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Gone To Earth

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by zeneo, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. zeneo

    zeneo New Member

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    Hello,

    My new tank started on February 2008

    Setup:
    Tank: 80x40x40 - 128 L
    Filter: Fluval 104
    Heater: 100Watt
    Co2: Pressurized
    Light: DIY 140 Watt - 2x24Watt PLL 6.500k + 2x36Watt PLL + 20Wat Hagen Power-Glo

    Gravel:
    Kanuma - Acid gravel to help lower my 8.5 ph
    Seachem Fluorite Black
    White sand

    Hardscape: Schist rocks and Vine wood (?)

    Ferts.: Seachem

    Fauna:
    Ramirezi
    Tetra Emperor
    Caridina Japonica
    Black Mollie
    Neon Tetra

    Flora:
    Hemianthus callitrichoides
    Hemianthus Micranthemoides
    Heteranthera zosterifolia
    Didiplis diandra
    Rotala Sp Green
    Christmas Moss
    Anubias nana petit

    Sorry for my bad English, it's a bit rustie as I don't practice it for a long time.

    Choosing the rocks
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    Layout experience
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    Kanuma
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    Seachem Fluorite Black
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    Half water
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    Light
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    The tank finished (click to see it larger)
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    More pictures coming soon.

    Hope you like it >:D<
     

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  2. Orlando

    Orlando Supporting Member

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    Beautimus I must say..Very clean, keep us posted with more pictures as your tank matures.
     
  3. kakkoii

    kakkoii New Member

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    I like it a lot!
     
  4. John N.

    John N. Administrator Staff Member

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    Simple selection of plants, complicated hardscape. I like it, glad I found your scape. It's very nice and clean. Is that mesh separater inside the tank separating the substrate somehow, or is it just a pad that I'm seeing through the glass?

    -John N.
     
  5. Pat7676

    Pat7676 New Member

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    I like your scape. Love the rocks, where did you get the from? I like how simple it is. I also like your DW.
     
  6. zeneo

    zeneo New Member

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    Thanks to all for the nice coments.

    John N.
    Its a rubber pad between the glass and the forniture.

    Pat7676
    I travel a lot during the labor week and in many places of our country there are lots of it. Just have to stop the car on the side of the road and pick them.
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    The old ones even do a lot of houses and other things with it
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    I dont know what means DW
     
  7. Pat7676

    Pat7676 New Member

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    Wish i could pull over and find some here that would be great.
     
  8. zeneo

    zeneo New Member

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    Some fish photos. The camera isn't so good for macro and the photographer even less

    Tetra Emperor
    This guy came from my 240 L. where he regularly eat a lot of angels eggs. He is very smart, coming from under the leaves and steal them one by one.
    When I put him in this tank he became completely crazy with the female, byting every other fish, specially the amano shrimp. Didn't kill them, but has they didn’t had many places to hide, they climb the wood and even jump out of the tank. Lost at least 6 shrimps.
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  9. goalcreas

    goalcreas New Member

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    DW = Drift Wood


    Very nice scape, I can't wait to see it fill in.
     
  10. tinkerman

    tinkerman New Member

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    Nice looking tank can't wait to see it grow in. I've looked at emporer tetra's in the store before and I might actulay get some as the photo's, they look great.
     
  11. zeneo

    zeneo New Member

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    In the stores they are always too young and don't seem so beautiful. It’s really a great fish and the real emperor of the aquarium. Very mean. His thin teeth really hurt when he goes to your hand.

    Someone who knows a lot, told me to have at least 5 females for one male. I have only two for the moment, without much plants and places to hide it's a bit hard for the females. When they are young, look into the eyes, blue for the male, and green for the female.

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  12. tinkerman

    tinkerman New Member

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    Thanks for the tip.
     
  13. zeneo

    zeneo New Member

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    Hello again,

    I took off the sand, I wasn't enjoying it very much, made things look not so natural.

    The Stargrass is now growing too fast, and taking all the nutrients in the water, as I don’t intend to add more, the other plants don’t grow so fast as I wish. I have to take it off. Any suggestions to another plant for that place (left corner)? I’m divided between the Didipils Diandra and the Rotala Sp Green.

    I had the chance to buy some Cabomba Furcata rare for this parts, not a very good plant for this kind of aquascaping but I really love it. As I have great difficulties with my ph, I didn’t expect much of her. But, for my surprise she is doing ok. Just a “small” problem that she grows a bit, than the stalk rotten and I have to plant it again, making it smaller than I expected. Maybe when the stargrass is gone, it will be better.


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    The Wood is too big, I knew that from the beginning, I will cut it a bit next weekend if I have the time. Especially the one in the right. What do you think?

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  14. Joe Faria

    Joe Faria New Member

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    Start to getting shape... it looks pretty good so far!!! :proud:

    Keeps us posted.

    Um abraco,

    Jose Faria.
     
  15. Pat7676

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    Looking good keep it up!!
     
  16. GreenFanatic

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    Lovely layout! Your red stem plant will look absolutely awesome in 2 months... keep trimming :)
     
  17. Roy Deki

    Roy Deki New Member

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    I like the wood work...Please keep us posted!
     
  18. zeneo

    zeneo New Member

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    Thanks for all the nice comments folks 8)

    Some of the cleanning crew.

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    I think I have to raise their income, they really have a lot to do :))
     
  19. waterfaller1

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    Beautiful tank and nice photos of the fish! It looks better without the sand..more dramatic. :Happy:
     
  20. Pat7676

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    Nice looking clean up crew!!!
     

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