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Mini Terrascape Journal

Discussion in 'Ripariums & Paludariums' started by keithgh, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. PNScheese

    PNScheese Aspiring Aquascaper

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    That's a lot of stock keith!! Would've cost you a fortune!
     

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  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I cut the top edge off so I could silicone the glass light support

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    Large river rocks

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    Small River rocks.

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    Some plants will be transferred into these small pots using a different medium

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    Preparation for Support glass with Aluminium strengtheners



    Keith:):)
     
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  3. greenfinger 2

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    Hi Keith, Well its starting to come along now:) Love the DW :) And the river stones :rolleyes: And i see you have the glass backing on now (y) looking forward to your updates :cool:
     
  4. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Cheese

    Believe it or not its just bits and pieces I have had lying around and what I took out of the 5ft tank.

    I had to buy the glass that is all

    Keith:):)
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I had a small problem posting the last few posts I hope its all OK

    I will have to go back and do a bit of checking.

    Roy the supporting glass will be connected in a few days time.

    Keith:):)
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    This how I have worked for many years its my "Think Tank sketch"
    I did draw it to full size first, rough pencil then the big felt pens, I also make a few notes as I go along.
    I am the only one who has to understand it and if there are any major changes I redraw it.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Here are some of the plants that could be used.

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    Necklace fern Asplenium flabellifolium

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    Corkscrew plant Juncuseffusus spiralis

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    Dwarf Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon japonicas nigrescens

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    Cyclamen heperifollum Mini rockery

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    Sundew Drosera dielsiana

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    String of pearls Senecio rowleyanus

    Keith:):)
     
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    Hi Keith, Nice planting design(y) Easy way of planing and can be changed in moments;) I keep this in mind when planing my scapes neat idea. Love the plants:rolleyes: The corkscrew plant i have never seen this one before odd looking plant does it come from a dry climate so has small leaves ??
     
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  9. keithgh

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    Hi Keith, Thank you for the link :D That's one hardy plant :cool:
     
  11. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I have been very busy getting ready to add all the Medium

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    This is the Drift Wood I laid out on my plan.

    The green markings show what has to be removed.

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    After cutting all the unwanted DW off.

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    Glass end siliconed on, I used Masking Tape to hold it on until it dried.

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    Glass and black book covering on now all finished.

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    I used this strong mesh (used as a gutter guard) to stop the medium clogging up the UGF.

    It also stops the roots of some of the plants getting water logged.

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    This is a Macro photo of the mesh.

    Keith:):)
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Thank you cheese, there is still more to come, I am waiting to hear from the Carnivorous grower re medium mix to use and depth as soon as I get that I will start laying it out, and I will order the "Sundews" immediately.

    I have ordered some plants delivery 3-4 weeks time, I will be putting them in the garden first then I will transplant them as soon as I see the colours I want.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Cant wait for the up-coming photos mate ! (y) Keep it up!
     
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    Hey Keith,

    You really do take your planning process very seriously don't you! It's great to see!

    Cheers

    Simon
     
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    I think he goes by the motto - slow and steady makes perfection ;)
     
  16. keithgh

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    Cheese & Simon

    Yes and if you go through many of my postings to newcomers I would give exactly the same advice.

    I was a trade teacher for 26 years and its impossible to give any lesson without doing all the research and planning first.

    In the trade 10 years first I was taught think twice, think again, then do the job and there will be no problems.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Hi Keith, Ho Now i see the glass is on :D
    I like the way you use a plan on paper to mark and cut the DW (y) And the mesh is another fab idea :cool: Cannot wait to see the planting now :rolleyes:
    Learning lots from your journal so many tips and good advice :)
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I think Roy is the only ASW member who knows the full story behind that tank, its been a very long time and many disappointments along the way.

    I think I have hit another hurdle getting the correct "Air plants" selection covered buying them on line a different matter, but I will have every thing ready for them as soon as I can get them.

    Its like an Aquascape with out the water but in my opinion a lot more difficult you have to pay attention to every little detail all it takes is only one "feature" wrong and it will stand out like a Search Light in a pitch black moonless night.

    Keith:):)
     
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    UGF Riser in position and it blends into the backing extremely well.

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    The Gum nuts are from the Aust native Eucalypt flowering Red Gum tree. (y)(y)

    Something totally different to add to the natural Terrascape.

    The question is, Will it or will it not work only time will tell?:unsure::unsure:

    Keith:):)
     
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    Hi Keith, Yep its been a long time but the end result will be worth it :rolleyes::rolleyes:
    The Eucalyptus pods look fantastic:love: Will you be attach air plants to this ?? if you can get some small ones they would look good coming out of the pods:) And yes i think it will work its adds another interesting feature to the Terrascape
     
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