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Colorado - 80x45x45 Optiwhite

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Supercoley1, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Supercoley

    Looks like you are well on your way now, keep us all updated please.

    Keith:):)
     

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  2. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Indeed, Just waiting on one of my swiss watch collection to sell on ebay and then I can move forward with buying the plants and a few other things :) 2 days to go and current bid covers the plants, just need a bit more to buy a fire extinguisher and a couple of odds and sods.
     
  3. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Just looked at the date of the post above and got embarrassed :) Finances been going to other priorities and that tanks has been sitting with the hardscape in it since December :eek: Didn't realise it had been that long. I just decided to force some motivation by buying the plants. That will force me to buy the other stuff in the next 4 weeks or the DSM will be wasted :)

    I actually bought this opti-white tank in April 2012, yes 2 and a half years ago, and it has never had water in it!!!...............however 2 weeks ago I flooded it bit by bit. The reason I did it bit by bit was so that the wood didn't float away. So filled it 15 litres a day. Didn't work. lol. The wood still floated so I waited for it to sink, then repositioned it and left it like that until yesterday.

    Then last night I drained it, added a small amount of fresh akadama where puddles were to level off the foregound and then (following Shadowmac's plant suggestion) laid a fair amount of Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo' along the foreground and valley area.

    That's all that is in the tank at the moment. I have Staurogyne Repens, Ammania Bonsai (or whatever thats been renamed) and Ranunculus Inundatus as these also need adding in during the DSM. When they arrive I'll plant them so they will take hold before flooding.

    So I'm currently on day 1 of what will probably turn out to be a 4 week DSM. The other plants should get around 3 weeks. Then I will attach the ferns and anubias just before flooding with the stems to be planted last (probably going Rotala sp green on the left and Rotundifolia on the right.)

    Sooo..........I need to buy a new fire extinguisher for CO2, some new filter media (because I pinched some for another tank) a sheet of very thick acrylic to make a cover to prevent little kids from dropping their bl**dy toys adding their own touch of decoration in the scape.

    I'll add some pictures later. Just got to catch up on all my website updates. lol.
     
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  4. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Supercoley

    Not another long wait I hope.

    Keith:):)
     
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  5. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Nope, I'll sort out the piccies some time today :)
     
  6. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    I am considering going shrimp only with this aquascape. I am thinking of letting Crystal Red Shrimp take the aquarium over which will also mean leaving the aquarium at ambient temperature. I might get some coldwater fish to go in with them but haven't decided on that yet.
    I will post up an update after each plant arrives and is planted.



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    I not only have to fight a lack of motivation to keep on top of this aquarium. I also have to fight my way past a 40kg greyhound!!! His name is Louis and doesn't like being disturbed from his all day sleep.



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  7. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Dogs easy just move his bedding a little each day.

    Motivation been there and done that it will kick back in slowly and speed up as the tank is close to being finished.

    Keith:):)
     
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  8. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Lol. I drag the bed out of the way and he doesn't even move. Lifts his head to see whats going on then puts it back down again.
     
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    sounds like my dog...
     
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    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    A quick update. The 'monte carlo' and Tripiarta has had 6 days of the DSM and now I have planted Staurogyne Repens, Ranunculous Inundata, Ammania Bonsoi and a couple of other plants I impulsivley added just to try which are Proserpinaca Plustria and Hemianthus Micranthemoides. Will update again after week 2.

    The dog thinks that its a sunbed.

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    Hi Supercoley,

    Looking good love the mix of plants :rolleyes: The dog looks happy too :D
     
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    Its coming along extremely well for you.

    I notice you have several underground retaining walls, I have used slate pieces what are you using it looks like a plastic material?

    Keith:):)
     
  13. Supercoley1

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    plastic lawn edging. the dark green wavy stuff.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I thought it was that edging, the only problem here I can only buy it in long lengths.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Not sure if I like the tank or the dog better! lol Nice job - looking awesome!
     
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    Many thanks ;)

    Same here. It's cheap. I bought a 5m length and then chopped up what I needed, then put what I needed under some heavy stuff to flatten it out.
     
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    I will check it out again next time I go to the garden shop.

    leaving it in the hot sun for a few hrs will flatten it out.

    Keith:):)
     
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  18. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Keith I live in England he, he. Heavy books is the way to do it here. Some of them have pictures of sunshine in them.
     
  19. greenfinger 2

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    Supercoley, Books great idea :D Thing is Kindle Books are not that heavy. I live in England too:) The sun is that the yellow thing in the sky:LOL:
    Been wet windy and very cold in London :(
     
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  20. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't know Roy. I am told it is why you can see the clouds in the daytime :)
     
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