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Mystical Mountains Journal

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by ashley, Nov 23, 2015.

  1. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I would try to locate tall plants that have plenty of texture rather than any of the thiner tall leafy plants.

    Keith:):)
     

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    I don't think tall plants will work, as the substrate on the slope is high, so constant trimming will be annoying.

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    OK can you post a photo of that area giving us a few measurements please.

    Keith:):)
     
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    ashley Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Update 2015.12.02:

    The alterneathera reineckii mini and utricularia graminifolia are growing pretty well emersed, the mini pellia or some people call it coral moss, is growing rather slow except for the one just next to the rocks close to the tree.
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    I also stuck one more sheet of the mosaic transparent self adhesive foil (from walmart) on the already existing sheet I stuck when I first started, on the back glass. Much better now, can barely see any wires from the front.
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    Full view of the wall, this is on the right side of our living room. Just installed those floating shelves from IKEA (wife's favourite store) on the weekend, air plants up top, and our treasured teapots on the lower shelf.
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    I actually also installed curtain rails and curtains replacing the blinds, but will show updated photo next time.

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  5. keithgh

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    It might be worth considering putting the same backing on the RH end of the tank reason Algae from direct lighting.

    The plants are developing along very well.

    Keith:):)
     
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    We changed the blinds to curtains as mentioned earlier, it blocks light pretty well.
     
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    I did read that but I was still concerned about the light.

    If you did not want to touch the tank there are products that you can reduce the glare on your window.

    Keith:):)
     
  8. ashley

    ashley Aspiring Aquascaper

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    The curtains block all the light from the windows. Don't worry.

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  9. keithgh

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    That is great, many years ago a member of another Forum had an algae concern but nowhere near a window after a few room photo I saw a large skylight in the ceiling and that was the problem.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    2015.12.05:

    My bonzai tree wood is growing some fungus, it's quite usual and will go away, especially if there's a pleco but right now the whole tank is emersed so I decided to let mr.bonzai go into the hot tub for a bit:

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  11. keithgh

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    Do not worry as it happens most if not all of the time its will slowly disappear once the tank is established.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Update 2015.12.13

    So my glass lid finally arrived after like 1.5 months since there was a miscommunication but now it's all good!

    Went to Canadian tires to get some miracle grow plant fertilizer since I'm dry starting the aquarium, then the plants especially the UG will hopefully root and not float when I fill up the water.

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    Misted the plants with the miracle grow diluted mix and saran wrapped the top where there's no glass. Green house effect. Grow plants, grow! :)
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    As our air composition has only 0.039% CO2, I decided to help the plants a little, by injecting CO2, at 1-2 bubbles per second. Hopefully this will slowly saturate the saran wrapped tank with CO2 to accerelate plant growth.
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    I think so, mine says all purpose plant food 24-8-16, which is the N-P-K.

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    I know it a great garden product and I am keeping an open mind on using it for aquarium plants.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Update 2015.12.16:

    Ebay bought LED for back lighting.

    Today my waterproof LED strip arrived in the mail from ebay Hong Kong; should have got it when I was there few months back visiting relatives. $9.50 includes 1 meter of LEDs (60 of 1amp), 44 key remote, the RGB control box, power adapter, packaging, and shipping was free! :) very affordable.
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    Note to all ebay sellers out there if you're reading, please please print the instructions sheet on a bigger piece of paper like an A4 or letter sized, not a 2" × 3" paper with a font size of 4.... I actually needed to take this picture so that I can zoom in on my phone to read it!
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    1 meter has 60 LEDs, every two inches there are 3 LEDs, and you can cut every three if need to.
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    The remote:
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    Initial try:
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    Then I tried to change colour with the remote but it didn't work, battery not included... so I had to go out in the cold and get a CR2025 - 3 volt battery - $5.39.

    I don't understand how can a battery be $5.39 in Canada while the whole LED set I got from hong kong ebay is only $9.50.......including free shipping. Things in North America is way too expensive!
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    Did I mention to print the instruction sheet bigger? It's like watch battery size!! My eyes!!

    Colour change success, hurray!
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    More updates to come, need to rest my eyes now :)

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    Another update, LED back lighting is now in place. I stuck it to the back of the aquarium with clips that was left over from some IKEA furniture.
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    A short video with some colour changes:


    Also tried blue sky colour, sorry about the awkward tube, I'm pumping CO2 1bps to aid in dry start plant growth.
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    Comments always welcomed!


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  18. keithgh

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    I like the back lighting very much.

    It appears to be a fast change of colours, could this upset the inhabitants when the tank is set up?

    Keep us updated on this please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Glad you like it! Oh that fast colour change is just a demo play of the colours, I'll fix it at a colour that I choose and stay that colour for a long period of time until I decide to change colour again :)


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    Could you do a sunrise, daylight then sunset before it is turned off and next day it starts off again with the sunrise?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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