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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-02-2010, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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'One Tree Hill' - 10 gallon low tech

Hello Everyone! This is my first journal here, so bear with me! I won't bore you with the details of how I ended up here, but this is my first tank with a planned aquascape. I've been reading ALOT here and learning alot as well, so hopefully I can keep this thing going well.

I've been intrigued by a few tanks with moss trees lately, especially the work of Filipe Oliveira, and I saw the perfect piece of wood in the SnS a few weeks ago, so I thought I would give it a try. I've been collecting parts and finally have most of the setup done, spec's and pictures below, and of course more to follow! Tank was set up 6/29/10, and the tree was added 7/1/10.

Standard 10 gallon tank
Pine stand that I've had for years
Cheapo incandescent hood with 2 13 watt 6700K spiral bulbs
Eheim 2211, clear Tygon tubing & Aquaticmagic 'Nano' Lily pipes
Eco complete with a little Aquasoil underneath
Rocks are from Petland, I think thay are called Pagoda?
Plants: Staurogyne 'repens' aka Tropica 049G, from Tom Barr
Fissidens Fontanus from 'Joraan' on the tree.
On the way: Lillaeopsis 'Mini' for the meadow

I think that's it for now. Yes, the 'nano' lily pipes are too small, I am thinking about some DIY acrylic ones in the future. Also, to mount the tree, I drilled a hole on one of the rocks and put a long stainless screw through from the bottom, secured by a nut. Then I drilled a hole in the bottom of the tree a touch larger than the screw. Basically, the tree just slides onto the screw, and can easily be removed for trimming. I did this because I read a number of people mention what a pain it was to clean up the tank after trimming the moss tree, so this way I can do it out of the tank. Enjoy the pic's, and any comments are welcome!

Mark
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-02-2010, 03:33 PM
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Thats awesome and inspiring - thanks for sharing. I may have to try something similar myself in the futre. Looks great and can't wait to see it grow out a little bit.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-02-2010, 03:54 PM
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I agree. This is already beginning to look amazing. I can't wait to see your moss tree fill out.


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one tip - although once your moss grows in it won't matter but. As a fisherman I can tell you that if you use floralcarbon fishing line to tye your moss on it will be practically invisible underwater.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-02-2010, 04:15 PM
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Tank looks great. Inspiring! The screw in the rock with removable tree is a super idea for sure! Genius! Only thing I would have done is de-rimmed at least the top of the tank! Love the scape though!
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-02-2010, 04:21 PM
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I like it! Also, the tree can also look like a hand if you know what I'm saying.
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