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Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by alex08, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    A few weeks after Forest Dreams ended, i started working on another setup, having the same 'nature style' in mind.
    This time i went with a combo of Red Moore, Twinty wood and Dragon stones, for hardscaping.

    Some "hardware and software" details :

    « Aquarium » Aquael Econoline 60
    « Dimensions in cm (L x W x H) » 60x30x30
    « Lighting » 36watts - Osram 865 - 6500K - 7h/day
    « Filters » Dennerle scapers flow
    « Heating » Aquael Comfort Zone 75w , 24°C
    « Cooling » Dymax cooling fan W5
    « Fertilizers »
    First two weeks, only VIMI Accelerator, in the recomended dose.
    After this, i'll use Dennerle Nano fertilizer and VIMI Accelerator, in the recomended doses.
    « Gravel/Sand » JBL Manado, Quartz (0,8-2,0mm)
    « CO2 » No
    « Flora »
    Anubias barteri var. nana 'Petite', Bucephalandra Green Wavy, Bucephalandra Mini Needle Leaf, Microsorum needle leaf, Microsorum windelov, Bolbitis heudelotii, Ceratopteris thalictroides, Cryptocoryne wendtii brown, Cryptocoryne wendtii kompact, Cryptocoryne parva, Creeping moss, Flame moss, Stringy moss, Pelia, Hydrocotyle sp. Japan
    « Fish & I

    nvertebrates
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    Hyphessobrycon amandae (Ember tetra), Neocaridina davidi var. Orange« Hardscaping » Red Moore, Twinty Wood, Dragon Stone

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  2. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Center complex is great, however the outside driftwood is rather distracting since they are quite tall and heavily shadowed. I'd either remove these woods or place trimmigns from the originals in the same spots and have them remsemble creepers or low roots.


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  3. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    You never do any thing simple, I guarantee it will look totally different and spectacular as iusual when its finished.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  4. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Thank for the advice, Lucas. The thing is after planting was done, i didn't seem to be bothered by what you're saying.
    I'll show you guys in the next few days how it evolved.

    Thank you again, Keith.

    I thought about the trails of sand and on day 2 i made them using some pieces of mesh.

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  5. Shane P.

    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    In my opinion, your hardscape looks fantastic. The different twists and turns in the wood give a variety of points of interest, and with some good plant growth, your tank will be beautiful!

    Keep up the good work!
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    When Alex starts planting and once it develops it will not look like any thing it is now.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  7. Shane P.

    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    Of course, it will look different.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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  9. Shane P.

    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    That is some pretty great inspiration :D
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Shane you will learn a lot by following Aquascapers like Alex.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  11. Shane P.

    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    Why did he utilize the mesh material for his sand?
     
  12. Shane P.

    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    Also, where did you find/purchase your driftwood, Alex?
     
  13. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Could be he did not want it to mix with the substrate.

    Alex lives in Craiova, Romania

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  14. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    So, to answer your questions, Shane :

    The mesh is for separating the sand from the substrate, i had no problem with it the last time i used it (Forest Dreams setup). ;)
    I got the DW from online stores in my country. That's also the case for substrate and sand.
    If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. :D

    Let see some more pics, day 2, also started planting, mainly the ferns :

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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Day 3, with more planting :

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    Through all this process i kept the plants and hardscape in moist with the help of some wet paper towels.
     
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    Be careful putting too many plants around your center piece of DW, you don't want to cover up that beauty.
     
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    Fantastic as usual its slowly heading towards the natural wild look about it.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Thanks for the advice, Al. I'm well aware of it, but i have to admit i'm always curious to see the tank like that at one point. Just for the fun of it.
    I do take pics regulary so i can chose in wich period the tank looked best.

    Thank you, Keith. Wait till you see. :D

    Day 3, adding the water :

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    Looks awesome!
     
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  20. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    No matter what you do at any time of its development it will always look at its best until next time it will look its best again.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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