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Old 03-04-2019, 08:10 PM   #1
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how to make a bonsai tree crown

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I've got a small driftwood like a tree with a few long branches. I plan to turn it to a bonsai tree in my aquarium. I like large tree crown instead of long branches and I like fissidens fontanus. But I don't know how to make a large tree crown with fissidens fontanus on my small driftwood. Could anyone give me some advice?
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I used green scotch scrubbing pads and glued the moss to them. I did individual branches but if you get a pad large enough it should work for a full top like you are wanting. You can cut and stack the pads in a pyramid shape to get a more rounded top.Other then this I see people glue straight to the tree or use stainless steel mesh.
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I used green scotch scrubbing pads and glued the moss to them. I did individual branches but if you get a pad large enough it should work for a full top like you are wanting. You can cut and stack the pads in a pyramid shape to get a more rounded top.Other then this I see people glue straight to the tree or use stainless steel mesh.
Thanks goatnad, I'll follow your suggestion and wish I could share photos of a blooming fissidens fontanus tree crown a few months later. Many thanks.
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Goatnad - I thought of using these pads but wasn't sure if they had anti mildew chemicals in them so have held off using them so far. It's hard to find *green* things that are aquarium friendly to use as a base for building things.
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Goatnad - I thought of using these pads but wasn't sure if they had anti mildew chemicals in them so have held off using them so far. It's hard to find *green* things that are aquarium friendly to use as a base for building things.
Thanks Earhtmother,
So, for safety, I may use stainless steel mesh instead. I may bend a mesh in a bowl shape and put it upside down on my driftwood. But I wonder if fissidens fontanus can thrive on stainless steel like that on driftwood. I have no such experience.
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