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Nano Fluval Specs - Low tech

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by fishkeeper, May 19, 2016.

  1. fishkeeper

    fishkeeper New Member

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    I’d like to present my fluval spec tanks that im working on, if you have any questions feel free to ask. My main goal is to create something beautiful and natural with the minimal care.

    I am currently working on this Fluval spec tank.

    Tank #1

    Work in progress...

    Fluval spec 5, 19L Low Tech

    Substrate: Black brown soil
    Rocks: AQUARIUM BLACK LAVA POROUS DRAGON STONE
    Plants:Xmas mosse, Anubias, Cryptocoryne
    Light system:Chihiros A-Series

    Fertilizers:Seachem excel, Tropica plant grow

    Fauna: Tetra cardinals, Tetra ruby, Otocinclus, Amano shrimps.


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  2. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Personally I'd remove the stones under the smallest section of driftwood and either remove them or place them under the larger piece in order to force more focus on the furthest right driftwood and establish it's visual dominance.

    At the moment, my eye keeps darting between the two sides.
     
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  3. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I am very confused at what you are trying to achieve nice planted DW or the very heavy rocky wall.

    It would certainly look better with a backing to show the DW and plants off to their best.

    Those big heavy rocks certainly do not help you tank in fact they are a big unnecessary distraction.

    I would remove every rock except the rocks at the RH end starting from the rock behind the Cardinal at the RH end, this will remove that big wall and open your tank up.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  4. kingkoopa

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    Nice tank! It would open up keith u have any tanks

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  5. fishkeeper

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    Thanks for the tips!

    If i remove the rocks from the left side, should i remove the DW or just leave it there but with out the rocks? Or just move the rock to the right side so the focus is there? Because the tank is only 5 gallons, sometime i feel that is not easy since the space is very limited.

    thanks
     
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  6. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I no longer have aquarium set up two of my tanks are now Terrascapes and I am in the process of constructing the third.

    The main reason for not have aquariums any more is my age I am only 78 years young and after about 50 years it was getting too much for me.

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    This was my 5ft tank called "Placidity"

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    This photo was featured in a Calendar a few years ago.

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    The 5ft Terrascape just after I finished it.

    To top it off I have done a bit of judging over the years.

    For over 60 years I have done a lot of design work plus taught Cabinet making apprentices/students Furniture design for 26 year.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  7. kingkoopa

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    Very nice keith

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  8. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to ASW!

    I like your little tank. I think the stones are fine, as they provide a border for a planted section in the back. Consider planting more behind the stones. Some tall skinny crypts might be a nice addition. C. lutea or C. lucens maybe. Also, look into some smaller species of anubias like nana petite or anubias bonsai.

    Small tanks can be a challenge, but a great way to learn and keep the work minimal.
     
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  9. fishkeeper

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    Maybe removing the DW on the left and add some plants instead could help?
     
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    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    I think the driftwood is fine. Maybe the one piece that seems to stick straight forward could be moved to angle more with the flow of the other pieces. Having bits of driftwood creep over the stones looks good, just make sure they move together with the rest of the hardscape.
     
  11. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think its a DW problem its those big dominating rocks.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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