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Old 03-07-2011, 03:51 AM   #1 
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Planted Tank Edition 5.2*PICS*

This is the newest 5 gal tank, number two, hence 5.2 lol

Ok so the Tank cost me $29.95 (15'x8')
we already had the filter had to buy a sponge for it to fit the filter i will be getting for it
the drift wood cost me $8.95, my partner had the Co2 gear (cranking out two bubbles a second) and he also paid the $80 for the plants. (there was so much plants we will have to sell the extra stuff, there is THREE LARGE handfulls of Riccia and two handfuls of flame moss and a few small Narrow Leaf Java Ferns left over.

Plants, moss and Riccia are attatched to the drift wood glass and rocks with 1mm bonisi wire

My contribution besides the photos i unraveled a little wire before he took over lol


My partner covering the drift wood with flame Moss










Ok so the plants are: Back left corner is Narrow Leaf Java Fern, right corner is Crypt Wendtii 'green', to the right of those is a phillipine java fern (ON the rock) the Drift wood is covered in Flame moss and the rocks and glass at the front are covered in Riccia




^ In goes the root fertilizer with awesome long tweezers, 14' tweezers and matching long scissors great for big tanks and trimming plants or pulling out that dropped item lol^
Flame moss attached to the driftwood:



Riccia wired onto a strip of glass:


Riccia wired to a stone:

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Old 03-07-2011, 08:32 AM   #2 
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Wow! This is going to look fantastic when everything grows in! $80 in plants, I'm jealous lol :P
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Old 03-07-2011, 01:58 PM   #3 
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yeh it will take about about a month so by the time the tanks cycled then they will be grown in
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Old 03-07-2011, 02:15 PM   #4 
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:O

Beautiful! I've always wanted to do something like that... I always drool over the aquascaping aquariums... but I'm afraid after all that time/effort/money my 'not so green' thumb would kill it all. >.>

This is my dream tank/house! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZGleTattRo
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Old 03-07-2011, 02:30 PM   #5 
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It looks fantastic! I love the natural look of this. Maybe I'll try to imitate what you've done when I can get another tank.
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:03 PM   #6 
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It's awesome! What kind of wire did you use?
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:09 PM   #7 
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It's awesome! What kind of wire did you use?
Agreed! give us a little tutorial on the wire technique you used. What type and steps taken to ensure the snapped off edge is completely safe from aquatic life brushing against it.
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:18 PM   #8 
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Bonsi plant wire, all ends are tucked out of reach and bent over, all wire joins are on bottom between rock/plant/glass and gravel.plus bonsi wire cutters dont leave a sharp edges, My partners been tying plants to woods, rocks and galss for 5 yrs with sewing thread and its just too difficult ESPECIALLY with the Riccia its a major paint in the rear, when i tried wiring it on i was ready to toss the rock out the window. plus i got Riccia everywhere lol
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:20 PM   #9 
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PLUS no fish will enter it for at least a month while its cycling when that month is up they WONT be able to PHYSICALLY get to the wire, and where possible the wire will be removed.....like in a month the driftwood wont need wire as the moss will have taken hold already
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Okay thanks, so Bonsai wire for the trees? Like this? http://www.bonsai4me.com/Basics/Basics_Wiring.htm

And based on that link sounds like Bonsai Wire is only sold online. Will have to continue my research, thanks for sharing....
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