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Aquascaping Journal: Land of Fame

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by seetharam, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. seetharam

    seetharam New Member

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    Hi All

    After a year long break from the aquascaping world , im back with my newest scape "Land Of Fame".

    Will attempt to document the step by step process and progress of this tank.

    Below are the specifications

    Tank : 36x18x18 Inches
    Lighting : 2x36 Watts ADA Twin PLL and 2x24 Watts T5HO
    Filteration: Eheim 2217 with ADA Bio Rio & Ceramic Rings for Bio Filtration
    Substrate : ADA Bacter 100, ADA Power Sand Special (M) and ADA Amazonia II
    CO2 : Pressurized at 3 bps, diffused through Ceramic Diffuser
    Dosing : ADA Fertilizer Series
    Flora :

    Foreground
    Hemianthus callitrichoides
    Eleocharis parvula

    Midground
    Riccardia graeffei (On Driftwood)
    Bolbitis heudelotii
    Crypy Wendetti "Tropica"

    Background
    Nothing as of now.

    More plants will be added/removed based on how the scape matures.

    Fauna : Not Decided

    Now for the pictures

    The stage is set

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    ADA Amazonia II Lining given on 3 sides so that the Power Sand does not show

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    Power Sand Special Added

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    Bacter 100 Added

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    Base Scape is made

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    The highlight of the scape which is the driftwood tied with Riccardia graeffei and Bolbitis heudelotii is placed

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    The scape is given more character by using rocks around the driftwood

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  2. royvd

    royvd New Member

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    looks very nice already!!
    love the wood and how its placed
    are it 2 pieces??
     
  3. Edis

    Edis Moderator Staff Member

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    Nice start and the wood is owesome and arranged well.
    May I suggest shifting the whole structer a bit to the left or right. It looks too centered to me as it is now. It might work if it was twice bigger?
     
  4. seetharam

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    Thanks Guys

    Roy: Yes thats 2 pieces of wood.

    Piece of Fish: The tank is already setup, Dont think i will be able to shift the wood now.

    Below is the latest Update

    Planting in Progress

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    DAY 1

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  5. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    lovely Journal, imo the center scape works great as it will finally look like an island, right?
     
  6. seetharam

    seetharam New Member

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    Hi Juri

    Yes, Thats the Idea, Once the Cuba and hairgrass Fill out, The contrast will increase and the whole Center will look like its elevated. For the left and right portion background, i just plan on keping just the Crypts which are low lying like Tropica, There will not be any background stems. This will make the center more in the spotlight.

    The rock placed on the driftwood right at the center is temporary just to keep the driftwood down. Behind the driftwood right down the middle i plan to use E.Vivipara at the back and let it grow all the way to the top and let if form a nice green cloud, I feel it will look good , but will take a call based on how the scape is shaping out
     
  7. seetharam

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    Below is the update , Day 3 water has cleared considerably, Cuba already showing signs of moving towrds the substrate.

    DAY 3

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  8. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    have you used purigen or does AS2 simply cause less cloudiness?
    Water cleared up dramatically ;)
     
  9. skaner

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    nice work with the wood
    but imho the stones will disapear under the plants
     
  10. seetharam

    seetharam New Member

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    Juri - No Additives ........... Just a 70% Water Change. I usually follow a frequent major water change schedule and gradual light increasing process to avoid major algae issues. Below is the schedule i have planned for this tank.

    Week 1: 70% Water Change every 2 days, 4 Hrs of Lighting
    Week 2: 50% Water Change every 2 days, 6 Hrs of Lighting
    Week 3: 30% Water Change every 3 days, 8 Hrs of Lighting
    Week 4: 30% Water Change every 3 days, 10 Hrs of Lighting
    Week 4 Onwards: 30% Water Change Weekly, 10 Hrs of Lighting

    Skaner: Yes i agree , A lot of the Rocks on the sides will get overshadowed by the Bolbitis, that would give some dark areas , with a few hints of prsence of stone, which i hope will improve the natural look of the tank, The rocks in front are at the slope and i will need to maintain the Cuba so that it just touches the rocks and does not overrun it
     
  11. Big Dog

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    Looking good.
     
  12. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    What is your ADA dosing regime actually?
     
  13. seetharam

    seetharam New Member

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    Thanks Guys

    Juri: I use Green Brighty Step 1 and Brighty K, But i dose only 1/3 rd the dosage recommended as the plant density is very less and every alternate day for the first 2 weeks. Post that its 1/2 the dosage every alternate day.
     
  14. seetharam

    seetharam New Member

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    The Driftwood has finally sunk, so removed the stone in the center, Planted Eleocharis vivipara at the back of the driftwood , also added some more Crypt Wendetti "Tropica" on either sides at the back to fill in some of the empty space. Here is the picture.

    DAY 6

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  15. seetharam

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    Another Update, Added Christmas Moss and Narrow Leaf Java Fern to the scape, Here is how it looks now.

    DAY 9

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  16. WINDY

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    It look great and better than before, especially cuba increase very well !!
     
  17. Vadimshevchuk

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    I like how the HC contrast the dark colored wood. Great job!
     
  18. seetharam

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    Thanks Guys

    I was not able to control the light regime for the tank, I usually start up with 2 -3 hrs in the first week and keep bumping in up by 2 hrs every week after that and then stabilize it at 8-10 hrs a day from the 4th Week onwards, but instead i blasted all the lights on this tank for like 8-9 hrs a day and Diatom Algae is getting a bit notorius, Especially in the open areas in front where the cuba is planted. Siphoning off as much as possible during water changes and today introduced 2 Otto's and 30 Odd Cherry Red Shrimps to take care of the rest of it. And yeah a slight adjustment made to the driftwood piece on the left , i feel it looks better now. Below is how the tank looks as of today.

    DAY 11

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  19. ghostmonk

    ghostmonk Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Lovely layout. But the rocks could have been a little bigger. Very little will be visible after HC covers.

    Don't worry too much about the diatoms. Normal with new setup. Just keep doing 60-70% WC every week and make sure to clean the filter as well to maintain the flow. The diatoms will go away after the tank matures.

    However, I think you have too much light for your setup. After you have the HC and DHG taking off, I would suggest scaling back on the light to avoid long term algae issues.
     
  20. seetharam

    seetharam New Member

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    Thanks Guys, Here is the update.
    Had to fight out some diatoms and fuzz algae in the past 9 days, Lots of regular massive water changes, siphoned out the algae as much as possible, then my algae crew of Ottos, Cherry Shrimps and SAE's got rid of the rest of the algae in 3 days flat.

    Added Staurogyne sp. "Tropica" , Overall plants seem to be doing well, filling in slowly but surely. Also for a change decided to try out Ferka Micro and Macro Fertilizer. Below is the update on the tank.

    DAY 20

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