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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-14-2010, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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Zip Tie Moss Tree

Iíve wanted to create a moss tree ever since Iíve see various pictures of them online. But Iíve never been able to come up with the right piece of driftwood with enough branches to get the moss started on. So today while getting all the aquarium chores done I thought Iíd just zip tie the branches where I wanted them and below are the images of what I came up with. This is destined for a new 1 foot cube tank. It stands about 9Ē tall and the base will be buried in the substrate.





Questions are do you think that this will work okay? What type of moss would be the best to use? I have Java, Taiwan, and Flame Moss. Also I've got some stringy moss on the way. Should I use just one kind of moss or several? If I want the moss to get a good stronghold should I use CO2 and ferts? Finally want sort of light and wattages would you use over a one foot cube tank to grow out the tree?

I didn't want to put this in the tank until I tied the moss onto it, also I'm leak testing the tank and filter before setting up the hard scape.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-14-2010, 06:32 AM
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cool idea should be nice once it grows in i think some weeping moss would look good on it

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Use only one type of moss, you will get the most uniform texture.
Some of the stringier moss might cover the tree faster, but not fill in well. I would go for one of the more compact mosses, like Flame or Xmas. Might take a little longer for really good coverage, but then you will have something really nice!
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I've decided to use Taiwan moss for the tree. Here's a picture right after I tied the moss on and placed it in the tank.



I am using CO2 in the tank, what sort of other fertilizers would help to give this a good start. No critters in the tank yet so I do have the CO2 level up a bit. Might try to start a Journal for this tank, haven't really done that before but it could keep me better focused. Plus I don't really know what to do with the rest of the tank. I want to keep it simple and I'm thinking of using different mosses.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-25-2010, 07:27 PM
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That look awesome already. Feel like sitting under the "tree/bonsay" and relax.

Keep up the creative ideas.
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That's just cute!
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Wow! keep us updated, am def want to do this eventually.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-26-2010, 09:26 PM
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very nice

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I've started a journal about this tank so check it out for updated pictures of the tree. Just posted the pics of the tree after 2 weeks.
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very nice
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-13-2010, 11:55 PM
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do you have an upated pic? -

EDIT; updated pic's in the 1 ft cube tank... the tree looks so cool
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