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Fabulous Decay, 54l

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by letsgodisco, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. letsgodisco

    letsgodisco New Member

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    Hello World,
    greetings from Budapest, Hungary to all of you folks.

    let me share this 2.5 months old tank here, with the following parameters:

    Tank: 60x30x30 cm, Opti white
    Substrate: ADA Power Sand Special, Amazonia
    Lights: 2x24W T5, 7.5 hours, from about 20cm
    Filtration: Eheim Professional3 2071
    Water: full RO, although TDS measurements give 200ppm -- something really drives this up
    Fertilisation: pressurised CO2, 4 bpm; macro and micro nutrients according to EI

    Plants:
    eleocharis acicularis
    eleocharis parvula "mini"
    echinodorus tenellus

    anubias nana petite
    bolbitis heudelotii
    ranunculus inundatus
    hygrophilia pinnatifida
    microsorum pteropus narrow
    rotala nanjenshan
    rotala vietnam
    didiplis diandra
    weeping moss
    flame moss

    Emersed (most of these freshly planted, not yet visible, we'll see what will thrive given the circumstances):
    some kind of terrestrial moss from the woods
    rotala indica
    rotatal nanjenshan
    ammania bonsai
    ludwigia arcuata
    HC
    HM
    myriophyllum matogrossense green

    Fauna:
    paracheirodon simulans
    otocinclus affinis
    amano shrimp
    CRS/taiwan mix shrimp

    Here is a current view:

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    And a closer one:

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    Some algae problems currently, but generally in a well manageable status, with plants striving.
    Please let me know what you think; I am particularly interested in critiques / how the scape could be further improved with planting. Or anything that comes to your mind :D
     

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  2. Yoda

    Yoda Moderator Staff Member

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    Love it !!!! (y)(y)
     
  3. letsgodisco

    letsgodisco New Member

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    Thanks @Yoda, here are some pictures of Day 1 :D

    Hardscape
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    Filling up:
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    Still cloudy :) Still with cypherus helferi on the left :) I removed them shortly after, because they did not fit the overall proportions of the tank.

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  4. greenfinger 2

    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi letsgodicco, Wicked:rolleyes::rolleyes: Love the hard scape and the planting:cool:
     
  5. letsgodisco

    letsgodisco New Member

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    (blushing) :D
     
  6. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Fantastic scape! well done!

    I have to say the hardscape work is superb, but I am a little disappointed the top of the arch is lost above the water line.
     
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  7. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    letsgodisco

    I must have stared at your first photo for about 4-5 minutes as it had me very confused about the top piece of DW.

    It looked as if it was floating there but I could not see any reason for it at all.

    Then as I moved down I saw it was a piece connected to the main piece of DW.

    My thoughts on that would be should it be removed or not?

    It might open that part of the Aquascape.

    Substrate I would prefer to see it the same colourings as those dark grey rocks then it would become part of the Aquascape not a separate part that does not blend into the whole theme of that tank.

    Plants just a little warning the Java Moss can become a pest if not controlled.

    A good trim would not go astray either.

    Over all its an excellent Aquascape but with a bit of attention to a few points I think you have a tank that in my opinion has the WOW factor.

    That little see through cave/tunnel is different yet its FANTASTIC as it looks so natural.

    Keith:):)
     
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  8. letsgodisco

    letsgodisco New Member

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    Hello ShadowMac,

    Great observation! In fact, the hardscape is a single piece of DW, which barely fits the tank, so I had not much choice in this one -- other than upgrading the set to a larger one, which I could not afford this time. In fact, I really like that the woods fills up the space that much -- but it is indeed a pity that the upper arch is lost for the underwater view. But it is not lost completely: I am growing an emerged island on the top of the arch. It is just starting to show signs of life, here is a photo:

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    this is how it started :D

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  9. letsgodisco

    letsgodisco New Member

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    Hello Keith,

    great points!

    I would probably cut my arm sooner than the upper branch, but as said above, I completely agree that it could be more spectacular in a tank that is about 10cms higher. In any case, you see my attempts above to make this work this way. Also, as a visual emphasis for the "Decay" theme, the roots of the emerged island are starting to penetrate the empty space in the middle, which I really like as a visual effect, something similar to this image here- It still needs to grow and be shaped by trimming, but I am not displease with the way it is just now.

    This is an interesting point! I am not sure about how to develop the ground-area in the front; this La Plata sand is impossible to keep clean with a bunch of diligent Amano shrimps working towards entropy 24/7 :D. I was even thinking of bringing the planting substrate to the foregroung, either from the left corner, or in the area that is the most littered with Amazonia balls on the photos (in front of the DW-base). Still processing this in my mind :)

    As are some other plants here; this is a scape that required a lot of pruning to remain in good shape. The Microsorum can't grow bigger than that, for sure.

    Most definitely! I just had the opportunity that I could access a camera, so I just took it and made an "as is" photo --- but heavy trimming is coming up for this bitch :D :D

    Thanks a lot, Keith, for the compliments as well for your great observations!
     
  10. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    letsgodisco,

    It might surprise you I only have one good eye sight shot in the right eye.

    You only have to ask Roy how sharp my observation is.

    Now that's a sneaky photo seeing the whole picture I would not even touch it at all.

    In fact I like it even more (the top section)

    Keith:):)
     
  11. letsgodisco

    letsgodisco New Member

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    Thanks very much, Keith!

    I don't know who's Roy, but I always had the impression that most of us have one eye too much to see the essence :D

    I'll try to add a full frontal photo which also shows the emerged part, as it is now. It is very difficult to make a photo that would show both parts at least moderately well // the upper segment is burnt out usually. This is a challenge :)
     
  12. ShadowMac

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    Love that phrase!

    The island section is great for an in person view, I bet. It just gets lost to us over the internet.

    I figured it was a single piece, and an exceptional piece of wood at that. I wouldn't want to cut it since it has great potential in future scapes as well. Keep us updated with your progress.
     
  13. letsgodisco

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    The same I figured -- it has some great angles other than this one ---- only requiring more space.
     
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    Hi letsgodico , Roy is me;) Cannot wait to see your update pics :whistle::cool:
     
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  15. letsgodisco

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    Here is a full frontal to get a full picture :)

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    This is a wonderful scape!
     
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    Hi letsgodisco, Simply Stunning :rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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  18. keithgh

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    Looking at the total effect of your tank is now totally different.

    The more you look at it the more you see.

    Again congratulations on such a great Aquascape.

    Keith:):)
     
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    One of the best layouts I've seen. Totally awesome!
     
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  20. letsgodisco

    letsgodisco New Member

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    Thank you guys!
    I'll keep you posted

    Here is a newer shot of the emersed "island"

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