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[5 Tank Builds] Hello... It's Been 10+ Years Since My Last Tank

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by jzhang1013, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    jzhang

    Those light stands look like some thing a Plumber would put together. Did you pour the concrete base in a container with a pipe in it? An excellent DIY I would paint it black to give it the modern appeal.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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    Nice scapes and super groovy lights:cool:
     
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  3. jzhang1013

    jzhang1013 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Here are a few weekly updates for ya'll!

    The nightstand tank is looking thick and lush, might actually throw in more fish or shrimp in it now that it's full and thick with greenery.

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    The dry start setup on our ADA 45f is going well at 1.5 months. 3 more months and it should be all filled. Not sure at this point whether or not we even want to fill it with water. It looks so nice!

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    The kitchen counter Fluvial looking wild as ever with thick stems. Might be selling this whole setup soon.

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  4. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Both tanks look fantastic, I only have one concern with your first tank. Its the white substrate I assume it was a pathway in the beginning . Can you syphon the seen section about 5cm back and replace it with the same as the rest of the seen substrate.


    The excellent Aquascape in the second tank looks very natural and an original extremely well done.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  5. ShadowMac

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    This journal is awesome! Thanks for posting all these updates. You have some great setups and nice scapes. Glad you are back in the hobby after so long. I think you are making up for lost time ;)

    Have you considered entering anything into IAPLC? You do well with stones.

    Keep it coming!
     
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  6. jzhang1013

    jzhang1013 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks thanks! We'll enter the IAPLC next year. This year, we didn't feel like we had a great and awesome competition scape. We're currently rebuilding the 90p for that :)
     
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  7. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    90p is that a typo 90l. I think by there rules you can keep us updated up to a certain point of the finished Aquascape.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  8. ShadowMac

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    No typo Keith. That is the 90 cm tank from ADA. I too have a 90p ;)
     
  9. keithgh

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    jzhang1013 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    It took about 2 weeks but we cleared out the ADA 90p and rescaped it with a new hardscape layout that is wayyyy more aggressive than the last. This new main rock is HUGE!!! If we let it stand up straight with no tilt, it would stick out the top of the tank. The plans for now are just a low lawn of a mix of HC, Monte Carlo, and Elatine Hydropiper. We'll also be dry starting this tank since we've had great success with the ADA 45f. Plants will also be added before we fill the tank with water on the plateaus of the rocks to create a layered look thereby creating more depth to the scape itself. Might consider throwing in some e. tenellus micro to break up the rocks a bit when the lawn grows in... we just have to see. The hills in the back will be higher once we get to planting.

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    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Wow it looks amazing! I'm always stunned how people who have been aquascaping for a long time can just instinctually put it together in no time! Although, if I had that big rock... :p:rolleyes:. It has so much character!
     
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  12. keithgh

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    That is an excellent Hardscape every thing blends in yet still looks very natural.

    Many have been doing Aquascaping for many years and still have no idea what to do. You also must have an excellent eye for design and balance.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  13. jzhang1013

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    We have tonnnnnsss of the larger size rocks in our backyard haha. We just can't ever settle on one! Let me know if you need any!


    We had some free time to do a Quick Scape in one of our empty tanks. Its about a 10g tank with 2 pieces of spider wood and 4 pieces of Ryuoh stone to hold the scape together. It looks really nice and can work for high tech stem plants or low light ferns and anubias/buce. Let us know what you think! the scape took about 20mins to put together.



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    Here's finally an update on our ADA 45f dry start that closing in on 3 months now. The UG is doing great and we added a second LED stripe thats not shown in the photos to speed up growth which also means more misting. Sorry for the lack of updates on this tank because you'll notice that it's been moved to our dining table where the duel nano used to be. So things like napkins get in the way of the tank for photos.

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  14. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    You have an excellent eye for Aquascaping design and balance.

    Have you ever entered or considered entering in any competitions?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    jzhang1013 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Our new 90p layout might be a contender :) We also have a few other empty tanks at the moment :)
     
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    It will an inspiration to many of the young Aquascapers of what can be done if you continue put in all the hard work and, keep learning.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Hey guys, we're back at it again with another 36CM tank because the lady decided to buy yet another Betta which I don't mind at all. We decided to use all wood only and chose 4 Manzanita twigs which we pre-soaked and boiled for about 3 days and nights.

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    We secured them together as one piece with metal ties so that it wouldn't fall apart during planting, maintenance or from the flow of the filters.

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    Next we tied Taiwan Mini Moss along with Anubias Nana Pangolino to the wood to fill in the unnatural looking gaps and cuts. Pangolino is even smaller than Petite and was available in tissue culture!

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    All the tissue culture plants we got which includes: LUDWIGIA REPENS 'SUPER RED' , ROTALA SP 'PINK' , MYRIOPHYLLUM SP MINI GUYANA, HYDROCOTYLE TRIPARTITA , ALTERANTHERA REINECKII "MINI" , ELEOCHARIS BELEM , MICRANTHEMUM UMBROSUM , and the Anubias

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    We set the wood and ADA substrate layers in place and decide how to plant around it

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    The background was planted first with LUDWIGIA REPENS 'SUPER RED' as the main background plant for... well, super red.

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    Then the mid ground for reds and a splash of lighter green from HYDROCOTYLE TRIPARTITA and ALTERANTHERA REINECKII "MINI" as accent

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    Finally the foreground of feathery ELEOCHARIS BELEM to soften the overall look of this planted nano tank.

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    A little cloudy after we set it up along with the temporary filter. We'll have clear photos soon.

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    Here's the Betta it houses and his name is Butter.


    A preview of our next Quick Scape with Manzanita Wood and Ryuoh Stone

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    Stay Tuned!
     
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  18. keithgh

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    Its amazing how you get every thing to fall into that aquascape so easy.
    The answer for the new members is experience and an excellent eye for shape and balance

    My only comment is Betta's are know jumpers.

    Keith:cat:
     
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  19. jzhang1013

    jzhang1013 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Continuing on our updates... here's a few photos of the new TV stand nano tank. We added more plants to it yesterday and today but we'll have those to post for another day.

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    Beautiful tissue culture Buce that was added to this tank:
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    And stem plant growth is doing great!
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    After seeing our planted tanks, a good friend of ours asked us to scape one for her so we put together a nano 2g low tech.

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    Plants include Bolbitus, Java Fern narrow leaf, Java Moss, Anubias Petite.

    As a bonus, we used Alder Cones as part of the scape and also to lower the PH of her tap for her betta.
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  20. keithgh

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    That tank is KIS to perfection, its simple and very basic yet it has that "I want to stop and look at this tank"

    Before a member asks why.
    They are the best thing you can add to a shrimp tank period . The do a lot of things and even have antiseptic properties . Lower Ph provide a food source for the shrimp by creating favourable conditions for micro growth and all shrimp seem to be attracted by them doesn't matter the species . You need a bunch to lower ph much but even in small quantities will offer benefits . They stay around for a while as well . Oh and did I mention free for the picking in most of the country ? While an introduced species from Europe they have established themselves over most of the country especially in the east and can be found around lake and waterway's and are widely planted in parks etc. A handful seems to work best in a 20 or 30 just a few will still offer benefit's though .

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    http://www.plantedtank.net

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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