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  1. abhradip1986

    abhradip1986 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    i love the HC growth! :D
     
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  2. BerlinKowgirl

    BerlinKowgirl New Member

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    Greenfinger & Keith, thanks so much for the kind words. ;)

    I've already bought some awesome tools from "Borneo Wild" and "ADA" to keep the plants in my tank trimmed, I've got long and short cutters and straight and curved scissors and two really cool spring cutters plus the essential ADA wave cutter . Those are really impressive, high quality tools...very nice, and I can't wait to try them. Let's hope I'm faster than the Hemianthus...lol

    Khairin, thank you for your reply. I suggest you re-read my first post. :rolleyes:

    Abrhadip, I know! You can really watch it grow! :LOL:


    Cheers,
    Kowgirl :cool:
     
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  3. abhradip1986

    abhradip1986 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    no wonder it's my favorite plant. :)
    BTW a question from my side to all - why everyone prefers buying cutting tools of an aquascaping company when the equipments have been designed based on medical tools and they come 1/3 the price. Kowgirl - please don't take this personally it's a generic question with no intention of criticism. and sorry for deviating the topic a slight bit.
     
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  4. BerlinKowgirl

    BerlinKowgirl New Member

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    Abhradip, good thing you've mentioned that.

    I was quite surprised of the prices of the aquascaping tools myself when I first started to research the hobby. Like you said, I also found my tools at a medical shop, except for the spring cutters from "Borneo Wild" and the ADA wave cutter...a little cheaper and same great quality. Goes also for long/short and straight/curved tweezers, I got some of those, too.

    Of course, you can also get some tools on eBay for close to nothing. But I have no experience with them, so I can't say anything about the quality...

    Cheers,
    Kowgirl :cool:
     
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  5. greenfinger 2

    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Kowgirl, Or you can make them :) I just made a pair of tweezers out of a old coat hanger. From a link that another member posted ;) Not the most beautiful thing to look at but they work:DAnything to keep down the cost of our hobby :LOL:
     
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  6. abhradip1986

    abhradip1986 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    If you guys are okay I'll share the names of all the tools even the spring scissor used in orthopedic surgeries :)

    PS: advantages of having a doctor fiance :)

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  7. BerlinKowgirl

    BerlinKowgirl New Member

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    I just put some moss on my little tree...

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    Cheers,
    Kowgirl :cool:
     
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  8. abhradip1986

    abhradip1986 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Very nice..it's shaping up beautifully. One small suggestion can the tree be turned to the right by a few degrees it will show all the branch with the moss on it

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  9. khairin

    khairin Aspiring Aquascaper

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    oh sorry sir, i am less scrupulous read it :( :(
     
  10. BerlinKowgirl

    BerlinKowgirl New Member

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    Standing in front of the tank you can see all the branches...it really looks better in reality...lol ;)

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    Cheers,
    Kowgirl :cool:
     
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    khairin Aspiring Aquascaper

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  12. greenfinger 2

    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Kowgirl, Your Aquascape is Fantastic :rolleyes: I liked the DW as soon as i see it:love: But now well its awesome (y)
     
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  13. abhradip1986

    abhradip1986 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Yeah I love this angle of the shot!

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  14. BerlinKowgirl

    BerlinKowgirl New Member

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    Thank you all! I hope the moss grows in nicely!

    Cheers,
    KowGIRL ...as in female/Ma'am...on the contrary to BOY as in male/Sir... :rolleyes: ...just sayin'...
     
  15. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Kowgirl

    When the Moss gets established keep it roughly trimmed to give it that natural appeal.

    My question is what is that plant in the back RH corner it seems out of place I could understand it if it was in the back LH corner then it could look like more trees in the distance?

    Keith:):)
     
  16. BerlinKowgirl

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    Keith, I saved these plants from a friends tank after he trimmed it...I know it's too early to introduce them to my tank, since I'm doing a dry start, but I took them with me anyway...I don't know what I'll do with them yet...lol

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

    Cheers,
    Kowgirl :cool:
     
  17. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Wow! That 'scape tools wonderful! I've never seen so much progress and flexibility within one person and one post! And yes, that is one winner 'scape! But what substrate are you using? It looks kinda like Flourite Black, but it could be anything else. Does it work well?

    Oh, and make sure to get a Co2 atomizer. These types produce finer bubbles and they can be easily hidden. Just better in general.
     
  18. BerlinKowgirl

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    Lucasgg, thank you for your kind words, it's highly appreciated!

    The soil I'm using, like mentioned in my first post, is called "Enviromental Aquarium Soil". Just another brand of AquaSoil you can buy here in Germany. Seems to work good so far, judged by the Hemianthus growth...

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    As for the atomizer, I already have a pretty little reactor thingie like this:

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    Though I might get a inline atomizer later on, I'll have to see how much the look of the reactor I got bothers me when it's installed in the tank...I like the clean and low-tech-look...

    Cheers,
    Kowgirl :cool:
     
  19. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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  20. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Seiryu is actually basic (has a bit of limestone in it) and releases minerals that hardens the water. Aquasoil acts as a buffer keeping the pH down.
     

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