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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-14-2012, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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I'm in the process of making a moss tree, I couldn't find any driftwood with enough branches, so I've added branches using twist ties that are normally used in the garden.. Anyone know If this will work???? Still a few more branches to go on it yet... but u get the general idea.. Will the java moss attach itself to this? Click image for larger version

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I'm not familiar with garden twist ties. I'm assuming they contain metal wire? If so, I'd be hesitant to use them. I've heard that the metal could corrode and leech who knows what into the water. I might risk using them if none of the metal was exposed...maybe cover any exposed ends in aquarium sealant?
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What about plastic zip-ties?
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I've used one to tie down an anubias and it worked ok. It was a small piece, though, and I'd still be wary about the metal.
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+1 on the zip ties the metal is a bad idea unless it is stainless steel. If it is magnetic it is not stainless.
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Garden twist ties(florist wire) is often made with stainless steel, but some are not.

Please ignore any spelling/grammatical errors. I'm swedish and sometimes I'm also drunk.
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Hmm...as long as they are coated I guess...but surely something of more natural material would be better? What about attaching smaller pieces of driftwood on with cotton string?
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I have used the plastic covered twist-ties, but never in such quantity. Eventually (usually sooner, not later) the plastic covering comes off and the metal is exposed. It rusts. If I have just one of these in a tank I do not worry about it. As many as you are using might be a problem.

Could you do this:
Find some twigs and zip-tie them to the branch.
You could also drill a small hole in the main branch and super glue the twigs into place.

You do not need anywhere near as many. The moss grows very dense and will fill in between the branches, even if the branches are several inches apart.
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Hmmmmmm... :-/

Thanks Everyone for your replies!
You've really gave me a lot to think about... I'm probably going to dismantle this... The problem is I cant find any smaller pieces for branches of my tree!

I live in a one horse town with an absolutely pitiful pet shop.. the nearest good one is an hours drive away. Anyone got any good ideas for what I can use for branches?

Maybe bamboo skewers?? Straws??? Empty Pen casings?? (Could lighty melt and bend them maybe?) anything else...?????

Home-made is the way forward, I really dont think ill find small branches of driftwood in my area
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Maybe bamboo skewers?? Straws??? Empty Pen casings?? (Could lighty melt and bend them maybe?) anything else...?????
Bamboo skewers should be safe I think.

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Why is rust a bad thing in an aquarium?

I mean, don't they sink ships to create reefs?
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Why is rust a bad thing in an aquarium?

I mean, don't they sink ships to create reefs?
It's in a confined environment, the ocean is not (comparatively)...
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It's in a confined environment, the ocean is not (comparatively)...
wondering how exactly rust is bad. Genuinely curious as to the answer
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Just get small twigs and stock them together in the shape you want
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wondering how exactly rust is bad. Genuinely curious as to the answer
Iron poisoning, obviously iron is an important element in small amounts but if there is enough for rust... it can definitely be a problem.
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