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How to Decorate Your Pots | Bonsai Pots Decoration | Simple DIY Ideas //GREEN PLANTS

Welcome to my channel in this video i’m going to show you bonsai pots decorations or decorating your any pots now starting it’s a cement bonsai pot i’m going to decorate this pot first sanding the outer surface making the smooth surface to slightly coarse or scratch surface after sanding the outer surface next it’s a cement paste i’m going to use this paste to decorate my pot preparing the cement paste i just mix the cement and water only make a thick paste now starting to decorate I’m decorating this pot in my idea painting i just paint this pot using poster paint after base painting wait for an hour to dry i just apply the gold paint for more beauty thanks for watching & subscribe , like and share

How to Grow Bonsai Tree from Cuttings : Create, Care & Plant Jade Bonsai Plant Guide – Elephant Bush

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The three dimension space that surrounds us, has always fascinated me. My grandfather had a 35 millimeter photocamera and as a child, I used to watch him take photos and develop them. My father had become a really good nature photographer, with numerous exhibitions and people loving his work. I admire them both. It did not take long for me, to discover that I just love watching the fish swimming around in three dimensions in my aquariums. They just kept me there, in front of the aquarium, watching them. Before I knew, I was in love with aquariums. In the many years, that followed, the technology has changed a lot. We moved from livebearers, Gouramis and Danios – that I kept in my childhood – to high-quality, vibrant underwater worlds. With CO2 injection, clay-based substrate, strong filtration and strong lighting. We gradually stepped into the world of aquascaping and founded Green Aqua.

Welcome to the beautiful world of aquascaping! The time has come for us, to give you an update on the do-it-yourself round aquarium, that we built three months ago here, at Green Aqua. That project is really interesting for many reasons. I’m gonna tell you why, but first, I’m gonna make green tea. We built this aquarium three months ago and we actually made two videos about it. The first video will show you how the aquarium gear is being put together.

The second part will show you the planting process and how we filled the tank with water. We had a couple of question marks. Some concerns, when we started building this aquarium. The first concern was the LED lighting, that is mounted in the ceiling. This is a custom system, it’s not made for aquariums, although we tested it before in a dentist’s office. That had worked really well. Here the ceiling was a little bit lower, than in that dentist’s office. We thought that the light might be too strong here, but it turned out just fine. The second concern that we had was the filtration. We didn’t know, whether the pump will be strong enough. Another question that we had was the Bonsai tree. Will it be fine for the Bonsai, to be so close to the main entrance, which is right next to this aquarium? It seems that it really likes this climate there. It doesn’t have any problems. Let me talk to you a little bit more about the Bonsai tree here.

We posted a question for you guys in the previous episode, that we made about this tank, whether you would like to have some fire on the top, some tabletop fire, which would be nice to compensate for the rocks and the water in the aquarium. Or if you would like to see some Bonsai tree on the top. Most of you guys thought, that the fire itself is a really cool idea, but the Bonsai would be a little bit more natural, so we opted to have this Murraya paniculata, which is the Orange Jessamine.

And the Orange Jessamine is feeling really nice next to the entrance. The cool air which came in through the winter didn’t hurt him at all. It actually came out with some really nice berries, just previously. So after all these experiences, we think that the Orange Jessamine would be a perfect Bonsai tree, to be put on the top of your aquarium, or near your aquarium.

We highly recommend this. So it looks like this whole system is quite stable. We did not clean the filter at all, since we built this aquarium. So it’s the third month of its lifecycle and the filter is still running without any cleaning. The tank requires just the minimum maintenance since its start. We only change water every week, 50% of it. We didn’t clean the filter at all, as I told you. We’re just feeding the fish and that’s it. No signs of algae. I will finish up drinking this really nice Sencha tea – green tea, that I love – and I will move closer to the aquarium, to present you with some more details.

