Sunday, October 1, 2017

"The Raintree Canopy": Preparation for The Tree

A dream was about to come true. I can arrange the bonsai driftwood in the tank and daydream for so long. :)
The bonsai driftwood was just nice fit in this nano tank
Fissidens Splachnobryoide (mini fissidens moss) was chosen as the "raintree's leaves". The reason was mini fissdens would grow slowly and spread over the surface rather than grow too bushy like other mosses. It stays short and hence, less maintenance in the future.

Fissidens Splachnobryoide was chosen to bring life to this driftwood
However, I have never tried to grow it before and therefore, not so sure about how it would turn out. Some say this moss is quite difficult to grow since it needs a cooling environment with good lighting. Whereas, others have also been successful growing it under a non-chilled environment in a low-tech tank. In my case, it would be mixed of those two: high-tech tank with no chiller and lean fertilizer dosing.

A tub of mini fissidens in loose form was prepared for this mission
DSM (dry-start-method) was used to start growing mini fissidens on the bonsai driftwood. I just tried to turf loose-form mini fissidens into branches of the driftwood. Then, water was kept on spraying on it time to time during the setting up. Few centimeters of water was left in the bare tank and wrapped over by Clingwrap. To keep it moist, water was sprayed over the wood 1 to 2 times a day then wrapped it back again. The tank was left outdoor (not direct sunlight) for natural lighting for about a week.
Spraying water on driftwoods to make it wet

Mini fissidens moss was placed on the bonsai branches

Tanks was then covered and leave outdoor to received nature lighting for about a week
After a week, it seems like the moss had been adapted to the new environment and can see some new tiny leaves grown out from the original one. It was then brought indoor for flooding, it is the transition period for the moss to grow submerged and in the meanwhile, I was gathering the rest of necessary equipment. There was no CO2 injection at that time. This is kind of low-tech tank with low lighting to minimize algae.
The tank was brought indoor and was ready to be flooded

The tank after being flooded
The "Tree" looks quite interesting at this angle.
The bonsai driftwoods leached out lots of tannins even I already boiled it before it was used. It is a good time to soak it a little bit more.

Tannin was leached out make it looks like a bio-top setup
 Next step will be aquascaping! :)

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