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Roots and Grit - 2017

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by alex08, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Figured i start the new year with a new setup in my 200 litre.
    So, i worked even more on the hardscape part and i'm well aware of the grade of maintenance i'll have to do.
    But where's the fun in it if there's no challenge?

    Starter pack :

    LxWxH - 100x55x45 cm
    Lighting - 6x39w (3000k and 6500k bulbs)
    Filtration - Hailea HF-150 and Eheim 2322, both w/ lily pipes
    Twinstar - M2
    CO2 - Pressurised w/ Tropica diffuser (3 in 1) - 2 bps - all the time
    Skimmer - Odyssea (ebay)
    Hardscape - Red moore wood, Twinty wood, Dragon stone
    Gravel, sand & substrate - JBL Manado, Quartz, river sand

    Full list of plants for this setup :

    -Anubias barteri var. nana 'petite'
    -Anubias barteri var. nana 'pinto'
    -Microsorum pteropus needle leaf
    -Staurogyne repens
    -Staurogyne sp. 'Porto Velho'
    -Alternanthera Reineckii 'Mini'
    -Hemianthus glomeratus
    -Hemianthus cuba
    -Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo'
    -Rotala sp. Goias
    -Rotala macrandra red mini
    -Myriophyllum mattogrossense
    -Myriophyllum sp. roraima
    -Aponogeton madagascariensis
    -Cryptocoryne sp. 'Flamingo'
    -Cryptocoryne wendtii Compact
    -Heteranthera zosterifolia

    Fish :

    -Paracheirodon innesi

    Hardscape - step by step, with a lot of details :

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    I used the blue-ish mesh to separate the different types of gravel i used to create the hills and with the help of the Dragon stones, to keep the hills from falling apart.

    More pics to come.
     

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  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Alex

    Looks very much another Alex wonder tanks in the making.

    I highly recommend new Aquascapers follow every detain of how Alex develops a wonderful aquascape.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  3. Wendy1B

    Wendy1B Aspiring Aquascaper

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    This is beautiful, Alex. I look forward to seeing pictures of the progression of this display.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Wendy

    You will learn a lot from looking at Alex's work.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  5. Son Quang

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    That's gorgeous. Looking ahead to see more pictures of you work
     
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  6. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Thank you so much for the feedback.

    Let's see another set of pics :

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  7. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Your tank reminds me of this small creek in the tropics with mangrove swamp tree roots both sides of the small creek entrance.


    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  8. Wendy1B

    Wendy1B Aspiring Aquascaper

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    The more I look at your pictures, the more I fall in love with certain aspects. I plan on emulating much of your design in my new setup I will hopefully be receiving prior to this weekend. What are the types of gravel you used?
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Wendy

    You are setting your ideas very high now Alex is a master at Aquascaping.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Wendy1B Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Oh, I'm going to give it my best, but I'm sure it won't turn out anywhere near as impressive as his, lol. I know I face a pretty steep learning curve, and I find challenges an excellent way to grow!
     
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  11. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Thank you all for the positive feedback!

    Last details of the hardscape before i go into "planting mode".
    At one point in this setup, i will change the quartz in the front with something that'll give it a more natural look (something smaller).

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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Let the planting begin :

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    Ed Villagracia Active Aquascaper

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    beautiful!
    hi Alex, in your last photos i do not see the bluish mesh anymore. did you cover it with substrate?
     
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    Looking great...that's some real height you've got in them there hills, should be very impressive when it's planted and filled;)

    Hope the dragon stone does it's job and stops the substrate heading south.
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Helloo everyone and thanks again for the feedback!

    It really was a challenge to get the hills that high, but as you say Tim, fully planted there's no chance of heading south.
    Also, the "roots" (aka twinty wood and red moore) are well put.

    Yes Ed, i covered it with substrate and started planting.

    I also got some some clips with the whole process.
     
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    Alex

    You are setting the standards higher again I very strongly suggest all new comers and any member wanting to learn the finer points of Aquascaping Alex is the member to follow.

    Alex a small request can you get some one to photograph/video of you actually putting a plant into position with all that DW in your Aquascape.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Wendy1B Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I love planting time! Are these Anubius nana "Petite"? How are you attaching them?
     
  18. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Keith, what a good idea, but for now i can't do that, because the planting is done.
    Maybe with the future setups. I'm also working on improving my video skills, i'll come back with a few clips.

    Hi Wendy!
    Yes, those are Anubias nana ''petite''. I didn't use any strings in this setup, i just put them between the roots and they seem to attach pretty well after a few weeks or so.
    The same goes for Staurogyne repens and Alternanthera mini in this setup.

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    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Great work! This is a great aquascape, and I've always wanted to do something similar.


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  20. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Again thank you for posting those very informative photos of your wonderful tank.

    lucasgg there are many years of experience and techniques that had to be learnt along the way to get to that stage of Aquascaping and I am sure Alex would tell you he is learning all the time.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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