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Hello fellow hobbyists a new user from the Netherlands
Since a week working on a new project in start-up :)
For now, first find the right light settings
Here are some pictures

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Welcome to the board! Those are some nice tanks! I like the subtlety of the backgrounds. Can you explain how you did that? Is it wood in the background with loose tree fern fiber silconed to it? Looks like there is some sort of fill in there, too. Good work!

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Welcome to the board! Those are some nice tanks! I like the subtlety of the backgrounds. Can you explain how you did that? Is it wood in the background with loose tree fern fiber silconed to it? Looks like there is some sort of fill in there, too. Good work!

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Hi

This is created by the owner off frogsandmore
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Hello! get some bromeliads in there! that makes it look so much more like a jungle. the background will be very nice if you keep it wet. hopefully it will turn green. Bromelienwestermann sells loaaads of broms. he lives just over the border in germany.
 

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Welcome to the board! Those are some nice tanks! I like the subtlety of the backgrounds. Can you explain how you did that? Is it wood in the background with loose tree fern fiber silconed to it? Looks like there is some sort of fill in there, too. Good work!

Mark
Hey Mark,

Those are Tree Fern Panels. I used a couple in my recent builds as well. Similar to using a cork background, you can cut to size. Pricey though!
 

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Yeah, I thought I recognized some other stuff showing through that made it look like the tree fern was just a veneer over something else. That is a really nice looking background. I have thought about using something like that before, but I thought there were issues with sustainable harvest on those products.

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I have thought about using something like that before, but I thought there were issues with sustainable harvest on those products.

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There are. I stopped using tree fern on backgrounds or in substrate mixes years ago for that reason, but I do still see it frequently in Euro builds. Looks nice, works great, but not very eco-friendly.
 

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Looks nice, works great, but not very eco-friendly...
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You probably forgot for a moment that America, and then, in particular the U.S. is the second most polluting nation in the world? And that it even left the Paris climate agreement (CO2) in 2017?
Furthermore, I agree that we should be careful not to rob the world of nature.
 

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You probably forgot for a moment that America, and then, in particular the U.S. is the second most polluting nation in the world? And that it even left the Paris climate agreement (CO2) in 2017?
Yes, our elected representatives leave a lot to be desired. That doesn't entail that some citizens can't do what they are able to minimize the harm. :)
 
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Yes, our elected representatives leave a lot to be desired. That doesn't entail that some citizens can't do what they are able to minimize the harm.
It is also very difficult when choosing materials to imitate a piece of nature. On the one hand you want to use natural products, on the other you make the choice to use chemical products ;)
 

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[Off-topic answer]
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You probably forgot for a moment that America, and then, in particular the U.S. is the second most polluting nation in the world? And that it even left the Paris climate agreement (CO2) in 2017?
Furthermore, I agree that we should be careful not to rob the world of nature.
I wasn't consulted in either of those situations. I stated MY position on the Dicksonia issue.
 

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I'm not sure how truly sustainable the practices are (they claim they are sustainable!), but this is where all the fern panels and "substrate" in Canada (that I know of) comes from: About us - Fernwood

I hope they are...I just used them and would hate to think that I was now complicit in some grossly mismanaged forestry practice.
 

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As far as I know, the peat roots sold in the Netherlands are not harvested from the wild, but come from specially established nurseries, such as from New Zealand.
 
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