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My First Aquascape 65 Litre

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Gary Murphy, Aug 8, 2015.

  1. greenfinger 2

    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Gary,

    No you want the hardscape to show:) A bit of moss here and there. Leave the DW for now as is nearer the light. Let the other plants grow in and the moss then take cuttings of the moss and replant on the DW a a later stage when your tank has settled down from the start up ;)
     

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  2. Gary Murphy

    Gary Murphy Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Should i just tuck moss between the gaps in the rocks? I really dont want to have to take anything out and disturb any of the other plants
     
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    Gary

    When growing plants in between rocks it will develop into the natural look

    To hold it down you "might" have to sprinkle a little of the substrate on the moss as well.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Gary Murphy Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Cheers guys one the Anubias has attached to the rocks im going to add some moss in and around the rocks :)
     
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    Hi Gary,

    Hope all go's well ;) Cannot wait to see this scape in a few weeks:whistle:
     
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    How is the Anubias attached to the rock and what variety is it please?

    Keith:):)
     
  7. Gary Murphy

    Gary Murphy Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Cheers Roy, Fingers crossed :)

    Yeah Keith its Anubias Petite i ended up using :D
     
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    Hi Gary, Don't forget the water changes and tank maintenance ;)
     
  9. Gary Murphy

    Gary Murphy Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Im on top of it (y) Had to get rid of a couple of fish as they ripped up half my Monte Carlo so I had to replant them a few days back :mad:

    Just hope It still goes to plan, If not I will be having another attempt lol!
     
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    Gary Murphy Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I must have lost about 50% of my monte carlo thanks to my algae eater :mad:

    Im just hoping I have enough left to carpet. If not im going to have to buy a little more.

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    That A Nana petite looks more like the A nana.
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    Look at the Anubias on the substrate bottom RH end its A nana petite growing on a small twig.

    The Anubias on the driftwood is A nana X A nana petite it was bought from the grower directly
    For comparison note the size of the Cardinal Tetras also the substrate is 1-3mm natural gravel.

    I was doing 2 x 30% water changes a week which the plants loved.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Gary Murphy Aspiring Aquascaper

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    The guy i bought it off said it was Anubias Nana Petite and I was surprised how expensive it was :eek:

    Is it good to do a couple of water changes a week, Does it help with algae?

    Im going to have to buy some more Monte Carlo as it isnt doing too well after been disturbed and replanted. Im hoping it bounces back but its not looking likely :( Im also going to buy some more Dragon Stone as I want some around the sides of the wood to support it a little more.

    I will get there in the end, Hopefully in a few weeks time it will look something how i imagined it would ;)
     
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    Im also really unsure on the Java Fern. I really like it when i could see more of the wood on the photo below, Im tempted to move it behind the wood so I can see more of the hardscape. Ive got a lot of thinking to do over the next few days (n)

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    Hi Gary, Anubias Should be about £6.00 a pot. With good growth one pot you should be able to split and get two plants from one pot.

    Sorry to hear about the Monte.

    I like your idea of moving the Java to the back. What happened to the Anubias ??? Its gone :eek:

    I would do two water changes for the first few week to let things settle down then just do one per week.
     
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    Yeah thats about what i paid. Most my plants got destroyed and up rooted by one annoying algae eater :mad:

    Ive got a pot of anubias put aside so all will be good ;)

    Its just where would be the best position to put the java fern? what about like this?

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    Then i can have the water sprite all along the back and tie some anubias and moss to the long branches ;)
     
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    Hi Gary, You have enough Java to split into a couple of nice groups And would look good in though's places marked. If you place the Anubias under the ferns the ferns will shade them "" Less algae"" As there slow growers and are prone to getting algae on there leaves

    Aquatic plants are not cheap :D
     
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    Yeah ive kept the ferns above the anubias and im also going to have some of the water sprite floating on the surface :) I know tell me about it, What an expensive hobby lol!

    Just had a bit of a rescape and im much happier with it now as it show more of the hardscape, A litte more dragon stone to supports the sides and im all good ;)

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    I will put up a better photo when the water clears, Also should have my water sprite tomorrow :)
     
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    Better photo here, Im a lot happier with it now. Should be fully planted by Monday :)

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