Now let’s talk a little bit more about the filtration here. As I told you before, this is a do-it-yourself filter, which we installed in the round plastic… What’s that? Tube, that goes into the middle of the aquarium. It’s glued on to the base of the aquarium and we actually glued some rocks on it, to hide it, so the whole structure that you see in the middle of the aquarium, is actually a Lava rock structure, which covers the filter itself. Because of this DIY solution, we could afford to use much more filter media, than usual. This has many-many advantages. One of those is the crystal clear water, which you see in the aquarium. And if you’d like to see, how I look through fish perspective, you can do it now. It’s really amazing, isn’t it? So actually this is how the fish would see me from inside the aquarium. The second advantage of using the Seachem Matrix, which is – by our humble opinion – the best biological filter media, with the biggest surface on the market.

We made some microscopic images. We made quite an extensive lab-test, to prove that for ourselves. There’s an Oase pump underneath the aquarium, so the water is being taken out of the aquarium. It actually goes down below the aquarium. There’s only this much space below the aquarium. I’m gonna open this. There’s an Oase pump right there in this little hole. The Oase pump is pumping the water back and it goes through the whole filter media, then it is pushed back. The technology, that we use behind this aquarium is quite unique. We don’t know actually of anybody else using the filter media inside the tube, at the center of the aquarium. So I would highly recommend it, if you’re planning to have an aquarium, that you want to be seen from all sides, 360 degrees, then all you have to do is to take this example and just build it. Bring some electricity underneath the floor. Also, you can have a CO2 hose under the floor level, because you couldn’t use the CO2 bottle, that is not allowed, to be used in a horizontal position.

So we could not fit this whole thing inside, below the aquarium. That needs to stand, so we actually placed it below the main desk, there. We actually made two improvements on this tank. One of them is that we tweaked the inflow a little bit. One inflow of the filter, to have a little more surface movement. The second thing that we did, is that we installed an Eheim 350 skimmer at the top, which will help us to clear the surface. We’re quite happy with how the terrestrial plants are growing around this aquarium. Actually they’re kind of growing too fast. So we kind of need to replace them with smaller ones, soon. Let’s talk a little bit about the plants and the fish, that we’re using in this aquarium. We only used plants, that tolerate low CO2 environments and they are slow-growing plants. Obviously we do have CO2 injection in this tank, but we were not sure about the light itself.

We didn’t know, how those plants would react to the lack of light. Luckily, we have enough light here. Now, about the fish. You can see that we have some nice Scalare fish, that are swimming around the main, central structure in the tank. We also have another type of shoaling fish, the Leopard Danios, that I call them. We also have some Tetra types in the tank. Our visitors at Green Aqua really love the look and the feel of this tank. When they enter the Green Aqua gallery, this is the first thing that they see. When they’re waiting at the cashier’s desk, this is what they’re looking at. Or the children, they really like surrounding it, because the level is quite ideal for them, so they can just go back and go closer to the tank, check out the fish, find the different fish and the snails that are hiding in-between the plants and the rocks.

All in all we think that this is quite a successful project. Customers love it, it’s quite relaxing to look at and it teaches you guys, how to think a little bit out of the box here. The whole process of building, maintaining, or even just watching a planted tank changed my life completely. I didn’t expect that. I thought that the underwater world of watching the fish swim in three dimensions – (which is a really visual thing, that was appealing to me from moment one, as I told you at the beginning of this video) – has transformed into the love of nature, into the calming process of watching underwater lush, vibrant life evolve, grow and just feel good, in front of my eyes.

I hope that you guys liked this DIY round aquarium at Green Aqua. If you did, please hit the like button, and also, please subscribe, if you didn’t do so yet. Or hit the bell button, to get notified of our future uploads. Until next week, bye! .

Honeysuckle Bonsai – Update from 2018

Welcome to Appalachian bonsai. Today’s video is gonna be a pruning of this Amur Honeysuckle. This honeysuckle was collected back in 2017. It was on my friend Lemuel’s property. Now, the thing about the Amur honeysuckle is it is extremely invasive here in the United States. Originally it comes from Asia, but it has made its way over, and I think that it is perfect for collection. If any of you out there have issues with collecting trees from the wild, give invasive species a try. There’s nothing wrong with collecting a tree that’s not supposed to be there in the first place. The footage for this video was captured April 2018, which was a fine time to prune. it’s now January 2019, which is not necessarily a good time to prune, but, January is a great time to edit videos you didn’t have time to edit last year. I hope that clears up any questions you might have had about the seasons.

