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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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    August mega update - part 2

    Part 2 will focus on the livestock within the tank. With the tank thinned out somewhat I can now count the fish properly. I found 3 dried out Rasboras behind the tank. They must have been there a fair while. This tallies with my count of 12.

    Of the 10 Cory fry that I put in the tank the runt of the 'litter' died last month. These are a bit harder to count as they are black and also some tend to 'rest' in dark areas whilst others are buzzing around the tank and then swap places. I managed to count 7 of them but 1 is in a poor state with tatty finnage. I don't think this one will survive. The large mother is still there and looking as majestic as always. She really is a stunning fish and pretty big to boot.

    The cherry shrimp colony continues to dominate this tank. There is no way of counting these as there are quite literally hundreds. I give some away but each month there are 50+ in my filter alone when I go to clean it. I don't have the heart to let them go into the sink so they go back into the tank.

    The MTS are a little more under control. The shrimp see to that. The shrimp are so quick to anything edible that the MTS tend not to find enough food and therefore their colony stays at a noticeable but manageable level.

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  2. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    August mega update - part 3

    Part 3 is the outcome of today's endeavours.

    The aquascape is looking quite bare at this point but even with no CO2 or ferts these plants grow fast. They may be considered as slow growers by most people but I can assure you that when you know how to grow them they grow fast and pretty thick too.

    The Crypts are still looking a little messy but the leaves and stems are a little contorted from their previous positions. I expect them to adjust to face the light and therefore should tidy themselves up.

    There is a noticeable space in the centre midground but this should be blocked from view by the needle ferns once they grow back in.

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    So as the sun sets on a particularly busy day the inhabitants of 'Once upon a time at the riverbank' can look forward to some peace at last.

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    The mega update completed I wish you goodnight (for now)

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  3. Jurijs mit JS

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    nice update Andy :proud:
     
  4. CHUNTC

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    Are you infested with "Trumpet Snails"sorry, I mean your tank?^:)^
     
  5. ghostmonk

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    Cool moonlight effect. Fauna wise this tank reminds me of one of my previous setups that had the same (h. rasbora, snails and CRS) fauna and equally "infested" :amillanbliss:
     
  6. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Nope not infested with snails. lol They're cool. They do a stunning job in the tank, keeping the sand clean and turning the top of the surface over. Dragging sand through the tank and therefore delivering nutrient to all areas etc :)

    I do scoop a netful out every now and again if they get too prolific but overall they are unseen most of the time. Its just I tend to take pictures in the early hours of the photoperiod when they are climbing the glass etc. Later they are in the sand and invisible.

    Thanks for the compliments guys

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  7. CHUNTC

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    Does it look like it? lol

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  8. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    After a full year of this tank following a no CO2, no fert and no water change routine I decided to return to CO2. This time a DIY yeast setup which failed miserably in the early days of my planted setups. However I want to see if I can have success this time with the knowledge I have gained over the past few years. I am using the Boyu inline diffuser.

    The aquascape was pruned a month ago and with it still being non CO2 over the last month it hasn't grown that much. Hopefully with a succesful yeast setup it will now burst into life.

    The Corys are growing well and now 5 months old. As far as I can tell 8 of the fry have survived to this stage which is a nice size alongside the one adult in this tank.

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  9. Supercoley1

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    ........continued

    I am aiming now for this tank to be ready for competition early next year. Therefore I can show the full setup at the moment but soon I will not be updating with full tank shots for a while.

    With this in mind I still have the same problem area, in the left to centre midground, that I have had since the start of this aquascape (19 months ago.)

    To sort this area out and with very limited budget I decided to make my own 'redmoor' branches' to fit in this gap. I can then use my favourite needle fern to make the transition from the smaller Crypts to the larger ones at the rear.

    Using the woodworking skills I have gained from other projects I selected some of the offcuts from a guitar neck. This is kiln dried American rock maple.

    Out came a set of rasps, A plasterboard saw and sandpaper.

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  10. Rahul

    Rahul Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thats innovative. Will it sink?
     
  11. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    The stone it is attached too is heavier than uplift from bouancy so yes.

    Also rock maple is hardwood. so it is fine in the tank. It only seems to need a week soaking before it sinks on it's own.

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  12. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Lack of motivation and a general lack of interest has meant I've not been updating journals on forums nor my website since October. However I was still taking a few pictures and am now in the process of catching up so here we go with the backdated updates. May take a few days to catch up lol.


    9th October 2010

    With the new 'tree' ready for the tank I first tried it at a few angles to see what would look best and then attached some needle ferns to the lower branch, some anubias to the base and tied some moss around the upper branch. Finally it was put into position.

    At this time I had just bought a new camera which is supposedly not as good as the last one. You'll have to forgive the amount of pictures below. I was testing out different settings on the camera. I finally settled on auto though. This camera unlike the previous one seems to get everything right anyway so no point messing about really.

