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July 2011 Aquascape of the Month: "Antelope Canyon"

Discussion in 'Aquascape of the Month (AOTM)' started by John N., Jul 27, 2011.

  1. John N.

    John N. Administrator Staff Member

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    July 2011 Aquascape of the Month
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    Antelope Canyon
    by Wichian Janjira
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    INTRODUCTION
    [float_left][​IMG] [/float_left]My name is Wichian Janjira (Wichian), and I started aquascaping aquarium plants twenty-five years ago.

    The first aquarium was unfortunately unsuccessful, and died within a month due to lack of light, carbon dioxide and proper nutrients for the plants.

    Even with the failure, I did not give up. I researched how to grow specific aquarium plants and worked my way up to growing them successfully and in a visually stimulating layout.

    Years later, my dream finally came true. I now have a small shop selling aquatic aquarium plants. In Thailand, I am happy and growing aquarium plants for a living is extremely fun and rewarding.





    INITIAL PLANNING

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    In my initially planning, I looked for the most beautiful aquarium plants in the world. I sought out colorful, and interesting shaped plants that would stimulate my eyes. From there, I looked for the right planted aquarium equipment to suit these plants. Unlike my first aquarium, I made sure to get the right lights, carbon dioxide equipment and filters for my aquariums. For the lights, I got a PL 36 W x 2 bulbs placed over the layout. This was enough to grow the high light plants such as Hemianthus callitrichoides, Rotala sp. Myriophyllum sp. Micrantthemum umbrosum, and Hygrophila pinnatifida. I used ADA Aquasoil for the substrate base and the plants seemed to respond very well to this substrate.

    Once I got my plants and equipment together, I put together the layout. The intent was to keep the layout simple, but interesting. I focused on open spaces, clean and trimmed plant appearances, and similar shaped and color plant groupings. Overtime, the plants would grow and shape the aquascape almost on its own.



    HARDSCAPE ARRANGEMENT[float_right] [​IMG][/float_right]

    The stones were placed in the layout prior to planting. There were not many places for the rocks, so I placed them where they looked best in my eyes. I used a metal mesh to help form the substrate bed into rolling hills and to provide more depth to the aquascape.

    I placed the plants around the rocks in species specific plant groups. This helped complement the rocks and bring a sense of simplicity to the layout. With regular trimmings, I kept most of the plants from overgrowing the hardscape. The plants such as Hemianthus callitrichoides would grow just enough to cover the rock formations, but not to the point where they overtake the hardscape.


    PLANT TRIMMING

    Keeping an aquarium of fast growing stem plants requires regular maintenance. Each week I monitor the plants growth and make sure they do not grow to the point where there is disharmony between the rocks, and plants. Regular trimming of the Rotala in the background helped keep the species from looking too wild, and at the same time, helped create a more bushy appearance. The Micrantthemum umbrosum in the back left corner grew slightly slower than the Rotala, but also required trimming or else stems would appear leggy and unsightly. To form the carpet of Hemianthus callitrichoides, I allowed it to grow almost untouched. Hemianthus callitrichoides responses very well to high light and carbon dioxide.
    With all the plants, I made sure they grew evenly with each other by trimming them all regularly. Regular trimmings helped keep the shape of the layout and spurred healthy plant growth.
    FINAL THOUGHTS[float_right] [​IMG][/float_right]
    Thank you to all have commented on my aquascape. It is a pleasure to have my aquascape featured on AquaScaping World. I hope the hobby expands even further here in Thailand, and others find inspiration from my aquascape. Thank you all again.
     

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  2. wearsbunnyslippers

    wearsbunnyslippers New Member

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    congrats wichian!

    beautiful tank! beautifully executed!
     
  3. ghostmonk

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    Nice job!
     
  4. wichian

    wichian Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks for all of you.and thank you AQUASCAPING WORLD MR. JOHN. for this opportunity. I will do the job well. Forever.


    :welcome:
     
  5. shihr

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    wow.. Very very nice..
     
  6. wichian

    wichian Aspiring Aquascaper

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    thank you Shihr. :welcome:
     
  7. roach

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    Wonderful job you have done, the contrasting is very nice.

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing with us.
     
  8. hrishi007

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    really nice...
     
  9. wichian

    wichian Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks a lot.Visit the site.
     
  10. Ed Villagracia

    Ed Villagracia Active Aquascaper

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    hi there,....i don't know how to spell but wanted to say sabadikap and lublu!

    nice striking red plants. congrats to your layout as JULY - AOTM
     
  11. wichian

    wichian Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thank you Mr._ED. "sabadikap" this means. "I'm fine." You have to say. "Sawasdee Krub".this means. "Hello." :welcome:
     
  12. Ed Villagracia

    Ed Villagracia Active Aquascaper

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    [oh oh my friend somkiet gave me a different meaning hahahah]

    anyway,....may i know what kind of stone did you use?
     
  13. Sank999

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    wow....very very nice...CongratS................
     
  14. randy0319

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    gorgious tank and very well done!!!---R
     
  15. wichian

    wichian Aspiring Aquascaper

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    it is manten stone,I like the colors. Important,There is no impact on the water.


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    Sank999 wow....very very nice...CongratS................

    randy0319 gorgious tank and very well done!!!---R

    Thank you Sir.
     
  16. Legerdema

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    I love it - it is tremendously beautiful! I am just starting on recreating a whole new scenario in my aquarium - I will definitely use the manten stone because the colors are simply fabulous and the fact that they do not have any impact on the water is just perfectly great to know (thanks for that information by the way!). I hope it won't take me too long to recreate and redecorate the whole tanke but I have just decided to do that so I went to buy plants, stones (and I will get the manten stones too) and many more things. :) I am so looking forward but hoping that it will look as good as the one in your pictures!
     
  17. wichian

    wichian Aspiring Aquascaper

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    :welcome:Thank for comment!
     
  18. abhradip1986

    abhradip1986 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Now that's simple yet very very striking scape you've got there my friend! loved it! keep up the good work my man! :D
     
  19. wichian

    wichian Aspiring Aquascaper

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    A beautiful piece. I was especially impressed with you choice of boraras brigittae, a fish I have not been able to get through my suppliers. Do you have information on it?
     
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