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So my girlfriend bought me this tank for my birthday back in September.


After having it sit in a corner of my house for a few months I decided to finally set it up after I sold my riparium

Here's how it sits now


This was my inspiration for the scape


The tank has azoo substrate and ohko stone I bought from a club member a few months ago. Lighting will be my 11x3watt LED set up I ran over my riparium. I'm doing an HC dry start for now. The plan is to have HC pretty much everywhere and some fissidens or mini pelia on the rocks. I still have to get my co2 stuff so I'm waiting on that before I plant the rest of the HC (Still have 3 pots)

Thanks for looking!
 

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Dude!! Subscribed!

You got a keeper there with your lady! :proud:


With that nice mound, I'm sure you know you have to VERY careful with filling with water and your water changes!
 

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ok so the hc did not fare very well because my light wasn't putting off the right spectrum. I've added some 2700k and 4500k white LEDs to counter balance the 10000k whites i've had on it and so far it's doing better.

I removed all the HC, and got some Mini Pelia and fissidens in and glued onto the rocks. I'm going to get some more HC this weekend and do another dry start.

the plan is to have HC all along the bottom and the mosses on the mountains. Need more moss too

Anyways, some pics



and a FTS
 

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Thanks! this tank has been an exercise in patience
Aren't they all though.

Anyway, your old perspective mini-m was pretty boss, and I have a soft spot for the -f's so I am excite for this tank.

They guy on 'baaps was right though, where's the mini Jeremy Clarkson? :icon_neut
 

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Blender the moss with some juicy nutrient rich tank water, then paint it all over the rocks.

Mist once a day.
 

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Blender the moss with some juicy nutrient rich tank water, then paint it all over the rocks.

Mist once a day.
I'm not sure if this form of "graffiti'' has hit your city yet, but with Vancouver being so full of art student/hipsters, you can randomly find words and pictures on the sides of buildings from people who do this.
They blend the moss with water and nutrients (probably old tank water) and add a little bit of buttermilk (not exactly sure what that does) and then they use a brush and paint words like "Love" and "Beautiful" or whatever on the sides of buildings. Secretly at night they mist them and then randomly like a couple weeks later there is a word on the side of a building ''painted'' in moss...
Pics:
https://www.google.ca/search?rlz=1C....,cf.osb&fp=c945e1bdc8e076ff&biw=1366&bih=667
 

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I've seen the article on those moss paintings, pretty cool.

I chopped up the moss with some scissors and just sprinkled them all over the substrate. My worries is that it won't stay down once flooded and the moss will just float up into the tank. The moss thats on the rocks is glued on now.
 

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ok, so I attempted to do what YouJettisonMe did and have the mini pelia grow on the substrate directly, but after reading zeldar's journal, although initially successful, the MP eventually started floating away from the substrate, not what I want to do after having grown it out for so long.

I tied it all to stainless steel mesh and placed them all along the top of my mountains instead and the rest is glued to the rocks so they're not going anywhere.



I also added the elatine hydropiper from Raymond, really cool plant. It's yellowing a little because I was out of town for 4 days and was unable to spritz it (plus my spritz bottle broke)


My HC is growing in nicely too


And finally a FTS. I'm moving to SF in May so this tank will remain dry start until then. I don't want to set it all up to only have to tear it down in a few weeks.
 

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i'm not sure it will look natural later with the steel mesh
if you go with dry start method why not just put the moss there? it will cling nicely by itself
the moss will cover all of the mesh so that no steel can be seen. the moss will cling to the soil, it's just that it'll probably very very easily uproot itself once it grows in a little thicker. The soil already isn't the heaviest substrate. It might work if I went with a heavier substrate like akadama.

I got worried after i read this journal
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/p...34-zeldars-mini-m-mist-really-sticking-5.html
 
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