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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. Culprit3

    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Wow.. the ease with which you create these scapes is crazy. DO you plan out your quick scapes or just go off the top of your head? I watched you do a stunning one in like 30 seconds on instagram
     
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    A good designer not necessarily Aquascapes has an idea in their head and its developed as they proceed. Some will do several "Think Tank" sketches first. Its a skill they have and its not always after many years of training.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  3. jzhang1013

    jzhang1013 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks! We use these as practice for ourselves. Sometimes we'll go into them with an "idea" while others are more carefully planned. We do know what general direction we want to head towards though when it comes to choosing what tanks to scape and hardscape to use.
     
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  4. jzhang1013

    jzhang1013 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Continuing along our scaping spree, here's our friend's tank after doing maintenance on it...

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    Also added more plants in our latest 5g TV stand setup during a water change...

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    Happy plants

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    Also just used the opportunity to rescape out living room console table too!

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    Quick Scape video here:
     
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    Thank you for posting those excellent photos plus the Video.

    Culprit

    Notice how the primary stone was positioned using very minor adjustments.

    When the hardscape was finished all the extras were added to give the over all effect.

    You will notice when many post a photo of their tank there is bits and pieces scattered every where to put it bluntly its just not required in the photo at all.

    This is another sign of an excellent designer. If you want to get to that level start by doing some design basics at school.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  6. jzhang1013

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    Sorry for the lack of updates, but we've been busy! Since I don't want to violate any forum rules, a simple Google search will let you all in on what even been up to for the past few months. A lot has changed and there's a lot to cover so here it goes....

    We've been doing a lot more Quick Scapes as a proof of concept. Not only are they scape practice for us but they also serve as inspiration and "bigger picture" pieces as in they illustrate how tanks can look if incorporated into an interior design. We figured many people make the inside of their tanks look nice, but what about the overall home? Here are a few examples:

    A simple 2 gallon Ultum Nature Systems 20C cube tank using Flat Bottom Seiryu Stone. The flat bottoms make it super easy to scape with
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    Next up is a 20 gallon Ultum Nature Systems 60U standard tank using a really new and awesome rock to the hobby, Senso Stone. It's best described as an evolved version of the very common Dragon Stone. The stone comes super sharp with many layers of color from charcoal grey to rust red.
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    Another Ultum Nature Systems 20C cube tank with Manzanita Twig Wood and Ryuoh Stone. When soaked in water and in submerged in a tank, Manzanita has a red tint to it, unlike other common aquarium driftwoods.
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    Yet another Ultum Nature Systems 20C cube with Flat Bottom Seiryu Stones. It's just that easy!
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    Then we upsized and scaped a 4 gallon Ultum Nature Systems 25C cube with Ryuoh Stone. Even for us, it's sometimes extremely difficult to tell the difference between Seiryu and Ryuoh. Ryuoh Stone is naturally darker than Seiryu and has very apparent white marbling.
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    Finally, we scaped a 5 gallon Ultum Nature Systems 5N nano tank with the new Senso Stone along with Manzanita Twig Wood in order to go for that orange to red almost Arizona-looking scape. The great thing about Senso Stone is that some of the pieces come flat-top which makes it also a great base rock in nano size tanks.
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    You can view all of these Quick Scapes being put together on our Youtube channel here (we update weekly): https://www.youtube.com/c/glassaqua
     
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  7. jzhang1013

    jzhang1013 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Somewhere in between all that scaping we ventured up north to visit Aqua Forest Aquarium in San Francisco. This is ADA heaven and lots has changed since the last time I visited nearly 12 years ago.

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  8. jzhang1013

    jzhang1013 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Here's an update on our nightstand Ultum Nature Systems 5N nano tank

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    In addition to that 5N, here's our TV stand update now at a month in. The background plants have already been trimmed a handful of times and now it's just a waiting game for the hairgrass to fill in 100%. It's currently our newest tank and fastest growing tank in the house.

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    We also planted 2 micro tanks that come in at 400ml and 600ml respectively. It's currently a dry start and we're hoping to fill them soon.

