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marimo carpet?

Anybody have success in using Marimo Balls for carpeting, or driftwood?
Pictures or links would be great!!

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Marimo is a type of Cladophora that prefers to attach to itself, and form balls in the process, so if you tried to attach a Marimo balls skin to wood, it would eventually flake off into little marbles, and take a good 6 Months to do it.

If the idea still appeals to you, then you want common Cladophora to take over your tank, which can across your tank in two Months, can attach to any inanimate object, but it does not look as appealing as the Marimo form, as it eventually form long wispy hair, that will have to be kept trimmed.





another idea would be to grow a lot of attachable Flame moss, but keep it short by trimming it every Month. a lot of people also use mesh to hold down Pellia or Ricca for a similar clado like look. consider that any such high density plant surface will collect a lot of fish food, plant debris, and be easy for hosting algae, so IMHO it should only be attempted with compressed Co2, and after you have more experience keeping planted tanks healthy.





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thanks for the reply spypet. also im going to use your moss rope idea to wrap my fissidens around some driftwood. great idea!

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I'm glad you like the moss rope approach,
though I don't see how it has anything
to do with attaching fissedens to wood.

if you are new to moss, just keep in mind
that fissedens grow about half the speed
of other moss, so you need to give it a
good 3-4 Months before you'll enjoy a
nice natural growth formation on wood.

fissedens are more sensitive to algae
treatments like bleach, Excel and H202,
so use such repairs sparingly.

using fishing line or cotton thread, press
as much of the fissedens as you can up
against the wood - there is no need for
any of it to be out away from the wood
to start. the more fissedens you leave
pressed against the wood, the better it
will attach and spread on it's own later.


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