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  1. BerlinKowgirl

    BerlinKowgirl New Member

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    Hello all,

    I'm just starting a freshwater tank...after years of keeping (nano) reef tanks, I'm really excited to get back into fish keeping and planting an aquarium. So...I really dig the green, lush aquascapes with little moss trees and rocks and grass...

    For the past few weeks I've been collecting everything I'll need to run it successfully...hopefully!

    It's a rather small tank, 54l capacity. 60x30x30cm. It's been sitting here unused for years, but I like it and it fits nicely on my sideboard.
    The light is 4x24W T5 lamp which I already had. Since the lamp was fitted with reef-style tubes, I have bought new 6500K tubes for it. I'm only using two of the light tubes for this set up, I believe that is plenty...?
    I will be using a 2Kg bottle of CO2 with solenoid, I also got a glass bubble counter, a little reactor and drop checker.
    The filter is a brand new Eheim 2211 for which I bought some real cool in-and-outflow glassware.
    I also got some fertilizer: Makro Basic Estimative and Mikro Spezial FlowGrow, both from aquarebell.de, I hope that will help keep the plants healthy and growing.
    I also ordered some plants, Staurogyne repens, Hydrocotyle verticillata, Cryptocoryne "pigmea", Eleocharis parvula and Hemianthus "cuba". For the tree I'm going to use Taxiphyllum "flame" (- which was really expensive but looks like Taxiphyllum barbieri to me...I'll post pics later...I don't want barbieri in my tank!)
    I used JBL AquaBasic Plus, a long-term nutrient substrate mixture with "Environment Aquarium Soil" on top of it.
    I bought a bunch of different Seiryu rocks to play around with, but I'm not sure of my hardscape yet.
    Of course I also got me a few little roots and made a little tree for my aquascape. I'm gonna stick the moss to its little branches...

    I hope I didn't forget anything...

    Can I please have the experienced aquascapers look over my hardscape and point me in the right direction as to make it real easy on the eyes? :)

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    Cheers!
    Kowgirl :cool:
     
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  2. Mojojojo

    Mojojojo Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Going to look awesome..I can tell :)
     
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  3. greenfinger 2

    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Kowgirl, Welcome to ASW:D I am not an experienced Aquascaper :( But one thing your DW Is:rolleyes::rolleyes::love:
     
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  4. BerlinKowgirl

    BerlinKowgirl New Member

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    Mojojojo, I sure would hope so! ;)

    Greenfinger, WHAT?! You don't like my lil' tree?! o_O :confused:

    Sigh!

    Here's the tank at its place on my IKEA Expedit sideboard in our living room. I installed some LED lights behind it. Blue looks real nice when the lights are on during the day. Also put some frosted adhesive film onto the rear glass.

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    I hope the rest of the stuff I bought will arrive tomorrow. Then I'll get my little plants...

    Cheers,
    Kowgirl :cool:
     
  5. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Kowgirl

    I have a few points for you to think about.

    The four red dots represent about where your main focal points are

    The red X on the Gold Vine is where I would like one of the points to be.

    That can be achieved by tilting it slightly to the right, this might give it a more natural look

    1 Rock I would like to see a larger & taller rock here ( I stretched it to give you an idea what I am referring to).

    2 Rock I moved it back to the 1 rock

    In the original position they looked too symmetrical

    3 Rock looks nice and smooth little rock compared to all the character each of the other rocks have.

    Over all you are off to a very good start.

    One point that I am concerned about would be the lighting (I will leave that to the lighting experts) Blue for plants ?????

    Keith:):)
     
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  6. greenfinger 2

    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Kowgirl, I LOVE your little Tree (y) And with Keith's help you will have a Aquascape to be proud of ;)
     
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  7. BerlinKowgirl

    BerlinKowgirl New Member

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    Keith, thanks so much, I was hoping you'd chime in and give some advise! ;)

    I'll try to change it to meet the points you've mentioned and use a larger rock. The blue light I was talking about is not for the plants but on the rear bottom behind the tank. I can change the colors of the LEDs and it just looks nice how it shines through the frosted film. I like it anyway. The specs of my lamp are in my first post.

