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Echinodorus tank

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by ianho, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. ianho

    ianho Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Echinodorus tank (new video)

    before we get started, this isn't a 'scape' perse, it's more of an experiment/plant species tank. I for one am blown away by the ADA aquajournals and love some of the more simplistic scapes. There was one with just a single species Echinodorus with a glosso carpet, which i loved.


    The other reason i wanted to start a Echinodorus tank is because they are under used and understated plants IMO. The tank may turn into a an absolute Echinodorus jungle, but i'm gonna try and keep on top of trimming with the smaller Echinodorus. At present it does look quite low and unfilled, but in a few months it'll be grown up. I have also gone for another try at a small HC carpet. This is the only non echinodorus in the scape. There is only a minimal amount of hard scape in the tank as well as i don't want hardscape as the main feature in the tank. I want the plants to be the feature.
    here's a little run down of the plants in there...
    4X E. Red Devil
    4x E. Magdalen
    1x E. Marble Queen
    1x E. Ruben
    2x E. Quadricostatus
    1x E. Tricolour (main feature plant)
    HC and Vesicularia dubyana
    here's just a quick snap shot of the tank and bare with it, it 'should' look good once grown up and in. The plants still have their emersed leaves.

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    Echinodorus by Ian Holdich, on Flickr
     
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  2. Getingen

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    Cool idea. Good luck with your project. I also like the Echinodorus plants.
     
  3. Fizgig777

    Fizgig777 New Member

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    Good luck keeping on top of trimming! I have just a few in my tanks and they're monsters.. .LOL... Like the hardscape. Will complement the plants nicely as they grow.
     
  4. Peanut8787

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    Keep us update. Your plant look so healthy and green:=D>
     
  5. Frosties

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    I always wondered if this was possible. I am impressed and will be watching this one.
     
  6. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    Anything's possible.
    I'll be watching, it's an interesting tank and idea. Best of luck and beware of enchino-montsters.

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  7. ianho

    ianho Aspiring Aquascaper

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    lol, cheers for that Garuf!!! and thanks guys, have taken a few tips from the guys at tropica via Mark Evans, hopfully going to tame a few of the beasts.

    well it's been planted a week now and i'm getting new leaves on most of the swords, the Red Devil leaves are really eye catching, hopefully all the leaves will stay this colour???
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    Echinodorus Red devil by Ian Holdich, on Flickr
    and as i have witness before on full moons in my tanks, the Amano full moon meeting (very strange behaviour)
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    full moon meeting by Ian Holdich, on Flickr
    my new fave fish,
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    Apisto by Ian Holdich, on Flickr
    and a full tank shot
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    FTS by Ian Holdich, on Flickr
    so far so good, added more Purigen today, also took out an old mature sponge and added some Seachem Matrix after reading an article George put on FB
    Seachem Matrix [T A G]
     
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  8. ianho

    ianho Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Heres a quick vid of the tank at present...best vieded in 720p and upwards


    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIoJTBwBxWc"]Echinodorus Tank part 1 - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    ianho Aspiring Aquascaper

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    nice pics...
    interesting idea :idea:
     
  11. ianho

    ianho Aspiring Aquascaper

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    cheers Dario

    Heres a quick pic of the tank i took insperation from (amano scape)
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    amano scape by Ian Holdich, on Flickr

    here's part 2 of the Echinodorus tank...(best viewed in 720p and upwards)

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl_R8GVKtCk]Echinodrous tank part 2 - YouTube[/ame]
     
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  12. Kalan850

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    tank is looking real good. that apisto is sik! does he keep the neons schooling for you?
     
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    Very Nice
     
  14. ianho

    ianho Aspiring Aquascaper

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    cheers guys...

    @Kalan...the female killed most of my green neons when she was carrying her fry. This is one reason for the re stock.
     
  15. ianho

    ianho Aspiring Aquascaper

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    heres a pic which is a little like the pic above (lol)

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    guppy by Ian Holdich, on Flickr
     
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    ianho Aspiring Aquascaper

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  17. arandelovic milos

    arandelovic milos New Member

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    (y) Bravo IANHO! iTS NICE PLACE FOR THIS TANK!:)
     
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  18. Ericadesign

    Ericadesign Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Great Job
     
  19. Capsaicin

    Capsaicin New Member

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    Are you located in the USA? I have some E. tenellus and a baby Echinodorus sp. "Red Flame" I could send to you for the cost of shipping.
     
  20. Garuf

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    Capsaicin, Ian is based in lincoln, England.
     

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