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Dirted aquascape

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Rachel Jo, May 23, 2017.

  1. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Rachel

    If they are small enough to fit in its mouth its snack time. Looks like its buy more. An importer of Cardinals always told me the younger you buy them the greater the survival rate.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  2. John Whatmough

    John Whatmough Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Your a little unlucky Rachel, I had a single large Angelfish many years with small tetras and no real issues, but they are Chiclids and small fish or shrimp are considered a meal, if you really wanted to keep the Angelfish deep bodied tetras like Black Widos or Phantom would be a better choice
     
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  3. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Something for you to consider. My only concern would be your tank is not a large tank and you would be limited with your inhabitants.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  4. Rachel Jo

    Rachel Jo Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Fish problems sorted, I traded the big guy in for more neons and a shoal of tiger barbs, but my latest problem is dietoms and my lower level plants are starting to look sickly and yellow, Ive upped the ferts and carbon a little, as I don't entirely trust the test strips im using.
     
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  5. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    My only advice would be buy a good general Test Kit you do not was an expensive kits that tests every thing get one that suits your needs.

    Then post all the test results please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  6. Rachel Jo

    Rachel Jo Aspiring Aquascaper

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    2 hours after a 50% water change plus 5ml of fert and 5ml liquid carbon
    Test results Amonia and Nitrite zero, Nitrate 10ppm, pH 7.5, kH 14°, gh 19°
    Some of the plants in the mid ground are yellowing, but I think are improving since I doubled the ferts and carbon 20171201_161852.jpg
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Regular good water changes should help your plants. I preferred 45% twice weekly.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  8. Rachel Jo

    Rachel Jo Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Things are settling now, and most of the plants are romping away, in fact I've started trimming, really starting to get the 'edge of the Forrest' look, that I wanted 20171219_165837.jpg
     
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    Wow, looks great Rachel, you've done a fantastic job...well done :)
     
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  10. keithgh

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    This is where you were six months ago. All the time you spent getting every thing ready the results are paying off now.

    As the tank ages it will improve even more. The natural Algae on those rocks is exactly what I thought would happen.

    Next step will be, are you going for the complete manicured look, the wild look or, a 50% x 50% look?


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    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Rachel Jo Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hi Keith, think Ill go for a 50:50 look, let the plants fight it out a bit, obviously with it being a deep tank there may be winners and losers at the bottom, then just manage the plants higher up to make sure enough light gets to the red plants. Also Im thinking I need a bit of height at the back left, to balance things
     
  12. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I would not go that way here is what you Aquascape is now. Any height in that corner it will not have that that appeal and, look like any other design

    Triangular Aquascape

    Triangular aquascape is high on one side of the aquarium and low on the opposite side. This type of aquascape is best used in aquariums that are placed near the corner of a room to create a feeling of vastness on the side that are further away from the corner of the room. Cosmetic sand is often used in this type of layout to enchance colours and texture of the aquascape.
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    Info
    https://aquascapers.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/concave-convex-triangular-and-rectangular-aquascapes/

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  13. Rachel Jo

    Rachel Jo Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Ok Keith, thanks, yes I get that, and I suppose inadvertently it's a triangular scape thst I've created. And the main viewing angle is from the front left
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    To do a Triangular Aquascape its not easy as every thing is telling you, I want more height.

    If you look at your Mock Tank now you can see the triangle forming.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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