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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. jzhang1013

    jzhang1013 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    21 Boehlkea fredcochui
    3 Otocinclus affinis
    6 Corydoras pygmaeus
    1 Crossocheilus siamensis
     

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    jzhang

    With the Crossocheilus siamensis SAE as they age they can become very lazy and prefer your food rather than hunting for food in other words be prepared to buy a young one every now and then.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  3. Culprit3

    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thats a cool tetra! I've never heard of it before. I bet Klaus loves his nice big tank. Its very interesting how you managed to hide the HOB filter behind the rocks. Thats hard to do. I've tried and it never really works.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Now your tank is practically completed use as much time as you can by learning about Aquascaping.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I'm planning on setting up a few different sizes of mock tanks to practice
     
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    Fantastic scapes ;)
     
  7. jzhang1013

    jzhang1013 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    So here's the final look of the tank on the last day we saw it

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    Tank Specifications:
    TANK: Ultum Nature Systems 60U 20.5 Gallons
    LIGHTING: Current USA Satellite LED Plus
    FILTRATION: Eheim 2215 / 250 Classic with Stainless Steel Pipes and Seachem Purigen media
    CO2: Seachem Flourish Excel
    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
    SUBSTRATE: Natural Sand
    FERTILIZATION: Seachem Flourish
    HARDSCAPE: Ryuoh Stone and Horn Wood
    LIVESTOCK: 21 Boehlkea fredcochui, 3 Otocinclus affinis, 6 Corydoras pygmaeus, 1 Crossocheilus siamensis

    Here's a video of the tank during feeding time after they were added:

    Now that we're back home, here's how we tried to make cinder blocks look pretty lol with a Quick Scape

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  8. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    You have "Dressed" the area for that very simple Rock Scape it is not only a stand for the tank it becomes part of it giving the viewer a very pleasant experience and they want to stay and admire your work.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  9. jzhang1013

    jzhang1013 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Updates, updates, updates! Here's our newest TV stand Ultum Nature Systems 5N (4.6 gallon) nano tank at 2 months. It's been a battle to keep it balanced correctly since the Twinstar 360E LED we're using is A LOT of light for such a small tank. However, once it was balanced, there's been great growth. Right now we're concentrated on getting the background stems to get bushier by trimming at least twice a week and waiting for the hairgrass to fill 100%. Also, we've been working on dosing more Iron for deeper reds. Really surprised at how colorful this tank has turned out thus far.

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    Next we used classic Dragon Ohko Stones for a concave Quick Scape.

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Again your tanks are very basic but excellent plus. Your presentation is something many should aim for as its perfection.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  11. jzhang1013

    jzhang1013 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Back again with new updates!

    It's been a while since we posted any updates on our longest running tank at almost 11 months. It seems now is the time for a rescape or at least a replant. We don't trim this tank anymore and are only performing water changes and fertilizer dosing.

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    We took a break from tanks and created another Quick Scape with Manzanita Twig Wood and the European exclusive, Frodo Stone

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    Shortly afterwards, we visited a long time friend and helped her setup a new Betta Fish tank. The tank is an Ultum Nature Systems 2C cube that holds a little over 2 gallons. The only "plant" we used was a tennis ball sized Marimo Moss Ball that we split and attached to the Seiryu Stones with super glue. She has a hard time keeping any sort of plant alive so we made it as simple and low maintenance for her as possible.

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    Her Betta, Reddington seems to love his new Beachside home :)

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    Next up we visited and did some maintenance on another Ultum Nature Systems 2C cube. This is an update on Klaus' tank that we setup nearly a month ago. All the plants are perking up nicely, even the slow-growing Buce! Even the Betta is getting bigger and more colorful by the day.

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    jzhang1013 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Here's our newest Ultum Nature Systems 5N nano tank, approaching 3 months. All the plants are doing well and responding to consistent trimmings. We're going for that bushy looking as opposed to the long stringy stem plant look.

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    And finally, here's our 5 month long dry start method ADA 45-F tank. Looking back, we should have filled it at month 3 or 4 but due to our hectic scheduling it was left neglected and we decided to fill it anyway to see how it would grow out if it even does. We probably misted it 10 times during the 5 month period and forgot to even lift the wrap for CO2 exchange on occasion. Also the summer heat did kill some of the utricularia graminifolia off but it recovered on its own pretty nicely. All the equipment that is being used on this tank is just used equipment we had laying around so ignore the horrible frankenfilter setup. We just set this up temporarily since we didn't know if the UG would survive during this transitional phase since it's such a tricky plant. This was our 4th and most "successful" time with this plant. Fingers crossed for this one!

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    What else can you say than all your work is fantastic.

    Your work is something every beginner and member who wishes to learn more should follow all your postings with great interest.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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