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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-19-2015, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Smile 3gal planted moss planted tank project.

Calling all experienced aqua planters! Give me your 2 cents!

I have a glofish 3 gal tank with incredibly bright LED that I can either leave on, or leave off. It does sit near a window and gets mild indirect light.

I have purchased some Christmas moss and some flame moss, and hope to purchase some driftwood that can be passable as a tree. Christmas moss will go on the "tree." Flame moss will cover the floor as "grass." I also have a banana lily, "tape grass", and pennywort I *might* add.

A overgrown backyard theme is what I am aiming for. If I can purchase some cholla boards *ahem RussellTheShihTzu* I would like to make some sort of "deck"/hide/play area for a beta.

Any advice? Perhaps there is a technique to make a full round tree top out of the xmas moss? Thanks!
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Googled christmas moss trees and this is what i found:
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If you wait a long time before adding the betta (let moss grow in) you can check out these for growing the moss on:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/khanhbnp1/m....p2047675.l2562

Several people have used them on another forum I frequent, have not heard of any issues with the wood yet.
Get low poundage fishing line or 100%a acrylic thread, have a lot of patience tieing the moss on then give it time to grow.

I have no clue what kelvin or nm the LEDs on a glofish tank are but I'm disgusted that they sell a 3g version as most glofish need a 10-20g tank minimim and proper school of 6 minimum... The glofish I've see are hatchet and danios, dunno if they started [censor]ing with some real micro fish to justify such a small tank..

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[quote=Aqua Aurora;6241866]If you wait a long time before adding the betta (let moss grow in) you can check out these for growing the moss on:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/khanhbnp1/m....p2047675.l2562



I like the way those look. Are they that small though that they would fit in a smallish betta tank? Either they are very tiny and very overpriced or fairly large to support the cost of them. Thanks for posting that link.

I am tempted to get one for my 20 tall. if they are a decent size.

Toook a look at a few....looks like too big for a small tank but dang I have my eye on one of those $65 pieces!

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Thank you. Those would actually fit well in my tank.... but I think they are a little too $$ for me. I am kinda hoping to buy some cholla and DIY it up to create branches that will eventually be covered. ;)
I am so tempted on that bonsai tree, tho........

I agree on the tank... It's just stupid to think you could fit those kind of fish in. I bought it cause I needed another small tank and it has an awesome clear top on it with bow front. It is 9"H, 7"D, 13"W.
The last fish I had in it was a tiny crowntail cross that actually didn't like big spaces. (My boys named him Sticky) he had a crooked back and I think that was part of it. He loved to squeeze himself into one of his many plants and sleep there, and would get stuck. (hence, Sticky.)
I am toying with the idea of making it a cherry shrimp tank.... but if I add a betta he will have plenty to do. (I'm working on the landscaping of this tank and hope for lots of tunnels and interesting stuff to do)

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I like the way those look. Are they that small though that they would fit in a smallish betta tank? Either they are very tiny and very overpriced or fairly large to support the cost of them. Thanks for posting that link.

I am tempted to get one for my 20 tall. if they are a decent size.

Toook a look at a few....looks like too big for a small tank but dang I have my eye on one of those $65 pieces!
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Thank you. Those would actually fit well in my tank.... but I think they are a little too $$ for me. I am kinda hoping to buy some cholla and DIY it up to create branches that will eventually be covered. ;)
I am so tempted on that bonsai tree, tho........
Yeh they're a bit pricey and I'm admittedly a too frugal to buy them myself but those that have have enjoyed them so I wanted to let you know of that moss tree option is all.

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Yeh they're a bit pricey and I'm admittedly a too frugal to buy them myself but those that have have enjoyed them so I wanted to let you know of that moss tree option is all.
Oh, yes I do appreciate it that you drew my attention to it- I put it two of them on my watch list in case I can't find the right cholla. Those would be awesome...
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Well.... I splurged and bought one of the bonsai trees.... I had three I liked and added them to my watch list and since yesterday two of them sold. Soooooo I bought the one that was actually my fave out of three before someone else got it, LOL. I wanted one with a hidey space in it. Since I'm going to have it for years to come I justify the price....
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Looks good! You should get a nylon stocking and some sand paper (100-120grit ideally according to my husband), sand smooth the areas that won't be hidden by moss (hide/cave, main trunk, and 'roots' if they won't be buried in substrate), rinse and dry then rub over with nylon stocking (simulates betta fin) if it snags even lightly or full blown rips sand again and repeat until no snags/rips.

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