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Suitable plants and mosses for all those Mini containers Aquascapes.

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by keithgh, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. greenfinger 2

    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi All, Here's a idea i had To make a little tree ;) Cut some willow branches Put them in a jam jar with water as soon as they start to root put each branch in a separate jam jar and let roots grow when the roots get to a good size Pour out water and put some where warm to dry out then trim to shape add a thin layer of sponge glue or tie on. Add plant and you have a small tree :) Some pics 001.JPG 002.JPG 003.JPG 003.JPG
     
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  2. moss_maniac

    moss_maniac Aspiring Aquascaper

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    "..........Well that's what this forum is all about Sharing our ideas........."

    Yes, this is teamwork - in this way everybody has the chance to develop his own ideas faster, too... a win-win situation... Love it,too.

    Unfortunately my life is much to short to do all the interesting experiments I would like to... :unsure:

    Hey, great idea Roy (y) also to use that interesting stuff, that is weeded in the garden. :D
    In the last time I also look whereever they build new roads or cycle ways, there you may find interesting roots, pulled out by the diggers...

    By the way: I simply could not resist doing also a new one.... :sneaky:

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    Edit: The plant with the round serrated leaves is Cymbalaria muralis, perfekt for wabi kusa, with wonderful tiny little flowers - a bit invasive, when it gets enough water, but what a beauty!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cymbalaria_muralis
     
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  3. greenfinger 2

    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Evelyn, Love it :D:D:D Fantastic thing about looking for plants& moss is you never know what you will find :cool: Some work others don't but its lots of fun finding out :rolleyes:
     
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    moss_maniac Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Lilyturf / Mondograss Ophiopogon japonicus is also very good plant for a Wabi Kusa -
    very prettty flowers and even lovely fruits... it is not adequate for submers planting.
    You can get them in garden centers.
    Fast photo with flashlight in the dark night in my garden some minutes ago ...:whistle:
    and here more informations about that plant:
    http://luirig.altervista.org/pics/index3.php?search=dwarf lilyturf&page=1
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiopogon_japonicus

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    And the black mondo grass with decorative black leaves: Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

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    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Evelyn, Not sure:unsure: But think i used that plant in my fist W-K , More of a bog plant ?? One Pic 055.JPG
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Evelyn

    Its very good to see the Botanical names being used with the photos, common "local" names can be very confusing.

    When using any kitchen scourers etc make sure they are not soapy or have any chemicals in them.

    The thick old filter pads are perfect for that job as they are very open plus can hold the moisture required for the plant its supporting.


    I think this a similar plant

    https://www.google.com/search?q=dwa...PKkQX85ICYCQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1152&bih=613
    Its common name is Dwarf Mondo Grass in Aust
    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nanus'


    Keith
    :):)
     
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    moss_maniac Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Yes, it is the same plant Keith - good idea with the filter pad .. (y)
    also gorgeous ideas for landscape gardening on your link - thank you!

    What a decorative jungle Roy, reminds me to queensland -

    yes, wet feet and from time to time a bit drier: in the nature Ophiopogon grows in the shadow and where it is wet, like on brooks or moist hollows - but if you consider its flowers and fruits, it is obviously, that it is no underwater plant.
    It also grows well in quite normal moist garden earth.

    In Germany it is very often sold in zoo shops as an aquarium plant (business is business), and actually you can keep it for a long time submerged (I tried it for 4 months - it is very robust) before it begins to rot.

    I feel always sad and angry, when I see these lovely plants under water in the shops and nobody believes you, because of the official label at the plant... Moreover they normally have twice the prize in comparison to the ones in the garden department...
    :(
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    There is one common plant (Purple leaf) it is not an underwater plant but it will survive for a few weeks if lucky.

    Its my LFS biggest seller even when told it will not last.

    The customer want it and is prepared to pay a high price (garden supplier less than 1/2 price) simply because it there and I WANT IT NOW.

    Its a crazy world.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Hi Keith, Evelyn, Funny thing The chap at my LFS Though i had gone mad the other week when i picket up three bog plants:eek: He even said what do you want them for you know they won,t last :D Then the penny dropped when i told him i do Wabi-Kusa He thought i was putting them in my tank:ROFLMAO: But as you both said so many people buy them ??? Well they look good but not for long:( Then they come back and buy more of the same???? They should do some reading:D But some people never learn and have got money to burn :confused: As you said Keith Its a crazy world :)
     
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    The same here Keith, Roy,
    several emerged plants you can find regularly in the aquarium shops, but they are only surviving in Paludariums or Wabi Kusas
     
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    Hi Keith, Just got round to looking at the link you posted :) Fab And this pic i love it :rolleyes: images.jpg Not sure about the little people :eek:
     

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