If you’ll notice with this pruning, I’m taking it down to one or two buds per branch as well as thinning out the branches. These Amur honeysuckles are extremely vigorous. It’s one of the reasons why they’re invasive. Because of that, it can handle this type of pruning. There were many parts on this tree that were already dead, and I knew that going in to collecting it. But now that it’s had a full year of growth I understand where I want to grind, where to carve, and where to make artistic changes to the trunk and the structure of the tree. When using a pruning saw be careful not to force the blade. If you force the blade, your last cut might continue on and cut another section of live tree that you did not want to touch.

When I cut a large piece, like right here, I’ll cut the majority of the way through the trunk and then I will come on the back side and slightly cut it until it just falls off. There are many ways to carve up a tree, but I’m gonna be using a four inch wire wheel. Now, this wire grinder is often used for cleaning metal, but it does a pretty good job of carving up old dead wood, too. What I’m doing here is adding a taper to the trunk. We have a flat top and by cutting out a chunk I can make it look as if the tree is tapering towards that larger left branch. So, breaking it off right there, and I have better taper.

Now to finish it up a little bit more. The beauty of these large tools is you can eat away a lot of material at one time. Just be careful you don’t take away too much or hurt yourself. Now I’m using a Dremel tool with a little burr on it, and this is adding some finer details. You see those holes are actual worm holes. Those are from beetles and other types of insects and I am exploiting them. They are natural, and I want to accentuate them and add these lines that follow the curve of the trunk, follow those bug holes, open up those bug holes, and it just adds so much depth. I think it’s just a really gorgeous feature. I’ll finish it up with a little wire wheel.

This miniature wire wheel just takes off all the little frayed pieces of the wood. Let’s take a look at those roots. This tree is extremely hardy, as I’ve said before. Wow! Look at that! That’s a lot of roots! That’s one year of growth from this particular species. It’s also one of the reasons why I’m able to do a heavy prune on the top and a heavy prune on the bottom and still allow it to survive. Use your chopstick to clear out the old soil. This tree has been without water for a couple of days. With the soil a little bit dry it falls out so much easier. You don’t have a muddy mess. There’s our puppy dog. His name is Rocky. He is a pain. We love him. tease those roots out with your hands, with the chopsticks, or whatever tools that you find easiest for this type of work.

As you work your way underneath the root ball you can find some roots that can be removed. It will allow the tree to sit a little bit lower into the pot. A nice sharp pair of bonsai pruning shears can make really quick work of these wide outer roots Here is another large root that needs to be removed. It has some smaller fine roots that are growing off the sides above my cut. This helps make sure the root stays alive and I can get it into the pot. I know it seems excessive with all the roots I’ve taken off and all the top I’ve taken off, but as I may say again this is a very hardy species. It can handle this type of work.

Okay, so now that I have the roots pruned up, I can put them into a pot. I have my wires and my screens in place, and I’m adding a little bit of pre-made soil. My soil mixture is three parts Turface MVP, which is a type of fire clay, three parts of pine bark, two parts diatomaceous earth, and one part coarse masonry sand. I have them sifted between two and six millimeters. Check the description for those items if you need to look at them again. You’ll notice I’m adding a little bit of plastic tubing to this wire. This is airline hose, which goes with a lot of aquariums. I’m using it to protect those roots so that as it grows it doesn’t form around that wire, which is sometimes known as wire bite. And then you pull and twist. I’m adding soil to the pot one or two scoops at a time. And then I use my chopstick to work that soil in between each of the roots, starting from the trunk and working my way outward.

If you’ve watched any of my previous videos, I’ve mentioned about working the chopstick up and down, wiggling it from side to side, sometimes you can tap the sides of the pot with your fist and that all helps get that soil in between those fine roots. After you’re done working the soil into your pot make sure you water it thoroughly. Protect your tree from strong sunlight and strong winds for the next couple of days until it’s recovered.

