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First attempt to aquascape

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by kabriolet, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. kabriolet

    kabriolet New Member

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    I've been reading the forum for a while now. Have been soaking some spiderwood for a few months now until they were saturated. That process took a bit longer than I had hoped for. ;-)

    Today I went for the plants and started to scape. I didn't make a dummy or a sketch in advance, but had an idea of what I was going for.

    Comments are always welcome, if not for this scape it can always be taken into consideration for a next one later.

    I'll keep you posted about the progress the coming days/weeks.[​IMG][​IMG]

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Its way to late to make any changes now that is for sure.

    First point not Aquascaping related as you have a lot of space taken up with those heavy rocks your water capacity has been reduced greatly. This will matter if and when you have to add any additives Meds/Ferts etc you will have to calculate the exact water capacity.

    With all those rocks RH end you are hiding a lot of your DW plus creating a dead are for the water movement.

    Even when you have an excellent idea a beginner I would always recommend you should always start off with a Mock Tank.
    A few things for you to think about next time.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    kabriolet New Member

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    The water still moves around the rocks, but I didn't consider the possibility of creating dead spots with the hardscape. That's indeed a point of attention for next time. Part of the spiderwood is indeed hidden by the rocks, but I don't mind it that much on that side of the aquarium.

    Good to know that I need to calculate the real content when adding nutrition. I guess it won't be any different when I want to add some fish later. I'll have to calculate the remaining water to make sure I don't overcrowd it.

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    Zeus Active Aquascaper

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    Some more details would be nice.
    Tank size, filter, substrate, filter, light, low or high tech, plants, ferts etc

    But not bad at all for first effort with no help (y)
     
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    kabriolet New Member

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    Tank size is 60 x 30 x 30 cm, 54 Liter content. I don't know how much that is in gallons. The aquarium was a kit, including led-lighting, filter and heater: http://www.aquael.pl/en/products/akwarystyka/kompletne-zestawy-akwariowe-szafki/176-leddy-set
    I bought it before I found out about the art of aquascaping. Thought to buy some fish for the three year old daughter, but when informing myself a bit more the project took another turn and became this.

    The substrate is Colombo Flora Base Pro fine. The used plants are Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo', Microsorum pteropus 'Latifolia', Cryptocoryne lucens, Cryptocoryne costata, Lilaeopsis 'Novae-Zealandiae', Vesicularia montagnei (Christmas moss) and Vallisneria spiralis.
    I wanted to add a CO2-set (Colombo CO2 advance system), especially for the Micranthemum, but the installation went wrong. The CO2 escaped even though the regulator on the pressure head was closed. I wonder if I turned it down too deep on the CO2 bottle, I can't find another explanation for it yet. So I'll have to go into that later again. I'm still intending to add CO2 to the scape. Didn't add any fertilizers yet. I think the soil had enough nutrients to start off.

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    It would not be surprising that many Aquarium keepers have no idea of what there actual water capacity is or how to calculate it.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Remove the large stones and replace them with 5 pots of Cryptocoryne beckettii 'Petchii', some pots of hairgrass at the front and some pinnatifida around the roots/on the roots.
    Lighting look like it has poor spread. You want more light at the sides.
     
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    I'm not sure if I'm going to replace the rocks at this moment. I still like the combination of the rocks and the wood. I might trim back the Microsorum pteropus 'Latifolia' a little bit to enable the light to spread a bit better towards the right hand side for now. I'll take a closer look at the lighting tomorrow. Just got home after a long day of work. Maybe the standard lighting element isn't strong/long enough to reach the sides well. That could ask for an extra investment.[​IMG]

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    With this element I'm never going to reach a better spread of the light on the sides.... I'll see what I can find as an alternative.[​IMG]

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    I must agree it does not look like a very good lighting system at all.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    It's basic and not long enough to cover the entire width of the aquarium. I can start with it, but will look for something else to replace it.

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    8w advanced LED lighting. That is what the specifications say.

    My only comment would be open a new Topic in Equipment then post that photo plus all the information about your tank and think about removing that canopy and getting a completely new lighting system.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    kabriolet New Member

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    Thanks, I'll do that. Might get some interesting suggestions there.

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    Most important mention if you are a capable DIY or prefer a ready made unit.
    Also what else is required to run the new unit?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    I prefer ready made units, I'm not that handy and don't have much time left to work on things like that on my own. I don't know if I need much other things. Mimicking sunrise and sunset is nice, but not a necessity for me. I'll post it later today, after my work. Thanks for the suggestions!

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    That sounds like a very good idea, that is exactly what I would do.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Something like this would be so much better for your tank.
     
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    That's an interesting suggestion. I like it. Don't know where I can buy it yet though. Checked the website, but that information doesn't show on my phone. I'll try it on the PC later again.

    Edit: Amazon seems to sell it over here. The price is quite steep with 86 EUR, but it looks like it's worth it.

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    Just picked up a NEW CHIHIROS A-SERIES PLUS AQUATIC AQUARIUM SUPER LED LAMP 30-95W LIGHT 30-90CM
    From Hinderfeld for £50 very powerful and dimmable. If your thinking of going hoodless could be a great upgrade.
    Would provide links but on mobile phone.
    Seen the PAR data for it at UKAPS and very impressive, more suitable for high tech tank but it dims well

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    I've googled it and found a Dutch shop which sells it. It's around 60 EUR. I wouldn't mind to go hoodless. It makes it prettier to watch in my opinion.

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