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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #1479

Happy New Year to All!

I am fascinated in nature by weeping, seep type springs - mini, driplike 
waterfalls and their associated flora and fauna. I dream of reproducing just 
such a slice of nature using an aquarium and wonder if anyone in this august 
body has attempted such a project or would care to offer any comments or 
suggestions on how this might be done.
I vividly remember several excellent examples along these lines on display at 
the Tennessee Aquarium. The real trick was the duplication of a rocky 
background which curved up and around in a cavelike cup - the root encrusted 
roof and sides of which dripped into the pool below. What material might be 
used to duplicate this rockwork and how might the plumbing be buried within? 

Has anyone ever used slabs of treefern root, such as is used in orchid 
culture, siliconed on as a background? Pierced tubing could be buried within 
and a steady weep thus produced according to a Dutch webpage I once read. 
Treefern should make an excellent foothold for many types of plant life.

 Maximizing plant life and keeping animal life to a minimum - not much should 
be needed in the way of filtration. In fact, the problem will be finding a 
pump which doesn't gush like a fire hydrant in order to produce the weeping 
effect. Are there adjustable flow rate pumps available or could/should 
restrictions be placed on the plumbing itself? What about the pumps used in 
those little self contained fountains one sees for sale at stores everywhere 
now - they'd be about the right flow rate, no? 

What type of plants would be suitable in such an arrangement? I've seen 
fernlike species growing in the mists of waterfalls and perpetual wetness of 
seeps but don't know the exact names. Baby's tears?

While plants are my main interest what type of animals or fish might be 
considered for such an environment?

Any and all thoughts on this subject as well as any comments on substrate, 
lighting, etc., are eagerly solicited and greatly appreciated. Wishing you 
and yours a healthy and prosperous New Year I remain,


Bob Olesen