Also, be wary of young puppy dogs. I hope you’ve enjoyed this video. Like and Subscribe, because there’s more to come. Thanks for watching! .

Collecting for Bonsai – Roadside Attractions 1

>> Ben: We’ve all done it. We’ve all driven down the side of the road and just said, ‘Hey! That’s a tree I could go for!’ ♫ bluegrass music ♫ The Department of Transportation, whatever state you’re in, generally mows down the edges so you can have a good line of sight. And that can be beneficial to bonsai hunters, because you can find some very interesting things that may or may not be useful. Look at this hornbeam. This is just awesome. This thing is probably about 4″ – 5″ right there. I’ve got this big long branch that’s next to me. I wonder how well it’s rooted in the ground. Yeah, it’s pretty solid. Got all these rocks around here that will make it very difficult to get out. There’s also, right behind it, right there, a Virginia juniper, which also might make this difficult. But, this tree – I might just have to consider what I can do.

Look at this guy. If you can see it. I don’t know. It could make some interesting stuff. Something to keep in mind. It’s loose, which means I can dig it up. The roots, because I’m looking downhill, the roots are probably coming up this way. So, I need to keep that in mind. Which means this thing is going to be slanted out, and be kinda funky. You know, it’s got some large sections to it. You can see there’s a scar right there, and starting to callous over. I may be able to clean that out, or leave that and clean this out. I like working with this material because one It allows me to toy around, experiment a little bit without really worrying of damaging a really nice yamadori. And you never know – you might come up with some really interesting things in the process. You get a lot of funky looks working on the side of the road, but it’ll be worth it. Here’s a needle juniper – common juniper. You can see, it’s got a pretty interesting trunk here.

Hand for reference. This is in a ditch. Alright. Whoa, look at th.. Awww! Fooled! I thought that was a nice live tree. Nope. That one’s toast. As always, be very careful when you’re working on the side of the road. Here, the Department of Transportation has cut away this guy, right here. This is big. The base is probably 9″ in diameter. Look at that beauty. There’s good and bad points about this: One: It’s already been cut; I can clean up some of this. Two: it may or may not pop out. Three: Getting that baddy out of all this rock.

And this stuff is loose It can fall into the road, which is not good. One: for safety reasons Two: For the annoyance of people who are trying to get by. It’s something to think about, though. That’s what I’m talking about. That’s it right there Look at the shape, the curve, the interest And, it’s right in the middle of a rock. It’s really loose. There may be, right here, where this rock is, there may be just a little bit of an indentation that could probably be hidden either by soil, or it could be hidden by rocks and moss or something.

We won’t even know until we dig this up in the spring. But, i’m getting this guy. Look at that. Just curve, curve, curve, curve and it’s got all these beautiful little flutes in there, that I just love. As always, it’s best to get permission from the owner no matter who it is. That includes the Department of Transportation who maintains the roads here.

I have called the Department of Transportation before, and they have given me permission, But, rules change from year to year. There’s always the possibility that what was relevant one year will not be relevant the next. So, I will be calling again this year to check and see what the possibilities are if I can. Generally, for me, it has been 20 feet from the road. It might now be 15 feet which limits what I can and cannot take. It’s always best, because otherwise, you might get arrested. You might get shot at. You might get in a lot of trouble. So, let’s avoid that as bonsai enthusiasts. We want to be respectful of other people’s property, and, that will make things better for everybody. If we have bonsai artists just going in collecting whatever they can find off the side of the road without asking permission it puts a bad name on everybody. Let’s avoid that at all costs. ♫ bluegrass music ♫ .

