Inspirational aquariums: Calming moss tank

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This beautiful aquascape uses mosses to fabulous effect.

There’s something about mosses that add a real sense of age, making a tank look established, calm and serene. Several types of moss are available and easy to grow. Buy a few portions and use black cotton or fishing line to tie thin layers to your wood.

After a few months, and some regular pruning, it should have covered everything. You could also plant the foreground too for some contrast to the moss’s dark green colours.

What you will need

90cm/36” aquarium kit £300

Taiwan or Christmas moss £20

Lots of bogwood and branches £50

Some foreground Blyxa japonica £20

Riccia fluitans to tie to mesh £10

Test kits £20

Total: Expect to pay around £420.

Optional extras

Pressurised CO2 system £100

In-line heater £35

External filter £60

This item was first published in the Christmas 2009 issue of Practical Fishkeeping magazine. It may not be reproduced without written permission.