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Old 10-25-2013, 01:34 AM   #1
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Oh Christmas Tree


I'm gonna give this a thread of its own instead of simply adding it to my planted vases because I like it that much already. I debated not posting this until the holidays are closer but I wanted to start the process now so the Fissidens has time to grow in properly and I wanted to keep track of the progress here.

I grabbed some extra plastic mesh that I had laying around and rolled it into a cone shape. I tied it together with some thread.
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I filled a vase with maybe an inch of playsand and stuck a few osmocote+ pellets in there.
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Then began the tedious process of attaching the Fissidens to the mesh cone. The Fissidens I had was in several chunks which made it more difficult than if it were all grown into itself in a sheet. The first couple chunks I tried just wrapping string around the cone. I found that it got pushed up towards the point and loosened though. So I broke out a needle and began threading through the mesh while wrapping to keep the string in place.
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I did my best to attach it and had almost enough. It fell a little short from the bottom. So, I made it a bit longer on one side than the other, I figured I would mostly be viewing it from the front and not the sides or back. Hopefully the whole thing will grow in by the holidays though.
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So I stuck it in the vase, burying the bottom of the mesh to prevent it from floating.
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Added some little pebbles that I got from a craft store. Simply labeled River Pebbles. I couldn't tell you if they are inert or not but there won't be any stock so I figured it didn't matter too much.
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I plan on adding some smaller plants around the base of the tree. I'm thinking some S. Repens, I'm not sure what else if anything though.
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:40 AM   #2
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find a dehydrated starfish to top it :3
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Old 10-25-2013, 03:00 AM   #3
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Too cute. You need a betta with a Santa hat
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Old 10-25-2013, 03:42 AM   #4
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very cute
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Old 10-25-2013, 03:53 AM   #5
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Adorable
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:53 PM   #6
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Add a few colorful shrimp for ornaments.
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Old 10-25-2013, 04:11 PM   #7
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find a dehydrated starfish to top it :3
Haha I may try making a star out of wood or something.

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Too cute. You need a betta with a Santa hat
He might give me a hard time keeping the hat on. And I don't think he would take kindly to a rubber band lol

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Add a few colorful shrimp for ornaments.
Haha thats a great idea, I may actually rethink the original plan for no stock.
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Old 10-25-2013, 05:52 PM   #8
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Wonder if there are any submersible Christmas lights...
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:03 PM   #9
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Add a few colorful shrimp for ornaments.
Sweet idea. I was thinking it as soon as I saw the progress photos.

The wealth of creative input on this forum never ceases.
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:22 PM   #10
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This one sure is a lady pleaser! haha
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:43 PM   #11
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HEY! We just had this idea in another thread lol.

Looks good but I wouldve left the sand and only buried a few stones so it looks like built up snow (either way, either way)

I agree a couple PFR's would really POP on the green
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:32 PM   #12
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HEY! We just had this idea in another thread lol.

Looks good but I wouldve left the sand and only buried a few stones so it looks like built up snow (either way, either way)

I agree a couple PFR's would really POP on the green
Yah I was actually inspired to do this when I saw this thread:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...385&highlight=

The link in it has some Christmas tree scapes from a contest.
http://www.aquascapingworld.com/articles/?page=2

I'm not really a huge fan of the stones so I may try what you suggested.
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