Hand Made Engineer Bird Nest Planter | Baya weaver Nest Planter | DIY Planter Idea//GREEN PLANTS

Welcome to my channel in this video i’m going to show you the making of bird nest planter first i just take a clay pot and coir rope then folding the rope tying the folded rope in half of its top part with the thread next insert and tying the clay pot with the rope next here the bunch of coir fibers combine and tying the coir fibers together with rope next applying the Fevicol glue then add the coir fibers and paste the fiber with glue again i’m going to apply the Fevicol glue 24 hours later , nest planter is ready filling the coco peat into the pot then, i’m planting Bichetii Grass plant into this engineer nest planter we can also plant any low light indoor plants or hanging plants after planting, watering water to this planter twice a week, keep it or hang it in low light place or balcony garden or patio thanks for watching

HOW TO CREATE A BONSAI TREE AT HOME? Plant & Grow Ficus Bonsai from a Cutting – Easy Way

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How To Make A Tanuki Bonsai | Chinese elm Tanuki Bonsai | bonsai trees for beginners //GREEN PLANTS

Welcome to my channel today i’m going to create a Tanuki bonsai to create tanuki i just select a Chinese em to make a bonsai before making tanuki preparing the Chinese em plant first i just remove the pot and soil after to create a tanuki we must need a piece of strong dead wood now i just take an old juniper branch this branch treated and prepared for tanuki we can see the shaped and carved line and some some small holes in the branch so it can be used as the deadwood for our Tanuki after attach the Chinese em into the carved line of the deadwood now i’m using a black sellotape and 1mm thick aluminum wire to attach the chinese em after potting tanuki bonsai put the bonsai soil in the pot and place the plant in the pot make sure the roots must be contacted with the soil then add some bonsai soil this dead wood does not rot or spoil when watering because i have treated the dead wood with a chemical preseravative by soaking it in a wood sealer for two weeks then letting it dry for six months.

so this plant can live long in this dead wood with moisture pour water once in 3 days keep in full shade for few weeks .


Welcome to the beautiful world of Aquascaping, to the Green Aqua Gallery in Budapest, Hungary. We are here here in this premises since May, 2018. Many things have happened since then. We have built a beautiful gallery, with 12 show tanks. Most of which are Nature Aquarium style – standard aquariums. 60cm, 90cm, 120, 150 and 180 big. We have a nice shop area, with a lot of products, that can be bought by customers, who visit Green Aqua in Budapest. We also have a huge and very efficient warehouse, from where we can send all the packages to you guys, if you live in the EU. We also have a very nice fish area in the back. We made a nice video with Jurijs, our friend, a couple of weeks ago, you can check out the video there. We also have this customer support area at the main entrance. And we have this round aquarium here, which has been under production ever since we moved here. Which was eight and a half months ago. You can make a baby in that time. So we have two more weeks for the nine-month delivery.

So let’s, let’s just start working on that in this episode! Alright, before we start speaking about how we made this aquarium here behind me, let’s talk about the plans for 2019 at Green Aqua. We have quite a few exciting prospects for this year, one of which is this beautiful garden. This is an internal garden. Now it’s covered in snow. We did not have time to do anything with it, but we’ll build a colorful and nice Japanese garden in it, in the coming months. We have asked for professional help to do that. We already got the plans, here they are! A specialist gardening team have come up with that. There is gonna be an Oase pond on one side, with a small waterfall. And bamboo in the background. There’s gonna be a bench on the other side, stretching and curving along the natural path. Customers can go and have a coffee there. This little garden is gonna be really lovely and I’m sure you guys are gonna love it, when you visit Green Aqua.

Another project that we started in 2018, was the YouTube – and regular video production project of ours. We have started to build a special studio for you guys! We allocated space for this studio, ever-since we started planning Green Aqua. It’s gonna be a little studio, with some lights and some backgound, and it’s gonna serve as the basis for all kinds of productions here at Green Aqua. We still have to come up with some good sound insulation solution. But we’re sure that you’re gonna like it! At the time of the production of this video, we are just passing 28k subs, on the Green Aqua YouTube channel. Thank you guys for that! Please, if you didn’t subscribe yet, do so! Let’s get back to the main topics of this video! This aquarium, which is a round aquarium at the entrance, at the front reception – customer support desk area. This aquarium is a completely do it yourself, DIY aquarium. Which is the first in Green Aqua’s life. Why? Because most aquariums that we have here, are standard aquariums, with standard gear.