    Greenfinger, thanks, I'm glad! :D

    Cheers,
    Kowgirl :cool:
     
  8. BerlinKowgirl

    BerlinKowgirl New Member

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    I quickly rearranged the rocks and moved the tree about an inch. I don't have any bigger rocks. To me this looks pretty good. Sorry for the reflections and poor quality of the picture. Hope y'all like the little tank!

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    Cheers,
    Kowgirl :cool:
     
  9. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Kowgirl

    Looks like your hard-scape is progressing very fast now

    I have made two rock moves

    Bottom LH rock I suggest you move it up a little so that its just touching the DW.

    The small rock also up a little,rotated it, then bury the front about 50% to give it a bit more of a shape.

    Red lines don't panic this is more of a think tank.

    Instead of having the valley square on I suggest have the lowest point of the valley towards one side.

    I am "thinking" the RH might be better only you can see it in 3D.

    These little tweaks are a lot easier to do now that after any planting.

    Let me know what you think please.

    Keith:):)
     
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    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    In order to maintain that slope you will have to plant those areas very densely and use some stones to keep them up, otherwise they will level out once you get some water moving in there.
     
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  11. BerlinKowgirl

    BerlinKowgirl New Member

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    Thanks, Keith, I rearranged the tank again...I'm left with only the one "hill" the tree sits on and flattened out the other. It came out real good I think, and I will leave it like this. I also planted the Hemianthus "cuba", gonna try the dry start method for the first time... will post pics tomorrow...

    ShadowMac, good advise! I was already aware of that problem and used some microscope slides on the slope to stabilize it a little more.

    Cheers,
    Kowgirl :cool:
     
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  12. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Kowgirl

    Keep the photos coming please

    It looks like its finally taking shape.

    Keith:):)
     
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    nick.scott Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Do you think you could post any pictures of your nano reefs here? I'd love to see them
     
  14. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Ed Villagracia Active Aquascaper

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    hi kowgirl, nice tank and equipment. welcome to ASW.

    nice 2 legs you have there:whistle: i mean the wood that sits on a rock:)
    i know you love the shape of your wood....but there are lots of wood better than that to re create a tree.

    also. if you can afford to buy a better shape rocks say; seiryu or ryuoh stones much better.
    or try looking for a better shape rocks in a garden shop near your place.
    that is,.... if you want to have a good looking scape. just my opinion.
     
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  16. BerlinKowgirl

    BerlinKowgirl New Member

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    Tanks, Keith. I'll try and keep them pictures coming. ;)

    Nick, I might post some pictures of my nano reefs when I find the time.
    They are on my old computer and I'm mostly using my iPad these days... :rolleyes::)

    Mr. Ed, you were right, I do like the shape of my tree. And I see, you've already edited your last post, because it is not driftwood like you first quoted. And my stones are seiryu stones. I chose the stones I liked best, not the ones most affordable. Not that a few cents for hard scape really matter...they must be overly expensive in the Philippines. Anyway, thank you for your advise.

    Here's a few pictures of the tank as it is now. The Hemianthus grows like crazy!

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    Cheers,
    Kowgirl :cool:
     
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    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    great progress and when everything grows in nicely this scape will be a winner! (y)
     
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  18. greenfinger 2

    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Kowgirl The HC Cuba Will over run your fab rock work Very soon :( But you can always trim :) The AquaScape is looking fantastic (y)
     
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  19. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Kowgirl

    I only have one concern if you are not careful that plants will over run every thing.

    Its a fantastic Aquascape you must be very proud of all the good work you have done.

    Keith:):)
     
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  20. khairin

    khairin Aspiring Aquascaper

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    look great :) but for 54l i suggest only using 3x24 watt :D :D

    maybee look gread if you add some anubias petite on twigs :D

    cheers ;);)
     

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