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Discussion in 'Aquascaping Showcase' started by plantbrain, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. lalmeida

    lalmeida New Member

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    Hi Tom,

    Fantastic colors combination.

    It seems that this was done with ruler and square! :hail:

    Cheers,

    LMA
     

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  2. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks, No ruler used here:)

    haha, it was poorly planned but got lucky.
     
  3. lalmeida

    lalmeida New Member

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    LOL.....Fool me that I like it :D

    Cheers,

    LMA
     
  4. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    This next set of pics span 9 days when I took off and went on vacation for a week.


    Before I left for a week, the tank looked like this:
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    FTS prior to trim:
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    Well, had about 6-8" growth of many of the species after 1 week away.

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    45 min later after trimming:
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    Some of the Erios did not like less ferts this week and decided to flower.............supposedly the kiss of death for them.


    Low grow red hygro is doing nice in the corner under low light.
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    Erio type 3 took off since I hacked everything else back good. Even have extra to sell.

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    I have not trimmed this plant yet, might wait another 3-4 days. This is after I trimmed everything else, then said furrrgetit, doing a water change(so the water is hazy here):

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    Took pics, then did a trim, took more pics, then a water change, then took pics again.
     
  5. juanote

    juanote Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Impressive. Very good job.

    Every day I like best.
     
  6. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I will wait 1 day and then trim the R macrandra back.
     
  7. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I'll be hacking the red macrandra tonight, too intense for me:)
    Better than not intense enough......I suppose.
     
  8. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Made some changes, still gots more to do.
    This is what it looks like after I trim and mid and background plants.

    Ideally, the green plants in the far back would be 3-4" taller and then the rest of the R macrandra would be okay, then trim the color rows in the front down about 2" lower.





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    Some issues are the Red colors of the panatnal and the Red macrnadra have started becoming pretty similar. This makes an annoying T shape rather than accenting the row colors nicely and offering a nice background pallet.

    A solution would be to move the Red Macrndra to the far rear, then pull the green and other species to where the red macrandra is now.

    I think this would be a bit more confusing, I need a nice midground plant, or a mix of perhaps 2-3 species that provides a nice midground, then I can go bright/Red/Yellow etc in the far rear.

    The other option is to move the red pantanal and replace with some other red shade/color.

    The tank will grow any plant......so this causes a lot of choices/options and experimentation to see what I like.
     
  9. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    An interesting idea would be to make a nice log as a row where the panantal is right now........out of Pellia or perhaps Fissidens.

    Pellia will pearl and have a neat texture, but is not as $$ for sales as Fissidens.

    I'd move the pantanal where the Ech vesuvius is and push that back and little towards the rear. This would give more a large red arc vs a T.
     
  10. Fizgig777

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    I prefer the fuller, more mature look. IMO, you're shearing those beautiful plants too low and losing much of their beauty in the process. But I do like the aquascape and choice of plants =)
     
  11. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    You know, all I have to do is wait 1-2 weeks, and the tank is like that again:)
    The lower cut does not last too long:)

    This is not some static set and forget, it's changing as fast as I can whack it.
    What pesters me is the stuff I want to grow fast is slow and the fast growing stuff is even faster.

    I have a few changes coming up in a week or so.
    5 of the Erios are starting to flower. I do not like the flowering aspect.
    I might try and replant them and pull the flowering ones out of the tank.
     
  12. RendeaL

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    This is amazing tank! :tea:

    Tom, special for you, photo idea: lake Ashi, Hakone, Japan

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    unreal colours!
     
  13. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I uprooted all the Erios and the Tonia Lotus blossom, all the other Tonina, all the pantanal, all the D diandra, some of the other groups also.

    So I did a lot of work on the tank actually, so it's pretty clear less than 1 hour later. If someone think they can do all that and make it clear with ADA AS, I'd like to see them try(y)

    I raised the Pellia up and it is on the Left side in front of the Ech augustifolia. "vesuvius".
    I need to figure out how to better manage the R macrandra or reduce the stand. I'll need to figure out a better location for the R wallichii I think. Hydrothrix grows well in the back but parts melt due to a lack of light after a lot of growth starts to block the light.


    The Erios on the right side and Tonina lotus blossom are much better now.
    I think I've produced 3x more Tonina lotus blossom vs the normal type, which I've only managed to double over nearly 2x longer time.
    So Tonina lotus blossom is a better plant for cultivation and sales. I have nearly 50 stems/shoots now. About 40 for the Pantanal.

    I'm also thinking about doing something different with the Downoi and putting Elatine triandra like I had the Gloss before.
    But I need a good home for the Downoi before I go that direction.

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  14. StanChung

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    This would be a nightmare tank for me. Especially timing the growth rates for the stems & getting it ready for the 'final' picture.
     
  15. blue whale

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    The best part of it is that all the plants look so healthy..so vibrant...so lively...:rock:
     
  16. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Yes, that is what I'd thought also, but it's actually quite easy, I trim a little here and there, move a few plants around to see what I like, next week a good trim and in most cases, I only trim 2-4 groups a week, which is not bad.

    Main thing when doing this is to keep the water clean and net up the floating leaves. Otherwise the tank has been FAR less work than I predicted. Over time you get to know the rates of growth and allow the plants to over grow a few weeks and then do a good trim and allow them to grow out for 2-4 days, then get the photo shot.

    But I have not even settled on a final planting let alone having added/deleted the plant species I like:)
     
  17. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    You can see the Bun's in the rear behind the wood, they are small now, but in a few months, they will look pretty nice. There are 8 different types.

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    There are now 10 planted streets in this tank.
     
  18. RendeaL

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    Did they ask you or not. Also what bulbs do you use? what their color temperature?
     
  19. flwrbed

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    this tank never stops amazing me.

    i need to do a red tank. i just dont have the best of luck.

    i need to try that red ludwigia. looks awesome. you have an eye for depth tom. that is hard to teach.

    maybe it is that "magical" touch. lol i read that somewhere.

    great scape!!
     
  20. juanote

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    What is the plant that is in the lower corner of the last picture?
     

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