I don’t know of anything… Maybe I know a couple of products only, that are standards products in it. For example this Oase pump that we’re gonna install below the aquarium, or the Seachem Matrix biological filter media, that will go inside this tube there. And that’s it! Nothing else. But why is it round? Because we wanted an aquarium that can be seen from all over the place, when you walk between the Gallery space and the shop space in Green Aqua. We got the original inspiration of doing this from a dentist office actually. Our maintenance expert Matyi and our Green Aqua co-founder Attila Néder, have built this beautiful aquarium together.

It has a Bonsai Tree in the middle, and it has the lights built into the ceiling. You have all these terrestrial plants at the bottom. So this gave us the idea, of having a similar aquarium at the entrance at Green Aqua. Which… I don’t know, if it’s gonna have a bonsai tree on the top, I have another idea now. Based on last week’s video, where Adam Paszczela, – our good friend from ADA Poland – have suggested that we should have the water and the fire together. So we’re right now thinking of putting an indoors fire stove on the top, over there. Then you can have the plants, the terrestrial plants, the aquarium, and the fire together, in one space.

Let’s see what it looks like! You guys can comment below and just tell us what you think! Should we use a bonsai tree there? Or should we use fire? We are using a 2080 Eheim Professionel filter, below the aquarium – in the dentist office. The hoses for that filter just went below the floor level. Here we didn’t have the possibility, to do that. We will install and Oase water pump underneath the aquarium. We’re also lighting the aquarium with three industrial LED lamps. Those are pretty expensive, but we tried them. They work perfectly for plants and they can reach down to the gravel, to the carpeting plants.

They’re strong enough for that. Here we are preparing the PVC tube, to be installed at the center of the aquarium. This is also supporting the lava stones later. As the first step, we’re cutting the PVC tube. It’s a one meter tube and we’re cutting it to a length, which is just a little bit higher, than the water surface level. How much? We don’t know, we just cut it. The height of the aquarium is 50 centimeters, And the height of the tube is… How much? 65 centimeters. So the water level will be at about 48 centimeters and the rest of the tube will stick out, but it will be all covered in Lava Stones.

We’re gonna use some terrestrial plants in-between them. This PVC tube has been glued to the bottom of the aquarium, at the center. It has been treated with sand paper, to have a rugged surface. This way, the glue will stick better to it. We have three outflows, arranged evenly around the tube. Then we’re gluing a normal plastic net to prevent the fish or the debris or any other thing, to go into the filter. It does not look good, but it will be covered with stones and you will not see anything from it. Just wait until the end! Actually you can see the outflow. It’s around there, the white spot. The filter actually will stand in the middle of the aquarium. So the Seachem Matrix biological filter media will be inside, there. As the next step, we glued the PVC tube into the aquarium. You can see that we’re gluing it in the center, using silicone, normal silicone glue.

Then, we had to bring it to the front from the back, going around the building of Green Aqua. Because it was just too big to fit through the doors that lead to the back of the Gallery. This round aquarium was custom built by Green Aqua, and it’s actually made of three pieces, three bow-fronts glued together. We have two holes on the bottom drilled. One for the intake and one for the outlet. The guys are trying to put the aquarium in place. It’s a heavy duty. Then we’re aligning the holes in the aquarium with the holes that were drilled into the base plate. We’re sticking the lava rocks with Polyurethane foam. This is a dark grey color foam, that matches the rocks perfectly.

If you scratch it after they are dry, you can ensure that they are even more seamless. We’re building up the rocks all the way to the edge of this filtration chamber. We had to prepare the gear for this aquarium and the whole technology behind the aquarium, from the very start. What we did, is that we stretched the CO2 hoses and the electricity hoses below the floor level. We brought the CO2 hose actually under the main desk. We actually had to build an edge, around the whole structure here. Then we had to make the isolation of this whole area, because we’re gonna have dirt in it. We’re gonna have regular plants in it. We don’t want the moisture and the water to go below the tiles. Also the aquarium plumbing is custom made, our maintenance expert Matyi was doing all the preparations and the planning work for this project. We built a metallic stand below the aquarium for making room for the pump and the CO2 gear.