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    As soon as Game of Thrones season 7 ended my lady decided we did not even need a TV anymore so now the TV stand has both our 5N nanos sitting on it for 'entertainment' lol

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  9. jzhang1013

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    And finally.... here's an Ultum Nature Systems 20C cube that we setup this past weekend for the lady's mom. It's super low maintenance and houses Anubias Petite, Marimo, and various Buce sp. The Betta's name is Klaus lol

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    If I could comment on every tank separately it would be a one word reply "Fantastic"

    Its not only your Aquascapes and the information you have posted its something lacking in a very high percentage of posts its your presentation it shows you think about your presentation as much as the tank its self.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  11. Culprit3

    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    You have such beautiful tanks. I love the way you integrate them into your home. I've watched you quickscape most of those haha. How are the flat bottomed sieryu rocks made? Are they just cut so the bottoms are flat?
     
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  12. jzhang1013

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    The stone naturally comes very sharp and Iwagumi-like while others come very flat, the layers that make up the stone make it very easy to break apart flat.
     
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  13. Culprit3

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    That makes sense. Do you buy your rocks from a mass supplier or find them yourselves?
     
  14. jzhang1013

    jzhang1013 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    We're basically our own supplier at this point :)
     
  15. Culprit3

    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    So you find them yourselves? In your backyard or something?
     
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    Some grainy rocks a gentle tap in the correct spot they will split like slicing bread.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  17. jzhang1013

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    Back for another round of updates!

    Here's a 2 week update on the lady's mom's Betta Ultum Nature Systems 20C Cube Tank. No algae issues whatsoever after 2+ weeks. We gave her mom an Azoo 150 Mignon which is rated for tanks 2-3 times the size of this tank so it would compensate for us not being around every weekend to do a water change. We gave it, its first water change in 2 weeks and there was literally nothing to clean. The water was crystal clear! The plants are perking up and the Betta, Klaus is brightening up in color too. There's no CO2 injection and excel/ferts are only dosed once a week along with water topoffs.

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    Next up we setup this very nice Ultum Nature Systems 60U 20.5G for her mom. Given her budget and free time we decided to go for yet another low tech setup for her.

    Tip : Save the lids that come with your tank. They’re super handy and we use them all the time, especially for pre-scaping. Let’s you play around as much as you want while making sure the scape will fit without scratching your tank.

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    We had over 30 Anubias Petite .5” bunches wrapped on small porous Lava Rocks that grew to 2” bunches in 5 months for this tank. Even the slowest growing plants benefit from CO2. Before placing them in this scape, we split and wrapped 4 golf ball portions of Java Moss to them to avoid the mismatching of rocks for a much more natural look.

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    Since N’s mom had given us a budget to stick to, most of the extraneous equipment/accessories that were used to setup this tank were from our personal stash or storage. This included:

    - Purigen 100ml with bag that’s doing a great job taking care of the tannins in the water from the heavy leeching Horn Wood
    - Hikari mix of fish feed
    - ADA Vitamix which will be good for stress relief and conditioning of new fish that we’re going to add
    - ADA Multi-Bottom which are just like root tabs that will help the Crypt Lucens grow in this sand-only layout
    - ADA Gain Green which helps new plants in tanks establish quickly - ADA Moss Cotton which we used to secure the Java Moss onto the wood and will dissolve on its own in about 2 months time
    - Toothbrush
    - UNS tools that will be released soon

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    Before slowly filling with RO water. We included a total of each of the following plants:

    6 handfuls of Microsorium pteropus sp. Trident
    1 pot of Cryptocoryne Lucens
    30 bunches of Anubias 'Petite'
    6 pots of Bolbitis ‘Mini’
    12 golf ball portions of Java Moss
    1 bulb of Nymphaea Nouchali

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    Adding additional bacteria and established water after a 50% water change on the second day. The tank specs are as follows:

    UNS 60U Standard Tank
    Current USA Satellite LED Plus
    Eheim 2215/350 Classic Filter
    Stainless Steel Inflow and Outflow Pipes
    Eheim Jager 150w Heater
    8 Horn Wood
    30+ Ryuoh Stones
    Full Seachem line of liquids

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    All OK only checking on your filtration you should have a complete set up kit for inlet and outlet, are there any particular reason/s why you have not used the spray bar?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  19. Culprit3

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    What corydoras and tetra types did you put in?
     
  20. jzhang1013

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    Purely for aesthetic and practical reasons. The spray bar wouldn't' have fit with all the hardscape in place.
     

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