I was talking about aquascaping at work and one of my co-workers mentioned that he had a small tank laying around in his garage and offered to bring it in so I could have a tank at work. I ended up trying to grow a moss tree.
Here is what I have in there now:
- ADA amazonia substrate
- Dwarf hair grass
- Marsilea quadrifolia (four leaf clovers)
- Flame Moss
I now kind of wish I went with Christmas moss since it spreads better rather than upwards, but I'm still excited to see how this turns out.
I tried to choose low light plants and hopefully low maintenance (PLEASE correct me if I'm mistaken). I heard the Clover grow extremely slow, so I thought it would be a good choice since I won't need to trim it or anything.
I wanted to only have the hairgrass only on the back left corner of the tank near the base of the DW, but decided that I'd just let the hairgrass grow where it wanted to so I didn't put in barriers under the substrate. The gal at the LFS said it could survive in low lighted and that it just wont carpet as quickly, we'll see what happens.
I did have some issues when putting the tank together. Other than trying to plant the Clovers under the tree, when I started to fill the tank with water, I for some reason watered the moss and it got top heavy and tipped over. I just had the DW tied to a rock and buried it under the substrate. I read about hardscapes collapsing without supports, but some reason totally overlooked it. Anyways, I ended up having to move my rocks around and put one over the base rock to add a little more weight. Hopefully this will be enough.
I'll be injecting the tank with excel and the Flourish macro ferts.
The questions I have are:
- Does what I have seem like it will be ok in the low light?
- Is there a chance that the DW will tip over?
- Is there anything else that I can do to help my plants strive under these conditions? (remember it's at work)
- Will root tablets help my Clovers and hairgrass?
- The flame moss already attached to some netting, will it still be able to attach to the DW?
- This maybe a dumb question, but will the flame moss only grow upwards? I wasn't able to completely cover the DW and was hoping it might spread a little bit over time to cover up the areas that aren't covered yet.
Hope you guys like it. Comments and suggestions would be appreciated
I got lucky, the flame moss came on metal plates with netting, so it wasn't too bad filling in the gap.