There’s a hole on one side, a little door from where you can access it. We will install the Oase pump there. Matyi is assembling the inflow and outflow tubing. He’s doing the plumbing for this aquarium. Those hoses will lead out from the aquarium, going through the Oase pump and then go back to the aquarium through an external diffuser. The thing with external diffusers is that we don’t like it really a lot. Why? Because… First, it can clog easily, so it’s very difficult to clean. It doesn’t have the efficiency of an external reactor. Which means that you’re gonna see bubbles in your aquarium and you’re gonna just waste CO2. So we like the external reactors better. But, we’re using the external CO2 diffuser, because we don’t really have enough space for the external reactor below this aquarium. You can see now, we’re filling the central filtration chamber with Seachem Matrix biological filter media. Which is one of the best filter medias on the market.

You can see how it looks under microscope here. We made these microscopic images ourselves We’re really proud of it! Testing all kinds of filter materials under microscope. We’re also installing the outflow lily pipes, which are not exactly lily pipes, they’re just normal plastic pipes, that will create a round flow in the aquarium. After we’re done introducing about 60 liters of Seachem Matrix, we’re covering the whole thing with fine filter mesh, or filter pad. Then we’re topping the whole thing with a regular sponge. Actually we’re not gonna have a regular skimmer on the top of this aquarium, because the whole central filtration chamber will act like an overflow chamber as well. So when the water will overflow through the intakes, they will skim the surface. So the regular gas exchange and the surface will be done properly by this.

We also wanted to avoid having any kind of technology visible in the aquarium, so this is why you can see that the whole thing is spotless. You cannot see anything, nothing will obstruct the view. Now all that remains is for us to decide, whether we’re gonna have some fire on the top, fireplace on the top, to compensate for the water, or we’re gonna have some bonsai tree. but that’s up to you guys, please vote underneath! Alright, thanks for watching guys, in the next episode we willl show you how we’re planting this aquarium, and how we fill it up with water.

Please subscribe to the Green Aqua YouTube channel, if you didn’t do so yet, or please hit the bell button, to get notified of our future uploads. Or, you can comment and tell us what you think of using a bonsai or using a fire on the top of this aquarium. Until next week, bye! .

Air Layer Series Part 1: Trident Maple 2017

Hello and welcome to Appalachian Bonsai! Today’s video is part of an ongoing series to discuss air layers. I hope you enjoy it. Today we’re going to be working on an air layer of this trident maple. I’ve been working on this maple for many years and even tried layering it one time. You can see the scar around the body and the belly here. And I’m trying to do this because, I have a large reverse taper (right there). My first attempts were not very successful So let’s try this again.

What I have here is a box knife and I’m using it because it’s nice and sharp. So just be careful you don’t cut yourself. Cut a section about as wide as the tree is in diameter. The sharp knife is gonna make a clean cut. What I’m doing here is, I’m cutting the cambium layer, which is the softer outer layer of the bark, down to the sapwood. The cambium layer transfers nutrients made by the leaves down to the roots, which help create new roots. The sapwood, which is the inner layer of white wood that you will see in a moment, is what carries nutrients from the roots up to the leaves and branches. By removing this cambium layer, we are removing the ability for the leaves at the top to provide nutrients to the roots at the bottom.

We’re gonna call the nutrients “root juice” for simplicity. The root juice is not getting to those roots at the bottom, but they’re still providing nutrients to the area where it’s cut. What’s it going to do? It’s going to create new roots, and that’s the intention here : To create new roots at the cut. But, we’re not starving the branches and the leaves, because we’re not cutting into the sapwood layer. The roots are still providing nutrients to the top of the tree, so, our tree is able to thrive and produce new roots at the same time. When you’re removing the cambium, make sure you remove ALL of the cambium. The cambium is a pathway from the top to the bottom, and if you leave any of it, the pathway remains open. We must close the process, so remove all the cambium. Scrape it with a knife. I’m using a razor here to finish the process. Then I’m going back and cleaning up my cuts to make sure they’re nice and sharp and crisp and clean.

