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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-01-2013, 03:40 AM Thread Starter
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I picked up a beautiful piece of Mopani wood today on sale. It's going to be the centerpiece of my 6 gallon shrimp tank. Other than a few stems of bacopa and pennywort, i want this tank to have a lot of open space. Main focus being shrimp and moss with the driftwood contrasting. I have some nice baby java ferns I am considering tying to the driftwood and then I made a little shrimp pyramid which I'll attach moss to soon.

Anyway, do you guys think the java fern will clash with the mossy look I want, or look nice?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-01-2013, 04:06 AM
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java fern can completely fill your 6 gallon. You can cut it back but most of its leaves will grow upwards to 6 inches long. FYI i have been growing this plant for 20 + yrs. Grows great on mopani, but better suited for larger setups
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Java Fern will look good but its going to get way to big for your 6 gallon
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Yeah i know, i just have all these plantlets and nowhere to attach them. Lol guess im running out of ideas. Perhaps I'll just grab another chunk of mopani and put them in my 29 gallon. It's low light and cool water. So i think I'll go with moss on the wood too, maybe fissidens if I can find it, or xmas.
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sounds like a much better fit
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google Aqua Essentials, you can find alot of plants ther, and they come healthy every time. Hope they can help
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Boil your mopani for hours and hours and you might be able to avoid the snot look for the first few months it is in your tank.

We had my mopani in a 10 gallon, I finally took it out after 3 weeks (you probably saw the pic on BF.com) because the snot look just wasn't doing it for me. Then we boiled it for upwards of 2 days (lol) and when we put it in His 46 gallon it didn't even think of growing that stuff on it.
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