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What to do with cholla wood.... what to do...

Hey guys! I want to get small cholla wood pieces for my nearly plant-devoid RCS tank, but my previous idea went down the drain (Not literally!!). Can anyone think of an idea for an arrangement involving about 5 pieces of six inch long cholla wood pieces (All would be straight, not twisting or curving).

In case you're wondering, my previous idea was to arrange the pieces in a tee pee fashion (Ya know... indian tee pee? Like, their portable animal skin tents?), and then get some flame moss to attach to the wood. A friend said that it probably wouldn't work out, so here I am, asking for what arrangement I should do.

Another easier quick question is, what are some good background stem plants, that grow well in low-medium light? I already have Rotala Colorata, Ambulia, Green Cabomba, and Ludwigia Repens x Arcuata. Any thoughts?


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Why wouldn't it work out? As long as the cholla pieces are joined together, it'll hold up. You can use reef epoxy, super glue gel, stainless steel screws, zip ties, etc.

Then use super glue to attach moss to the cholla.


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Oh, by "Didn't work out" I meant it wouldn't look that great, the shape and size wouldn't match.

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I think the tee pee idea is really cool. If all the pieces were the same length and general width then it would work.

As for background plants, sunset hygro is always good.

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I think the tee pee idea is really cool. If all the pieces were the same length and general width then it would work.

As for background plants, sunset hygro is always good.
Really? I'll probably try it then. If this is a ten gallon tank, where should the tee pee go?

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I think it'd look cool in the center or slightly off-center, but I'm no aquascaping expert.

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I would do it on a 1/3rd line. but the dimensions and top are going to look odd if it isn't really thin until the moss covers it and you can shape it a bit. you might beadle to get the dimensions to look a bit better by cutting the tops on a slant so it ends up looking a bit taller and more pointed. rotala rotundafolia tends to grow everywhere for me so have a number of different hygros and other rotalas that i can't remember the names of right now.
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Hey guys! I want to get small cholla wood pieces for my nearly plant-devoid RCS tank, but my previous idea went down the drain (Not literally!!). Can anyone think of an idea for an arrangement involving about 5 pieces of six inch long cholla wood pieces (All would be straight, not twisting or curving).

In case you're wondering, my previous idea was to arrange the pieces in a tee pee fashion (Ya know... indian tee pee? Like, their portable animal skin tents?), and then get some flame moss to attach to the wood. A friend said that it probably wouldn't work out, so here I am, asking for what arrangement I should do.

Another easier quick question is, what are some good background stem plants, that grow well in low-medium light? I already have Rotala Colorata, Ambulia, Green Cabomba, and Ludwigia Repens x Arcuata. Any thoughts?


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I'd suggest taking your cue from how cholla tends to land on the ground in nature and incporate them leaning against a couple of rocks. Picture one large rock with a medium one in front of it and a couple really small ones scattered nearby. One cholla piece behind the large rock for vertical height, another caught at a sharp angle between the large and medium pointing right, another rest between that piece and the medium rock pointing left. A fourth laying on the ground among the smaller rocks. The fifth could go deeper into the tank at a slight angle and further to the side than the fourth. Moss could be introduced anywhere in the arrangement.
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