Bromeliad care ?

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Bromeliad care ?

Postby srod » Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:15 pm

Hey guys Its been a while been busy with work.

I finally got a chance to change the top of my viv from plastic wrap to glass. I was away and my wife was taking care of the viv the plants seemed droopy and not growing as much many were turning brown. After just a day THey are drastically turning green. My frogs on the other hand have grown quite well and have seemed to become fairly bold coming out to say "wassup daddy" while cocking their head waiting for some eats.
Another problem I encountered were two cultures of ff I had sprouted wings.. =( I ordered a new culture on line with this new culture will it be possible to make multiple cultures without expecting fliers? I ordered wingless melanogaster.

My question is regarding bromeliads.. I have one growing on a log and it has roots that are growing crazy off of the log... should I do something with these roots or will they end up going into the soil?
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Re: Bromeliaid care

Postby Philsuma » Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:25 pm

Most brom species like wood and cork to grow on. There is no worry about the roots - I'd pay no attention to them and I doubt they will root in the soil.

Also...never 'mix' flies. Mixing different species or even 'types' will likely get you fliers. Use the shop vac to suck them up if you get a jailbreak.

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Re: Bromeliad care ?

Postby srod » Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:37 pm

I didn't mix I think they came that way from the pet store.. but im buying online hopefully I get a quality batch.
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Re: Bromeliad care ?

Postby srod » Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:37 pm

I got 4 batchs out of these before the fliers became an issue.
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Re: Bromeliad care ?

Postby Philsuma » Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:39 pm

Didn't you find some nearby froggers ? Armson is in VA. Rcteam (Chris)

Those guys would both probably give you flies for free - good hobby flies too. Pet store flies are not that 'good".

PM these 3-4 guys:

viewtopic.php?f=40&t=6999

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Re: Bromeliad care ?

Postby srod » Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:45 pm

I do know a frogger here oh man I shoulda have bought a batch from him.. .. oh well the flies are in the mail.
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Re: Bromeliaid care

Postby ZenMonkey » Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:24 pm

Philsuma wrote:Most brom species like wood and cork to grow on.


I'll be using a ZooMed cork background. I've heard that the best thing to do is wrap the roots in moist sphagnum and attach them to the wall using floral wire or toothpicks. (I'm using wire since all I need is for my hyperactive male to impale himself while jumping around.) Is this correct? Will the brom "train" itself to the wall?
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Re: Bromeliad care ?

Postby Philsuma » Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:50 pm

Yeah that's how I do.

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Re: Bromeliad care ?

Postby ZenMonkey » Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:53 pm

Doing some more research, I see some people claim that sphagnum will rot the roots of broms. Do you remove it after a while, like is it just to help the plant settle in, or do you leave it on there? I've also since learned to cut the roots off first and let them regrow.

So excited to have broms on the back wall and the cork round. The frogs will be singing "Movin On Up" for months.
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Re: Bromeliad care ?

Postby Philsuma » Sat Jul 05, 2014 10:42 pm

Spag is ok around the stem so long as it's not constantly soaked /wet.

Some broms are hardier than others and some broms enjoy certain levels of light.

I treat broms like any of my vivarium plants - if they take, they take. If they don't, they die. No biggie. The viv will fill in regardless!


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