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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-09-2013, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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CRS tank rescape

so i redid my shrimp tank for something thats lower maintenance. i added a bunch of riccia stones and tied different mosses to them. im looking for a mottled look of moss. kind of like a little moss garden thing. so i have some riccia, fissidens, and some christmas/ mini christmas moss and obviously a marimo. im looking for more fissidens because i dont think the batch i got was a live (i tried to grow it emersed and it was brown so im going to buy more). But im looking for ideas of what to grow between the stones. i dont want anything really demanding because i dont want to run co2 or dose ferts. i have ada amazonia and a t5. any ideas? i have hydrocottle (sp?) but i think it'll grow tall and not really grow into the substrate but i do want it in the back. but i was something to fill in the in between the stones to make it look like one of those garden paths.

so the 1st and the last pic are kind of the looks im going for, then the second is my tank with the rocks and mesh etc.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-09-2013, 02:04 PM
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i think patches of Blyxa could have a cool effect. Either that or some various crypts scattered about in between the rocks
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-09-2013, 04:56 PM
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That second picture is actually a bath mat of moss. That is crazy!

I'm kind of doing the same thing, though very slowly using small river rocks.
I was adding one rock every two weeks as my moss grew, but my lfs finally got a new shipment of moss.

I was reading another thread by someone who braided the moss into rope. You could braid a contrasting moss into rope, weigh it down and run it between your squares.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-09-2013, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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blyxa would be cool but im not looking for plants that grow that big. this tank is about 5.5 gal. so im looking for something to carpet between the stones maybe, which i know is hard given no co2 and most carpeting plants need that. i was gonna go with glosso but i dont have nearly enough of it to start a carpet in here.
and yea quifish, i saw that picture on like stumbleupon or pinterest or something and liked it, so i wanted to do something like that haha. that braiding sounds interesting, but really time consuming and i dont really like the stringy-ness of java moss. thats why i have x-mas and mini x mas, their leaves are a bit more manageable.
anyways any ideas on ground cover plants? hopefully the moss takes off soon. haha
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-19-2013, 06:31 AM Thread Starter
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so I'm trying to be patient, but the moss is growing really slowly under the mesh. i recently added purple bamboo and it looks pretty nice in the tank. i also got a bit of riccia that i attached to a stone with some mesh. hopefully i get my fissidens i ordered from aquatic magic soon, though i hear things dont arrive in the best conditions. we'll see.
I added two ottos and a few ramshorn snails because i have a ton of algae on the glass. i might just scrape it off soon and do a water change.
Colony right now is about 15 shrimp. they really like the cholla wood.
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Do you have the moss sandwiched between two pieces of mesh? There's no need for the top mesh. One mesh with moss tied on top is best/fine. If anything, you're blocking more light from hitting the plants and keeping them from growing quicker.
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If you are still looking for a carpeting plant without need for CO2 how about Crypt parva? I have it in my low tech Flora. It's recently planted so I've yet to see any growth, but it is a slow grower

It stays low, is undemanding and look great IMO. Plus if you seperate it when planting I'm sure you could get it to fill in most the areas you are wanting the carpet. In a 5.5g I'd think you'd need no more than 4-5 pots of it.

Really love your idea for this rescape too. I can NOT wait for it to fill in. Gonna be so pretty!

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