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My Emersed Terrarium? - "Lost World"

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  1. Jason

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    Over the last few days i have been thinking about a terrarium but using emersed aquatic plants & moss, I'm unsure what to call it so My Emersed Terrarium? :confused:

    Anyway here are the details and a few pictures.

    Dennerle 30L 30X30X45 Aquarium
    Crazy Stuff expanding foam
    Gorilla Glue
    Exo-Terra Forest Bark
    Exo-Terra Plantation Soil
    Exo-Terra Jungle Earth
    John Innes No.3

    All of the above except for the expanding foam (£9.99) i already had in the garage from previous projects.

    so we start with an empty tank

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    and a tin of expanding foam

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    then i mixed the Forest Bark, Plantation Soil & Jungle Earth to get different textures.

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    after brushing on the gorilla glue i pressed on the substrate mixture.

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    and let it dry.

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    as this is an experiment i decided on using my left over moss mix which contained.

    Sphag moss to help with the moisure
    Vesicularia dubyana 'Christmas'
    Taxiphyllum sp. 'Flame'
    Taxiphyllum barbieri 'Java'
    Vesicularia ferriei 'Weeping'
    Monosolenium tenerum 'Pellia'
    Riccardia Chamedryfolia 'Mini Pellia'

    and to my surprise i found the moss had been growing in the container over the last few weeks, the container was on the shelf under a t5 light unopened for all this time.

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    then i took the mix and rubbed it in.

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    after this i sprayed and sealed the tank with cling film.

    For the plants im still deciding but thinking maybe crypt parva, Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, we will see.

    full tank shot to follow as taking pictures today was hard as it was very sunny and i had light from all directions?
     
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    Exciting project Jason -
    I am already curious how it will develop the next time:)
     
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    If the moss continues to grow like it did in the container I will be very happy :)
     
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    I would be too :)
     
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    Hi Jason, Superb idea :clap: Looking forward to this one coming together :cool:
     
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    I very interesting concept you are developing there I will certainly follow you on this one.

    Keith
     
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    Full tanks shots :)

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    im also thinking about adding some root wood to the scape?

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    Hi Jason, This is looking great :rolleyes: I like the roots idea too it will give it that "lost world jungle look":rolleyes:
     
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    Cheers roy we are thinking along the same lines here, I do have 3 pieces of the root wood about the same size as in the picture but did not want to over do it was maybe thinking two pieces?

    Should I add moss the the roots or mini pelia or leave as is?

    I have the tank under a t5 plant pro tube but also added a 11w dennerle compact aswell to promote growth, to much light?
     
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    Hi Jason, You should name it "Lost World" ?? 2 roots would look good 3 could be to much ??? moss& pelia just a little here &there on the roots would look good would give it the aged look :) 2 Lights i think would be to much light as most of the plants would be low light plants. The 11w Dennerle compact should do the job nicely :D
     
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    I agree with aging the roots was thinking of rubbing soil into it alittle aswell not to much.

    I will have a play around with the root positions all from the ground or maybe one up and one down?

    As for plants im thinking very small leafed ones here and there maybe a mini java fern crypts parva, nevellii the odd bit of glosso or hc, hair grass etc just thinking really and getting ideas as I dont really want a large plant to take all the attention.
     
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    "Lost World" it is :D
     
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    Hi Jason, ;);):cool:
     
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    What about taking fine roots that are wide/long enough to shut them in one piece between the left and right side of the tank? In this way they would bring a lot of three-dimensionality in the tank...
     
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    Wabi-KusaJason1614_edited-3.

    Normally if I am not sure what the poster has in mind I will not reply.

    I like your concept of the cliff faces even though it is rather a regular shape.

    The DW in my opinion in the position it is in seems out of balance with the 4 (red dots) focal points.

    The two (green dots) of the DW could be either of the focal points.

    DW location 1 & 2.

    I would like to see photos of all the fine DW you have.

    How many "depends" on size, shape and location.

    It also "depends" on your planting plus do you grow plants on the DW to give them life or leave them as is and let nature age them to give the effect of old trees fallen down.


    In other words its one big "Depends"

    Keith:):)
     
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    Thanks all :)

    Ill get some images of the root wood later to give more of an idea :)
     
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    Im thinking more of a damp mossy undergrowth with the odd root / vine and single plants here and there
     
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    Some Inspiration

    Images from google

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    Jason.

    I was writing this when you posted your last reply.

    Looks like we are both on the same page.

    Some times to that effect you can cut out suitable bits and pieces from a twiggy piece of DW.

    I have seen DW covered in moss (from the garden) give a life like damp area.

    I find nature is the best place to look when you are looking for ideas in many forms of landscaping.

    There are plenty here.

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=moss+gully&hl=en&rlz=1Q1GGLD_enAU499AU499&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=5MOrU4fsLI6OkwWnroHQDg&ved=0CEoQsAQ&biw=1291&bih=766

    Keith:):)
     
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    I did think about chopping the wood up into single pieces and placing them randomly around / sticking them out of the background, this will also help to keep the depth with the odd root coming out of the moss.
     

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