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Making A Tree

I have heard a lot about trees in aquariums and i'd like to make a scene with a tree. For all those Filipe Oliveira lovers (me included) i am not trying to copy/recreate one of his scenes, just make something nice. So since i've go that out of the way i can start with my question.

How would you make a good looking tree in a 3g aquarium? Can i just boil any kind of dried wood or is there a certain type of wood that i can use? What is the best moss for the job? What moss would look the best for it? How can i tell if i've done a good job?


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I wouldnt just use any type of wood, try to find a good hardwood As for the moss, it depends on the look you want. Willow- weeping moss pine- christmass moss wild bush-java moss
Those are just some examples. There are many types of mosses that can create different looks

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What kind of woods are hardwoods? and what would i be able to find locally?

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you always seem to be the first one who comes through first, thats and extra thanks lol at the "avatar?" my nickname used to be johnny bravo.

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Ive used oak harvested from my yard with no ill effects. Its is light colored for a while, then it starts to darken nicely. As for "how can I tell if I've done a good job?" if you like it, then youve done a good job

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Thanks. I searched up hardwood and i got results such as oak and birch. i'm off to harvest (still need ideas on the moss )

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willow moss would look cool
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willow moss or the tree willow?

I've decided i want it to look like a weeping willow, so should i use weeping moss? (Like clwatkins10 said)
For making a bush what kind of moss should i use? Java moss? (also suggested by clwatkins10)
So would i boil the twigs before i put them in the aquarium?
And can i use hot glue to stick them together? or should i use the aquarium safe silicone (the glued part would go under the sand).

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Boil the wood. Arrang the sticks as desire, then use zip ties, dont use hot glue, and silicone would lose its hold after a while. I would go with weeping moss if I wanted it to look like a weeping willow

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hot glue falls apart under water - i know from experience. use some silicon
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Thanks i will try and find zip ties (so i don't have to go out and buy silicone)
How can i tell if the wood is done boiling?

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Thanks i will try and find zip ties (so i don't have to go out and buy silicone)
How can i tell if the wood is done boiling?
if it is floating it needs more time, if it sinks all done

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willow moss or the tree willow?

I've decided i want it to look like a weeping willow, so should i use weeping moss? (Like clwatkins10 said)Check
For making a bush what kind of moss should i use? Java moss? (also suggested by clwatkins10)
So would i boil the twigs before i put them in the aquarium? Check
And can i use hot glue to stick them together? or should i use the aquarium safe silicone (the glued part would go under the sand).Check
Only One more question to answer before i get into action.

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if it is floating it needs more time, if it sinks all done
okay. Thank you.

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to make a bush, you can use any kind of moss really, java moss would just make it look like a wild untamed bush

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Oh i guess i don't want java moss, lol. maybe i'll do some research on my own...
Well i climbed and oak and came back with some branches. Brought them home and then tied them together. Oh and how would you attach the moss to the branches so that they end up sticking? This is the final result. (i will boil them and put them in the aquarium after supper (then look in my shrimp thread) but here are the pics of the tree branches.



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I would remove the bark from those twigs It might be easier after you boil them
After you have the bark removed, boil them a 2nd time just in case

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