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Old 11-30-2008, 07:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Looking for "tree" plant in scale w/ Marsilea Minuta carpet + Seiryu stone mountains

I was thinking of perhaps Anubias Nana or Anubias Nana Petite for trees on the Seiryu stone mountains.

Can anyone suggest any plants that would make a nice to-scale "tree" for the ground area, rising above the carpet of Marsilea Minuta?
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not many choices that are going to stay small leaf size-wise. the petite might be good, all the ferns I can think of will way outpace the scale, mosses work particularly well and depending on the "type" of tree you're attempting to emulate, they can have very different effects. (weeping, for a willow, flame for a vertical effect, etc etc)
*edit* if you have the patience to keep the scape for the long term I would suggest the petite. It's the slow grower of the bunch so each week you have plenty of time to tease it and mold it to your whim! Given enough diligence, and an artistic eye (which I think I'm missing lol) you could have each and every leaf where you wanted it on the tree. If you want a "now" scape though, I'd tie off the mosses, as they'll fill in and look natural a bit faster.
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I have an anubias tree in my 125g. I have used petite and nana with glosso wrapped in amongst it. I think it turned out pretty good. If you wanted a smaller tree just use the petite or glosso alone. I wish I had better DW for it though. Here is a px of it.





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Mini Pellia aka Coral Moss might work for you. It seems to have a bit more compacted habit than mosses and probably a bit easier to deal with in a small area, plus it has a very small form and people often wonder what it is in pictures. Might be easy to achieve different effects with it by tying it to little sticks or stones. Stick a few small pieces of bolbitis in the mix to break things up, that always works for me when I see it in a forest type display, although it would be hard to keep long term in a nano without hacking it down and waiting for more growth.
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All very good ideas. The effect I'm going for is not a larger tree (say a small piece of driftwood with moss or anubias on it) but small distant trees on the Seiryu mountains, probably best achieved with moss over most (distant trees would just appear like low green carbet) and some anubias nana petite in some areas for taller "groves" of trees.

Then maybe I'll create a a single or a few trees with anubias nana or anubias nana petite or tiny driftwood with moss on it somewhere in the foreground in the middle of the ground cover.

Anubias nana petite can grow slowly, but once a rhizome gets going and conditions are good I find the growth speeds up. I also find it does well with Seachem Excel.

I'm trying to really think about this layout. I find building a zen scape that works well in a nano tank takes even more planning than in a larger tank. Now I'm going to have to do some scape dry runs with the Seiryu stones.
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