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Saintly's 'savannah dreaming'

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by saintly, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    well, time for another journal!

    I've finally got my tank home, after it being in someone else's house. I can now finally do a tank of my own. The last 4 have been either public, or in a relatives house.

    I've done a little bit of DIY, plumbing in, cabinet surrounds etc.

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    i've also installed back lighting which consists of 1 x 54wt5 tube.

    The base of the scape is seryiou stone.

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    and the wood is manzianata wood from the states.

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    here's how the 2 combine.

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    plant list coming soon.

    mark
     

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  2. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Very nice. I like the stand and how you have managed to hide most of the equipment. Its simple and elegant. Did you make the stand?

    I'm going to be doing a tank with manzanita wood soon. The pieces you have are great looking and are arranged nicely. I'm looking forward to seeing more.
     
  3. blue whale

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    mindblowing i must say...its a treat to watch your tanks...^:)^
     
  4. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    Mr.Evans nice to see you <):)
     
  5. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    nice to be back jur4ik.

    thanks for the comments everyone.

    i've got the basics in place with regards to planting. I now need to decide on the foreground.
     
  6. Shadow

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    nice hardscape, can't wait to see the finished tank. Does this tank for IAPLC2010?
     
  7. kojot

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    I like hard without branches!!!
    Just HC,and E.parvula:party:
     
  8. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    shadow, this hopefully should be for next years comp. no time this year.

    Kojot, i did think about planting simple. maybe i follow this route.

    liliaeopsis, cripts, moss and ferns.
     
  9. Enrico Serena

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    Amazing harscape, congratulations...

    CIao
     
  10. Vele bit

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    I can't wait for this one to fill in!
     
  11. kojot

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  12. hydrophyte

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    Looks wonderful already Mark. I can't wait to see this with plants.

    Where did you get that steel fixture hanging hardware? I have never seen anything that sleek here in the states.
     
  13. Marco Conti

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    Great composition Mark. Looks great also without plants.:=D>
     
  14. J House

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    Very nicely done. Very smart too, you can literally start Iwagumi then go to Forest with emersed growth in one setup. That's a 120 right?
     
  15. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    many thanks everyone.

    devin, the light suspension was made by me, using shelving accessories.

    The tank is indeed a 120cm x 45 x 45.

    I've got much moss waiting to be tied to stones for this tank, i placed alot of it around the stones to see how it may look. After doing this, I'm really excited. in addition to the moss, i placed about 7 pots of needle leaf fern around the wood....the tank just sprung into life.

    My main concern or rather thought dilemma is, I'm not 100% sure what to do in the foreground. HC, is an option but i don't want the maintenance.

    liliaopsis is an option, but I'd lose the stone. crypts will feature and maybe some stems, but used in a slightly different way (tips hat to devin)

    The thought of Vallis resides in my head, but again, this will take over. perhaps C helferi.

    possible plants...

    moss
    crypts...bullosa, wendetii
    c heferi
    stems.....to be decided
    microsorum, narrow
    HC
    lilliaeopsis

    Again, thanks everyone
     
  16. seniordavid

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    congratulation the scape is beautyfull!!!
    david
     
  17. Jurijs mit JS

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    what about staugoryne or crypt parva as for foreground planting?
    marselia hirsuta is nice one too
     
  18. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I did consider these jur4ik. although, I'm looking for a complex foreground, so i may use a few varieties.

    This is my nano, and i'm looking for somthing similar maybe...

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  19. Jurijs mit JS

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    how about a mix of hairgrass and riccia? amano style ^^
     
  20. samc

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    have you thought about eleocharis parvula? its much shorter than acicularis. i think thats what viktor has?

    it would look ace anyway
     

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