Take sphagnum moss that has been soaking in water. You can add a root hormone, if you’d like. Squeeze out excess moisture and pack it on the cut. The sphagnum moss is gonna make sure that that cut stays damp and doesn’t dry out. But, it’s also going to provide a medium for which roots can grow in. Wrap the sphagnum moss and the tree with plastic. This plastic will prevent evaporation. It will also make sure that the sphagnum moss remains tight around that cut area. Rubber electrical tape is what I’m using here to ensure that the plastic stays on the tree as well as tight against that trunk.

Finish by wrapping with aluminum foil to protect the new roots from sunlight. So it’s a few months later, and now we’re about to see what our root system looks like. I’m not sure what this is gonna to be here. There is potential I have no roots. Let’s see what we have. As much as I want to cut this down I may have to rewrap it back up again. So, I’m going to do this carefully.

Hush, dog. Hush! It’s the reveal! Oh, man! I can’t tell if that’s sphagnum moss, or if it’s roots. There’s a root right here. I have one root here, and there’s bound to be more, but, they’re not filling up the whole bag. So I’m gonna cover it back up. I’ll check back again. Okay. It’s all done up. Use foil again to protect those new roots from sunlight. Roots like to grow in the dark. That’s why they grow in the ground. Ta-Da! I’ll see you in another month. It’s been a month and a half since we last looked at these roots, and I’ve taken a peek at them over the past weeks, and I wanted to show you what I’ve seen, and what I’ve concluded to do.

There aren’t many roots on this side, but, if you can see this, I do have several roots starting to come through right here and that’s exciting! They’re even starting to poke through the bottom of the bag. I don’t know why it’s not doing as well on the back side. It may be a too damp and maybe too dry. We will see pretty soon. What I’m going to do is take off this layer of plastic, and I’m gonna replace it with this right here. This will be attached to the bottom of the tree, and it will be filled with soil. And that will allow the roots to continue to grow without me disturbing them. So, let’s get in there and see what happened. Hot and humid out today, so it’s not a bad time for me to be exposing the roots.

Yeah, now you can start to see them. Yeah, pretty. Real pretty We even have some root started up here. Oh, I just have to look! Hold on. It’s really wet, and that may be the problem. I see a root or two. There’s a root or two back here. And, I was correct: These are roots right here. Just put that back on and loosen a little bit of that up. It’s good to have it damp but not wet, and I think wet was my problem.

Let’s attach this now What I did is measure the diameter of the tree, mark, the bottom of this container and then made some slits where it would be larger and hold around that trunk. Then I split a section all the way up the side, so that I could open and slide it around the tree. This is not the best design, and there are better ones out there that you can purchase with a hinge on the side. It makes this a little bit easier, but It’s slightly more expensive. I went ahead and drilled some holes, and now we can put this on. I plan on putting that just below where these root tips are, being very careful not to break them. I’m gonna see if I can slide this on. Okay So I got this on, and now I just need to tie it off. It’s not the prettiest thing, I know.

I’m wrapping aluminum wire around the container to hold it together and I’m using little smaller pieces of aluminum wire to hold the main wire in place. As mentioned before, this isn’t the best design, but it still works for this purpose. I’m using my coarse bonsai soil It’s the same soil I used with my other trees. It’s with a little bit more pine bark to give it extra moisture. Then I teased those roots out gently. It took some time, but I got it on there. Then what I did is I fill it with soil I had to brace it up some to keep it to this level. I wanted to make sure that the topsoil was well above where the root cut was. So the root system can grow, and that way everything stays nice and damp. I’m gonna give this a good watering, I’m gonna cover it and some sphagnum moss. That way the sun doesn’t hit it and dry it out too badly. And we’ll see here in another couple of months. Hopefully I’ll have some roots coming out on the sides.

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