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Old 06-22-2005, 04:18 PM   #1
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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
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Old 06-22-2005, 06:47 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 08-23-2005, 01:22 PM   #3
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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.
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I got ferns growing in sheets out back. Maybe you could try some as a background.
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Where would you find fern root?
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Old 08-23-2005, 02:30 PM   #6
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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.
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Scroll down to "treefern panel": http://www.blackjungle.com/Merchant2...ategory_Code=B
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Aha, thanks. I might have to give that a trial run.
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Old 08-25-2005, 10:11 AM   #9
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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.
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Old 10-19-2005, 07:06 PM   #10
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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?

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Old 10-20-2005, 10:56 AM   #11
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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.
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