    The first picture of the central area was a mistake as I forgot to turn the flash off however i like the picture. It looks quite spooky so I kept it.

    Another change is that I am testing out DIY yeast for an article I am writing. Not to see if it works because it does but to see if I can get it to work and remain stable as the problem with DIY setups is that they peak and trough in their output and therefore algae like BBA and staghorn is often a problem.

    On the fish front there are 11 rasboras left and all seemingly healthy. I think they are starting to get to the age where they die of old age as every now and again one develops a growth and a month or so later dies.

    The young Corys are dong well and are nearly full size now. There are 8 Corys in the tank including one of the originals.

    The shrimp are doing far too well and I am selling off 200 or so a month at the moment with seemingly no effect on the colony. It will grow over the window as I won't be selling any while the weather is cold.

    Finally I bought a tiny thermometer which is dwarfed by the old one. I also like the blue colour rather than the red of the old one. Quite a cool items and only £4 delivered.

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  13. Supercoley1

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    7th February 2011

    The DIY yeast setup was removed just after christmas and I returned to the non CO2/non water change method.

    The Crypts on the left have grown enormously since the last update and several trimmings of anubias have been needed as the gap down the centre was closing up completely.

    This scape is nearing its end now. The Rasboras are getting old and are down to 8. They keep getting tumour-like growths in between body and tail and then succumbing after a month or so.

    However with a new scape in mind things are looking up and in preparation I bought 8 platinum tetras (Hemigrammus vorderwinkleri) to see how they looked and acted. Needless to say they are beautiful and look great in contrast to the green behind them but with the Rasboras in the tank I can't see how they act as they just follow the Rasboras around. Pretty sure they are what I will go with though so I will probably rehome the rasboras and increase the platinum shoal to 20-30. The Corys will stay, no chance of them being removed.

    So next week I intend to take some photos and enter this scape into the ASE contest. Its not as I want it as the rear right corner is still not matching the left even after 2 years but I am eager to move on

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    Tonight I took the photos for the ASE contest. Took a couple of attempts as I am not used to doing competition photos. First I set the camera up wrong. So I had to pull all the pipes out and the thermometer.

    Then when I had taken the photos with the right settings I noticed the light cable was still at the back. Out came the pipes and the thermometer.

    Finally I took the photos. The first 2 below are not the ones I entered but from the same shoot. Not allowed to show you the actual one. You'll see what I mean about the right rear section of the tank. The third picture is the 'working' picture.

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    With the photoshoot now done and the new scape already planned for an April start I started to take some parts of this scape down. Not all, just the plants and redmoor that I won't be using.

    So out came the redmoor with the Needle Ferns and anubias attached to it. You can see the pictures of this below with my watch next to it to gauge size. Then the needle fern was removed and split up into 25 portions. I kept 5 for the next scape and glued them to some of the cobbles along with the anubias from this scape to keep them in shape and then bagged up the remaining 20 portions.

    You can see them pre-bagging below. These are all sold.

    The Redmoor is on a radiator drying pending listing it on ebay. I need full price for these because I have to buy new hardscape.

    Next to come out will be the Cryptocoryne Retrospiralis which is a monster plant (60cm or so) and is pretty hard to come by here in the UK.

    I'll post up some pictures of the temporary 'messy' appearance in the next few days too.

    The rasboras although 2-3 years old will be free to a good home if anyone wants to collect them. Send me a message if you are interested.

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    I hope you enjoyed reading through this journal. I love(d) this scape and its a pity to break it down as it could've lasted for a lot longer than 2 years, however I am eager to try something different in terms of layout and so it has to go.


    The new scape will be entitled 'Rio Bonito' and is scheduled to start at the beginning of April.

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  16. gregalon

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    a fantastic scape I love how simple it was to care for and it looks(ed) really good!
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  17. Supercoley1

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    As promised as a final photo entry here are a couple of pics of how things look while I get the next scape ready. 2 months of this aargh.

    Saying that these pics are already out of date as I have pulled the Spiralis out of the rear left. lol. plus with all the disturbance the Corys started sticking eggs to everything else that was left so there is now a little net hung on the side of the tank with circa 150 eggs in it :)

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  18. Leonard

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    I like that you keep this scape permanent, but with small changes from time to time. It is something I myself would like to do, but it is always very tempting to create a new scape.

    However, how do you dissolve CO2 in this tank?
     
  19. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    This tank had full pressurised through a glass disc diffuser for the first 6 months (March 09-August 09)

    Then no CO2 and no water changes for 14 months!!! (September 09 - October 10)

    Then a Yeast CO2 'test using a Boyu inline diffuser (not reactor) for 7 weeks (Nov/Dec 10)

    And back to non CO2 and no water changes Jan 2011 to present.

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