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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 09-07-2014, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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My amazing fissidens jungle

Hello.

You guys won't believe how this tank came to be so let me start off by walking through the process.

About 6 months ago a member was selling a giant clump of fissidens fontanus so I decided to start a new tank. When the moss arrived I just threw it all in a blender for a good 2-3 minutes where the contents turned into a liquid. I thought I overdid it and killed $100+ worth of moss. That same day I grabbed a few tree branches and threw them in a 15 gallon with some eco complete. Once the branches were positioned I decided to pour the moss concoction in the newly setup tank with some co2 and regular home depot lights. The tank looked like a giant mess since the moss was just floating around everywhere due to the powerhead which kept getting clogged (needed to be unclogged daily). After a few days I totally lost interest and never looked at the tank as it was behind my co2 tanks on the floor. I literally never did anything to this tank except add water occasionally. Everything ran on timers, co2 and lights. There were no fertilizers added whatsoever and there were no live critters except for snails (most appear to be dead now due to the high co2 content).

Today I dropped to the floor to take a peek at the tank and boy was I amazed. Ran to home depot to grab a really heavy duty plywood piece for a left over stand that I had sitting in the garage. Finally finished filling up the tank a few minutes ago so it's still a bit cloudy. Here are some pics from the most neglected tank I've ever owned.

Does anybody know whether fissidens is supposed to turn red/orange when there is too much light? It looks really healthy with no algae.

















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Looks really good, what wood is that? Looks like just a stick from the garden!
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That looks amazing, never heard of it turning red/orange though.

The tank is like shrimp heaven minus the high co2 lol
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The plant is suffering from nutrient deficiencies. It shouldn't be brown.
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So I took a closer look and it's definitely not a deficiency. It's healthy just like the green ones....the red/orange ones are only by the top where there was high light. I rearranged the bulbs so we'll see what happens in the next few weeks. Still not going to fertilize.


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Looks awesome. I've never seen fissidens so lightly colored before. I tied some to a regular branching stick from the yard before but my shrimp ate the thin limbs on it so it fell apart lol.
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Damn I am jealous. I can't even grow something that nice intentionally.

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Holy crap I love the shaggy tank look
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My amazing fissidens jungle

Very lush tank hedge. The fissidens isn't suffering from deficiencies as far as I can tell. If anything, the yellowing you see is the plant guarding itself from the light. It seems like you have very very bright light on the top. Because of this, I fear the plant might have stop it's normal photosynthesis process and devoted to fully shielding from burns.

I'm a big fan of fissidens and I also keep some myself. I've experience this with my own fissidens.

By the way, did you get those light domes from a department store?


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Thanks all. This is definitely becoming my favorite tank in the house right now.


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Looks really good, what wood is that? Looks like just a stick from the garden!
The wood is just some random shrub that has been knocked over by the beach. The branch wasn't aged; it just went straight into the tank and was held up with rocks at first before it became waterlogged.

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By the way, did you get those light domes from a department store?
Yeah, the light domes came from Home Depot.
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That is one awesome neglected tank.if only my tank would look that awesome with total negligence......
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Reminds me of tanks I've had. It turn a brownish translucent type color?

I'd run a water panel and likely do a large water change. Maybe add some feetilizers.

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I think you made you $100 back! Very cool.
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Saved an image of your tank to my "favorite tanks" picture folder. It's really fantastic! Has an iwagami sort of aesthetic, and yet as a natural skape, it looks almost plausible.
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