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11-28-2012 12:32 AM
Fishies_in_Philly dwarf hairgrass would work. anubias nana 'petite" would as well. in fact, if you plant any of the anubias close to the surface, they will eventually break the surface and start to grow semi emersed. rotala mexicana 'goias' stays small. so does staurgyne repens. then you have hc, glosso, pretty much ground cover, it really depends on what look you are going for.
11-26-2012 07:43 PM
Bigdan2181 Any recommendations on shallow water plants. I would like something that grows out rather than up.
11-23-2012 09:09 AM
lochaber If you are planning on having plants in there, I wouldn't worry too much, they will hide/obscure quite a bit.

Most of the aquatic mosses will also grow terrestrially if they can keep their feet damp.

And even algae can help with camouflage and such.

If your concerned about how that little bit of foam will look, I think sanding/cuttting/roughing it up will work better then gluing stuff on to it. The esposed pores/cavities will be more suitable for algae and moss to grow on then the current surface.

Plus, you can still do the silicone and coco fiber methods (or anything similar)
11-22-2012 04:42 PM
Fishies_in_Philly How did your peat/titebond work out? Mine clumped up, as expected. But i only was doing it that way to darken my end result.
11-22-2012 04:39 PM
Fishies_in_Philly Why not both? You can tie some anubias to rocks. Just keep perspective and scale in mind.. and you can mix them up, some minima, some nana, maybe a coffeefolia. Got plans for substrate?
11-22-2012 04:00 PM
Bigdan2181 Thinking plants or big rock. What do you think? Any suggestions on plants.

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11-22-2012 03:44 PM
Fishies_in_Philly btw, i would add a center support to each of those, which i am sure you already planned. and what are your plans to cover up the supports? going to plant heavily in that area?
11-22-2012 03:40 PM
Fishies_in_Philly it's getting there Dan. after you paint on the next coat , sprinkle dry peat or coc while the glue is still wet, it will give you that "fuzzy" look. and if you have enough humidity in the tank, you may get some fungal growth from the peat. some fungii are good
11-22-2012 04:35 AM
The Titebond III Wood Glue and substrate method is so much easier. The mixture appears to be darkening as it dries, but I might try adding some color to the mix when I do the DIY background later. Will do another coat after Thanksgiving. Only draw back to this method that I can see is it takes a long time for the mixture to dry. I hate waiting : )

11-22-2012 04:25 AM
Bigdan2181 Dry run. Had to shave some foam off to get a good fit. Still thinking about how to do the 'waterfall' or not. The pvc supports are 3/4 inch and sprayed with Krylon fusion, two coats. Each shelf will have a total of 5 legs to support it.
11-22-2012 12:12 AM
Originally Posted by Bigdan2181 View Post
I had to go back to the drawing board. I put everything together and it looked to cheap!!

I wouldn't worry about this too much during construction.

Once you get it setup and some plants in there, they will grow over and camouflage quite a bit.
11-21-2012 12:29 PM
lbacha If you are doing a paludariums a false bottom isn't a great idea I would do net pots mounted in GS foam to plant in. Your tank isn't big enough to do a large water and land area effectively. Check out my Borneo tank to see what I did. (I did have custom foam rocks made so a little different but you could easily build up foam in their place)

11-21-2012 12:01 AM
Fishies_in_Philly oh crap, you meant how to keep it on the eggcrate since there are holes? duh....i use weed blocker material.

ya know what Dan, i don't normally do this, but i am going to link you to another forum i belong to. i get asked so many questions on construction, that i did this thread as a "how to". maybe it will help you wrap your head around things
11-20-2012 09:53 PM
Bigdan2181 I think I'm going to use small pots for plants and fill in the area with gravel and coco fiber or moss

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11-20-2012 04:24 PM
GMYukonon24s This is a interesting build.
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