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zeldar's mini-m tree scape

I've been failing at a lot of high tech tanks lately. They just get overrun with algae right off the bat and plants start to suffocate. I have a low tech shrimp tank running and it has been doing great. So I've seen these bonsai tree scapes lately and really like the look of the trees. I decided to recreate one of the favorite scapes I've done:


I am going to do another low tech in hopes of avoiding algae. I kind of like the look of a "dead tree" so I wasn't going to add any plants to the tree branches. But I have some leftover mini pellia that I could add. Not sure yet.

Tank: ADA Mini M
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Co2: paintball with inline diffuser (won't be adding much co2)
Ferts: PPS 1 or 2 times a week
Plants: Anubias Petite, Belem Hairgrass, maybe MP
Fauna: not sure yet

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I think you're off to a great start, that bonsai wood looks really nice and is well placed imo. The slope echoes the downward curve of the branches which gives it a very pleasing effect.

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Nice! Where do you get your bonsai wood from?
Would like to make a scape with it.

Personally I would like to see that bonsai as a "living" tree, with plants on the branches (rooty ends), just personally think a nice piece of manzanita would look better as a "dead" tree. But it is your scape and I am sure it would look great regardless. Lol perhaps you could even use weeping moss to get a half live, but half dead/spooky looking tree.

Don't give up on high tech. You just gotta find the right balance to correct the algae problems. Don't be ashamed to ask for help/suggestions, post a thread of your problems and see if others can help. Would make a scape look that much nicer and vibrant.

And might I suggest lily pipes instead of the green eheim intake :P

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Thanks Daisy!

Waterlife- I've done probably 15 high tech tanks in the last 7 years with them all ending in algae failure haha. I've tried everything trust me. Just isn't my forte it appears... I couldn't do a moss canopy as it would litterally cover the entire tank. The picture is a little decieving but the branches basically stretch the entire width of the tank. The anubias and hairgrass would get zero light with moss up there. Like I said, still might go with mini pellia up there... slotted intake lily pipes are worthless I've realized. They cut flow by 50% or more. I am going to buy a SS mesh guard and saw the slotted part off the intake lily and use it like that... Here's a link to a thread that talks about the bonsais: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=769322


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That's a very nice piece of wood? What type of wood is it? And where did you get it?
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@Zeldar, thanks for letting me know, nice wood is always pricey :P But yeah, I understand the moss thing. Grow out the land and see how it looks from there, if the dead tree looks out of place or not with all the greenery, if it does to you, then you could always add in the mini pellia.

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That's a very nice piece of wood? What type of wood is it? And where did you get it?
He mentioned it is bonsai wood, and linked a thread in a reply to me (couple posts above), the thread has a link to the site where you can buy bonsai wood/trees from.

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thanks guys!

The wood is getting the usual white fuzz when new.


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Where did u get that bonsai wood?


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Read the last sentence in post #4 (post number shown on far right side)
and follow link to other thread showing where the bonsai wood can be bought from
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Read the last sentence in post #4 (post number shown on far right side)
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. slotted intake lily pipes are worthless I've realized. They cut flow by 50% or more. I am going to buy a SS mesh guard and saw the slotted part off the intake lily and use it like that... https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=769322
I had the same experience and went back to the ugly eheim green. Your idea with the mesh sounds really good, it covers flow and shrimp problems in one go.

How do you plan on sawing it?
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The lily pipes are acrylic so just a random saw should do the trick. I also did this in another shrimp tank and shellie tank with tiny babies and it works great.


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