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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-16-2010, 03:46 AM Thread Starter
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Coconuts Yum!

Has anyone tried getting carpet plants to grow over coconut shells? I'm thinking of getting some coconut halves to make caves for my Apistos. I don't think I'd be too crazy about seeing coconuts in my tank, but I thought maybe my DHG or HM could root into the fibers and hide them fairly well.

My other option is cichlid stones, but I think grass covered coconuts would blend in better. I don't think I could ever stand seeing flowerpots in my tank.
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I use jave moss, works great.
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I may use something like java moss if my plants wont root, but I'd rather not have the breakup of little moss islands in the carpet.

Have you found the coconuts to last a long time, or do they breakdown in the water in a short time (say 1 year or less)?
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Coconut shells and the thicker coconut fibers will last about 3 years, but the finer fibers will rot. By the way coconut coir is used in horticulture for growing seedlings/saplings.

You have given me an IDEA - grassy mounds using coconut shells hmmmmmmm

A clean shaved coconut shell - drill holes in pairs - use coconut coir to make a mat - attach the mat using the holes to thread a nylon fishing line - sprinkle a little substrate to disguise and also to provide better rooting - plant with low-growing aquatic plants.

Must try it myself.

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I have riccia on a coconut.


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Im on the road this week, but I'm gonna try growing some plants on coconut when I return. Let us know how your idea turns out essabee. Im just going to try rooting right into the existing fiber.
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