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Re: looking for ideas
- To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Re: looking for ideas
- From: Roger Miller <rgrmill at rt66_com>
- Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2002 14:22:03 -0700
- In-Reply-To: <200202162048.g1GKm1s27429 at actwin_com>
- References: <200202162048.g1GKm1s27429 at actwin_com>
On Saturday 16 February 2002 13:48, Arthur wrote:
> In my 75gal, I have a nice rock. It is large and
> flat, about 4-5 inches tall. Contains several visible
> caves (it's not limestone).
> Anyone have any ideas for what to do with a rock
> "plateau" in your tank?
It's hard to give useable suggestions without seeing the stone first-hand.
But I'll not let that stop me.
The best thing I've found to do with large flat stones is to place them in
the "golden section" and sloping, rather than flat. I would try sloping it
more-or-less toward either the left front or right front of the aquarium
You may need to bury the low end of the stone and place some sort of hidden
support under the raised end.
To be honest, I've yet to come up with a single-stone arrangement that l can
look at very long before it gets boring. At the very least, you should work
this stone into the context of your tank rather than trying to make it a
solitary centerpiece or some other sort of stand-alone display. Even better,
find more similar stones, or stones that compliment this stone in color or
texture. An arrangement of two or three stones offers more visual variety
then you will ever get from one.
I've not had much luck getting any kind of fern to attach and grow well on
stone. They always work better on wood. You might try one of several kinds
of moss or (get this) algae. Either can adhere well to stone and flourish.
Of course, you can always leave the stone bare.
With moss (I did this with Java moss) you should keep the stand from getting
very thick. Instead of cutting it back the moss should be trimmed by
stripping excess growth off the rock, leaving a thin layer of tendrils
crossing the surface of the rock. This can be a nice effect if you can get
the runners to start near the base of the rock and forming a thin, spreading
network across the rock. Unfortunately I took down my example of this (which
was on slate) some time ago, and have no old pictures.
I've had both black brush algae and a slow-growing green algae (perhaps a
cladophora) growing on rock or wood with good effect. I don't know how you
would get a colony started. I lucked into both of mine, both of which have
since been either discarded or eaten.