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Return of the Shallow - AKA Endor

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Tim Harrison, Jul 8, 2017.

  1. Tim Harrison

    Tim Harrison Moderator Staff Member

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    I recently found an awesome peace of DW; a eucalyptus root which I thought would be ideal for scaping.
    I'm kind of envisioning the root embedded in rock, but it's a tricky manoeuvre to pull off so it looks convincingly natural.

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    Tank: 60x40x25cm(h)
    Stand: IKEA hacked Besta cabinet
    Light: EcoTech Radion XR15 Freshwater LED
    Filter: Eheim Ecco Pro 300 with Cal Aqua Labs lily pipes
    CO2: Fire Extinguisher, Dual Stage Reg and UpAqua Inline Atomizer
    Steriliser: TwinStar Nano II
    Fertz: TNC Complete
    Substrate: Amazonia
    Rocks: Seiryu Stone
    DW: Eucalyptus Root

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  2. Culprit3

    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Wow its beautiful!
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Tim

    As long as its 110% dry it should be OK if not it just might leach out its natural oils.

    Looks like it just fits into your tank very well. It looks like what is used for firewood/ BBQ charcoal in Aust its called Mallee Root

    Looks like a job for the grinder to fit the roots snuggle over the rock

    Keith :cat::cat:
     
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  4. Tim Harrison

    Tim Harrison Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks for the info Keith, it is 110% dry. I managed to get a fairly decent fit with the rocks I had...no grinder necessary :)

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Tim these two photos might give you a few ideas on planting on/around the base of the roots.
    Your roots and rocks are going to look very natural.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  6. Tim Harrison

    Tim Harrison Moderator Staff Member

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    Great photos, thanks Keith. Always good to do research and see how Mother Nature does it:)
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I would like a combination of both A small (every thing must be done in proportion other wise it will look out of place, a small leafy plant rambling over a few small mixed sized rocks and may be climbing up on the LH side.
    Then may be a few scattered plants small Crypt type all the same variety as top picture.

    Remember one rule KIS and If in doubt leave it out.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I think dwarf baby tears would look very natural rambing over the rocks and climbing. Its how it actually grows in its natural habitat. It doesn't normally make a carpet.
     
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    Awesome tank!
     
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  10. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Dwarf Baby Tears
    This species form a dense, bright green carpet over the entire aquarium substrate under optimal conditions.

    Using that info as a guide Tim's natural bush setting could be lost, another option would be a plant of that leaf size but have more of a rambelling effect. eg a true Anubia nana petite its leaves are extremely small plus a very slow grower. In Aust it took me many years to locate it.
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    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Tim Harrison Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks Shane.
    Thanks Keith, Anubia nana petite is on the list ;)
     
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    Lovely hardscape can't wait to see the result :)
     
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    Tim Harrison Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks Nigel.
     
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    Inspiring already (y) defiantly a thread to watch ;)
     
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    Tim Harrison Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks Zeus.
     
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    Love the hardscape! The rockwork compliments the wood wonderfully.
     
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    Thanks Shawn :)
     
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    Holidays are as good as over, so my attention has returned to the shallow.
    I rejigged the right hand side of the scape a bit, and then got busy with the glue gun and added a bit more wood.
    The carpet plants arrived today as well, along with some mini Christmas moss and Pelia, so I'll do some planting tomorrow.
    I'm going to try the dry start method with this scape. The level substrate should lend itself to DSM pretty well :)

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    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    This is going to be stunning.
     
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