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45L almost nature tank - starting point

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Cip, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hey guys,

    So here are the details:

    Tank size: 50x30x30cm
    Volume: 45L
    Substrate: Shirakura Red Bee Sand, some filter media as a first layer
    Filtration: under gravel filter + sponge filter
    Light: under construction
    Hardscape: redmoor wood
    Plants: Bucephalandra Theia, Bucephalandra Velvet, monoselenium tenerum, christmas moss ( I'll add more on the way, but there will be easy plants nothing fancy )
    Shrimps: CBS, blue jelly, red rili ( the rilis are juveniles they will go in the other tank after I find a home for the RCS colony I have in there )
    CO2: no
    Ferts: no

    The tank is in heavy maintenance/construction mode so I'm taking it slow with the pictures until I'm satisfied with it.

    Cheers.

    ========== Bellow initial plan :) ==========
    Hey guys,

    For this year I've decided to start a new project, a real jungle style tank, my first try turned out to be okish but not so jungle if can say that :).

    So the size of the tank will be 60x30x30 ( I gave it a thought, I need some room for maintenance; initial size 70x35x40 :) ), this is the largest I can get for the space that I have.

    The plants will be: microsorum, anubias, echinodorus, vallisneria, cabomba, hygro, nymphea, moss, floating plants like amazon frogbit, duckweed, phyllanthus fluitans, some species of crinum, bolbitis, dwarf sag, crypts. It's a rough list but I guess it's a start.

    For the hard scape I'll use some volcanic rocks and DW.

    Substrate will be JBL Aquabasis with a black quartz gravel.

    Looked all over the internet to find inspiration, I know in my head how it should look but I'll appreciate if you have some photos with jungle style tanks that you like, just post them here, help me find the best layout :).

    Best Regards,
    Cip
     
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  3. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I'm pretty determined to pull this off so I think I'm ready :)) to speed my evolution in aquascaping, thanks for the link, already scanned those images but I'll take another look.
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    There are a few excellent natural looking Aquascapes on ASW at the moment check every detail of their work.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I will do that also.
     
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    Hardscape materials in mind?
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Lucas I fully agree that seems only a minor detail but it can and is as important as the planting and the inhabitants.

    Cip have you thought about that yet?

    Reason for asking is once you decide you have to find and get it not that's what I want and i will get it later.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  10. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    For the hardscape I'll use some volcanic rock ( similar to what I have in my current tank ) and some branches.
    My problem is that I need to find some branches that fit the size of the tank. I did a mistake in my current tank, I've used larger branches that filled in almost all of the tank. It's a pain in the ass to maintain and also not too much room to arrange the plants. The arrangement was done wrong also so I guess I need to avoid those mistakes :).

    Here are some images of what I want to achieve:

    https://goo.gl/B7ifaw

    https://goo.gl/Hrq5o4

    https://goo.gl/oC33mz

    Main focus will be width leaved plants like amazon swords, crypts, java ferns. The background filled with jungle val the hardscape covered in moss. For the foreground I need to decide if I use a carpeting plant or not. If I will decide to have a carpet I'll go with dwarf sag or S. repens not with small leaved plants like HC or Monte Carlo. Maybe I'll use a lotus green for the focal point not sure yet. And that's it, simple right ?
     
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    Now you are learning.


    https://goo.gl/B7ifaw
    Vall can be a problem with certain ferts.
    That is more of a very heavily planted tank, not actually aquascaping.

    https://goo.gl/Hrq5o4
    Again that is more of a very heavily planted tank, not actually aquascaping.

    https://goo.gl/oC33mz
    Again that is more of a very heavily planted tank, not actually aquascaping, a few small rocks and a few twigs.

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...=jungle Aquascape&hl=en&imgrc=dl8idn4BZohNoM:

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...=jungle Aquascape&hl=en&imgrc=pcyPuZ1G_bVLhM:

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...=jungle Aquascape&hl=en&imgrc=cb8aMGkfU6tQOM:

    These are more jungle but require a lot of skill.

    Going by what you are looking at you are looking for a simple yet pleasant to look at heavily planted tank am I correct in my thinking.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    You're right those examples require some skills and some good hardscape elements, I don't really have around the city I live too much nature to aquire DW from, I will need to travel some km to find it, I will go to several LFS here in the city to see what I can find.

    I'm looking for lush vegetation taking over the aquascape. I'll start collecting elements for the hardscape and try some layouts in a cardboard box first.

    I'm waiting for the bad weather to go, it snowed here last week and now it rains, not a good weather to go for hardscape elements hunting :).

    This aquascape won a competition if I remember right: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...=jungle Aquascape&hl=en&imgrc=pcyPuZ1G_bVLhM: :) I think you need years of experience and practice.

    This one on the other hand seems more accesible to me: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...=jungle Aquascape&hl=en&imgrc=cb8aMGkfU6tQOM: I guess and really love it.
     
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    I think I have a starting point. Next step is to collect some rocks and DW and start trying out some layouts.

    Thank you guys for you support, I'll post here images with layouts when I will have enough materials.
     
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    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...=jungle Aquascape&hl=en&imgrc=pcyPuZ1G_bVLhM: :)

    Not that far back I was watching a Promo for a Science Fiction film and that scene was in it only real difference was a misty fog.

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...=jungle Aquascape&hl=en&imgrc=cb8aMGkfU6tQOM:

    That is a very easy one a steps set up on the side twigs at the back with tall plants weaving through the twigs.

    The full size cardboard box is the way to go and use sand as the substrate.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    :)))
    Yep I'll start playing soon with the hardscape maybe have something by the end of the month.
     
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    A few words of advice.
    KIS Keep It Simple
    Don't Hurry no need to.
    Less is more and More is less, translation KIS and don't over do it.
    Think nature not Aquascaping.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Best advices ever.
     
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    As you go ahead and learn stick to those rules and one day you will have a real winner.

    Keith:cat:
     
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