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"Mountain Spring" 40cm Cube

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by discus_noob, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. discus_noob

    discus_noob New Member

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    Hi guys,

    Thanks to Adam at Aquascape Designs group buy of Aquatic Style 40cm tanks, I now own one of these babies. Set it up last night with Jeff (Daydream).

    This tanks theme is a mountain spring, and will be mostly using crypts, echinodorus vesuvius, crinum, anubias, needle leaf java, fissidens and mosses. The whole key is low maintenance while still keeping it looking amazing.


    Anyways on with the stats:

    Tank: Aquatic Style 40cm Cube Rimless and Braceless Opti-Clear Tank

    Filtration: Eheim 2213 (will possibly change to 2215 with 2217 impellor but for now will hope for this set up to be sufficient as the 2213 is a spare)

    Substrate: ADA Amazonia I Aqua Soil with a layer of ADA Penac P, ADA Penac W, ADA Tourmaline BC, ADA Clear Super underlying and ADA Iron Bottom tabs within the Aqua Soil

    co2: Aquascape Designs 0.82L bottle, Aquascape Design co2 Pro Series 2 Regulator/solenoid Package.

    Glassware: Cal Aqua Labs Nano Infusor, Cal Aqua Labs 13mm Inlet, Cal Aqua Labs Clip 'n' Drop Checker, ADA NA Thermometer

    Hardscape: Red Rock at Bonsai and Local Fish Shop on Gold Coast (Aquariums Alive), Collected Melaleuca from my "Stash"

    Plants:
    Crinum Calamistratum (Only putting in once the tank is cycled and the plant has matured more as it is currently growing in my 3 foot thanks Liverpool Creek)
    Cryptocoryne Willisii
    Cryptocoryne Wendtii "Red"
    Cryptocoryne Wendtii "Green"
    Cryptocoryne Wendtii "Mi Oya"
    Cryptocoryne Wendtii "Tall"
    Cryptocoryne Lutea
    Cryptocoryne Petchii
    Cryptocoryne Undulatas
    Cryptocoryne Walkeri
    Anubias Nana Petite
    Anubias Nana
    Hemianthus Callitrichoides
    Hygrophila Balsamica
    Bolbitis Heudelotii
    Needle Leaf Java Fern
    Sydney Mini Fissidens
    US Fissidens
    Peacock Moss
    Flame Moss

    Fish:
    15 x Ruby Tetra (go in once cycled)
    6 x Otocinclus (go in once cycled)
    10 x Darwin Red Nose Shrimp (go in once cycled)
    15 x Darwin Algae Eater Shrimp (go in once cycled)
    20 x Cherry Shrimp (go in once cycled)


    Went from this:
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    To THIS in under 2 hours:
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    It has a LOT and a LOT of growing in as I did underdo the crypt order unfortunately and should of ordered ten times more crypts haha! I will soon have triple that in less than three weeks once Jeff rips his tank apart and all the crypts are mine!! For now enjoy and watch it fill in and look amazing :)

    MASSIVE PLUG goes out to Jeff (Daydream) for coming round and transforming this baby into something UBER SEXY and being such a perfectionist like myself haha and having such a quick sharp eye to work so quickly and produce amazing scapes (well it will turn into one for all you non believers at present time), and also for Jeff at Liverpool Creek for the EPIC stems in my other nano which will get an update tomorrow, and for the crypts for this tank. Thank you both!!!!!

    BTW: For those critics out there, I did place the undulatus and the red wendtii around the wrong way, they need to swap sides to fill the void on the left hand side, so before you mention the balance, yes I know.

    Thanks,

    Adam
     
  2. discus_noob

    discus_noob New Member

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    SIDE BY SIDE :) Stil got lots of growing to do in both as both were planted out tonight.

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    Thanks,

    Adam
     
  3. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Adam

    Well done keep the updates coming

    Fantastic scapes trouble is I am not a lover of white substrates as it can get very dirty too quickly.

    Keith
     
  4. Fizgig777

    Fizgig777 New Member

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    They look nice... I prefer the one on the left. The white sand on the right is just too unnatural for my taste, but the hardscape is well done =) It'll be nice to see these grow in =)
     
  5. Sank999

    Sank999 New Member

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    Very nice looking...

    Keep it up...
     
  6. L Nguyen

    L Nguyen New Member

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    Nice tanks.
     
  7. biobio

    biobio Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Excellent hardscape in both tanks. I like planting too.
     
  8. hamza

    hamza Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I really like the hardscape(cube), it has a good flow.

    But the choice of plants seems large for the tank.
     

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