Well everyone I am planning my first tank that is designed around the fact that it is planted and should look natural. Instead of simply putting some plants in my tanks with the fish. (currently I have a 10 gallon with clown puke gravel and horwart and a 29 gallon with several amazon swords, the 29 gallon is 50% flurite and 50% gravel)
I am hoping to get a stump with some rootage still attached and cut it in quarters so that the two back corners of the tank will look like trees. The stumps will be hollowed out to allow for the uptakes of the undergravel filter.
I have read some that planted tanks and undergravel filters dont always work. how about a little advice.
What Kind of Trees if any are not suitable for use in this way. (I know some guys in landscaping so getting a stump of the right size should be possible)
My plan is to set it up and let it run with some fish I dont really care that much about. I have some feeder guppies that I would say are disposable?
On the roots and branches of the tree (I hope to have branches) I plan on attaching willow moss or some similar plant amano style (Green cotton thread Tropical Fish Hobbist August 2005 Volume LIII Number 12 #593
What other kinds of plants can be attached to the wood in this way
I am planning on using all flourite (SP) for the substrate, I have had better luck with it thank anything else it is a personal preference. This will be going into a 29 gallon tank. I made the layout below in AutoCAD so I know the proportions of what I am looking at. The quarter stumps would come from a tree that is about 8-10" across which would give me 4-5" quarters minus what the chainsaw takes off in kurf. I am not sure what I want in the way of other plants, I would like the center to be more open but have thought about taller plants in toward the sides. This would, however, hide at least part of the trunk. I'm thinking some nice stones would be nice in the center.
Once I get the stump and get it cut I will be sure to make a photo journal of the whole process. right now I only have my sketches in my sketch book (plan plan plan)
Here is the layout