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My First Aquascape

Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by MAV2017, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. MAV2017

    MAV2017 New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    Great to meet you all!

    I kept marine/reef tanks for many years but never a freshwater planted tank. I haven't had a real tank (I have a 3.7 gal and a beta fish and guppies now) for about 9 years. My reef tank had a heater malfunction that wiped it out and I couldn't get into it for a while....that tank took over 5 years to build.

    Anyway! Here is my new tank setup. I have a 15 gallon Fluvial Flex. I used Amazonia Light as substrate, Seiryu stone, and a lot of low light plants.

    This is 8 days in.

    I have a Twinstar Nano ll out of the gate, no algae.
    I am using ADA products to cycle the tank.

     

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to ASW.

    Seeing its your first FW Aquascape you have done extremely well. You appear to have an excellent eye for composition and balance. My only comment would be to consider adding a small sandy area at the rear LH corner for your catfish.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Thank you!!! I appreciate that. I looked at a lot of photos and videos to think about what I wanted. I look at it as an experience to look at, so I design it like I would approach a room.

    Can you point me to some examples of areas for the catfish I should build?

    I moved my 3 guppies into it today, they are super happy in there....
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Sand can be a concern if its not done to work with your Aquascape and your inhabitants.

    After having a good look at your tank this could be the best area. You will be able to see the catfish working in the sand.

    To make it I would syphon out about one inch of that substrate and replace it with a dark coloured sand either very similar to the rocks or your substrate. It will require regular cleaning and or topping it up as required.
    Just make sure its clean and all dust removed before you add it. Another tip syphon out as much water as possible first then replace it when finished.

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    Black Flourite was used
    http://www.seachem.com/flourite-black-sand.php

    I hope this helps you.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  5. MAV2017

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    That was super helpful thanks!!

    Yeah, he is WAY happier in this tank already--he was very little when I got him, and he grew a lot. I had the 3.7 gallon but it didn't have that much ground area. He is busy busy now :)
     
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    @MAV2017 by any chance do you go to ACHS? In Tennessee? Just wondering because I go there. Your scape looks good!
     
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    I haven't heard of it--I am a super newbie to this. When is it?

    Thanks for liking it! I will add a new video shortly!
     
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    Okay here is Day 9!!

     
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    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Sorry lol. Its my high school! Not some aquascaping thing. I was just wondering becuase we're the mavericks. Call ourselves the mavs for short.
     
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    Ah!! That's my initials...hahaha

    But I am a Maverick....
     
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    Using the Black Flourite will certainly look a lot better as it will blend in naturally with all the hardscape.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    The pebbles... look really out of place.
    You don't write if you have CO2 but that is going to do a lot more for your overall look of your tank compared to the Twinstar.
    The pinnatifida and hairgrass will benefit greatly. You don't want to superglue hairgrass to slate like that. Best way to plant it so so get small bunches and plant them 2 cm apart and wait till they grow in.
    The java on the lower substrate look like it doesn't belong there.
     
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    Hi Mav, welcome to the world of planted tanks!

    Not bad for a first go of things. Hopefully everything stays on track for you. The key to it all is patience. One comment about the ferns (the tall green leaves) the horizontal green brownish portion the leaves are growing from is the rhizome and should not be buried in the substrate. If happy and healthy these will get very thick and bushy. The plant that melted away looks like it was probably a cryptocoryne species and this is typical in a new setup.

    Good luck and keep us updated!
     
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    It looks totally different now....

    I'm pretty happy with it actually. I did use Co2, I stopped until I add a unit I can add a timer to...it was a hassle to calibrate it every day.

    The roots have grown into the substrate.
     
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    Thanks Shawn!

    Yeah, it's the first...I have different ideas now too how to do tank #2. The cryptocoryne totally grew back, it is doing great. Here is a then and now photo.

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    I would take out the wood of the water, trim off all the excess moss with a scissor in a big bucket of water and the wrap it up tightly with cotton thread so no strand sticks out. This way your moss will look great a few month from now.
    Next time it grows too long you can trim it in the tank (can make a big mess) or just do the trim in a bucket technique.
     
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    Many long term tank owners have never achieved what you are doing now keep up the excellent work.

    I like what you have done very much. It has the start of the natural wild appeal about it.

    The most important point about your tank as long as you are happy with it and learning as you go. A little trim here and there as the tank ages is normal.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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