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Return of the Shallow

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

  1. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Tim

    Its certainly going to be the Aquascape to follower and watch it develop.

    In all those gaps in the rocks have you placed any substrate? How are you attaching your plants to the DW?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  2. Tim Harrison

    Tim Harrison Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi Keith, there isn't any substrate in the gaps, once the DSM phase is over I'll be pushing epiphytes in to the crevices and gaps (probably some ferns, and buces), and planting up the pockets at the back,

    Anyway, some more images - soaked, planted, and cling-filmed...

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  3. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    The first thing I noticed was how clean the area is around bench top. Its something many never learn when presenting a photo.

    I also just noticed the top of roots the trunk is hollow if so a great area for a small trailing plant.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  4. Tim Harrison

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    Thanks Keith, it's all about the aesthetics.

    Not really sure how I'm going to plant the hollow I've some loose notion of ferns :)
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    If that is the case I would wait until all the plants have established then thing what just might work in that spot.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  6. John Whatmough

    John Whatmough Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Its great piece of wood to say its one piece, should be a interesting aquascape as it develops. I often pick up pieces of oak when out and about on walks get some nice pieces but never get the twisty" effects
     
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    Next time you go out and about take a camping shovel with you more likely to find the best pieces underground.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  8. Tim Harrison

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    The DSM (dry start method) seems to be working well...so far. The methodology has been:

    1. Firstly, I added water to a level just below the surface of the substrate, and aim to keep it that way; spraying every day can raise the water level above the top of the substrate.
    2. I've kept the tank sealed with clingfilm, but have let fresh air in for 5 minutes every day to replace the old stagnant air, hopefully this will prevent mould.
    3. The plants have been sprayed on a daily basis with a dilute fertz solution, about 1ml TNC Complete per 0.33 of a litre; that's the capacity of my sprayer.

    It's been around 10 days since the carpet was planted and I'm fairly pleased with the growth rate.
    The moss has taken hold as well and appears to be growing; I was worried it wasn't getting enough moisture.
    I've also pinched out the tops of the Staurogyne repens, hopefully this will encourage side shots and quicker coverage.

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  9. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Every thing looks very healthy lets hope ever thing stays that way.

    Are you using an Air Stone during that 5 minutes to assist in the air exchange?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Thanks Keith, no I'm not using an air stone, but I like the idea of it. I think for now though the draft created by the spray bottle is probably enough ;)
     
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    I just use a fan and blow it out for 5 minutes. Completely new air!
     
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    @Culprit3 Crikey that'd definitely get the job done efficiently :)
     
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    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    hahaha yes! I'll admit I don't even do it for 5 minutes... Its a nice big box fan so I'll just hold it there for a minute :p I can feel the air blowing out lol.

    Its looking great! (y)
     
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    Sounds very much you are starting to learn and practice the tricks of trade.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Very nice hardscape and rock work. The only thing I would be concern about is the wood not sinking once filled.

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    Tim is keeping the wood moist during the DSM if there even looks like any movement of the timber I am sure Tim has that covered all he has to do is place a few rocks where necessary to hold it down until required.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    @vshrimp, thank you. Keith's right I have that covered but thanks for the heads up all the same.
    It's well and truly secured under the weight of the rocks, I tried pulling it up just after I'd scaped it...it didn't budge a millimetre ;)
     
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    Its a trap many beginners fall into its usually caused by not soaking the DW until its ready first, reason being always in a hurry to get it finished and that can always cause many concerns.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Well it's been around 30 days since I started the DSM, and I think I'm almost there.
    Maybe another couple of weeks or so and I'll be planting the stems and placing the buces in to cracks and crevices, and then...flooding :)

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    :eek: Looking really Good (y)
     
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