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

  1. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    The aquascape has now completed 3 weeks of the dry start method. All the plants that are actually planted in the substrate are in place now.

    All that is left to do when the DSM stage finishes is to attach the ferns and anubias.

    It will probably end up being a 5 or 6 week DSM because I haven't bought the CO2 yet and have yet to route the perspex lid which is vital to stop little children giving their toys the float test.

    The dog is trying different positions all the time to block access.

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    The first thing I see is the driftwood the top two pieces and then the lower twiggy bits tie the Aquascape together.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    hopefully it will work when the ferns start to swallow up a lot of the wood work :) Hit and miss as to which directions they grow in.
     
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    Hi Supercoley,
    Looking fab mate:rolleyes: The plants look like there settling in nicely (y)
    The dog looks happy to :D
     
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    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Well so much for the 4 or 5 week dry start plan. As usual my laziness and motivation played a factor here but about a week ago I finally decorated behind the aquarium which then left me free to get on with things.

    So finally the DSM ends and the aquarium is flooded after 9 weeks and 2 days of emersed growth.I finally introduced water to the scape.

    Many thanks to Mr Luke who gave me a 2kg CO2 cannister that he didn't need. Very generous of him.

    Just a couple of pictures to show here before I flooded. I will update with pictures post flooding later this week.

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    That is fantastic growth for that dry start, every thing looks so healthy.

    Keith:):)
     
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    now it is filled and with ferns anubias look even better. Its a good feeling to finally have this tank setup after being sat in my lounge since May 2011 .....eek
     
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    I know the feeling after taking all that time to complete the small Terrascape.

    The 5ft will always be ongoing as its a garden in an open aquarium tank.

    Keith:):)
     
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    On the 19th I filled this tank. Before filling I glued some anubias and microsorum pteropus var narrow onto the branches. I am always extremely tight with ferns at the startup. The anubias came from my shrimp tanks and I bought the narrow fern from Aqua Essentials.

    There is no need really to put loads in. I find it better to add it sparsely, which in turn lets everything else that will eventually have some shading, get enough light at the beginning. So in this setup there has been one single pot added. Over the next couple of months it will find it's way along the branches and thicken up into a nice bushy mass.

    So 2 days after I took these pictures. There is purigen in the filter and the CO2 is only on 1bps or so but the DC is yellow through most of the photoperiod and the monte carlo pearls like champagne for most of it too.

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    Hi Supercoley ,

    Looking great mate :rolleyes:(y)
     
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    That tank looks like its been established for a long time.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Amazing!
     
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    That light hood, oh my God, its brilliant! A piece of art..

    Plants seem quite happy with the setup.
     
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    Am I correct in saying those end pieces are made from a pressed board type?

    They look like a moulded plastic, what did you coat them with to make them fully water proof?

    Keith:):)
     
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    They are mdf. They were covered with acrylic spray paint which took loads of coats before it even started to stay white. The mdf was soaking up the paint and it would look like dusted wood. Once loads of coats had gone on and it started to seal the surface then it started to cover as you would expect a spray to do :)

    So I am hoping that the layer of acrylic soaked into the outer surface of the wood will have sealed it at least enough to maintain it's structural abilities. Not overly concerned if some areas start to 'puff up' as long as the structure of each end maintains its strength and doesn't fall apart.
     
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    MDF and water do not mix I would have been tempted to make it out of solid wood then preferably a hard timber.

    Keith:):)
     
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    How time flies. It is nearly 3 months since this aquascape was flooded. Just a few cheeky pictures here. This is just after I have heavily pruned the Rotala sp Green and Hemmianthus Micranthemoides.

    A few changes since the last update. The Proserpinaca Palustris was growing so slowly that I took it out and put it in another tank. I replaced it with some Rotala Rotundifolia which I had on hand.

    It may mess up the look of the aquascape in the end because everything else in this aquascape is green whereas the Rotundifolia will give off a yellow to Peach to pink section to the rear right. It also has to resurrect itself from the brink too as it has spent the winter virtually continuously encased in ice in a bucket outside. When I brought it in from the cold in early February it was so weak it was falling to pieces in my hands but it is now starting to show some green shoots of recovery.

    With the Greyhound moved out of the way while I worked on the aquascape my 3 year old daughter took the opportunity to get fingerprints all over the glass.

    Livestock added so far are 20 Blue Jelly Shrimp and 6 normal Otocinclus. The Blue Jelly shrimp have already have fry and there are little darts flying around the tank. They aren't blue though. At this stage they are a translucent reddish hue.

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    Only worry when your daughter has sticky dirty hands then the fun starts.

    Keith:):)
     
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    :) I am like the politicians with their 'baby kissing' photo opportunities.

    'Smile - click - Now clear off' :D
     
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