The Daily Bucket–The Lotuses' Water Treatment Plant.

A month ago I transplanted  five aged sprouting lotus seeds into a small aquarium filled with clay dirt.  The five sprouts have become a dozen or more, and strive to grow leaves.

However an oily sheen appeared on the water’s surface.  I can’t just dump and change all the water in the aquarium, since the lotuses are rooted in a couple pounds of mud in the bottom.  Iron oxidizing bacteria are probably creating the sheen.  The low oxygen in the water allows an anaerobic reaction.

So I fired up the aquarium pump.  Its cool to watch the pump pull in the oily water and agitate it, adding oxygen and dissolving the sheen.

I’m watching to make sure the turbulent water does not upset the lotuses.

The pump also causes the solids to settle, allowing cool underwater pictures of the tangled sprouts.

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five seeds produce 15 sprouts.

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