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Roots of change

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by alex08, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi guys,

    I think it's time to show you my new nano aquarium setup, also a nature style one.
    I find it challenging every time i set up a new aquarium, looking to have more details in the hardscape.

    The meaning behind the title comes from all the ideas i had for the past few months about creating and giving an even more natural look, somehow surpassing Around the old tree and why not, Forest dreams.

    We'll see how that goes in the months to follow.

    Aquarium and equipement :

    -Aquael Econoline 60x30x30
    -Diversa Led 18w lighting
    -Dennerle Scaper's Flow
    -Twinstar M2

    Hardscape, sand and gravel :

    -Red moore, Twinty wood, Lava stone
    -Dennerle Crystal Quartz Black, Dennerle Plantahunter Rio Xingu, JBL Sansibar White

    Fish and shrimps :

    Hyphessobrycon amandae, Neocaridina davidi var. Orange, Caridina cantonensis sp. Super Crystal Red.

    Plants :

    Bolbitis heudelotii, Crepidomanes cf. malabaricum, Anubias micro "Pangolino", Anubias barteri var. nana "petite", Microsorum needle leaf, Microsorum pteropus windelov, Echinodorus tennelus, Micranthemum sp. "Monte Carlo", Eleocharis pussila mini, Hemianthus cuba, Bucephalandra sp. mini needle leaf, Bucephalandra sp wavy leaf, Rotala sp. Goias.

    Fertilization with :

    -Dennerle, Easy Life, Masterline (Romanian line of fertilizers) - more details to give you about these.

    Let's start from the beginning :

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    I usually like to fill it in with all the plants i want to have from the beginning and maybe, if i find something that doesn't go along well, i'll just take it out afterwards.

    I did add some small branches on each side of the trail, after a few days, trying to give it more depth.

    More pics to come and ... feel free to jump on with the questions.
     
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  2. Wendy1B

    Wendy1B Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I love the effect the roots have on the left front of the tank! How long do you let your plants grow in before flooding the tank?
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Alex

    Looking good so far I notice a few Aquascaping tricks in the first few photo I hope new Aquascapers are watching your Journal.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Wendy,

    I'm not a dry start fan, so after i did all the hardscaping and planting, i also put the water in.

    Hi Keith,

    That was the point, to give a "how to" to others, to see how easy they can build "something from nothing" (using some big rocks, a few bags of gravel).
    That's how i managed to get the hardscape higher, to give it that depth, also with a little help from the trail of sand.
    I also enjoyed using Dennerle Plantahunter Rio Xingu, it really gives it a natural river side look.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    alex

    I was watching a short video recently and they used rocks to get the height in the corners, I have even seen polystyrene foam used (Would reduce the weight on the glass a lot)

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Exactly Keith, i would say that's the correct way to use the rocks. I was thinking about the weight of all of it, on the glass, after.
    With the foam is safer.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    The beauty of foam is you can build a shape easily plus its far cheaper to use in many cases its free at certain shops, my green grocer puts all his at the side of his waste bins.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Orlandog7 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Very nice @alex08 so the bags are just gravel? Inert gravel no nutrients? I see there is a top layer of aquasoil. My question is when the roots reach the gravel is growth slowed?
     
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    kabriolet Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I'm in particular following this one, because it has the same size as my aquarium. Interesting tricks indeed.
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Hello guys,

    It's actualy JBL Manado in them, i had it in the previous setup. :)

    Yes, but i did use some root sticks from Easy Life, here and there.

    It's not soil, it's Dennerle Crystal Quartz Black. ;)
    So, basically gravel all over.

    More pics coming up tomorrow. (y)
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Alex

    Thank you for posting those excellent answers.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    My pleasure, Keith. :)

    Here are some planting details :

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Are you going to let the plants grow into the pathway to give it the natural appeal?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    I think i'll do it this time around, to see how it looks.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    One reason I think the pathway could become a big divider of the L & R sides of your Aquascape it should help to link every thing up together.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    An excelent point there, Keith!

    It's always a pleasure to see people sharing the same ideas in creating beautiful things.

    Will get back with some more pics. :sneaky:
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Alex I think you know by now I always try to give constructive criticisms.

    Alex have a look at recent entrants that had pathways and how and where they were in their Aquascape also how were they rated.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    I'll have to put more work into it and i'm not afraid of that. :D

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I am sure you will not give up until that Aquascape reaches perfection on all counts.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Thanks for all the support, Keith.

    Here are some pics after 2 weeks :


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