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Dan's First Nano Scape

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Nacho Heeledge, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. Nacho Heeledge

    Nacho Heeledge New Member

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    Well after much debate I finally decided to give Aquascaping a real try (thanks Stu-sworrall)!

    I have a 21ltr nano tank and plan on detailing my progress/failures here.

    After being persuaded by the other half I ended up getting a Fluval Edge 21ltr tank in white. Below is the tank in place in our kitchen:

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1359635053.430249.jpg

    Ok so first problem, the opening on the top of the tank is quite small and the piece of wood I bought wouldn't fit in the gap. Que. junior hacksaw and lots of cutting.

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    Anyway after the cutting and testing it fits (and more cutting...) it was time to add the substrate.

    I went for a tropia substrate, mainly due to cost (I have Ada Amazonia in my big tank and it isn't cheap)

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    This is the substrate levelled out to a 1cm thickness

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1359635415.695712.jpg

    I then cleared a gap of roughly 1 inch around the edges so you wouldn't see the substrate through the glass

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    Then it was time for the gravel. I went for a black sand gravel with a grain size of approx 3mm

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    Black gravel levelled out.

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1359635559.759132.jpg

    Next I put the heater and co2 diffuser in place, I went for a fluval mini co2 system as this is my first attempt of a proper planted tank.

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1359635581.698741.jpg

    Next were the rocks

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1359635648.585834.jpg

    And then the modified piece of wood

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1359635673.578108.jpg

    I had this grand idea of a white path coming out of a cave, this is my carefully adding the white gravel

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1359635697.884150.jpg

    Path in place

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1359635746.642765.jpg

    Final setup of hard scape.

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    Now after this was done I went away and came back a while later. Needless to say I realised it was very cluttered in there and I didn't like the cave I made.

    So after a few redesigns and removing most of the white gravel I have settled with the below.

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1359635808.158534.jpg

    Next is plants but I will update once I decide what to get etc.
     

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