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Journal of my 55gal in 2008

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by redcaptrio, May 25, 2008.

  1. redcaptrio

    redcaptrio New Member

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    oriental negros, philippines
    all-glass 46in x 18in x 16in
    lighting: 2.5Wpg 0530-0730; 1000-1600; 1830-2100 lighting hours with fan
    filtration: undergravel filter with seaquest 800 submersible pump
    substrate: fine river sand
    CO2 injection: DIY 1.5L x 2
    ferts: KNO3, MgSO4, FeSO4, Ca(NO3)2, CSM+b every 3days 5mL each
    fauna: red platies, zebra danios, neon tetras, SAE, c. babaulti "malaya", ramshorns, malaysian trumpet snails, common pond snails, nerite snails
    flora:
    ludwigia arcuata, crypt wendtii, crypt usteriana, bacopa monnirie, anubias nana, java fern wendilov, bacopa caroliana, cabomba caroliana, hemianthus micranthemoides, rotala rotundifolia, lobelia cardenalis, hairgrass, stargrass, HC, hygrophila polysperma sunset, ludwigia repens

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  2. redcaptrio

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  4. redcaptrio

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  7. redcaptrio

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    still 05112008 but with different cam...

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  8. redcaptrio

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    not yet complete, newbie's setup..

    this is my first thread here in ASW forum.. been reading and am awestruck with all your aquascapes here.. it really is quite a new level for me.. hope to learn some more and enjoy aquascaping everyone!

    thanks.. feel free to comment and give suggestions..
     
  9. Guillermo

    Guillermo New Member

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    Hi red, welcome to ASW, I'm in the works to become an aquascaper also, so I can't suggest other advise than changing those rocks, they are beautiful but maybe too big.

    Cheers !
     
  10. dirrtybirdy

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    I actually liked the first set up better. although I think the space behind the rocks should be filled up. well the back and sides of the rocks. tanks looking nice though
     
  11. chillaquaplants

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    Was that a rock or driftwood on the right side that you removed? I really liked that piece and was a little disappointed that you took it out. I could just picture that piece blowing up with flame moss!
     
  12. redcaptrio

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    some photo updates...

    thanks for all your comments and suggestions guys.. i really hesitated in removing that other bogwood but plants behind it started dying on me and it was really a chore trimming behind it.. so... maybe in my next scape i will cover it with flame moss as you suggested as flame moss just become available to me.. thanks again.

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    happy aquascaping!
     
  13. chillaquaplants

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    Those Crypts are looking good around the rocks. Looks like verything is filling in nicely for you.
     
  14. redcaptrio

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    thanks chillaquaplants.. im sorry but those are not rocks, its bogwood that i cut in half.. its a trunk of a small tree that was partially buried in a river bank near my home.. though fairly large, i've kept it as my shrimps love grazing on it.. thanks for the comments.

    are the crypts in front too distracting? i thought they'd remain small but they're growing fast.. i am planning on removing them, but any thoughts on the matter first? tia
     
  15. trenac

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    I think the Crypts look good where they are, they actually hide the largeness of the bogwood. The overall look of the tank is pleasing. The plants are healthy and filling in nicely. I do think you need some sort of hardscape toward the right side to balance the left hardscape. Nicely done!
     
  16. redcaptrio

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    thank you sir... i'm still learning to grow the plants and also on trimming and overall maintenance.. i hope to learn a lot from this site too.. God bless.
     
  17. waterfaller1

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    I like the mirrored shots, how do you do that? Plants are looking healthy, good job.
     
  18. redcaptrio

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    thanks waterfaller, its such a slow progress but i like it better this way.. the shots are taken by angling the camera so that the water surface is also included and still get the substrate surface.. theres no trick really.. thanks once again..
     
  19. redcaptrio

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    a few changes here and there... i think for this tank, it will never be done... hehehehehe...
     
  20. chillaquaplants

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    The plants are looking great - bright greens all around. I like the round Rotala bush in the middle. I've tried that technique a few times, but can never get it just right.
     

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