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A little aquascape with chilean native species

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by MonoBarrientos, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. MonoBarrientos

    MonoBarrientos New Member

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    Hi! :yo:

    This is my project with native species of aquatic plants (recolected myself). The tank only have 4 weeks aprox:

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    For me, the interesting point is experiment with this species, because more of them are unknown for many hobbist, but in aquariums seems growth very well,

    Tank 50cm x 30 cm x 30
    light: pll 840 36 watt
    Substrate: clay, volcanic gravel and a little part of organic compounds (humus and sphagnum)
    Flora: Litorella sp (L. australis?... is a foreground plant, on the left)
    Eleocharis sp
    Miriophyllum sp (M. aquaticum? M. elatinoides?)
    Callitriche sp (C. palustris?, C. stagnalis
    Ranunculus flagelliformis
    Elatine sp? (E. triandra?)
    Potamogeton sp.
    unknown moss
    other unknoun little plants...

    This link contain more pictures : Acuaristas.cl • Ver Tema - Un poco de Aquascaping...con especies chilenas

    Greetings!
    Gmo
     

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  2. Garhan

    Garhan New Member

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    This is great, I really see this working well. One thing I truely like about the concept is the originality of the plants and the substrate useage. The layout looks very nice, I hope to see more pictures as it progresses. Well done.
     
  3. MonoBarrientos

    MonoBarrientos New Member

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    Hi Garhan, thanks for you words, i am´glad you like it.

    Greetings,
    Gmo
     
  4. aquaticmaniac

    aquaticmaniac New Member

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    Very nicely done. This is a unique 'scape. One thing I noticed after looking for a bit, the largest branch leads your eye straight to a pump/filter in the top right. I like where the branch is, though.
     
  5. bgangler

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    Lovely scape and wonderful DIY substrate. While all we are wondering about to find the best substrate on market you have use just natural stuff with great success.
    Could you please share with us here in english how you made it!

    Regards:proud:
     
  6. MonoBarrientos

    MonoBarrientos New Member

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    Hi!
    thanks for you comments...
    bgangler: about the substrate , well, I try it :) :
    i like to use natural compounds. The clay increases the CIC value (in sinergic action with humus ) and the "little amount" of organic mathery (humus and peat) brings acid ph (and certain nutrients) , necesary for better asimilation of elements . About the structure, if clay is too much, the substrate is compact and anaerobic; if the organic compound are too much, demands more o2 for the "healthy" descomposition (no use an excess of the mencioned elements) . So, Is very important the porosity, and for this reason, the minimal size particle compounds (clay, humus) are mixed with a high ratio of big particles (comoon gravel...or, in my case, used the natural volcanic soils/gravel, for estetic - i love the black substrate- and porosity of the particle -better propierties- )....

    sorry if i whrite with mistakes, the english still dificult to me :|

    Greetings! :yo:
    Gmo
     
  7. Shadow

    Shadow Moderator Staff Member

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    I like your hardscape, it is look like a root coming out from the hill. Is there going to be a plan covering the slope?
     
  8. KatjaT

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    Very natural looking scape, I like it a lot :daydream:
     
  9. bgangler

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    Thank you, very interesting solution!

    Regards
     
  10. N4505

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    Very beautiful tank! The substrate looks very nice and natural, I wouldn't cover it with anything!
    I like the idea of diy substrate and plants collected from nature ;)
    Thank you for sharing!
     
  11. MonoBarrientos

    MonoBarrientos New Member

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    Hi!
    thanks you guys,
    the sand on the front, will be intact (no plants). The zone between the woods and rocks (lava substrate), is being covered slowly with foreground plants.

    Greetings!
    Gmo
     
  12. Mellonman

    Mellonman New Member

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    Great hardscape... what a natural feeling !
    Can't wait to see it with the foreground plants grown.

    I always envy those who can collect tropical plants, wood and rocks from nature and use it in their tanks... :daydream:
     
  13. Steven Chong

    Steven Chong Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Layout looks fantastic. I'm concerned though about the hill eroding over the white sand-- are there plants in the gaps between hardscape?
     
  14. MonoBarrientos

    MonoBarrientos New Member

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    Hi!
    Steven, the "hill" is contain by rocks into the lava-gravel.
    This rocks are invisible in the final harscape (his mission is contain black gravel and prevends "erotion" by water) .

    this pictures was taken during the initial process:

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    first day:

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    and 4 weeks old (only little modifications of the initial hardscape):

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    Close up of foreground plant in the left, maybe Litorella australis:

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    Greetings!!
    Gmo
     
  15. Miron

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    Really, really good aquascape, a unique layout, congratulations.Are u gonna use that eleocharis sp. as the focal point?I think that some small cryptos such as the parva e nurii will look great in the midle of the roots, this combine with callithiche and some moss.
    Saludos =P
     
  16. MonoBarrientos

    MonoBarrientos New Member

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    Hi Miron!
    thanks you for the suggestions,
    about the species, this tank is only for native species :daydream:..for this reason, i cannot use cryptocorynes ( but, "cryptos" are one of my favorite genus of plants).
    Greetings!
    Gmo
     
  17. hokveld

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    wow, thats realy good looking. you can be proud of that.
     
  18. Guillermo

    Guillermo New Member

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    I like your idea of using native plants and your layout is beautiful, please don't forget to update the thread as the plants grow.

    Cheers !

    P.S. No había visto este acuario Tocayo, muy bonito :113:
     
  19. olivierleo

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    Great job, very impressive, muy lindo !!!
    Is there an issue about collecting plants yourself ? I mean, can they carry parasites or sickness that plants from a shop won't ??
     
  20. MonoBarrientos

    MonoBarrientos New Member

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    Hi!
    a little update:

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    I´m happy for the growth of Litorella australis (foreground) , Callitriche sp (right side) and Eleocharis sp (in the back) ...

    Greetings,
    Gmo
     

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