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Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by biobio, Feb 25, 2016.
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This is special kryptonite appearance of my 350 Lit tank with special kryptonite lightning and a little of PS...
I started this project 2 months ago but it was suddenly stopped by my discovery of “aquascaper cycle”.
That could be a fantastic Island Aquascape when its finished.
Keith, finally I am back on it. I hope that it will be finish, soon.
For last 2 months I was recovering from "aquascaper cycle". Kryptonite tank affected my flying "Superman-Superscaper" ability. I was "scaping" (shaping) big apple tree in front of weekend house, fell down, broke few bones,....
Now I am back!!!
I like your sense of humor. Welcome back.
Now that is one excuse I have never heard before Superman fell down and had broken bones.
You're right. I am not a Superman, just a Superscaper without flying superpower...
A day before my unsuccessful "flight" I finished hardscape and with friends discussed and joked about kryptonite killing appearance of it. Day after it caught me and transformed me into something like a Hi-Tech tank illuminated with special yellow polarized light and with a lot of tubes and wires going in and out.
Thus the Kryptonite tank name was born...
The lighting you have used is very interesting, you have created an Aquascape well worth following.
What is next on the list to be done?
Have you made any decisions on the plants and inhabitants.
Different spiky"Crypto-plants" for serrated "Krypto-tank" might be a good idea.
I am thinking about some greenish, tiger striped, cherry and torpedo barbs or about some glass, x-ray transparent looking fish species (Pristella maxillaris, glass catfish, Prionobrama filigera,...), or blue-reedish neon tetras, bettas. Something to fit into "Superman style" tank...
For example see some "Super-bettas" posted here on ASW by AQUASAUR:
In reality the lightning is not so extreme (it is blue neon T5 backlight - see photo below). Upper photo is over burned and PS-ed, just for storytelling needs...
More than a year ago I started to play with this type of "spiky" layout. I tried variety of materials in different volumes. I like the most dragon stone - mangrove combination, as it is in this tank.
Some previous attempts:
The first photo you posted to be perfectly honest it looked like it was a glass product not rocks.
Now I can see it plenty of rocks full of character perfectly positioned.
I would work with the rocks alone with pockets of plants and mosses.
Once you have all the rocks firmly secured in the substrate I would pour your planting medium/substrate in the gaps reading for the planting.
After planting you will have only two basic colours red rocks and green plants.
As far as a beautiful Betta it might not be the best of choices because or all the sharp rocks.
You certainly have a very good selection of wood around the pond.
Here are a few pieces of wood you might be interested in only problem is they are on a small Island in the Torris Straits just a little north of the Australian main land.
Send me few by DHL...
This is me in driftwood harvesting expedition.
It looks like it was an old forest/plantation.
Please don't tell me you were fishing those snags?
It is riverbed during summer. In the rest of the year it is submerged...
I am angling - catch and release - just fish. These stumps are good hiding places for predators (if they are under water)...
Sounds like fishing the snags in tropical Australia the trick is get them out before they take you back into the snags.
Tank making timeline:
In November I found some nice mangrove driftwood and made arragment (in shop) that could fit one of my Rio 240lit.
I could not decide which one of three tanks to rearrange.
Frend offered me his used ADA open style 350lit tank with all equipment and stand. Bigger - better - I took it!!!
I tried several mangrove - stone combination. Dragon stone was the final choise.
For several days I was washing and cleaning the stones.
Finaly everything was ready for scaping!!!
I started to play and enjoy ...
I had a lot of hardscaping material so I tried many different cominations.
And this is final "kryptonite look" of hardscape...
Very nice and very and pleasing to the eye
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