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ShadowMac's 30 cm nano

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by ShadowMac, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is my 30 cm scape currently a work in progress.

    Pressurized CO2, Flexi mini LED light, Eheim 2213, ADA aquasoil

    Rotala wallichii, Rotala sp. "green", Rotala sp. H'ra, Eleocharis sp. "mini" or "belem", Lobelia cardinalis mini, Fissidens fontanus

    Shortly after planting. The wood was still soaking so it would sink. There was little room to weigh it down

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    *edit it is 30 cm

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
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    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Diatoms setting in while as the tank matured:

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    The plants:

    Rotala wallachii

    http://www.aquascapingworld.com/attachments/forum-sized28-jpg.11411/?temp_hash=e7a334cde91150f63ac7af3b25250b0d

    Rotala H'ra

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    Lobelia cardinalis mini

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    Eleocharis sp. "mini" or "belem"

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    These photos were taken within the first month of being up and running. With the high light of the Flex mini and troubles getting CO2 right, diatoms showed up. However, I wasn't too worried and knew that once things balanced out and matured they would go away with good plant growth.
     

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  3. ShadowMac

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    After getting the driftwood in and the Lobelia cardinalis planted.

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    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    I eventually ditched the spin type lily pipe. It cut the flow down too much for the thick stem plantings in the back. The health of the lower parts of the stems was declining from a lack of flow. I purchased a standard glass jet type outlet and this greatly improved the flow and the health of the plants. The spin might be nice for a tank with a betta and a less dense planting. It just didn't work in this scape.
     
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    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is a video of how it looks today. I've stocked it with some Boraras brigittae Chili rasboras.



    The Rotala wallichii is still recovering from the bad flow. I hope to have it spilling up to the top in the left corner for some nice red on the left. It will look nice in the high flow area there.
     
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  6. J Art

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    Looks beautiful. I'm so glad you posted some "in the making" photos. That's so helpful for people like me that don't have as much experience to see how it develops and some issues that occur during the process (i.e. diatoms)


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    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    That is one thing that distorts the perception of newcomers, no one really posts "bad" photos. So they think it's all smooth sailing. There is still some algae to tackle in here but everything is on track.

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
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    Looking good it's easy to see you are organised.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    I was going to ask you about that lilly pipe it seemed unusual compared to the usually used lily pipe.

    An interesting little video.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Thanks Keith,

    I need to keep that room organized or I trip over things and can't find what I'm looking for. Not to mention if things don't look good and its a mess I'm just some looney aquarium guy.

    Yes, the spin pipe was not good for this tank and led to a lot of my initial troubles. In addition to that I was having trouble getting a consistent bubble rate. Turns out I had the flow valve backwards...ugh. Switched that around and it was easier to adjust. Flow fixed, CO2 fixed...and now the scape is on its way.
     
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    No decent instructions with the unit? Main point is its working OK now.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Yes there was a diagram...I just didn't pay attention or in the process of swapping some things turned it around without noticing.

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
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    There is an old saying in Australia "If in doubt read the Instructions first".

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    It wasn't a matter of not knowing how it worked it was just getting it turned around inadvertently and thinking the difficulty adjusting it was due to other factors.

    Flow control valves allow control in one direction and free flow in the other. CO2 flowed keeping a consistent rate wasn't possible backwards. Mistakes happen.

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
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    I made a massive mistake on the 1.1.16 I forgot to turn the gas off after cooking in oil I only burnt the cooking section of the kitchen down.

    My cook top has just been installed, painters finished yesterday.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    How tall is that aquarium? I was looking at that little light and thought it was pretty cool and not too expensive either, but with most LED's it's hard to tell if that alone is enough light for the entire tank.
    Do you stock your tanks with shrimp?
     
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    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    The dimensions of the tank are 30x18x24 cm (I was wrong about being 35, I looked up the wrong tank)

    The LED is a flexi mini and it packs a punch for nanos like this. Somewhere around 200 mmol
     
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    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    With larger tanks you run into issues with spread on it. I had it over my 30 cm cube when the transformer for the aquasky broke. It grew the stems great as they were right below it...other plants away from that did not grow as well due to the lack of spread. The power dissipates quite a bit as you move away. In this little nano, however, it fills it with strong light.
     
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    Had four fish jump out of here yesterday. I probably startled them by flipping the lights on in the dark room and walking near the tank before they adjusted and woke up.

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
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    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Did a trim the other day

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    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
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