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Rockhoe14er 02-10-2011 01:39 PM

DIY cork stucture
Here is my DIY cork structure that I have been working on for the past 4 months.

My lighting is 2x T5HO 24 watt 6 inches above the tank

pressurized co2 using co2 mist method

Substrate inert black sand

Tank size standard 29 gallon

EI fertilizer dosing

Rockhoe14er 02-10-2011 01:43 PM

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The last photo is the most updated one. Tell me what you guys think.

So far the only have rcs in the tank.

The plants are HC, HM, Rotala Rotadafolia, (one more in the center of the tank but the name is escaping me at the moment.

Also like a new plant enthusiast I have changed which plants i have in the tank numerous times. However, I've finally stopped tinkering and have just been letting my plants grow in now.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

ferretowner96 02-10-2011 02:01 PM

Wow! That is BEAUTIFUL! I have a question. How do you get the cork to stay down? Is it just like other driftwood, where you have to keep it underwater for like a month, or do you have to hook it to something? It is really pretty! When my dad was a kid he said he used cork for fishing bobbers, so I was wondering if it is buoyant enough to do that, how would you get it to sink in your tank? Sorry for so many questions lol I LOVE your tank!

mrchach 02-10-2011 02:25 PM

nice how did you carve your cork?

looks great btw

Rockhoe14er 02-10-2011 02:28 PM

actually i had to silicone the cork to the tank itself. It was pretty easy. I really want to try and track down some xmass moss to put on the cork and get it to grow however because of the weather i've been unable to find any.

Rockhoe14er 02-10-2011 02:29 PM


Originally Posted by mrchach (Post 1289157)
nice how did you carve your cork?

looks great btw

actually all i did was just rip it up with some pliers. The cork is just the bark of a tree in Spain so all i had to do was cut pieces and rip them a bit with some pliers to make it look messier.

Rockhoe14er 02-15-2011 01:38 PM

does anyone have any suggestions of plants i should add? or maybe move some?

I want to put some taiwan moss coving the cork in the corner or the piece in the center and I already got some pheonix moss that i want to cover the cork in the center of the tank. Do you guys have any other suggestions on what i could do to make this scape look better? I really want to get more depth in the tank and i'm not sure how to do this.

mistergreen 02-15-2011 02:27 PM

nice. I have cork in my tank too but floating. I put plants in there like a floating raft. It's been months and months now and the cork hasn't disintegrate. It's pretty water resistant and will float forever.

Rockhoe14er 02-15-2011 07:59 PM

did you ever attach moss to the cork? how did you do this? push pin?

Kibblemania1414 02-17-2011 08:53 PM

wow! that's nice!! i like the cork on the side. nice!!

TRD_Power 02-17-2011 10:20 PM

You just gave me my newest tank idea! Great work!

Rockhoe14er 02-21-2011 03:44 AM

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here are some updated photo's. The second picture is off my HC pearling.

Gatekeeper 02-21-2011 04:06 AM

Fantastic. Where did you get the cork?

Rockhoe14er 02-21-2011 04:08 AM it's a online company in Florida.

EntoCraig 03-04-2011 06:44 PM

very creative idea. thanks for sharing.

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