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Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by sworrall, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. sworrall

    sworrall Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thought id pop my new journal on here

    My last scape was an iwagumi and i'd bought this black lava from a local quarry a while back which I wanted to use to create soemthing different. I had an idea of a cliff but with lots of ferns. I had though about adding wood but wanted to try it without for now to see how it got on. Its got lots of votes of being a reef setup on a ukaps thread but i can assure you theres no salt in there :)

    Here are the specs

    Hardscape: Black Lava Rock
    Co2: Pressurised via glass diffuser
    Lighting: ADA Solar 1 - 150w NA Green
    Filtration: Tetratec EX1200, hydor koralia 1
    Heating: Hydor 300W External heater
    Substrate: ADA Nile Sand with ADA Amazonia within the lava. Clay balls to bulk up the big gaps
    Ferts per day: 15ml TPN+ and TPN the next day
    Critters: Red Cherry Shrimp
    plants to include - Ferns, tennelus, hairgrass, fissidens, mosses

    Initial hardscape

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    Most of the planting done
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    Day 1 - planted
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    top left after 2 weeks.

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    Bottom right with graded lava rock

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    A view up the path. Path needs cleaning!

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    Left view up the path. Path still needs cleaning..

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    Front view (ignore the co2 drop checker colour, the liquid needs changing)

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    At the moment im continuing with lots of water changes to keep the algae at bay and im planning to get some HC to stick in the gaps when at my LFS next.
     

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  2. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    It looks really nice, I specially enjoy the plants on the black lava rock spaces, looks very natural.

    Great use of the two thirds rule, very subtle but pleasing to the eye.

    One to subscribe to. :)
     
  3. lalmeida

    lalmeida New Member

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    Hi,
    Nice hardspace. It will be very nice when the plants grow up.
    Lalmeida
     
  4. sworrall

    sworrall Aspiring Aquascaper

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    thanks luis and lalmeida :) Hoping it wil grow in well, just got to keep on top of the hairgrass as it seems to be growing by cm each day!
     
  5. Be-Pio

    Be-Pio New Member

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    Very transparent view and nice gravel , where did you buy it and has the gravel any commercial name?
     
  6. sworrall

    sworrall Aspiring Aquascaper

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    thanks be-pio. Its ADA nile sand. The black bits are either amazonia or crushed lava rock. The lava rock is supposed to be thre, the amazonia has been moved by the shrimps so I need to hoover that up
     
  7. ianho

    ianho Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I really like this Stu, it'll look brilliant when it get going!
     
  8. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    Hi
    Lava Rock is in now ;-)
    Love the 2 islands


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  9. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    watch the dropchecker - this tank doesn't lack Co2 for sure 8)
     
  10. Gill

    Gill New Member

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    Love it, Lava rock looks great
     
  11. royvd

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    :drool:
     
  12. jfravn

    jfravn New Member

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    Any news on this scape??
     
  13. sworrall

    sworrall Aspiring Aquascaper

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    yes, sorry, put an update on ukaps the other day then neglected to update this one sorry :(

    last update - december sometime....

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    Small update as its growing in nicely. Excuse the dirty pipes and algae on the bottom left glass (cant reach it with the scraper!) The fissidens on the top right rock is just there to speed up the growth so its not permanent

    Still need some fish but havent decided which yet.

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  14. Anti-Pjerrot

    Anti-Pjerrot New Member

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    Have you considered using HC on the rocks?
     
  15. sworrall

    sworrall Aspiring Aquascaper

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    as it happens yes :) There is a big pot of HC currently sitting behind the large right stone which im currently converting from emmersed to immersed. Once its grown on a bit im going to rip some chunks out and slot them in a few places. There are already a few bits of HC that have got loose from the pot and clung onto some parts of the scape.
     
  16. l p

    l p Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Progressing nicely...try adding some Vivipara or Cyperus helferi in corners to create more depth.
     
  17. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    I would not add a single thing, would just allow the tank to mature. It is a really nice aquascape and a clever use of the rocks.

    If something would be done, and only later one, would be to add some moss on the rocks, nothing else.

    I really like the rock layout.
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  18. Vugtje

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    Looks sooo nice =)
     
  19. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    A flame angel would be nice but it might see off all your sessile invertibrates. ;)

    I'm joking looks brilliant, it's a unique and very attractive scape, don't give up on it, see it home!
     
  20. Scorpio

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    Nice looking tank.
     

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