Backgrounds - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-22-2005, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: UDA
Posts: 2
Backgrounds

Which Background is better Cork Bark or the coconut shell skin stuff. The coconut skin is much more available for me then the cork bark but i can order cork bark off the internet if its that much better. Which do you prefer and can you attatch plants to both the them. Thanks a lot,Eric
Bandnerd016 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-22-2005, 06:47 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
aquaverde's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Mid-Hudson Valley, New York
Posts: 1,410
I did a cork bark background, have never fooled with the coconut stuff. I won't again do a large quantity of cork bark in an aquarium. It looks terrific, but it sheds gargantuan amounts of detritus into the water. Some others have used the tiles, which should have quite a bit more integrity, but to my taste are extra boring compared to the bark.

James
aquaverde is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 01:22 PM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: amsterdam
Posts: 29
If you can get it, fern root is the very best.
It's clean. It lasts and it will produce tons of moss and fern and other surprises if you keep it wet.
Martijn is offline  
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 01:40 PM
Planted Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Elgin IL
Posts: 170
I got ferns growing in sheets out back. Maybe you could try some as a background.
fishmasterno1_2 is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 01:51 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
aquaverde's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Mid-Hudson Valley, New York
Posts: 1,410
Where would you find fern root?

James
aquaverde is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 02:30 PM
Planted Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Elgin IL
Posts: 170
easy you pull up a fern shake off the dirt and presto you have fern root. I would use a rabbits foot fern myself if I wanted to try this project. Just use the silver parts that grow on top of the dirt. or find a sheat of moss growing on a concete slab grab it use some silicone to hold it into place.
fishmasterno1_2 is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 05:56 PM
Planted Member
 
skylsdale's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: WA
Posts: 150
Scroll down to "treefern panel": http://www.blackjungle.com/Merchant2...ategory_Code=B

"I go right into the aquascaping without any design."
-Takashi Amano
skylsdale is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 06:42 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
aquaverde's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Mid-Hudson Valley, New York
Posts: 1,410
Aha, thanks. I might have to give that a trial run.

James
aquaverde is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-25-2005, 10:11 AM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: amsterdam
Posts: 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by aquaverde
Aha, thanks. I might have to give that a trial run.
You should.
It may not be the very cheapest option but if you keep it nice and wet by arranging the oputlet of your filter just so...you'll get a mossy background (and surprise plants) that you just don't get any other way.
A while after that the moss spores will spread to other parts of the tank and make it look like it has been running for years and years.

Let me know what happens.
Martijn is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-19-2005, 07:06 PM
Algae Grower
 
albinooscar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Haughton, LA USA
Posts: 118
Quote:
Originally Posted by aquaverde
Aha, thanks. I might have to give that a trial run.
Did ya try this tree fern out? If so, how it turn out? Any pics?

Ron
albinooscar is offline  
post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-20-2005, 10:56 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
aquaverde's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Mid-Hudson Valley, New York
Posts: 1,410
No. I have 3 links to purchase sites, but haven't taken the time to do any major changes to any of my tanks. Unlikely I will do anything like that before Christmas. Once we get locked into winter here I'll consider it. The gaps in my cork wall are pretty large right now, but mostly they're hidden behind the plants. To tell the truth, if I could find some suitable thin stone, I would use that before using anything else woody. I really don't want to go through the same thing with the tree fern root as with the cork bark, and I haven't yet seen a post from anyone who has stated that it works well specifically when completely submerged. Like cork bark, it is not recommended by sellers for use as a submersed background in an aquarium that I can see.

I've thought about visiting the AB forums and looking up James Hoftiezer to ask him how the cork in his award-winning aquarium was holding up.

James
aquaverde is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome