• Welcome to ScapeCrunch!

    We are a friendly, online community of people interested in planted aquariums. We support and help each other learn and grow. It is our sincere hope that you will join us and find our tight-knit community valuable and fun!

    ScapeCrunch is different than Facebook Groups. Here's how:

    • It is a place where you can make long-term friends in the planted aquarium hobby and have long, multi-day talks on specific subjects.
    • Unlike social media, online communities like ScapeCrunch are much better at curating collective knowledge and in fostering deeper relationships.
    • They lend themselves better at long-form discussions.
    • You can maintain a thread on your personal aquarium with pictures and details. Other members can comment, help and ask questions. You can do the same with their Member Tank threads.

    Where Facebook is more like a large city-wide party, ScapeCrunch is more like your neighborhood bar "where everybody knows your name. And they're always glad you came." It's always fun to go to large parties but it's at the local bar that you feel people really know you. The great part is that you can and should go to both!

    Please consider joining to become a full fledged member of our growing community of planted aquarium obsessed enthusiasts. Let's grow together!

    Join Us!

What are y'all using for planted walls?

Nov 11, 2022
98
225
Renton, WA
I've been using needlepoint mesh with either fishing line or some kind of netting, attached to the tank walls with suction cups. In the words of Mrs. Miller, goddamn it's f***ing tedious.

The process of securing the moss to the mesh sucks, and suction cups unfortunately stop sucking after a while. There has got to be a better way. Fish can get behind there, they tend to fall off during big water changes, and the panels are hard to move because they aren't rigid.

Is there some product I don't know about y'all are using? Someone with a 3D printer and a solution who wants my money?
 
I had the same question, went fishing in the archives across various fora and came across Tom's reply on using cork for this đź‘Ť apparently attaching it with bulldog clips to the back wall.

1000030818.jpg

1000030817.jpg

Just had some of this arrive for a new tank that I'm putting into dark start in the next week or two. Sourced them from here, great price and overnight delivery, choice of thicknesses and sizes.

Or if using press board product squicks you out, I found a number of local and international Etsy sellers offering natural unadulterated cork in panel form as well.

1000030819.jpg
 
Last edited:
Have you flooded yet?

I have not, everything in the fish room progresses sloooowly lol đź‘Ť baby steps. Long weekend coming up! I'll post pics once I have that tank dark started.

The heavy chunky stuff I got at Zoro is super inexpensive, plus shipping is $5 and they ship same day đź’Ż Very easy experiment either way.

I found some cool plastic quilting clips I think will work for a low profile attachment to the back wall, they should be here tomorrow

1000030923.jpg

and Walmart had some stainless pins to try using for plant attachment

1000030866.jpg 1000030864.jpg
 
Last edited:
Gary Lange visited Wim Heemskerk (Dutch guy) and in one of the photos you can clearly see the back wall is some kind of foam with plants pinned to it. I've seen this in Christel Kasselmann's tank as well, and when I asked her what it was she said it's the foam background you buy in aquarium stores. Well, we don't have that in our aquarium stores in the US and there is no evidence of it online, though I admit maybe I'm just no good at searching for Dutch/German aquarium products.

This is what I'm looking for.
 
Aquadecor and Universal rocks are the only 2 background companies I can think of.

Think Aquadecor might be the more flexable one.

As for mounting stuff to the wall, water proof / epoxied magnets.

seen a couple of reef keepers mention this site before: Aquarium Magnets | K&J Magnetics

frag racks are another option if you want to build canopies sticking out your walls.
I like these ones by Aquamaxx Magnetic Frag Rack (23 Holes)
 
Back
Top