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125ltr Once Upon A Time At The Riverbank - Final update

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Supercoley1, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    They look great Mark. I see you love the ferns :)

    Just to go onto the snails point we pushed the snails off the glass several times but at the beginning of the photoperiod (these were taken before the photoperiod starts) the snails tend to climb before settling down again later on.

    Maybe a good approach to turn the lights on for a few hours before a photoshoot in the future.

    Very good shots though. many thanks Mark. I like the one with the Corys and Oto at the bottom. Didn't notice that there were 3 Corys there the first time I looked. Just noticed that when scrolling back up :)

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  2. TDI-line

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    Great pics guys.
     
  3. JamesM

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    Wow, this tank looks like a different beast altogether! Really nice!
     
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    Hi,I think it is inspiring!!! and the trip collecting :when you realize you have located some great plants.Really love the graduation in depth ,especially large stones to pebbles to sand .Not real fond of the white pebbles.Tropical heaven !!
     
  5. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Its been a long time since I updated this as I have been suffering a huge lack of motivation to do anything at all. Not just with the tank but with most things in general. This is a 'backdated' update so to speak with pictures from 16th August.

    You may notice the improvement in my photography ;) Thats because Mark (Saintly) came round and took some shots for me as you can see from the above shots:lol: and they look superb. These are prior to me going on holiday. This would've been an AGA entry pic but due to my current state of mind I couldn't be bothered in the end ;)

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  6. tko187

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    Nice, you have lost the path, will you be trimming?
     
  7. Jurijs mit JS

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    now it is looking good - but no more jungle feeling!
     
  8. MiKlo

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    Wow nice tank.
    Ik ben jalours op je "smalle"
     
  9. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    16th September 2009

    Following my return from holiday the scape was looking pretty good considering it had been under 0.4WPG with no dosing and no CO2 for 17 days. As the CO2 bottle I was currently using was nearly empty I made a decision that this tank will be moving to a non CO2 slow growing method. Therefore I sold my pressurised CO2 kit.



    13th December 2009

    2 months on from switching the setup over to the non CO2 route things are still going great. This scape is now over a year old. On the fish front the Otto kept playing 'chicken' with the filter intake and after several rescues I think it had had too much and disappeared. The young cory fry has been doing great and is almost as large as the male adult. The rasbora count is now at 15 although one seems to have a growth on its side.

    Other news is that I built another cabinet for the tank. This was due to a total revamp of the lounge and therefore a change of decor. The new cabinet is stand alone rather than being supported by walls and then veneered to match a tall display unit I built.

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    I will try and get this right up to date as soon as I can :)

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  10. Jurijs mit JS

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    Hi Andy, nice to hear!
    Hope things go well and you and your family are fine :)
     
  11. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Oh here is this project again. I remember seeing it last fall as it developed. I look forward to additional updated shots.

    I well-done layout like this with needle-leaf, anubias and a nice hardscape is hard to beat.
     
  12. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    This aquascape is now 14 months old. It has not had CO2 injection or water changes addition for 8 months yet the water quality is still fine. It rarely has any ferts added, maybe 4 or 5 times in that period have I added anything. The only maintenance I do now is a monthly filter/pipe clean and daily feeding.

    This is what I wanted. This is what most people would like. All my time is free to sit and watch.

    On the fish front there are now 14 Rasbora Espei and 2 black corys. since the last update in December the juvenile cory fry which was at the time already as large as the male but a definate female in shape disappeared. Also during this period one of the rasboras had a 'cystlike' growth on its abdomen and succumbed after a month or so. Other than this there have been no worries.

    During the past 5 months the corys have spawned twice. The first time no eggs hatched but the second time approx 12 fry appeared. They are in the nursery tank 'Castaway'

    The new cabinet is finished and looks great.

    The LED unit is now 16 months old and has had no problems at all. Nothing needed repairing, nothing blown, no issues at all.

