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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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    Day 24

    So, the plan was to try a Rotala sp. Goias carpet at first, but it seems it's quite hard to grow it like that with my aquarium height.
    Although i have 234w T5 lighting for around 180-190 litres of water, it doesn't seem to be enough for this one to grow low.
    Will do my best. Maybe combine it with Glosso or M. sp. Monte Carlo eventualy, to fill the free space.

    Still had some brown algae on the wood, like in every setup i had for the last two years. Not a big problem.

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  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Alex my only comment is I would like to a far bigger school of those Neons.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  3. Ed Villagracia

    Ed Villagracia Active Aquascaper

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    hi Alex isn't it Rotala sp. Goias is a stem plant? this plant have a nice color but i think it is best to use as mid ground or background plant and not as carpet. switching to glosso or monte carlo is great.
     
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  4. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Keith,

    It's not a bad idea, but i'm thinking of mixing them with Harlequin rasboras. Actually this was my main preference, but couldn't find them at the time.
    What do you think?

    Hi Ed,

    Yes, Rotala sp. Goias is a stem plant, but i think in proper conditions, we can also keep it from growing up. I think the most important factor in this would be the lighting, and after that a good trimming.
    I do believe this could be the truth because i also got a few stems in the back, on the right hill and they do tend to grow slower, more dense and staying lower and lower, after each cut.

    Anyway, i do want to change the scape a little and try sp. "monte carlo" in front, so we'll see.

    Let me show you all some clips of the setup, from the beginning and from day 16 :







     
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  5. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Alex
    As your tank is basically green (plants) brown (DW) and a little splash of red (plant) the bright colourings of the Tetras will lift the tank considerably. As far as how many I would slowly build the school up to the maximum to get that effect. When you want that special photo school them for a greater effect instead of having them all over the tank.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  6. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Thanks for the advice, Keith.
    I definetly need to school them to get that nice effect.
    So, i'll go with Tetras and only Tetras on this.
     
  7. Wendy1B

    Wendy1B Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Alex, so funny, I have seriously considering the R. Gaios in my setup. The seller I want to purchase it from says for low growth have high light, frequent trimmings, and good water column dosing.
     
  8. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Wendy

    Here is some useful info about Rotala sp. Goias for you. Do you have the correct conditions to grow this plant.

    Relatively easy to grow, with highlight, C02 injection and a deligent dosing regime, this can be a very striking plant with a red crown. Grows well in moderately hard water, but as with most plants, this plant also does very well in soft water. Rotala sp. Goias will also form a very thick bush and can be trained to form a low/er growing carpet in the right conditions and with weekly trimming. If it likes you're tank conditions you can get it to grow just about any way you want it.

    Info
    http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/myPlants.php?do=view&p=110&n=Rotala_Goias_Rotala_sp_Goias

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    nice layout
     
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  10. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Thanks, thaDUKE. ;)

    More details from day 24 :

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  11. Shane P.

    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    Absolutely stunning yet again alex, will be rescaping a 50.8 x 27.9 x 33.0 (cm) tank soon, this is fantastic inspiration!

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  12. keithgh

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    Thank you again for posting those stunning photos. The last photo looks very interesting.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  13. alex08

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    Jumping straight to day 146, trying to get this one ready for the contests to come :

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    Still more work to be done.
     
  14. keithgh

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    Its come to the point now every detail is going to earn you more points.

    Here are a few points you might like to consider before posting photos for any competitions.

    The Substrate make sure its perfectly level instead of a few ups and downs.

    The light at the end of the tunnel even though it looks interesting its extremely eye catching and very difficult to work you eye flow all over the tank and observe every little detail, even if you placed a few cuttings just for the photos and see how it looks.

    More Tetras just to lift the colouring as you should be marked on Inhabitants as well, and practice schooling the cardinals for that special photo.

    If you are not sure how this is done please ask its a very simple process but you will require help to do it.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Aponogeton madagascariensis flower :

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  16. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Alex Your photography skills are fantastic, thank you very much for posting those beautiful photos.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  17. Nigel95

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    Alex what a fantastic scape! Seriously :)
     
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  18. keithgh

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    Alex

    Can you post again the Camera you are using to get such wonderful photos please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  19. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi guys, sorry for the late response. Still using the Canon 450D with some Phottix macro lens (13mm,21mm,31mm).

    Day 179 :

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    Algae on the wood and stones up front are still coming back from time to time.
    Besides that, i'm pretty happy how things have gone with this one.
     
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  20. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Alex

    It would not matter at all what camera you used that tank is an inspiration to many.

    You have also presented your photo very professionally and that many can learn from.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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