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Green's 60P Forest

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by GreenFanatic, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. GreenFanatic

    GreenFanatic New Member

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    Hi guys

    I am back with a brand new scape 8)

    Before I start... let's take a look at my previous scape (will be using back the same tank system) during the tearing down stage... ok I know it's not very inspiring 3:-O

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  2. GreenFanatic

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    Finally got a chance to try out the ADA Garden Mat.

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    Truly top grade material... definitely worth the price in my opinion :) I can't believe I was previously using a very thin layer of rubber mesh... very daring :-B
     
  3. GreenFanatic

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    Now here's the interesting part... this is not a complete ADA setup but a hybrid.

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    Complete substrate system by Dennerle. Having the freedom to mix and match is more fun and less predictable :proud:

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    The white beads is the substrate bacteria (equivalent to ADA Bacter 100 I believe).
     
  4. GreenFanatic

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    As I do not need a highly fertile soilbed... I chose Dennerle Crystal Quartz for longer lasting and its nutrient-less property. I kept the gravel layer thin to have more room for water.

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    This thick wood branch was intended for another project actually... but looks quite interesting here. Decided to build a concept around this single tree "trunk" :)

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    The "trunk" protrudes out of the tank by a few inches... something I have yet to experience.
     
  5. Roy Deki

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    Looks like you are off to a get start...thanks for sharing your process.
     
  6. oregonaqua

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    subscribed!! can't wait to see the rest.
     
  7. chillaquaplants

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    I can't wait to see what you do with the "tree".
     
  8. iam_koi

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    nice! looking forward on your progress.. :)
     
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  9. GreenFanatic

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    Thanks for visiting :)

    Thanks!

    The "tree" is not a forest :punched:

    Coming up shortly...
     
  10. GreenFanatic

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    Here are the development stages...

    Stage 1 (Day 1 & 2):

    Here's a pail of foreground plants savaged from my previous tank... it's a potent mix of HC, HG, M.hirsuta and Glossostigma :)))

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    Decided to plant the foreground with HC... separating HC from the rest was a painstaking process.

    The HC... the first to be introduced into the tank... ;)

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  11. GreenFanatic

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    Stage 2 (Day 3 & 4):

    I reassessed my concept on Day 3... trying to make the "tree" concept more realistic. So I decided to use Japanese Hairgrass for the foreground instead.

    Added some short branches to form the root system... tied Bolbitis to the "tree trunk". E. tennelus surrounding the "tree".

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    At this point, I still feel that something is missing...

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    The development continues... :113:
     
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  12. Jdinh04

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    Looks like a very clean planted tank. Should look nice once the hairgrass fills in the foreground and the right back. Although theres something about the placement of the wood that looks somewhat awkward, but I'm gonna give it some time to growout before I see how the placement of the wood will take place.
     
  13. GreenFanatic

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    I felt awkward too... it's the balance of 50% wood / 50% open space :deadhorse:

    That's why the previous scape lasted for 2 days only :Toofunny:

    Stage 3 (Day 5 till present)

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    Added a few more branches to break the 50/50 balance. More plants to help in nutrients export.
     
  14. Jdinh04

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    Wow! that looks so much better! I love the way the wood has reached out farther to the right. What would be cool is some type of val or tall grassy plant in the foreground that will add some contrast against the wood in the back.

    Overall its a nice scape and I can't wait to see once all the plants fill in!
     
  15. CmLaracy

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    Looks much better, I really like the improvement
     
  16. iam_koi

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    very nice improvement.. i also like the wood that reaches up to the right side.. great job! :)
     
  17. trenac

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    I really like your choice of plant for the trunk of the tree. The Bolbitis should give it a leafy look. The addition of the longer piece of wood gave the scape a whole different look... Nice job!
     

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