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"Pikes Peak"

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Ian, May 8, 2014.

  1. Ian

    Ian Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Well some of you may have seen my deliberations would I, should I, how too, what sort, and all that, then time and other issues got in the way… But it’s coming together at last all the decisions have been made, a tank has been purchased and progress has begun CO2 kit is ready to run, Plants arrive tomorrow,


    But here’s a sneak peek

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  2. Ed Villagracia

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    i like the rock arrangement except for one which has a flat surface on the left side.

    what kind of rock is that?
     
  3. Glomeridae

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    Nice scape! =)
     
  4. Yoda

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    nice rock
     
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    Hi Ian,What a wonderful start. Love the rock work :rolleyes:
     
  6. Ian

    Ian Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Wow guys thank you for the comments I'm very humbled, the rock is “Ibigawa” bonsai rock, actually I think it’s a Japanese Gneiss, funnily when I was trying to find it for Bonsai, it was always suggested that I go to aquatic shops but I never did…However when I did eventually find this as a single chunk about 10 years ago, it sat in my garden just waiting for an opportunity to use it…


    Here are a few more snaps just so you can see it is progressing, planting started actually I don’t intend to plant anything else for a while at least just to see how these settle down

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    Slightly different angle which I like

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    Group NB mr Ed - I moved that rock following your comment, I feel it looks better now, the thing about cameras and children - they never lie, but they can really embarrass you :) Thanks Ian

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    Off angle shot

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    Now it’s more waiting I’m afraid, all part of the game, but this is right next to my computer, so at least I have a “Live” picture to look at when I’m working…
     
  7. greenfinger 2

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    Hi Ian, Congrats on a fab little Aquascape :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes: I love it(y)
     
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  8. Ian

    Ian Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks Roy, now what to do, more research ---- Shrimps I think :sneaky:
     
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  9. greenfinger 2

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    Hi Ian, Red cherry shrimp would look good :)
     
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  10. Ed Villagracia

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    nice to see you did a little tweaking with your rocks. it shows big improvement.
    Ian good job (y)
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  11. Ian

    Ian Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Roy the Red cherry shrimp is on the cards, though I need to know a bit more about them as I haven’t kept shrimp since my marine days, I really like the look of these Taiwan-bee-wine-red.
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    I am a lover of scale and would really like to find the “smallest” shrimps I can find.

    Mr ED the tank has now been up and running for a few days, the whole thing is looking as I wanted it to look, water is crystal clear, CO2 is up, plants are really green, they came from https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aqua-Essentials/143156629053991?fref=ts a great company to deal with, they even gave me discount because it was my birthday…I can’t recommend them highly enough.

    But every time I walk past it I have to stop and take a look it’s really come together well, it’s a living picture…

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    Though I’m not very good at waiting 6 weeks seems an awful long time ...
     
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    Hi Ian , It will be worth the wait ;) 6 weeks will go in no time :D
     
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    Well I automatically would have liked it on the title alone (I live in CO http://cograilway.com/aboutpikespeak.htm). ;)

    I really like those stones and the layout on the plants and am looking forward to see it grow out.
     
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  14. Ian

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    EChord, Ha ha thank you, sorry I’ve never been to Colorado, though have spent time in California, Arizona, and Nevada… However I’m a mad car enthusiast and Pikes Peak is a special event, as you will know.

    I thought it was a good play on words for a name for this tank, though I hope it will never be seeing any Pike!

    As for seeing it “grow out” well its flying already, each night I get home from work and I can see the difference, I’m totally astonished myself at how quick things are happening, I presume it’s down to the CO2, (plus all the ferts etc) none of which I have used before. I am away for the weekend so it will be interesting to measure the growth over two days.
     
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    lol - It's all relativity. ;)

    Honestly I have to admit some ignorance on the car events, though I know someone that specializes in photographing classic cars, so he's probably very familiar with it. He's also been shooting 'rust art' the last couple years, and has taken some very cool shots. Here's a link to his PBase gallery if you want to see what he does: http://www.pbase.com/dlgphoto :)

    That's exciting that it's all growing out so quick. You'll def have to keep us all updated
     
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  16. Ian

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    WOW! EChord, some absolutely stunning photos! Slightly surprised I hadn’t seen them before, perhaps I had as I didn’t get to look through every album (Yet!).


    I’ll post more photos as and when...I get the oppertunity .

    Meanwhile been researching the Shrimps, found a chap who lives in the same city as me who just happens to be a breeder :) Seems to be a really nice guy too.
     
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  17. EChord

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    Dan's a great photographer - glad you enjoyed his shots. :)

    I'll look forward to seeing more shots, and good luck on the shrimp!
     
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  18. Ian

    Ian Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Slowly we are getting there "Pikes Peak" is now a home to more than just plants! Erm no shrimp yet though ...


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  19. Ian

    Ian Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I should have added some details
    Fluval Edge

    Size : 46 litre
    lenght : 43cm
    width : 26 cm
    hight : 48 cm

    Lighting 21 LED lighting system
    7600K high luminosity LEDs, suitable for aquatic plants with 3-position on/off switch: Bright Daytime, Deep Blue Nighttime and Off

    Equipment
    Heater 1 Fluial Marina 300w
    CO2 pressurised, 2 bubbles per second Flora Grow CO2
    Fertilizers Neutro T plus some Easy Life Easy Carbo and Easy Life Kalium

    Plants
    Hemianthus callitrichoides - Ground Cover
    Tropica Vesicularia ferriei 'Weeping'
    Eleocharis acicularis

    Substrate
    JBL Manado
    JBL Sansibar Grey


    Filtration
    Exterrnal Filter standard Edge Biomax.

    Rock
    Ibigawa - bonsai rock

    Fish
    6 Hyphessobrycon amandae - Ember tetras


    Shrimp

    10 Neocaridina Heteropoda var. Red
     
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  20. EChord

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    Looking good! :)
     
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