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Green reef - optiwhite 90x45x45

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by jfravn, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. jfravn

    jfravn New Member

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    Plants have started to grow nicely, especially HC cuba and Riccardia, but also the other mosses are starting to grow here on day 10 of the DSM setup.

    No challenges so far except the fact that both riccardia and HC cuba suffered where I added Loctite gel superglue. Wonder why I haven't read of that problem before.

    'Dancing' HC cuba
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    Crescend moss
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    HC cuba, weeping moss and flame moss
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    Riccardia C.
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    Nice transparent weeping moss
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    HC cuba
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    And a detail of the hardscape
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  2. Nidhi

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    Wow great, This one will be block buster.... ^:)^
     
  3. jfravn

    jfravn New Member

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    Thanks Nidhi, I hope so!
     
  4. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    Nice detail shots :proud:
    Love the "dancing" HC
     
  5. Orlando

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    They dance Salsa in Cuba:tea:
     
  6. jfravn

    jfravn New Member

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    Time for a small update. 29 days in the DSM period.

    I'm quite sure all plants have attached to the stones by now, except maybe for some of the riccardia, which is growing very slowly.

    The crescend moss is growing relatively fast, and it will be a job to keep it trimmed down once water is in.

    In a way, it looks a bit messy now, but believe, that the colors will be darker and more uniform growing submersed.

    Today I added a background - white 2 mm acrylic. With superglue I attached a rim, which allows me to hang the background on the tank rim. Have the same in black.

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    This shows the tank from the side. The aqua soil will be filled with eleocharis parvula

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    Finally a FTS and a side detail side shot with HC cuba, weeping moss and flame moss.

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    Another week to go before adding water, foreground sand and eleocharis parvula in the background...
     
  7. Orlando

    Orlando Supporting Member

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    Incredible.
     
  8. jfravn

    jfravn New Member

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    Orlando, thank you for your nice comments!
     
  9. Greg C

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    great trick !!!

    Is to make a backlight ?

    Your tank is beautiful.
     
  10. jfravn

    jfravn New Member

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    Thank you so much Greg. The acrylic idea started out from a desire to avoid attaching something, e.g. film, directly on the glass and then it developed from there. It gives me the opportunity to add backlight, though I haven't tried it yet.
     
  11. Greg C

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    Okay.

    it is transparent or not ?

    You make me want to do the same.

    Ty
     
  12. jfravn

    jfravn New Member

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    Hi Greg, yes the opacity is around 50%, I would go for 30-50% if I intended to use backlight a lot.
     
  13. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    An extremely clever diy job! I always get annoyed with the suckers on lilly pipes being visible when you use a translucent background.
     
  14. Greg C

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    thank you for the info and the trick.

    I'll follow your post with attention ;;)
     
  15. stevo

    stevo Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Outstanding job! Keep up! Definitely a work to follow! ;)
     
  16. Scorpio

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    Nice. Love it
     
  17. jfravn

    jfravn New Member

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    Thanks all.

    Now also partly decided on the fauna:
    30 paracheidon simulans, hemigrammus rodwayi, Serrapinnus kriegi or Rasbora dorsiocellata
    10 Nannostomus mortenthaleri
    8 corydoras habrosus
    10 otocinclus vittata
    amano shrimps
     
  18. aquaholic

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    Beautiful..
     
  19. jfravn

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    Day 32

    Finally got water in the tank today.

    Quickly becoming a bit cloudy and green due to the ADA Aquasoil Amazonia in combination with very hard tap water. The water will become green during the next 1-1 1/2 weeks, and will then gradually turn clear when the tank is cycled. No major issues following DSM. One single patch of riccardia detached from the lava stone.

    Here's a time lapse video of today's activities and photos of the final result. Will add some small pebbles and moss stones on the sand, maybe also some echinodorus tenellus - haven't decided on that one yet.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHU_ThXGhlc&context=C44608c4ADvjVQa1PpcFMWQtIvMaGiz5zkHUC1CDJUEujWQnCI7Xw=]Aquarium 14 April 2012 - YouTube[/ame]

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  20. Orlando

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    Show stopper!!
     

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