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Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by deanc8159, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    deanc8159 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Haha that much is true. I still am shocked by the price and how long it's lasting :p

    So I did a water change and moved the wood around ( I think this is waft you meant?)

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    I still need to make the old piece more vertical. But I like this way, the shape of the new piece is intriguing.

    Also removed pebbles and temp left the big pebble.

    Any opinions?

    Thanks again.

    Also I'm looking to up the lighting when I add plants, current have 1x15w blue cfl and 1x11w 6400k White cfl.
    Planning to build a 40w LED White/royal blue mix fixture.
     
  3. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Both of those pieces of DW are very strong in there appearance and at the moment they don't complement each other.

    The plants might soften the back piece and look totally different.

    Keith:):)
     
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    It isn't what I meant no..but I think it looks much better. Like Keith says if you can hide the back upright piece then it will look great :)
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    The other alternative don't use that back piece at all and see how it looks, remember we only have a photo to look at.

    Keith:):)
     
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    deanc8159 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, I've decided to take the back piece out. I think it'll look better more simplistic.

    I also trimmed/rearranged the dwarf sag and found plenty of little runners which I've chopped and moved to the front until they get taller.

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    Slightly cloudy water. I'll take clearer pic when it settles.

    Also I've bought parts for DIY LED
    10x 3w White and 4x3w royal blue. I'll try make a build log on another post when parts arrive if anyone's interested.

    Also I've been looking at some anubias nana petite to add a bit of a mix in leaf sizes

    Thanks again
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    A nana petite is a very slow grower unless it is boosted by Co2, you might be better off getting A nana its an easy to grow Anubia.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Thanks for the info, I thought the petite version would look better as its only a small tank? Also have been looking at Hygrophila Polysperma as it grows super fast so would use up excess nutrients.

    I was also thinking of maybe trying to use only Asian varieties of plants as that's where the rice fish are from. But don't know how practical that is?

    Also what is the best/cost effective co2 method, I've seen liquid co2 but in the long run they are costly ?

    Also now the dust has settled
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    Thanks again
     
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    Yes it is clearer but its rather dark to see clearly.

    Keith:):)
     
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    deanc8159 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Sorry that's as bright as it goes
     
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    I lightened it up a lot with Photoshop so we can see your work a lot better.

    Keith:):)

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    deanc8159 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks, hopefully the diy leds will be a lot brighter, they should be here tomorrow so I can start preparing for building.

    What are your opinions on the hygrophilia? It grows fast which will give a nice bushy background
     
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    Hygrophila, commonly known as swampweeds, is a genus of flowering plants in the acanthus family, Acanthaceae. There are about 80 to 100 species, of which many are aquatic plants. The genus is distributed across the tropical and subtropical world. Wikipedia

    Just a quick check it can grow from 12cm to 1.5 Mt that would depend on the species and the conditions it grows in.

    The growth you have there looks like it could fill your tank very quickly.

    Keith :):)
     
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    Well the variety I saw was Hygrophila Polysperma I thought it would give me something to do, plenty of trimming etc

    Any other ideas fora thick background plant?

    Thanks
     
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    I have a tall Crypt in my tank and once its gets going it will send out runners and grow very thickly.
    They are heavy feeders I use liquid ferts every day and fert tabs every 3 months.

    Keith:):)
     
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    I went to the LFS today grabbed a few 'cryptocoryne beckettil' and Cambodia aquatica (the Cambodia won't be a permanent thing, it was cheep and I know it grows fast,

    Also I got 3 otto cats, I mentioned wanting an algae eater.. Since getting home I realised they will outgrow my tank (I'll rehome them when it comes to that/get bigger tank)

    Also got some rocks. Which looked darker in the store. Not sure if I like them now

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    deanc8159 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    This piece looked nice but I'm not keen on it anymore
     
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    I think one rock will be enough unless you are prepared to return it and get two small rocks.

    Dont worry the rock should go a bit darker as it ages, also when the plants thicken up it will soften it up a lot.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Yeh that's was my thinking I mainly go it to try give the ottos somewhere to graze, although they seem pretty happy munching from the glass.

    Thanks again ☺️☺️
     
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    There should be plenty of algae on that piece of DW for them.

    I think they might enjoy grazing a piece of an Algae Wafer.

    Keith:):)
     

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