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Nigel's Forest scape 128L

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Nigel95, Jul 5, 2017.

  1. Nigel95

    Nigel95 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Got bored of my Iwagumi and wanted to do something with spiderwood. Decided to make my own forest. Enjoy ;)

    Have a look at my Youtube channel :)
    >> www.youtube.com/nigelaquascaping
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    Specs planted tank aquarium
    Tank
    80x40x40 cm / 31x15x15" opticwhite 8mm
    34 gallon / 128 litre

    Lighting
    Aquatlantis easy led 742 but soon chihiros rgb 60

    Hardscape
    Lava rock
    Spiderwood

    Substrate
    ADA Aqua Soil

    Shrimp
    50+ Red cherry shrimp
    17 Amano shrimp (after months because they will pull off mosses of hardscape)

    Fish

    20 green neon tetra

    Snails
    10 Clithon sp.

    Plants
    hydrocotyle tripartita
    cryptocoryne parva
    fissidens fontanus
    fissidens mini
    solenostoma tetragonum
    Bucephalandra (soon before flooding)

    Co2
    Pressurized CO2 with a diffusor
    Co2 checker edge (20 ppm)

    Heater
    Hydor eth 200 temperature 25 celcius

    Filter
    Eheim experience 350 (2426) with stainless steel lily pipes

    Background
    Frosted glass spray

    Day 1 hardscape & dsm


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    Day 36



    Day 60
    [​IMG]forest scape 128l day 60 p3 by Nigel H, on Flickr

    Day 95

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    [​IMG]day 95 forest aquascape by nigel aquascaping by Nigel H, on Flickr

    Day 115


    Tank 80x40x40 cm - 34g / 128L
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    Plants
    - Fissidens fontanus and mini
    - Solenostoma Tetragonum
    - Cryptocoryne parva
    - Hydrocotyle tripartita
    - Some small bucephalandra
     
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  2. Nigel95

    Nigel95 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Yoghurt method experiment
    [/B]Got some fissidens fontanus from someone. Trying out the yoghurt blender method to attach mosses on my lava rocks.
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    To be more safe to avoid floating spiderwood I zip tied spiderwood pieces to a piece of slate. These will be buried in the substrate. So far it seems promising as pieces sink immediately in a bucket.
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  3. Nigel95

    Nigel95 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Waterlogging all pieces hopefully they will not dry completely out during my dry start to attach mosses to hardscape.
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    Wow. That looks amazing. It has an incredible amount of depth. I know someone who did a scape like this, and just be warned, he said maintnence tended to be pretty time consuming.
     
  5. Nigel95

    Nigel95 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks!

    Yup it Will be But most are slow growing plants so only once a month trimming.


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  6. keithgh

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    I am very pleased to see you have started. Only advice I can give you is think twice and act once plus take it slowly, this tank is will not be dismantled in a short period of time.

    Great the broken tiles are working.
    If that is the only concern every else will be easy. DSM apparently misting is to be done as required, that means mist the DW pieces as required.

    Time consuming is part of Aquascaping and once you are experienced its never a problem. A quick daily check can save many hrs of unnecessary maintenance.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  7. Nigel95

    Nigel95 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Rough sketch of the planting.

    WM = weeping moss
    CP = cryptocoryne parva
    FF / RC = fissidens fontanus / riccardia chamedry folia

    Some anubias petite and bucephalandra mini needle leaf random in the scape. Should I put them in crevices or glue them?

    The 'path' isn't really planted because if I do all the roots will become hidden by plants.

    Maybe I will put some trees more diagonal to prevent the scape from being to static,

    Planning to raise the substrate more at the back as I have enough soil from my Iwagumi to create more depth. Something like 4 cm front, left back 13 cm, center 8 cm and right back 10 cm.

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    Like the plan and scape with DW(y) watching with interest, as sons planning on using Yoghurt method on his next scape
     
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    Nigel95 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks Zeus

    Don't use to much yoghurt and if he is only doing dsm for two weeks watch out with strong flow on the mosses or they will fly all over the tank!
     
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    I'd put an airstone or pump into the bucket of water with the wood to keep it from fouling.

    I like the hardscape. You have a natural talent for it and look forward to seeing this develop.
     
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    No one can accuse you of rushing into an Aquascape. The next big job is transferring everything as per Mock Tank into your tank.

    You have used the old rule very successfully think twice and once more then act on what you are doing. If only many newcomers followed that simple rule it would save them a lot of concerns.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Ordered a chihiros rgb. Hopefully I will like the 8000k cold view.

    New plant list due low par with just 1 light unit (~36 par.)
    So I skipped the riccardia chamedryfolia as it requires at least 50 par.

    Decided to add a little bit of
    hydrocotyle tripartita. Riccardia chamedryfolia will be replaced with solenostoma tetragonum.

    Plant list
    hydrocotyle tripartita
    Crypt parva
    Weeping moss
    solenostoma tetragonum
    Fissidens mini and fontanus
    Bucephalandra kedagang mini.



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    This is one Aquascape I have been waiting to watch it's progress.

    You put a lot of work getting the Mock Tank perfect. I know you will see the benefit of all that work once its finished and developed.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    First try so far in "real" tank. Feedback please. Still need to do rocks and roots.

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    Dsm is Going to be a problem with wrap foil and outstanding spiderwood. I could use a trash bag but it won't be sealed completely. Not sure if it will be humid enough.


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    I have posted your Mock tank for comparison.
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    Your tank today.
    There are a few slight differences that can be changed very easily.
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    5 It might be better starting off with closing the gap by moving 2 & 3 closer together
    1 Also move to the right.
    2 To the right
    3 To the left
    4 To the left

    What might help is print out your mock tank and my recommendations then have along side you when making any adjustments.

    A few points you must remember from this point on wards KIS, More is Less and Less is More, if in doubt leave it out.

    Over all it is looking very good in fact extremely good.


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    Nigel95 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Now with rocks & roots. I know it's different than the mock up tank. Few things I would like to see different but hard to make it "better" IMO. Any critique still welcome.

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    Going to be a pain to glue those roots together... but who said it was going to be easy? :)

    Tested some lava rocks that has been in dsm for four weeks and the amano shrimps are pulling everything off. So I guess I can't have amano shrimp at the start in the tank. What would be a good algae eaters that will not blow the delicate moss off? Maybe RCS? Not sure if they will keep algae under control. Not sure what to do with the moss I ordered. Tie it or just continue with the yoghurt method.
     
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    That looks a lot better both sides are now linked together.

    Ottos are good at controlling Algae but they do better in older established tanks that has a good supply of Algae.

    The good old Cherries always do a good job.
    Do both just to be on the safe side.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    More mosses, plants and stuff to continue the scape :)

    Damn those mosses are expensive for what you get!

    Instead of shrimp I will start the scape with snails (clithon sp.) to keep algae under control.

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