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A Work in Progress

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Tempest, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. Tempest

    Tempest New Member

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    Mabuhay!

    Greetings everyone! I'm new to this site. I'd just like to share with you my planted tank. I'm still not satisfied with it though. Let me start out with the tank details...

    Tank size: 35gallons
    Light: 1x55W PL w/ reflector.
    Subsrate : 3mm~5mm Pea gravel
    Filtration: IGF
    With Pressurized CO2 tank
    Fertilizers: NPK (dry fert's), Trace (CSM+b)

    Now for the hardscape...
    The rocks were bought from a local garden shop.

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    A week after planting. By the way this was setup last dec'07.

    Flora includes..

    Ludwigia arcuata
    Limnophila aromatica
    Limnophila sessiflora
    Ludwigia inclinata var. cuba
    M. umbrosum
    HC
    pearl weed
    echinodorus tenellus
    rotala sp. green
    rotala walichii
    lysimachia nummularia

    Fauna...

    6 pseudomugil signifer
    3 otocinclus
    Local Shrimps

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  2. Tempest

    Tempest New Member

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    This is after 2 1/2 months... sadly the original fauna died of CO2 overdose.
    But after some adjustments made my first purchase of threadfin rainbows.

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    And 2 weeks after that...

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    And this is after 5 months... at this time I'm having a little trouble with my HC carpet. You can see open patches were there used to be some HC. Rotala sp. green was just trimmed and the rock on the left was just added recently hence still looks a little clean. A little more algae and it's good to go. hehehe

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    My threadfins...

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    Comments would be openly accepted.
    Thanks for viewing!
     
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  3. waterfaller1

    waterfaller1 New Member

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    Welcome to ASW! Beautiful tank. I love the rainbows and the depth your tank has. I also like your user name, it's one of my favorites. :Happy:
     
  4. Tempest

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    Thank's carole! :Happy:
     
  5. fishman9809

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    thats incredible!!!!!
     
  6. iam_koi

    iam_koi New Member

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    this is a great tank... welcome to ASW sir Tempest! :)
     
  7. Roy Deki

    Roy Deki New Member

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    Looks very nice...I wish I could buy rocks like that at a garden store here in Arizona. I think just a little more height with all your stem plants and then a final photo. You have a great eye for depth. Keep up the great work and keep us updated, please!
     
  8. Tempest

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    Thank's fishman9809. Glad to know you like it as well. :Happy:
     
  9. Tempest

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    Thanks for the welcome sir iam koi!
     
  10. Tempest

    Tempest New Member

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    Some of the rocks I bought were big chunks. Just had to break some of them to get what I wanted.Yup just waiting for the right time for the final photo. Thank's for the compliment Roy. Will do! :)
     
  11. akmal

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    very nice tank...do you use base ferts? your HC seems to be doing well in pea gravel
     
  12. Tempest

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    Thank's akmal. I don't use base fert's, only water column fert's for this tank. You might not have notice that I use a modified UGF. IGF "In Gravel Filter" as we loosely call them here. So base ferts would just be sucked by the pump and spewd back to the water column.
    With regards to HC and pea gravel.. well it takes a longer time to establish than when you're using sand IME. But it will just be fine on a 5mm pea gravel or smaller. Anything bigger and it might make it even harder for HC to establish I guess.
     
  13. John N.

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    I think the scape is excellent, especially in the front with the rock work and variety of foreground plants. Not many aquascapes effectively create that sense of front to back depth/sloping like you have in your scape. I do agree with the comment above that the scape could benefit from letting your background plants grow taller.

    -John N.
     
  14. tirtha1979

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    Thats an ultimate scaping. Am really spellbound. :)
     
  15. Tempest

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    Thank's for the comment John. Yup the stems really do need to grow more. More so to cover that PVC pipe that keep's screaming "Hey! Look at me guys.. I'm blue!" :))
     
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    Thank's tirtha! :Happy:
     

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