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Old 08-20-2012, 10:00 PM   #46
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As I plan for the future progression of my tank scape. I took the time this weekend to create my DIY Zip Tie Moss Tree. I have not yet decided which moss to use but I have the tree put together and trimmed to size. I took some picture for pleasure!

>Out of the tank
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>Close up of the zip ties
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>In the tank
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>Another in the tank picture
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I just have it sitting in the substrate for picture purposes. Right now, I have the tree soaking in water to remove the tannins. The tree is made out of Manzanita wood.

My one concern is the reddish colored bark on the wood. It seems to me sort of loose, and I wonder if this is going to create some type of problem for me down the road...

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Old 08-22-2012, 10:37 PM   #47
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Default 8/22/12: Week 5 Complete!

HC is still looking yellow and brown in places, but it is expanding and growing never-the-less. I've accepted the fact that it is transitioning from suberged to emerged. I just wish I knew that it would take this long to transition in the beginning. Then I probably would of just filled the tank right away. Still, I love taking the time to go through the experience.

I took my soaking DIY Zip Tie Moss Tree out of the water. I am going to attach it to a base after it dries. I will probably gorilla glue it to a piece of slate, then I will soak it again for a few weeks.

I am in the works of starting another aquarium. 20G L and I will begin a journal for that aquarium also.

Stay tuned!

> 5 Weeks
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> Bottom Left Close Up
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> Top Left Close Up
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:31 PM   #48
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You have tons more patience that I have! But I'm glad it's growing. I hope it takes off soon.

Instead of gluing the wood to the slate, how about using a screw? I think that would probably hold better. I'm not sure how gorilla glue will do, but most glues I've tried don't bond to slate very well.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:15 AM   #49
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You have tons more patience that I have! But I'm glad it's growing. I hope it takes off soon.

Instead of gluing the wood to the slate, how about using a screw? I think that would probably hold better. I'm not sure how gorilla glue will do, but most glues I've tried don't bond to slate very well.
Good suggestion; however, I was told to keep metals out of aquariums. Which type of screw do you suggest using?
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Good suggestion; however, I was told to keep metals out of aquariums. Which type of screw do you suggest using?
You can use stainless steel safely. They won't rust or cause any problems in the tank.
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Honestly, I think gorilla glue would be absolutely perfect. I used it in a slate waterfall build and it is insanely strong. Also, once the gorilla glue dries, it is completely safe for use in water. You did say the bark was loose, I would remove it before glueing. A stainless screw works as well, but be careful drilling the slate so it doesnt crack.
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Gorilla is a brand name for many different kinds of glue. Which gorilla glue did you use?
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I used the original gorilla glue, the one that foams and expands as it cures.
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I used the original gorilla glue, the one that foams and expands as it cures.
Is this the stuff? http://www.gorillatough.com/index.php?page=gorilla-glue
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Awesome! I really love this tank and that's it's being used for freshwater.
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yeah, that looks like it. I use it in Dart frog terrariums with good success
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yeah, that looks like it. I use it in Dart frog terrariums with good success
Great, thank you! I'm always on the lookout for good glues that work with this hobby. I've been very happy with some of the other gorilla brand of glues, but I've never tried this one. I'm going to give this one a try.
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In the dart frog hobby there is a HUGE push to find materials that wont leech toxins, because the frogs absorb water through their skin and are very sensitive. Interstingly, Great Stuff Foam is totally inert once it cures and gorrilla glue shares the same qualities. It is one of the few glues besides silicone that froggers trust.
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Awesome! I really love this tank and that's it's being used for freshwater.
Thanks, I appreciate the compliment. I've put a lot of time into this. I just wish the HC would do better. I have a feeling it's not going to really take off until I fill, add ferts, and CO2.

While I am waiting on the DSM, I have started another tank to keep me occupied. It's a low tech 20L. Getting all my ducks in a row before I launch it.
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Quick update. HC is doing a little better but not much. I expected this stuff to take off but it hasn't yet. My HC has had a tough transition from Submerged to Emerged. I'm thinking it will do much better if I fill and crank the CO2. Time will tell. I am not filling yet, but my patients are truly being tested...

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I have mounted my DIY Zip Tie Moss Tree to a piece of slate with a stainless steel screw and gorilla glue.

> Mounted Moss Tree
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I plan to get some Christmas Moss for the tree, and some Dwarf Sag for behind the tree as a buffer. I will probably fill in a week or two.

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