Rise of the Mossoliths

Discussion in 'Journals' started by TBRO, 6 Aug 2009.

  1. TBRO

    TBRO Member

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    Hi all,

    I've re-scaped my Osaka 260 - I didn't compleatly strip out the tank just moved around hard scape (I know lazy :sick: )
    So still using the standard Osaka Kit

    Filter - Fluval 305 (mature)
    Lights - 2 x 36 w T5
    C02 - TGM kit
    Ferts - Easy Carb 8 ml, TPN + 4 ml Daily
    Substrate - ADA amazonia (planted area) River Gravel and ADA Xingu gravel elswhere
    Stones - Welsh Shale
    Wood - Redmoore
    Plants - Cyperus helferi, Pogostemon helferi, Staurogyne sp, Blyxa. Rotala sp. Green, Spiky moss, Weeping Moss

    I wanted to have twin towers covered in moss but it turned out to be very difficult to tie the weeping moss to the new bug stone and I had to settle for tying it to small stones and hoping it spreads down the stone. Some of the wood looks pretty bare and blunt ended but should soften as the moss grows. It was a big muddy mess there are no "making of" shots. At 2 weeks now and things are starting to grow in. Just wish I had a moss fast -forward !

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    Weeping Moss stones

    Thoughts and comments welcome, Tom :)
     
  2. skinz180189

    skinz180189 Member

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    I like that alot fella.
     
  3. glenn

    glenn Member

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    its very nice, i rely like the structure of it and the height you have acheived with the big stones on top of the substrate. i also like the small stones at the base of the mound with the graded gravel and the Pogostemon Helferi inbetween them. :thumbup: good job!
     
  4. a1Matt

    a1Matt Member

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    Very nice looking and what a great name :)

    Trimming the moss regularly will probably encourage it to spread :idea:
     
  5. rawr

    rawr Member

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    Wow, this is impressive stuff! I really like mound scapes like this recently - I like the naturalness of the stones and grades in the foreground with the Helfri.

    Great job! ;)
     
  6. Fred Dulley

    Fred Dulley Member

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    Truly a work of art. Very impressive.
    The mixture of textures from the different rocks compliment each other well. Natural too. :clap:
     
  7. lljdma06

    lljdma06 Member

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    I think it looks great! I love moss. :clap:
     
  8. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    really liek that scape, proper hilltop with lots of active plants growing on it :)
     
  9. TDI-line

    TDI-line Member

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    That's really cool, nice work. :clap:
     
  10. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    beautiful once again :thumbup:
     
  11. Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford Founder Staff Member

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    Really nice work, love it. :D
     
  12. Superman

    Superman Member

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    I looks very nice, although if I am going to give honest feedback the big stone in the middle distracts my eye from the other parts of the scape. Hopefully the moss will filter down to cover it.
     
  13. TBRO

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    Thanks for all the positive feedback Guys, I've had loads of inspiration from all your tanks :D I always struggle scaping this tank because it's so damm tall. I a dead leaf catches your eye you basically have to strip to the waist to get it ! I've tried to raise everything up to make things easier. I'm sure I saw Osakas reccomended as ideal for plant somwhere but I'd not reccomend it!

    I'm also obsessed with moss at the moment thanks to posts from Matt and others, I really like the bright green tips on activley growing moss, like little emeralds. Combined with red-ruby shrimps... I'm rambling a bit

    I agree Clark the new big stone does draw the eye and i would have liked to cover it in moss but just couldn't get the cotton to work, might try superglue next time.

    I'd like a few bigger, showier fish like dwarf gouramies or Bettas any suggestions ?
     
  14. TBRO

    TBRO Member

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    A few snaps of the tank from different angles, the weeping moss is refusing to weep down the big stone :thumbdown: Had some brush algae especially on the Cyperus helferi. I love the Staurogyne the more you chop it back the tighter and greener it gets. Got quite a few baby cherry and CRS shrimps in my Nano so hopefully will be adding these soon to add some more colour.

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    Comments and Crits welcomed - T
     
  15. john starkey

    john starkey Member

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    Hi T,
    I love it especcially now it's filling out,it reminds me of some hills my wife and I go walking on, there called the licky hills,
    regarss john
     
  16. Hiya,

    Loving this. My weeping moss weeps pretty well, but i've bought stuff from a second source that wasnt the same. There is alot of miss labelling out there in moss....

    I also find mine "weeps" more when it bulks up and less when it is nearer the lights and pearling (oxygen lifting it up).

    Give it time, might take off.

    Everything looks so nice and healthy thou. I'm jealous.

    Best Regards,
    John
     
  17. Vito

    Vito Member

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    Love this setup, so original I cant belive I never spotted it before.
     
  18. TBRO

    TBRO Member

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    Thanks for the kind comments and feedback. I agree I'm starting to think it might not be weeping moss, I really like it anyway and it is slowly covering the stone. I've heard you need a microscope to be certain about moss species!

    I'm toying with the idea of removing the moss from the pointy rock and replacing it with the "weeping" moss so it looks more uniform. I'll try and post some more pics when I've done some more maintainance!

    Thanks - Tom
     
  19. ScottYalloP

    ScottYalloP Member

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    amazing looking really good!
    I like all the moss used. :thumbup:
    Id keep it as it is.
     
  20. Garuf

    Garuf Member

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    Really really nice, can't help but feel it's due a trim? ;)
     

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