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4FT Green Shore.

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by cicjay, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. cicjay

    cicjay New Member

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    Hello!! Been a member for a while but never posted, soooo.... decided to show off my new tank and pick your brains for ideas.
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    Photo is poor I know, will show a better one once its grown out a bit.

    The tank is 48L x 15W x 18H inches
    Fluval 405 external filter
    Arcadia 4xT5 luminaire
    ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia
    ADA Bright Sand

    Plants: Java fern 'narrow', Bolbitis heudelotii, anubias 'nana', various crypts, Glossostigma, HC Cuba, echinodorus tenellus, Eleocharis acicularis and parvula, Hydrocoytle sp., Downoi, Hemianthus micranthemoides and didiplis diandra.

    Fert dosing is loosely based on EI.
     
  2. MonoBarrientos

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    Hi!
    looks great!
    very "realistic" and naturad feeling

    Gmo
     
  3. cicjay

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    Thanks, got a lot of growing to do though...

    Just realized I think this is in the wrong forum. Shouldn't it be in 'Aspiring Aquascapers' bit?
    If so, the if any moderators would like to move it then please feel free.
    Was late last night8)
     
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  5. cicjay

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    Good stuff. Now People with understand why it looks sparse and under planted:-p
     
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    that looks good. nice work
     
  8. Chadly

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    looks nice! I think the glosso takes away too much from the other plants in the middle. I like the openess of the foreground and the hydrocotyle sp.
     
  9. John N.

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    I'm enjoying the openness this tank offers. I like where you're going with the overhanging background plants on the left side. Once that thickens it's going to look great against the Narrow Leaf Java Ferns and driftwood/rock arrangements.

    There looks like there's a lot going on in the background center..meaning many combination of plants. Perhaps it's because they are just now growing in and not trimmed or groomed yet that it's make that area feel "chaotic". I think this is an area where you have to make sure that plants are growing as you envisioned it. If not kepted in checked you may lose that "controlled" nature feeling that you currently have going on in your aquascape.

    -John N.
     
  10. cicjay

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    Thanks for the replies fellas, like that other people can see the potential in this tank that I can see when I look at it.

    Well first off, wow!!! Just looking at that last pic I posted, I can't believe how much it has grown in 2 weeks. EI for you I guess:)


    Definitely know what you mean, I've removed the UG as it wasn't doing very well anyway, and I trimmed the whole "meadow" down. Especially the hairgrass at the back. The glosso is getting out of hand so may rip it out for mor HC Cuba.

    Wish I had a picture update but I've lost my USB cable to my camera:(

    In a couple of days I'm sure.

    Thanks very much.
     
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    Hi, a great work, very natural................

    I like the sensation that transmits this river bank.

    Regards!!!
     
  12. cicjay

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    Okay haven't updated for a while, but here goes.
    This is how it looked as of a couple of days ago.
    Just let the glosso take over... knew it would.
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    Went mad with the pruning of the glosso yesterday...
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    Almost forgot the rocks under the glosso!:D
    Re-planted HC 'Cuba', hairgrass and hydrocotyle and hopefully should grow nice and low.

    Everything else looking good. Added Rotala rotundefolia behind the Didiplis diandra on the right so waiting for that to fill out.
    I'm really liking the left side at the moment, very Nature Aquarium...
    But I think the right side is turning into an almost Dutch scape with all the plots of stems.
    Have to see how it evolves.

    Thanks.
     
  13. cicjay

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    Well around a month on from my last update. Got rid of the glosso as it was killing my other plants and was a pain to keep pruning.
    Cut back the bolbitis on the left and hemmianthus on the right, but before it really conveyed a deep, green gorge with a meadow at the bottom.

    Anyway, comments, suggestions and questions all welcome.

    Thanks.
     
  14. dg2606

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    wow! I really like the positioning of the driftwood. And cannot wait for the HC to finish filling in. great job :)
     
  15. Jurijs mit JS

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    i would keep the drift wood free of moss - there is alot of green and some more contrasts would be great ;)
     
  16. cicjay

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    Know what you mean, don't think I'll completely rip out the moss from all the wood though. But it does need a trim.
    Think the contrasting will show much better once I sort out a much better camera.
     

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