Article ~ How To - Secure Dwarf Riccia

Planted Aquarium - OpenRiccia is really a great plant to use in the planted aquarium, however, as most of us know, riccia also difficult to use because it is a floating plant. If riccia is fastened correctly you can see how powerful a statement it creates within your planted aquarium layout. The image to the right is just one example of the many uses of riccia in a planted aquarium.

In this tutorial, I would like to show a method I have been using to secure dwarf riccia so that it grows full and doesn't float to the surface. I have included pictures that can be clicked for a larger version. Also, I have written a brief description of each step.

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Mesh
 
Mesh Body Sponge - I picked one up at Target or any local department store. They come in a bunch of different colors. I picked one that I thought would be the most invisible in my tank....in this case greenish blue.
     
Mesh Unraveled
 
Unraveled - This is what the sponge looks like after it is unraveled. There is a piece of string in the center of the intact sponge that you must cut. After that string is cut, you can unravel it to look like this. In this case, the mesh is actually a sleeve, so the mesh was further cut to open the sleeve.
     
Riccia Stone
 
Riccia Stone - In this case, I am using an ADA riccia stone. Of course you can use any rock that you like. I think the flatter the better.
     
Zip Ties
 
4" Zip Ties - You can pick these up at the local hardware store. These will be used to secure the mesh around the rock.
     
Riccia on Rock
 
Spreading the Riccia - I spread the riccia on the stone in a very thin layer. This is a sample, so in a real situation, i might use just a bit more riccia, but really not too much more.
     
Mesh over Riccia
 
Stretching the Mesh - Stretch the mesh around the top(covering the riccia) of the rock to secure the thin layer of riccia. Try to make sure the mesh stretches uniformly around the rock and riccia.
     
Twisted
 
Twist the Mesh - Twist the mesh around the back of the rock. This pulls the mesh in the front tight around the riccia on the front of the rock. Be careful not to twist too much and rip the mesh.
     
Secured
 
Zip the Twist - Use a zip to secure the twisted knot. Position the ziptie as close to the riccia rock as possible to prevent the mesh from untwisting.
     
Trimming
 
Trim the mesh and Zip Tie - Any pair of sharp scissors will do the trick.
     
Finished Stone
 
Back of Finished Rock - If you have done the process correctly your knot will look similar to this and be farely secure.
     
Finished Riccia Stone - Front
 
Finish Front - All that is left is to place the riccia stone in your aquarium in the place of your choice.
     
Riccia Stone - Complete
 
Before and After - Here is a shot of our new riccia rock to the right. The riccia rocks to the left are about 2 months growth. Depending on your lighting, around this time you will have to retie your riccia rocks or do trims from time to time.
     

Conclusion - I hope this riccia illustration has been helpful to you. If you have any questions, please contact me at

Have fun!!

jB

     
     

 

 

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