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Return of the Shallow

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

  1. Tim Harrison

    Tim Harrison Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks Shawn :)
     
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    Tim

    It certainly shows. At a rough guess I think trimming will be a constant on going task to maintain "That appeal"

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Tim Harrison Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think it'll be too bad Keith, I'll probably have to give it a good trim every so often.
     
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    Tim the method you use to grow plants in that tank I don't think its a go slow.

    Only time will tell.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    One of the buces has flowered...although I can't really claim all the credit, it had an emerging flower spike when I got it, but at least it didn't rot and fall off before it flowered; I must be doing something right...

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I would say you are doing every thing right and it has a lot to do with practical experience.

    I notice something is pearling on the DW do you know what it is?

    Being a close up it's easy to see how healthy your plants are.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Thanks Keith, other than the moss, it's probably a thin coating of algae, new start up syndrome, it'll probably get worse before it gets better, but so far I don't think it's anything to worry about...I hope :confused:
    There are also quite a lot of bubbles raising from the plants, but it looks like they are stuck on the DW.
     
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    I actually like it as it looks very natural as it slowly ages.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    I've just noticed the tank is teaming with ostracods ...literally a population explosion (no fish yet). At first I thought it was detritus being blown around the tank in the current, but detritus can't swim... :rolleyes:

    Also I've got a few tufts of what looks like Fissidens growing on the DW...not particularly exciting news, except I didn't put it there o_O

    The only explanation I can think of is, it's from Windswept Eternity my previous scape. https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/windswept-eternity.37490/page-19 but it's been several months since it was torn down, and the DW was long since dried and stored in the garage.

    I've read stories about the amazing regenerative powers of moss, in particular, tolerance to environmental desiccation...but I find it hard to believe; I must have it wrong somehow :confused:

    Finally, the scape is proving high maintenance already I had to give it another trim :meh: the carpet had grown to around 3cm thick in the short time since flooding and it's first trim. I guess that's the advantage of the DSM and an established root system :cool:

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    nice hardy and easy to maintain plants. great idea !!! (y)
     
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    aside from too many forums re planted tanks now a days, many pro members has its own forum to stay with and maintain ;)
     
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    are they not an easy food for assassin snails and fish?
     
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    It could be a matter of locating a small predator fish that would snack on them but not your plants.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Usually they disappear once fish are added to the tank, so I'm guessing most fish will eat them.
     
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    Especially if they are hungry

    Keith :cat::cat:
     
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    Good transition Tim from dry start too flooding
     
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    Thanks John, so far so good, I think I'm through the danger zone...I hope :confused:
     
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    I stumbled across this species, Hyphessobrycon cf. loweae, in my LFS and bought the last 10 they had, I'm well pleased, they are super little fish and only grow to about 20mm.
    Apparently, they are still fairly new to the hobby; I've never seen them for sale before. I'll post my own pic when they've settled in, but for now here's one off the net...

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    Just a quick update. I got a bit fed up waiting for the bald spots in the lawn to disappear so I infilled them with more plants.
    I've also added a couple of red stems left of centre foreground for a bit of contrast. And the WK was looking a bit sorry for itself so I've had a bit of a rehash in another glass bowl.
    I'm also trying to tempt my new Otos with a bit of broccoli stem, I've never been able to get my Otos to feed on anything except algae...

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    I hate you Tim :mad: it looks so good :cool:
     
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