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Dark Hills

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Guillermo, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. Guillermo

    Guillermo New Member

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    Hi guys, this is the first tank I post here, it was a hard decision for me to upload it, comparing to the ones around this place it looks really simple, anyhow that's what this place is for and we as aspiring aquascapers always need some input from our fellow experienced hobbyists to improve our setups.


    Recently I've changed my Office’s Nano setup and this is what I came up with.

    Tank : 40 cms (16") long, 25 cms (10"), high, 35 cms (14")width (10 cms were made for filtration and DIY Co2) 6mm regular glass glued with black silicon

    Capacity : 35 liters (9.25 galons), 25 (6.6 gal) for inhabitants, decor and plants, 5 (1.3 gal) for filtration and 5 (1.3 gal) for the DIY setup.

    Stand : Office furniture.

    Base : Acrylic and polyestirene (sp ?).

    Lighting : 2 x 15 watts 6,500 °K GE CF bulbs, lamp made of aluminum and glass mirrors, covered by an acrylic box.

    Filtration : Modular with Hagen sponges and Sera floss. In the last chamber is a Boyu internal filter, this serves as a pump and Co2 diffuser as well.

    Co2 : DIY

    Temperature : Pre-Set 25 watts submersible Sunny heater in the filter's last chamber, Azoo mini thermometer.

    Substrate : Azoo Plant Grower Bed (Black)

    Decor : Black stones ( from a river )

    Flora : Glossostima Elatinoides, Ludwigia Arcuata, Echinodorus Tenellus, Utricularia Graminifolia and Lemna minor.

    Fauna : Red ramshorn snails

    The pics.

    From the left :

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    Detail from the left :

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    From the right :

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    Detail from the right stones :

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    Glosso detail :

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    From my desk:

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    General

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    I’m about to change the rocks from the left and the one in the front right, you’ll see the change later, I would like to let the plants grow some time (specially the Arcuata and Tenellus)

    FWIW this TPT thread shows the previous setup.

    Three rocks and some plants (56K W) More Pics - The Planted Tank Forum


    Thanks in advance for your input, reading and looking at the pics.


    Best Regards from Mexico City :yo:
     
  2. Chadly

    Chadly New Member

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    interesting stones... creates a nice texture.
     
  3. Guillermo

    Guillermo New Member

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    Thanks Chad !
     
  4. Guillermo

    Guillermo New Member

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    Come on guys, press the critique button please, LOL !
     
  5. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    needs time to grow in.. imo there is a lot of potential ;)
     
  6. Mars

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    It needs one bigger stone that would be dominant:Happy:
     
  7. Guillermo

    Guillermo New Member

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    Thanks Jur4ik.

    Mars, I have some more stones at home, I will see if one fits. Once I change it I will post some pics.

    Thanks for the input.
     
  8. John N.

    John N. Administrator Staff Member

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    Looking good Guillermo. Thanks for be brave enough to post your scape. It looks great and certainly has lots of potential.

    I think having glosso in this tank could lead to it's downfall (or major success) because it grows so fast your beautiful rocks might get covered quickly. I think the rocks are the major interest points for the scape and you want to make sure they continue to stand out as those "Dark Hills".

    As you change the rock positioning keep in mind the purpose of why you place the rocks as you did. Sometimes it helps to take a picture of your arrangement, and look at the picture for a while and see how your eye reacts to the placement. Ask yourself, "Are you drawn to anything in particular?", and "Is that how you want the viewer's eyes to move with the scape?"

    Looking forward to seeing more. ;)

    -John N.
     
  9. Guillermo

    Guillermo New Member

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    HI John, thanks a lot for your opinion and suggestions. You have nice ideas as usual.

    Maybe this layout would look better with HC instead of glosso, I have some HC growing emersed in the same substrate just in case LOL.

    I have some more black stones, some of them are bigger but I'm very busy now and have no time to test them.

    I will post an update as soon as possible.

    Regards
     

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