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Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Edis, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Edis

    Edis Moderator Staff Member

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    That is what we have managed to do during LFKC meet on Sunday.
    Huge thanks to all the guys for coming and helping with the hardscape. This would not look as it does without your help and advice.
    Initially plans were very different but i am very happy how this turned out:

    Tank 90x45x45 optiwhite
    Cabinet DIY ADA style
    Lights Arcadia OT2 4x39w T5
    Filtration one external with lily pipes
    CO2 pressurized with up inline atomiser
    Substrate Unipac Maui sand
    Hardscape Seiryu stone and wood widely available from lots of LFSes (mangrove maybe) Pieces came from at least 4 shops
    Heater Hydor external 200w

    Plants
    Was going to go for 2 islands with classy only ferns anubias mosses but guys suggested to go for one island.
    Plant list is not complete and subject to change:
    Java moss
    Crypt Balansae
    Crypt do not know what
    Anubias nana petite
    Anubias nana
    Bolbitis heodelotii
    Java fern needle
    Java fern narrow
    Little of red stems at the back for contrast maybe ludwigia arcuata
    Monosoleum tenerrum

    Planting will follow soon.
    Might add some graded gravel.

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    Hope you like it.
    Advise more than welcome [​IMG]
     

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  2. Mojojojo

    Mojojojo Aspiring Aquascaper

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    "Might add some graded gravel."

    Pick out the grey stones 8)
     
  3. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    that hardscape is legit! I like the shape and the rocks look like they have always been there. Nicely laid out.

    shops do not sell quality hardscape like that around here. What do I have to do to get them to sell it!?!?! I've resorted to hitting round rocks with a sledge hammer after heating and then rapidly cooling them (shale and some granite, I think)

    Can't wait to see an update.
     
  4. Edis

    Edis Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks. It wouldnt come together for almost 2 hours :)
     
  5. Mojojojo

    Mojojojo Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Was amazing to see it come together from nothing. I for one learned alot just by watching the masters at work.
     
  6. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    that is a nice chance to get. I haven't even seen another planted tank in person other than my own, the LFS pathetic tank does not count. Its just not done in my area.

    Collaborative work and learning from eachother is what this forum is for myself and many others. The only contact I have to others who enjoy this hobby.

    My aunt lives in wales, so if i ever make out to those parts I will have to try and catch up with the UK ASW crew, so I too can learn from some masters!
     
  7. Edis

    Edis Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks Mojo ;)
     
  8. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    It was trully inspiring to see Edis tanks, and to help out getting this amazing hardscape up from scratch... (I held some wood and passed some rocks to Edis :) )

    The tank quality is amazing, it is surreal to see the large glass being held by just a minimum amount of silicone.

    A great scape, a great meeting, and amazing food, what more could one want? :)

    :amillanbliss::amillanbliss::amillanbliss:
     
  9. blue whale

    blue whale Aspiring Aquascaper

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    the hardscape is fantastic..great work..how about adding some cyperus helferi behind the driftwood??
     
  10. hamza

    hamza Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Neat stuff, every bit of it. Eagerly waiting to see some greenery in there.

    I wish someone could make such a neat tank for me here.
     
  11. kire.laz

    kire.laz Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Fantastic hard scape, great work!
    I would go just with HC and Eleocharis parvula maybe?? But it's your tank and big plant list :)
     
  12. okayplayer

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    pretty amazing; really !!!! I'm fan of this hardscape.

    So fresh.
     
  13. lalmeida

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    well done...fantastic work :113:
     
  14. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    :113: You already know that I like it
     
  15. Supercoley1

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    Cool. I like big plant lists :) Nice job on the hardscape there and nice tank too :)

    AC
     
  16. Scorpio

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    Nice. Waiting for updates.
     
  17. yankadi

    yankadi Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Bravo!!!

    ,,Gera pradžia - pusė darbo" ;)
     
  18. mlgt

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    Ed, can you try taking the pic again without such high lights and lower the iso a little?

    Looking at it in real life and the photos dont do it justice, but I guess since the meet you have added a few extra touches?

    I would be tempted to half fill it and leave it with some sakura shrimp or blacks :)

    Look forward seeing this in the next phase.
     
  19. Edis

    Edis Moderator Staff Member

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    Thank you all guys for your kind words. I will try to shorten the plant list a bit but not too much. Lazy to plant :)
    Hopefully will plant tomorrow or Saturday.

    Rik i will wait for my 7D to arrive ;) for more pics. The reason i didnt go for dimmer photos is to have a white background.
    I should get the camera on Saturday hopefully and will maybe try to take pics with studio lights...
     
  20. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    I cannot put a fault on the pic.. :) but again I do not know much about photography. It just looks amazing.

    Would it be crazy to just let the scape as it is, without plants? Ok, maybe some moss, but that would be it.

    The scape is that dramatic, looks very strong and powerful.
     

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