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  13. Jurijs mit JS

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    little trumpet snail problem?
    need some assasins my friend ;)
     
  14. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    I like the snails. They are part of the gang :) Good cleaners too :)

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  15. Jurijs mit JS

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    I dont think so, they spent most time in the soil
    But, if you like them it is to you to keep them :)
     
  16. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    WOW just noticed I haven't updated this for 3 whole months :)

    17 MONTHS IN NOW AND STILL COUNTING. 10 MONTHS SINCE LAST WATER CHANGE.

    A few changes since then so I will be taking some pictures in the next week and doing a proper update BUT for now:

    I mentioned that I had 12 Cory fry that hatched and that was about April 20th or so. They were left in 'Castaway' until they were about a month old so about 1cm long and filled out.

    10 survived to the month stage. These were then transferred into this tank at the end of May and since then they have been growing rapidly :) Good job because just before this the adult male looked like he had a cataract. He died shortly after so no adult male!!! I'm not too bothered about blood lines etc. These aren't going to be sold. If I do decide to breed and sell I shall get some more and mix 'em up.

    To date I know 1 juvy from the 10 has died. Was the runt and less than a third the size of the others. Just noticed this morning a mountain of shrimp at the front and a tap on the glass revealed their 'swag'. I assume the other 9 are fine but as with all my scapes you can't see these things. I counted 8 the other day but there are far too many hiding places and unviewable areas. lol

    I have also spotted the espei spawning but as yet haven't seen eggs. Apparently they do the same as Corys in laying eggs on leaves but unlike the Corys who spread eggs everywhere, rasboras lay their eggs only under large broader leaves as they are affected by light. the leaf protects them. When they do this they look like they are flicking except as a pair. This is what caught my attention. I rushed to the tank thinking there may be a problem due to their 'flicking' ;) Would be cool if I can get these breeding too as there is no bloodline problem with them.

    Now I must give George Farmer some credit r.e. a post on another forum :text-goodpost: He mentioned about the need for the Koralia and whilst I had also been thinking about removing I needed the nudge. I did it the next day and still no algae :) We shall see what happens as I have redone the Java fern that was sat below it and guess what? I was surprised to see that the surprise I spoke about (a year or more ago) is still in there although smaller than it was when I put it there. I won't keep you in suspenders any longer as it will probably never ever be seen :lol: I planted some Vallis right in the rear corner behind the Java. It was mixed with some Crypts I bought at the time and I thought I'd put them in and see if it looked any good once grown. Unfortunately it was about 3 inches tall then and only 1 inch now but its still there and looks healthy.

    Something I will whisper as I have always laughed and joked about the EOC (Eheim owners club) and how defensive they are over their beloved brand. Hmmmmmmmmm--- :shh: :text-imnewhere: I joined them.

    I got sick of the Tetratec. It was noisy even with its second impeller in (was 3 years old when I ditched it) It was hard to clean, clogged quickly, flow slowed considerably due to clogging quickly, looked ugly, was big and made a vibration through my cabinet from its hard rubber feet.

    Of course I thought that it was normal until I got an Eheim pro II 2224 inc media for £75 delivered and brand new. When I hooked that up I knew all of the above was not normal and so for all the berating of the EOC :text-imsorry: You were all correct and I most definately was in the wrong.

    I must also add that as I have no concerns r.e. cycling etc I just washed the new media, put it in and started up the filter. No swapping of media. I didn't see any problems in the tank. No bacterial blooms, no flicking, no gasping.

    Why did I go for the 2224? Not for the price or I would've gotten a classic. It was because it was the same flow rating of 700lph as the Tetratec and also because it was the same diameter hose so I wouldn't have to change Lily pipes.

