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60x30x36cm rimmless starphire

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by icepotato89, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. icepotato89

    icepotato89 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    60cm iwagumi scape

    i got my new tank today from Coburg aquarium a LFS in outer suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. it is a 60x30x36cm (same dimensions as a 60p i believe) rimless tank with beveled and polished starphire glass. silicon is minimal simmilar to ADA. The brand is Yi Ding, i've never heard of them till now but its the nicest tank i've ever had.

    equipment list:
    64l tank
    eheim 2213 with ebay lily pipes
    x2 24w t5ho or 2 10w LEDs
    200w Hydor ETH inline heater
    pressurized co2 with glass nano diffuser, bubble counter etc

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    ive started trying out scapes in an old 2ft tank which is the same dimensions as the new tank except 2 inches shorter. i'll be playing with the scape for a few weeks until all my gear arrives.

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  2. Shadow

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    your hardscape look promising
     
  3. Steven Chong

    Steven Chong Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I agree-- don't underestimate the height of the 36cm tank though. It can be hard to make a hardscape/layout with enough height in there.

    If I were to order a custom sapphire tank, I would have picked different measurements from the ADA line.. :x

    Looks like you really got some great things coming together though-- good luck!
     
  4. icepotato89

    icepotato89 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    i played around a little more with the rocks and substrate and tried to use the golden ratio. i think now there is a much more prominent focal point. criticism is welcome....

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  5. lalmeida

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    Hi,

    For me the first version is better.
    Great work! :proud:
    Did you have already choose the plants?

    LMA
     
  6. yankadi

    yankadi Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I like second one ;)
     
  7. fazyl

    fazyl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I like second one too
     
  8. icepotato89

    icepotato89 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    all my gear except for bubble counter and check valve has arrived now so i can start to set the tank up real soon. ive decided to go with the 2nd scape and now im figuring out plant layouts. had some fun with paint to get an idea of how it would look, the plants are HC, microsword and blyxa:

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    for me, i like the 1st one but input is welcome. also unsure if i should plant anything in the cliff kind of bit like moss, anubias etc....
     
  9. Steven Chong

    Steven Chong Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Of the iwagumi layouts I've seen with Seiryu, HC almost always looks the best. Also you want your plant lines to be less defined-- there should be areas in the HC field where hair grass grows, and visa-versa.

    If I had to say which rock layout, I like the second, but I think that the back stone on the left side should be replaced with a bulkier shaped one instead of that sharp one, making a "second lower cliff edge".
     
  10. icepotato89

    icepotato89 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    planted and filled, woooo!!!!
    plant list:
    Hemianthus callitrichoides
    Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
    Hydrocotyle sp (tripartita?)
    Blyxa japonica

    hopeful the HC doesn't die, i got a pretty unhealthy batch. the waters still a bit murky i'll take more photos tomorrow when it clears completely

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  11. Bartja

    Bartja Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Impressive:=D>
     
  12. icepotato89

    icepotato89 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    the water has cleared up really nicely, purigen is the best. i stuck a black background on but not sure if i like it. i might try white or sky blue (not the normal ugly blue).

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  13. John N.

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    Wonderful. I'm liking the black background.

    -John N.
     
  14. vegeboy

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    wew, the slope was so extrem !!
     
  15. fazyl

    fazyl Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I also like black backgrounds, I think it would be better when plants grow up more...
     
  16. lljdma06

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    What a lovely tank, Icepotato. That is an extreme slope. Any thoughts on livestock yet?

    Liz
     
  17. icepotato89

    icepotato89 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    thanks. fish wise, i'm leaning towards a school of ember tetras. i already have 10 in another tank but i think i'll need at least another 10. i was also toying with the idea of chili rasboras but i don't think they school as tightly as the embers, although because they're so tiny they would make the tank appear much bigger. i'll get about 5 otocinclus to help out with algae as well.

    i was going to add RCS and CRS culls from my shrimp tank but i think that bright red shrimp might be a distraction in a scape like this. so instead of ornamental shrimp i might catch some Paratya australensis or get some darwin algae shrimp.

    yes the slope is quite steep. with this in mind i put a T joiner with a tap on the intake tube so i can put water back into the tank after siphoning. this will make water changes easier, but the main reason for doing this is so i don't disturb the substrate and ruin my slope when filling the tank back up. i put one on the output pipe as well but it was leaking for some reason so i had to remove it. i was going to replace the leaking part but then i realized that by turning off the double taps on the input pipe and turning on the T joiner tap, i can just turn off the filter and gravity will back flush the filter. this means filter doesn't need to be cleaned as much. and i loath cleaning canister filters.

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    nice stone....
    I like the right-side, especially the dept
     
  19. icepotato89

    icepotato89 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    i added about 10 of my not-so-red cherry shrimp and a B-grade crystal red shrimp 3 days ago to make sure the tank was cycled (i used a cycled filter from an old tank). so this afternoon i added 8 ember tetras, they're now eating but are still a little skittish from the move so it's hard to take photos of them. in another week or 2 i'll add about 20 more embers.

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  20. vanscheck

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    very good job, looks like the tank is growing as you wanted it to. we ahve the same light,,
     

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