I've alwys thought the big filter in my Ebi was an eyesore, and since I have generated a massive amount of fissidens in there I figured I'd go for a little DIY wall of moss around the filter!
I will use the same materials, conditions, tank, lighting as before so hopefully it will grow fast like before! Finally a plant I'm good at
Here we go:
After giving some away, here is what I had left from my last moss effort:
Using needlepoint blanks and fishing line, I made a little form and opened it up.
I put individual strands of moss between the mesh, and sewed it up roughly with the fishing line. It can't be too tight, maybe 1mm between the two seems best.
Then I heated a little rigid acrylic and bent it and tied it on to help keep the rounded shape. I also added a little mesh at the bottom to hold the curve.
The bottom will be stuck into the gravel. Suction cup to keep the top in place.
In the tank, from the top. Still plenty of room for water to flow into the filter. I left lots of gaps to avoid obstrucing flow, and it will be easy to lift this out from time to time. Also I can easily get the filter out without disturbing the moss.
Tank view. Well, that is pretty ugly! But if it grows it it will be nice!
If this goes anything like my previous attempt, I will have a ridiculous amount of fissidens in 6 months!