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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 02:14 AM Thread Starter
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Live plant ring for biorb

Hey everyone im new and this is my first post so if its not in the right thread let me know. Ive never worked with live plants before other than duckweed and now have some java moss to play with. Id like to have a live version of the grass circle in the picture. I have a 30L biorb that i keep snails and a cherry shrimp in. I tried to make one based off of the things i read online where you sandwich the moss between plastic canvas pieces. i did 3 layers of plastic and 2 layers of moss and stacked largest at the bottom and smallest at the top to try to create a ring effect with the moss but there was a ton of the canvas showing so i researched some more and saw where people cut strips for the moss to go through but im not loving how it looks ive included a photo of that too. If anyone has any tips to make this look better that would be awesome because i feel like im doing this all wrong. 😅 The shrimp and snails seem to love it though. So thats good. Thank you! Any help is appreciated and pictures are always helpful and awesome!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 07:26 PM
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A few thoughts

First, less is more. You really don't want to start with an overly dense patch like that as the middle will die out from not getting light and nutrients. Try starting with a much smaller clump, as little overlapping of fronds as possible.

Second, patience. It will take time for it to grow out, and it will not grow the way you want initially. Don't worry about that

Finally, to get a shape, it's like a bush in your yard - you have to constantly trim it into the shape you want. Take the excess and start new ones.
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Thank you so much!! I cant believe i just saw your really i really appreciate your help!!
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Agree patience is key. Once java moss gets really going, you'll be pulling out gobs of it to keep it the size you want. I made a moss ball by using the flexible plastic netting that us often used to package foods. I put the moss inside (loose, you want good water flow), and let it grow out the holes. I move it around to new tanks after resets to help seed good bacteria and act as an extra biofilter while things establish, and another lives in my fry tank to provide a surface for infusoria grazing.
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