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Forest Temptations

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by alex08, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    The sun has set over The Good Side setup, leaving room for another project.
    Forest Temptations would also follow the "nature style" patterns.
    So, let me start with a small description :

    *Aquarium*
    Aquael Econoline 54L , 60x30x30cm
    *Lighting*
    -DIY lamp with 2x18 w (Osram 830+865)
    *Background*
    -White
    *Filtration*
    -Tetratec EX 400
    *Heater*
    -25w
    *CO2*
    -Not yet
    *Substrate and gravel*
    -JBL Manado 8 kg
    -White sand 2 kg
    *Fertilizers*
    -VIMI Micro, VIMI Accelerator
    -PPS-Pro
    *Flora*
    Eleocharis sp. mini, Anubias barteri var. nana 'petite', Microsorum pteropus needle leaf, Heteranthera zosterifolia, Pogostemon erectus, Elatine triandra, Myriophyllum mattogrossense, Cryptocoryne wendtii brown, Cryptocoryne wendtii green, Littorella uniflora, Ceratopteris thalictroides, Cryptocoryne parva, Glossostigma elatinoides, Flame moss, Fissidens fontanus
    *Fauna*
    Neocaridina davidi var. Orange, Caridina babaulti var. green, Caridina multidentata (Amano shrimp)
    *Water change and conditioners*
    10L per week + Aquili water conditioner
    *Food*
    Dennerle Shrimp King (Mineral, Complete, Protein, Color), New Life Spectrum Crustacean Formula
    *Temperature*
    25 degrees
    *Hardscape*
    Red Moore, Seiryu stones

    So, how it all went down? Let me show you guys, step by step :

    First day, finding a good spot for the wood :
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    Next, the Seiryu stones :
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    Then i added a few of the ferns :
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    Planted around 70% :
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    Building the trail in the middle with smaller rocks and more small plants :
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    One of the attractions of the tank, Neocaridina davidi var. Orange :
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    Close up :
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    More pics to come! :D
     
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  2. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    It looks good! Nice shrimp, what kind are they?
     
  3. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Alex

    That is a great little aquascape, are you going to have any plants at the back and centre of the tank to link both sides up.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Hi Alex, Looking good (y) With the shrimp how will you keep the sand clean as they love moving stuff about ??
     
  5. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    lucasgg, i have 3 species in this tank (for now), the one you see in the pics being Neocaridina davidi var. Orange.

    Keith, i don't know what you are reffering to. The tank will be fully planted, except the part with the trail in the middle. You'll see. :D

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    I'll be back with some more pics. :D
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Roy, the trail in middle is made with the help of some plastic "walls" and above that i will put different size rocks to hold even better the brown gravel. Hope this will do. :D
     
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    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Alex, Lets hope it works :whistle::D
     
  8. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Alex I was referring to the end of the trail/path.

    Again fantastic photos.

    Keith:):)
     
  9. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    In my little scape with a sand path when I do my water changes I use an airline just to gently suck up all the grains that the shrimp move onto the sand. Then I drop them back onto the slopes.

    Lovely scape and lovely shrimp.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    A great yet simple idea that works very well.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    After water changes you get to look at a lovely clean sandy path...........for about 30 seconds before the shrimp get back to their untidying duties :)

    I guess with the scape above once the plants grow in they should hold the substrate in place more and more and the need for tidying eventually be vanquished.
     
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    Good idea, Andy. I'll keep that in mind too. :D

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Alex more great photos, do you place all their food on the pathway?

    Keith:):)
     
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    Glomeridae Active Aquascaper

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    I always find that you choose really delicate (not in the sense of fragile plants, I hope you understand! ^^') and amazing plants on your tank!
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Keith, from now on that will be the perfect choice. Before adding the rest of the plants on the sides (Glossostigma and the others), i could of fed them anywhere. Now, being fully planted, the best place for dinner or lunch :rolleyes: is the path in the middle.

    Glomeridae, thank you. You're right, i'm trying to work more on the details. :D

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  16. rodoselada

    rodoselada Aspiring Aquascaper

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    foarte frumos Alex!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! trimete-mi si mie:LOL::LOL::LOL:

    Very nice, Alex !!!!! Send me a few of them. :LOL::LOL::LOL:
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Dorin, cu cea mai mare placere, doar ca nu am ce scot momentan. Se inmultesc mai greu. :D

    Dorin, with pleasure, but I have only a few, I can't sell now. They don't breed as easily as Neocaridina. :D
     
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    rodoselada Aspiring Aquascaper

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    glumeam Alex, chiar daca ai avea nu am cum sa ii iau;):p

    Just joking, Alex. Even if you had some, I can't get them, because of the distance.;):p
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    rodoselada and alex

    I think it would be nice if you did a translation as well please.

    Members cannot give you a like if they cannot read the reply.

    Keith:):)
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    You're right Keith, my bad. :)

    R : Very nice, Alex !!!!! Send me a few of them. :LOL::LOL::LOL:

    A : Dorin, with pleasure, but i have only a few, i can't sell now. They don't breed as easily as Neocaridina. :D

    R : Just joking, Alex. Even if you had some, i can't get them, because of the distance.;):p

    rodoselada is a fellow romanian, we know each other for some time on the romanin forums. :D
     
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