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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-15-2018, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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How to build this tank?

Completely new to planted tanks, although not new to fish keeping.

Looking at trying my hand at a planted tank but it has to look nice in order for the missus to let me have it on display.

I found the attached tank online:



I have a 57L (15G) tank.

I dont suppose anyone could run me through what i'd need?

i.e.
Substrate?
That grass looking stuff?
How do they get that bonsai looking thing?
Etc..

I'm a quick learner and I like to tackle projects like this.

Anyone able to shed some light on what i'd need to get started?

thanks a heap.
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Have a look at how to's for bonsai style aquascapes. You can get actual bonsai trees (dead ones) to use for the tree. For grass either hairgrass or a Lilaeopsis I can't tell from the photo which they used - it may even be a mix. The tree 'leaves' is moss.
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If you go to YouTube and look up "Bonsai tree aquarium" or something similar you can see hours of videos on different techniques to accomplish this look.

Some folks apply wads of moss directly to the tree while others attach some coarse foam to shape the tree's canopy, then attach the moss to the foam.

YouTube is very handy for something like this. I'm a visual learner and use it a lot. I can read manuals all day but watching someone do it really makes it "click" much quicker for me. Recently needed to change the alternator in my truck and I'm not a car guy. I watched four or five videos, noted the common denominators, and when I walked up to my truck I felt like I (half way) knew what I was doing because I had SEEN it before

But some ideas for your questions:
Substrate- I'd go inert like pool filter sand or blasting sand (although dirt or active substrates could be used)
Grass stuff- answered in post #2
How do they...- YouTube will show you a few ways, then pick the most appealing. Until you get a feel for something, you never know if a YouTuber is legit or a crackpot. That's why I like to watch several videos and see what the common denominators are

Good luck with the project!

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The grass looks like utricularia graminifolia. I don't recommend starting with it, it doesn't root very well and won't be the friendliest starter carpet plant. The stuff on top is a moss (christmas or peacock? not sure).

You're going to be doing a lot of reading on substrates, fertilizers, lighting, plant requirements, water parameters etc... Welcome to the club!

FWIW, your first tank won't look as good as this. Whoever made that tank has been doing this for a while :P

Bump: The grass looks like utricularia graminifolia. I don't recommend starting with it, it doesn't root very well and won't be the friendliest starter carpet plant. The stuff on top is a moss (christmas or peacock? not sure).

You're going to be doing a lot of reading on substrates, fertilizers, lighting, plant requirements, water parameters etc... Welcome to the club!

FWIW, your first tank won't look as good as this. Whoever made that tank has been doing this for a while :P
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