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5.5 Gallon Rocky Scape

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by mexicat, Jun 4, 2017.

  1. mexicat

    mexicat Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Never created a journal for the nano tank that I had running for awhile. Here's some old photos and an update on the tank.

    I finally bought monte carlo and I found pygmy chain swords for the left side that have been producing runners. I've been cutting runners and placing them behind the main stone. Just need it to fill in / grow taller.

    The front left stone seems shifted from the previous completed photo and I think I might need to shift it or bury it some more. Also need to level out the front substrate.


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  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Its always good to have a Journal as the members can follow how the Aquascape was developed.

    What might help would edit the approximate date (under each photo) or how many weeks old the tank is.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  3. mexicat

    mexicat Aspiring Aquascaper

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    The plants have mostly transitioned and I've added some more monte carlo. Still not sure if this tank will end well as a low tech iwagumi type layout. Have a tiny amount of BBA and green fuzz algae that I'm correcting by correcting my water change method (less often / degassing the water). The pygmy chain swords don't seem to be growing as tall as I thought, not sure if they need more time.

    If I end up having issues with growth down the road I'll most likely tear this tank down and upgrade to a 10 gallon. Kind of interested in doing a driftwood nature style spproach

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  4. John Whatmough

    John Whatmough Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Looking healthy
     
  5. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Am I reading this correctly less water changes?

    Would it help if you used a few fert tabs under them?

    Keith:cat::cat:





     
  6. mexicat

    mexicat Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Right now I have tabs under them and the light is around 22 par so its weird they're not growing any taller. I also dose a small amount of micro/macro nutrients.

    I'm getting closer to tearing this down and upgrading to something different for a few reasons. I originally wanted a nature style approach with driftwood, but made a few mistakes with the wood and plants that I purchased. My stocking options are really limited and I would have to maintain perfect water quality without causing algae from the water changes. Its been 3-4 months since planting and I think the carpet would only be able to reach its full potential with co2 in an iwagumi type layout. This is a photo before I bought more monte carlo.

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  7. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    To get quality quick carpet growth you require a good substrate for them to get that kick start. I does not look like you have that.

    If you are not happy with that tank now I doubt if you ever will in that case get every thing you require and start again.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  8. mexicat

    mexicat Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I might be looking into getting the equipment for a 20 gallon long. I would be able to keep a variety of fish and I think it would be a good size for a driftwood nature style
     
  9. keithgh

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    Is this the size you are thinking about ?
    20 Gallon Long 30 1/4" x 12 1/2" x 12 3/4"
    30 Gallon Long 36 1/4" x 12 5/8" x 16 3/4"
    40 Gallon Long 48" x 12" x 16"

    If you can go bigger it would look a lot better plus a longer area to work with

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  10. mexicat

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    Looking at the 30 1/4" x 12 x 12. debating if 12-13 inches is enough height using driftwood
     
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  11. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    The two in blue might be the best for you if you are concerned about the height. The other alternative is get one made to order which could cost you more.

    L x W x H ins
    30 Gallon 36 1/4 x 12 5/8 x 16 3/4
    30 Breeder 36 3/16 x 18 1/4 x 12 15/16
    33 Long 48 1/4 x 13 1/2 x 12 7/8
    37 Gallon 30 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 22 3/4

    Keith :cat::cat:
     

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