04 pm

aa thats really nice, do your scorps go into the leaves to hide??
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PostSubject: Re: plants in the tank??   12/25/2009, 7:09 pm

Birdy339 wrote:
aa thats really nice, do your scorps go into the leaves to hide??

yup Very Happy
good for raising humidity levels and adding color.

here's a better pic:
http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/452793/2/istockphoto_452793-house-plant-pothos.jpg

shows how the plant has elongated stems and will crawl on the substrate floor, making it super awesome lol
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PostSubject: Re: plants in the tank??   12/25/2009, 7:12 pm

aa thats awesome:D:D whats it actualy called?? il have to see if i can pic some p tomorow whle im out tomorow:D
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PostSubject: Re: plants in the tank??   12/25/2009, 7:18 pm

just google Pothos and you should get a variety of them. They are very common in garden stores. You can find them easily at Home Depot or Osh.

A 92 liter tank is great for them too as they grow a lot and will continue to crawl on the substrate floor. Don't hesitate to trim the plant down a bit either, you can use the cut stems to grow new plants. I didn't even do anything w/ the plant when I got it, I just buried the pot in the substrate and watered into the pot every week and misted every now and then. I placed my tank where the plant would get indirect sunlight as well. In all, a great house plant as well.
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PostSubject: Re: plants in the tank??   12/25/2009, 7:21 pm

aa thats awesome thanks for the links and advise mate, really helpful:D when i get some il upload some pictures for you to see Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: plants in the tank??   12/25/2009, 8:22 pm

No problem Very Happy
good luck with it all. I'll try to post a pic of the plant in my 10 gallon tank as well.
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