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45L almost nature tank - starting point

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

  1. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    We will be waiting, if its a used tank fill it up and test it outside just in case it leaks.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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  2. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I did the test all is good, already has shrimps in it :). It was runing for 4 months and the owner needed the space. I brought it home with water in it, but filled it up to test if it cracked on the way home. Fortunately it was intact :)
     
  3. keithgh

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    Sounds like its safe to use then.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Ok so let me break the ice here cuz I need some help with the hardscape as usual :). But first beware, it's a temporary spot, also don't mind the cables behind as soon as I will have my stand done I'll add a black background, I'll add the rest of the plants after I decide over the hardscape.

    First choice:
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    Second choice: 12325103_1277169722300073_522155376_n.jpg

    I'm inclined to the second one. The DW is red moor wood, plants are Bucephalandra Velvet and Theia, monoselenium tenerum and some christmas moss. I'll add some java fern narrow leaf, anubias nana, crypts wendtii green and I'll see if I can fit an echinodorus bleheri, carpeting plants: monte carlo, glosso, I think I'll add some dwarf sag here and there around the DW, I need some open space to observe the shrimps so if choice number one the the open space will be in the RH side, if choice number 2 center.

    Hit me with your opinion.

    Thanks!
     
  5. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    The LH side is looking good, center just a uninteresting arch and the RH side stump not very interesting.

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    Over all this Aquascape has the best responsibilities.
    1, 2, & 3 could have some interesting stones.
    3 could be the start of a small pathway. Can the thin front piece be removed?
    The upright piece looks out of place in fact rather distracting

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  6. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Keith,

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    I. that one is bothering me too but I can only flip it 180, I can't turn it cuz it's pretty unstable if I do, maybe use a rock to keep it in place. That's why I made layout 2 because of that piece.
    II. "Can the thin front piece be removed?" are you talking about that one ? or ... ?
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    I. If I turn that DW 180 it will look like that.
    II. Maybe have some tall plants to fill that empty space ?
    III. That's the path that you are talking about ?
     
  7. keithgh

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    To stop any confusion
    1&2 are the pieces that require cutting or shifting at 4

    3 A small pathway with out plants.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  8. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Maybe I'm retarded and didn't understood what you meant to say but here goes:
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    1&2 are moble, for me it seems right but what do I know :), maybe 2 moved a bit closer to the left ? bare with me and don't get annoyed with my rookieness.

    1 is number 2 on your mockup.
     
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    How does look now?

    I have moved that front piece only a little to the right as it looked a little square on the the front of the tank.

    Now you have a massive path Green? this can be filled in with rocks and or plants.

    The rear of the tank is look good now.

    Try that and post a photo please

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hey Keith, here it is with the piece of DW moved to the right.
    I'll find some rocks for that spot in the meantime I think I'll add there dwarf sag along that piece.

    I'll do a drawing with plants and their positions. 12767196_1278541732162872_1880195317_n.jpg
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Here it is with some more plants

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    That looks a lot better next step those small round stones at the rear of the tank look completely out of place.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Those are mineral balls, for the shrimp, I'll bury them in the substrate, they emerged during transportation.
     
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    Thank you for that information.

    Can you give us more information on them please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Basically it helps the good overall condition of the aquarium and it's inhabitants, raises oxigen levels, removes heavy metals, they disolve over time and releases elements like Iron, Calcium, Zinc, Selenium, they also absorbs amonia and nitrites and helps shrimps moult.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    A question for the Chemically gifted members.
    If it absorbs the Ammonia and Nitrates and slowly dissolves where does the Ammonia and Nitrates go?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Not Nitrates, Nitrites. And I don't know if I used absorb corectly, maybe breaks off / lowers ?
    There are 2 types there, one type is orange, and one type is gray, the gray one is made out of tourmaline, that one it is said to keep in check the amonia, nitrites. The orange one is made of Mai-fan stone.

    I haven't made them and also I'm not a chemist so I'm telling you what I've read on the website from where I bought it. :)
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    or neutralizes ?
     
  19. keithgh

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    Cip I would hope it neutralizes them.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Me too :)), you made me think about it more, I'll talk to the store owner that sells those just to be sure.
     

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