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Old 03-30-2004, 05:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Weekly Topic: Tying to Driftwood, Rocks

One aquascaping technique used commonly by hobbyists from all over the world is dressing up hardscaping material (driftwood, rocks) with plants.

Some plants often used for this technique are:

Anubias barteri v nana
Anubias barteri v petit
Bolbitis heudelotii
Christmas moss
Erect moss
Java Fern (regular, Narrow, Windelov, Tropica, Philippine, etc)
Monoselenium tenerum (Pellia)
Vesicularia dubyana (java moss)

For tying Anubias and ferns (Bolbitis, Java Fern) to driftwood, thin rubber bands can hold them in place. By the time these rubber bands rot, the plant should be firmly attached to the driftwood. Be careful not to crush the plant by using a rubber band that is too wide or too tight. Fishing line (my preference) also works very effectively, especially since the transparent thread is nearly invisible unlike the rubber bands.



For tying mosses and Pellia to driftwood and rocks, it is best to use fishing line (although cotton thread works, too, but this eventually rots). First, spread the moss or Pellia thinly across the surface of the object (the thinner the spread, the better it will grow out). Then, take the monofilament line and wrap it around the object repeatedly in intervals of ~0.5 inches across the piece of wood or rock.



How about algae? A thin patina of it on a piece of rock or wood adds a lot to an aquascape, in my opinion. Some layouts, especially iwagumi rock arrangements, could be improved by having a slight patina of algae on the rocks. Otherwise, it looks too sterile and new.

Discussion question:

1) What does tying ferns or plants to driftwood add to an aquascape? What does it add to the wood itself?

2) Has anyone had a plant grow well attached to driftwood that is not mentioned above?

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I would like to add that using a hairnet works really well with pellia and moss on round rocks you do need to periodically re-net it, but you get a nice bushy look.
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I've used black Nylon thread on some pieces.

On the ones where I want the thread gone in a few months, I use 100% cotton thread - it will decompose a few months after being in the tank, usually enough time for some plants to take hold.
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I like using polyester thread because it doesn't rot, like cotton does. I've also had some luck using long strands of java moss to "tie" riccia to driftwood and small rocks. If I take a small amount of the riccia and wind java moss around the object, the moss will usually take hold well enough that the riccia just grows into it. Every once in a while, it needs to be redone, but that method works pretty well for smaller rocks that would be difficult to tie or put a hairnet on.
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I noticed something rather interesting today when I was changing water in one of my tanks. I have a large piece of driftwood covered with xmas moss. The wood breaks the surface of the water and the moss has grown above the water line. Right at the waterline, a piece of Hemianthus micranthemoides that was floating around got stuck to the moss and has since put down roots into the moss. It is a small piece but when I tried removing it, it was well anchored. The Hemianthus has both semersed and submersed growth. A living substrate for growing plants?!?!?? Imagine the possibilities!! I am going to do some experimenting later this week. Has anyone tried this by the way?
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I went recently on a trip down the San Marcos River with HeyPK. At two dams their faces were covered with a thick layer of moss. Plants were growing like crazy out of the moss. Leaks in the dams were watering the plants.

See:
http://users.ev1.net/~spituch/Steve'...on%201_13.html
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http://users.ev1.net/~spituch/Steve'...on%201_20.html

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if the piece of driftwood has a lot of crevices in/on it, i usually just slide the rhizome into it to avoid having to tie it down(just make sure you dont move it around too much while rescaping or else it'll jsut end up floating up to the surface)
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Leaks in the dams were watering the plants.

A similar thing happened in the town I grew up in. The difference was that the leaks in the dam turned into a huge hole. The plants, cows, streets, and houses were all watered. Most of the town kind of floated away. (Teton Dam Flood - 1976).
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i have more plant on wood like pellia microsorium vesicularia and bolbitis

i like use Fishing line .... cotton line i don't like because it "marcisce"
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Default Superglue for Fastening Plants

Justin at Ocean Aquarium in San Francisco uses superglue to secure java fern and anubias to wood and rocks. The advantage is no tying, no threads to look at, and the superglue adheres even when the plant and wood are damp. The stuff is toxic though, but he hasn't seen any problems because of it.
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