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ADA 90p: Manzanita Branch Nature Scape

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by ShadowMac, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks you!

    The stems in the back need to thicken in quite a bit to fill up the space. I anticipate some of the species will find themselves moved around a bit. I'm not sure about the pygmy chain sword in the center, too. Any opinions on it?

    The large pogostemon stellatus (big pink one) will be moved slightly left to fit the focal region better.
     
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    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Shawn, With the Pygmy c-s What about a low growing Crypt red in colour ??
    A great looking Aquascape at this point cannot wait to see it in its full glory :rolleyes:(y)
     
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  3. ShadowMac

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    I have a red crypt in there. The pygmy chain sword is actually the tall grassy looking plant mid left. It actually isn't rooted. I wedged it in there because I wanted to maybe fill that space. I'm not sure if it looks too crowded.
     
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    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Shawn, Sorry wrong plant name :D I was thinking Aponogeton Crispus red ?:)To Excentuate the red of the Crypt:rolleyes: And would be a nice contrast with the Hygro- Pinnatifida On the DW to the left ?:unsure: Some of Plantbrain blood vomit would look good in between the Pygmy c-s too?? :unsure::unsure::D
     
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    those low growing plants that are green in the front are erio parkeri ;) I've grown blood vomit before and it is a great plant and would look nice, however I think the montecarlo will start to grow too thick and end up covering it up somewhat.
     
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    Very nice scape :)
     
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    Thank you
     
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    Does the siphon hose use a pump or just gravity?
     
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    uses my mouth at the other end to start the siphon, gravity does the rest. You could use a pump, but I've found pumps more problematic than my mouth.
     
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    Lol and thanks :) same here.

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    A colleague of mine has tried to talk me into setting up an auto water change system. My tank is directly above where my utility/fish room is and it wouldn't be tough to do, but I would need to install a wet dry filter with a sump, etc. The hose works fine and I don't mind lugging it out. If I ever put a larger tank there I think I will do it. A frequent daily small water change would be a great benefit to the tank.
     
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    Sounds like a good plan if and when you get a larger tank. Will save a massive amount of time. :)

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    some quick, not so great photos of the reascape. The full frontal shot is over exposed, but it gives the general impression. A lot of growing needed yet to fill out the stems in the back. A few stems are too low to see and will comprise the majority of the back.
     

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    Stunning tank! =)
     
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    looks amazing the tank. Very clean and tidy. Im starting to like these open top tanks more and more.
     
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    Once you get a rimless tank you won't ever go back to a tank with an ugly black rim. They have a very clean modern look and feel like a slice of nature when viewing them since there aren't any visual obstructions to enjoying the aquascape.
     
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    IAPLC 2014 Entry

    Entwood

    rank: 1061

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    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    I have to say I was a little disappointed with the ranking. My 30cm tank last year did better. Taking the photograph of this one was a challenge since there was a wider range of shadows and light, so some parts ended up too dark. It is very hard to see the anubias filling the dark space below the H. pinnatifida.

    This certainly wasn't a "contest" scape. It doesn't have the plays on dimension and scale many do. It was intended to be a colorful tank for my study and for that purpose it has done well.
     
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    Shawn

    I have just done a lot of catch up on this post, not many left now I have to catch up on.

    rank: 1061 I can see why you were shocked after all the work you put into that Aquascape.

    Do you get a written report of how and why you achieved that ranking?

    Looks like you have to find out first what the Judging panel like and create an Aquascape for them.

    Keith:):)
     
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