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Mini Terrascape Journal

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

  1. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Another update 6th March 14

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    There are now 7 Till's on the three pieces of old Drift Wood.

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    Terrascape near completion waiting for more Sundews to be ordered.

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    Gumnuts and Lichen twigs.

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    Dry water fall with the small stones added to give it a more natural appeal.


    Over all I am extremely pleased with the Terrascape, it’s been a very long and often hard for tank of this type.

    Keith:):)
     
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  2. moss_maniac

    moss_maniac Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Simply gorgeous Keith - and your tillandsias look like a firework!:D
     
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  3. greenfinger 2

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    Hi Keith, Well its been a long time coming :D Well worth the wait it is superb And the till's look fantastic:love: The branch with lichen on gives it that aged look :rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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  4. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Roy & Evelyn

    The LH side just developed.

    The Gum nuts and Lichen from across the road, the Moss from the fernery, the small Gum nuts off our flowering gum tree.
    I had the DW and the rocks.

    It is a hunters gather corner.

    If you think about it the whole Terrascape is nothing but a miniaturised landscape in a small 45lt tank.

    I just noticed the Cyclamens are starting to shoot already, I have 3 new fly traps forming, a few flowers are not far from opening on the sun dews will be impossibly to photograph as they 1-2mm in size.

    The Moss is growing better than expected I just hope it attaches its self to the DW I mist it every day like it would in a damp bush setting.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Just awesome mate - AWESOME (y)
     
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  6. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    A few updates 16th Mar 14

    This morning I was trying to take a few photos then I saw what looked like Sundew seedlings.

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    Just to the right of the Sundew is the new seedlings I hope they possibly came in the medium that was around the Sundews.

    The Flower head is the Cyclamens first flowering.

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    I was trying to take a very close up of a new seedling forming top RH side.

    Then I saw a ??? on/in the Sundew it looks like the Sundew is having its Din dins

    Also note the tiny bubbles of ??? ready to catch their food, in reality those little ultra fine hairs are only 1-2mm long.
    Its impossible to see with the naked eye those tiny ??? bubbles I would say they are just a whisker larger than a pin point.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Hi Keith, Looking Good The plants are all doing well and a Baby sundew :rolleyes: Hope it enjoyed in dinner :D
    With the Cyclamen do you know what colour the flower will be ?? From the pic the tip of the flower head is looks white??
    Nice pic of the sundew With its sticky hairs (y)
     
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    Phantastic photo Keith!(y)
    Obviously they work efficient! Very interesting to watch!
    wonder how it does get rid of the rests? (n)
     
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    The Cyclamens I bought are all first time seedlings/bulb-lets could be any where from a White to a Pale pink.

    It looks like they are going to get well fed, last night when only the Terrascape and Monitor lights were on I was thinking if any flying insect was attracted to the light and touched it instant cooked dinner for the Carnivorous plants I did not have to wait long two flying ???? touched the light dinner is served.

    Next time you see a Sundew at a Garden Shop have a look at those little hairs and that will give you an idea of the size of all of those bubbles.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Its been a long while since updates, all I can say there have been massive changes.

    The Carnivorous plants did not work, they started to rot down and the cat liked the area too much.

    I tried Cyclamen bulbs but she liked digging them out (not as a Cat litter box).

    Then I tried Flowering Cyclamen in a pot and it worked very well.
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    First attempt a small variety, only problem is they slowly die back to flower next season

    Then I tried a larger variety of Cyclamen and it looked good.
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    Its a beautiful frilled white its in the garden at the moment.

    During all this time I have been thinking of what can I do to save continually buying potted plants.

    Only one solution more Tillandsia.

    I have just bought two Tillandsia, one Till tricolor on the rocky water fall right hand side and the other Till capita peach on the cork background.

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    Both of these Tills have not been glued into a permanent home yet.
    One of the main reasons for getting more Tills is they are growing far better than I thought possible and flowing.

    I am now in the process of setting up the new area for five more Tills variety to be selected.


    Keith:):)
     
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    Hi Keith, Wow I love this :rolleyes: Shame about the Sundews and fly traps though.I love the idea of the flower. Looks fab realy nice crisp white :love: The tills are Exquisite and to get them to flowering wonderful:cool:
    Looking forward to seeing the new changes and the tills in place :)
     
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    Hello Keithgh, very nice!

    I really like Cyclamen flowers!
     
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    Roy and Glomeridae, thank you for your comments.

    I liked the Cyclamen myself the biggest problem was I would be continually changing the potted plants during the year.

    I have chosen five new Tills could be a few weeks before they arrive by then I will have every thing ready.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Yes, this is the problem with Cyclamen!
     
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    Update 10th Sept 2014

    The next big job was to prepare the area for the new Tills.

    It involved adjusting the left hand side just a little, digging it deeper, hunting for wood with lichen growing very successfully, small river stones and naturally a plan.

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    This is what I finished with live moss from my fernery I had a few small river stones.

    The centre will be a continuation of the right hand side.

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    New layout the new Tills are not in position yet.

    I found the twigs with the lichen easily on a local fruit tree.

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    The small stones are where the new Tills will be glued on, the twigs will be laying on a dry rocky creek bed, to stop them from rotting (thanks to Roy) for that little tip.

    In the next few days I will have the creek bed finished and twigs ready for the new Tills (variety to be selected)

    I have selected the Tills and should be in the Terrascape very soon, "Watch this space"

    Keith:):)
     
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    Hi Keith, The Terrascape is looking Exquisite :rolleyes::rolleyes: And as Evelyn said, The tills at the back have exploded like a big firework Superb :love: Its a slice of nature at its best mate (y)
    Looking forward to seeing the new tills in place.
     
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    Roy and Evelyn

    Evelyn a very special Thank You as it was you who suggested I call it a Terrascape

    Thank you both very much after more than two years I can finally see the end in sight.

    One massive difference is the Terrascape has a backing and two sides with three areas on the low bottom.

    Each section was improved several times until I was very happy it would blend into the total natural appeal.

    The large Till at the back (cork) is called Till capitata peach reason being the leaves turn a pinkish colour when getting ready to bloom, there are other colours as well.

    On the creek bed glued to the lichen twigs will be a low growing till that also has a reddish leaves.

    A a rough guess I will have the new Tills in ten days time, and they will be glued to the twigs in a few days after they arrive as there is little more work to be done before the actual gluing of the five Tills.

    Keith :):)
     
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    Moss looks very healthy. Congratz!
     
  19. keithgh

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    The moss should look very healthy I have plenty growing in a few hanging baskets.

    I gets a good misting every morning plus 14hrs of lighting.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Ah? I thought moss would prefer shadow rather than direct light. Nice to know :)
     
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