    I love it. This really is virtually silent and with it's soft rubber feet the vibration through the cabinet is gone. I can only hear the filter working if I put my head close to it but move away or close the cabinet door and nothing.

    plus points:
    The powerhead comes off with no force. Just unclip and take off. The Tetratec was a brute force effort to take off and put on.
    Has never leaked whereas the Tetratec could take a few attempts at replacing the powerhead before it didn't leak.
    Flow is better when cleaned and stays better until I want to clean.
    Looks better and is smaller.
    The powerhead and hose connection assembly is much easier to disconnect. clean and the clip around the hose rather than the scew on 'compressors' are much better.

    minus points:
    hoses are rubbish. Made of too soft rubber. I put them on and instant kinks. Put the Tetra ones back on and they are fine.
    The media is top draw at doing its job but means I have to clean it seperately rather than throw the lot from the filter into the bucket. those little balls and little hopps in the same bucket means I am there for 30 minutes seperating so I clean them seperately instead.lol

    Why is not having a prime button not a minus? Because on the Tetratec the prime button was as stiff as **** and even when you got it pushed down you felt water come out from it. Always hurt my shoulder muscles trying to contort myself into a position to get enough force. So the prime button was pretty pointless for me :) Easier to connect the Eheim up, suck the lily for a second and then walk away.

    Oh and the LED MkII has now got proper luminaire hanging equipment. No more chains.

    Piccies soon and Long live Jungle.

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  17. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Ianho (a member on here) came round today and I thought I would share with you what he saw.

    So I made a video. Unfortunately I used my webcom as I am waiting on a card reader for my phone but it gives and idea albeit with not great clarity :)

    Hope you enjoy and yes the scape has had a bit of 'surgery' this week and been thinned out incredibly.

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    Regards
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  18. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Lol @ ebay cheap camera bargains. I think the firmware on this camera is a little duff. Plug into USB and the computer doesn't do anything. No 'Found new hardware' and then cannot install etc. Just nothing. Installed transfer protocol and USB driver from fujifilm site and tried several mini USB cables but there ya go. lol

    So here is the silly thing. I plug it into the TV and then take pictures of the pictures on the TV with the camera phone. lol.

    Should've just used the cameraphone in the first place.

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  19. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Sorry to keep posting. lol

    I am going to rip out the whole left to centre background and midground tonight. All the Crypts. Then I am going to size them and replant accordingly. Just looks a mess at the mo.

    'Take out established 18 month Crypt roots' you say 'Gonna be a big mess' You say?

    Watch and learn. These will be pulled up half an inch to an inch. curved scissors cut the roots. Leave the roots behind. The sand will hold the Tropica down.

    Done it a fair few times before.

    However with a major disturbance of a 3 year old substrate I shall be doing a fair few water changes over the next couple of days and open the windows cos it's gonna stink. lol. Good job its nice and warm at the mo.

    So I won't be able to say 'I haven't done a waterchange for 10 months' anymore. It will be I've only done 1 water change in 10 months now. lol (I count all these water changes as one because it is purely to remove any nasties I am releasing from the substrate)

    We are also talking circa 50 Crypt+ in that area :)

    Will post up pics when done and water clear (if this card reader arrives and if the camera is any good)

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  20. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    August mega update - part 1

    A mega update this month. Unfortunately due to my camera breaking and my new camera using xD cards I am still waiting for an adaptor so the pictures here have been taken on a Samsung camera phone.

    However whilst messing about getting used to it's 'quirks' I took lots of pictures and I liked quite a few of them. Therefore this.update will be split into 3 parts. This is part 1 and will focus on some major changes I have made to the aquascape.

    I have felt for a while that I needed to sort out the midground in the centre and left of the aquascape. Due to the Crypts growing where they wanted to over the last 18 months It had become a little unbalanced and after the foreground was just a mass of stems. I also thinned out the needle fern to let some light down to these areas. Finally two of the anubias have been 'shortened' and the cuttings moved elsewhere.

    So no messing about. Out came all the Crypts from this rear corner. 124 in all. I would estimate this to be circa £300 worth of plants.

    Once they were out of the tank I laid them out in sizes and then started to replant from the rear left corner with the largest to the midground with the smaller ones.

    This was immediately followed by a 50% water change to dilute anything that came out of the 3 year old substrate from this major disturbance. This is the first water change in nearly a year. The process can be seen below.

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