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Nature's Path

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by alex08, Dec 2, 2017.

  1. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Following Roots and Grit, Nature's Path will have a more defined hardscape and hopefully i won't let it be covered to much.

    I managed to get my hands on some more ferns and will also change the lighting and go for led.

    Equipment :

    ° Aquarium : home made, 100x55x45cm
    ° Lighting : 6x39w T5 (for now), soon to be 99,4w led
    ° Filters : Hailea HF150 and Eheim 2322, both with lily pipes
    ° CO2 : 2 bps with Tropica 3in1 diffuser
    ° Twinstar : Yes
    ° Heater : Hydor, external
    ° Surface Skimmer : Eheim skim 350

    ° Hardscape : Red Moore, Twinty Wood, Grey Mountain Stone
    ° Soil, sand and gravel : Dennerle Scaper's Soil, Dennerle Plantahunter Burma, Dennerle Plantahunter Rio Xingu

    ° Plants :
    -Aeschynomene fluitans
    -Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini'
    -Anubias barteri var. nana 'petite'
    -Bolbitis heteroclita difformis (Bolbitis Mini)
    -Bucephalandra Brownie Brown
    -Ceratopteris thalictroides
    -Christmass moss
    -Eleocharis pusilla mini
    -Hemianthus glomeratus
    -Heteranthera zosterifolia
    -Micranthemum sp. "Monte Carlo"
    -Microsorum pteropus Needle Leaf
    -Microsorum pteropus mini
    -Microsorum pteropus 'trident'
    -Polygonum sp. "Kawagoeanum"
    -Phoenix moss
    -Rotala macrandra narrow leaf variegated

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Another beautiful planted tank coming up, no mention of and inhabitants.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Thank you, Keith!

    I'll have some Rasbora heteromorpha to go with this one, maybe some SAE and otocinclus as a cleaning crew.
     
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    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Is that frodo stone? Or elephant stone?
     
  5. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    More hardscape details :

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    Hi Culprit,
    I bought them as Grey mountain stone.
     
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  6. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Alex it certainly is a wonderful textured stone that would have many uses in Aquascaping, far from some of the uninteresting plain stones used today.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Yes, Keith, i also love the texture. With plants around them, they'll look even better.
     
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    Another great looking scape. Have any more "edgy" or "different" ones planned?
     
  9. Shane P.

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    It is very beautifully laid out brother... I am very impressed. Could you explain your progression in this hobby? I would really like to learn how to slowly improve my skills... you are improving at a rapid rate. I am inspired!
     
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    Thanks!
    I do have another one planned for next year, but i don't have a spot to put it yet. That will be my biggest hardscape challenge, i have everything planned in my head. :D

    Thank you, Shane.
    The thing is i kind of started a long time ago (or at least i see it like that), i think in 2008, on forums. I've learned a lot from reading and even more from experimenting, year by year going through contest entries and wanting to get more out of this hobby. I'll gather a set of pics from previous setups to show you guys, it's always nice to look back.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    In other words its doing all the correct research and practical experience.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Hi guys,

    You all have a glimpse of what happened before this set up, it was such a beautiful journey to go through.

    I'll be back in a bit with some more details of Nature's Path.
     
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    Have a nice weekend!
     
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    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Wow I love the previous scapes but this one will be fantastic. The progression of your aquascaping skills is really interesting to see.
     
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    Alex was a beginner at one stage, it gives you something to aim for.

    Alex thank you for posting all those photos it should give all beginners something to aim for.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    First pics from day 16 :

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    Still some spots to fill, i think it'll be just fine in a couple of weeks.
    No brown algae in this setup, something rare for me. I had it in all my previous setups and it was a pain in the ...
    I'm working every weekend on cleaning the rocks to have everything in order, water changes around 40-50% tops.
     
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    All your hard work is paying off now and, it shows up in your excellent tank.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Day 23, with just a few more spots to cover, everything was going as planed.
    I think this is also the first setup without brown algae, in a long time, so lucky me!

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    Thank you so much!
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Last day of 2017 comes with a quick update of the tank, from day 1 to day 37 :

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    Happy New Year everyone!
     
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    That is a marvellous progress in such a short time.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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