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Shane's Classroom 20 gallon long

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Shane P., Jan 11, 2017.

  1. Shane P.

    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi guys,

    I just started a new scape at school. Wanted to have a manicured nature aquarium look, yet with a wide variety of new plants, so you could call it my second experimental tank. I learned a lot with my first one, which looks quite ugly lol:
    [​IMG]At least my fish are happy!
    (I just did a heavy trim, so it looks nearly empty)
    My first tank was a major improving point for me. It taught me how to grow heavy rootfeeders, and maintain some of the more basic plants such as java fern, anubia, java moss, etc. I took a bunch of my ideas (and plants) from this tank, and transferred the over to the 20 long.

    The 20 long received help from a bunch of people, including ShadowMac and JArt, so thanks to both of those guys. Hiep Hong, a fantastic scaper also gave me many tips and tricks which I combined with those from Shawn and J.

    Let me stop rambling and show you the setup pics, idk if they will be in order.

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    I will keep you guys updated with more pics and info. The hardscape took many weeks to finalize. Hope you enjoy!

    Shane


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  2. Shane P.

    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    20 gallons long
    Eheim 2213
    Finnex Fugeray Planted Plus with Moonlights.
    CO2 art dual stage regulator with precision magnetic knob w/ Check Valve, Inline Diffuser, Bubble counter
    Seachem Fertilizers

    The plants I will be working with are: (bold signifies most likely will be used)

    Foreground:
    Marsilea Hirsuta
    Staurogyne Repens
    Dwarf Sag


    Midground:
    Crypt. Wendtii

    Epiphytic:
    Anubias Nana
    A. Nana var. Petite

    Bolbitis
    Java fern
    Java Fern var. Vindelov

    Background:
    Hygrophila sp. Brown
    Hygrophila Difformis
    Rotala Indica, Rotala HRA, Rotala Rotundifolia Mixed
    Ludwigia sp. Red

    Vesuvius (Spiral Val)
    Crypt. Retrospiralis
    H. Polysperma
    L. Sessiliflora

    L. Aromatica

    I chose fast growing, hardy plants that will do well in 'medium' tech conditions, including high light, moderate co2, and dosing of nutrients.

    Fish:
    GBR pair
    15 Cardinal Tetra



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  3. lucasgg

    lucasgg Aspiring Aquascaper

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    The wood possesses a great deal of depth and texture, excellent choice! Id appreciate a face-on picture of the fully planted aquarium


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  4. Shane P.

    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks! As for the pictures, I can't give you one today because school got cancelled due to the weather. Instead, I can get you one tomorrow, again, if the weather improves. Oregonians can't handle 4inches of snow lol.
     
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    HA! the whole state should hang their heads in shame.
     
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    lucasgg Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Looking forward to pictures. Oh, my aunt Faith lives in Portland too!


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    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    I was using an SAT prep deck to hold up my hardscape

    Look up Oregon Snow in google news. We have had 8+ school days cancelled due to around 1.5 inches of snow


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    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    Will be asking my friend with a DSLR to take some fancy pictures


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    Shane

    That wood reminds of some of the wood (Murray river Red Gum it was hard as rocks it was used to make the old paddle steamers and has been known to last 100 years +++ in the water) I had in my 5ft tank. I grew Anubis nana on it.

    With that heavy DW it would look great in a tank that is viewed from back and front.

    In a few weeks time our schools will be back and certainly not a snow problem its the complete opposite the country schools in bush fire areas could be closed on high risk bush.fire days.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  10. Shane P.

    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    lol that's a bit different! How have you been lately. It has been quite a while


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    Thank you for asking
    Still plodding along slowly and enjoying life.
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    When the river is low and the roots are exposed at the next flood it will wash more of the bank away and into the river it falls to become a home for the native fish.
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    As you can see they are far from a small tree.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    Those trees are very pretty! Did you photograph those?!?


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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Shane I would have loved to its a beautiful place to live or visit in my state of Victoria Aust.

    Here is a strange note the first photo is in Victoria but when it slips into the river it is in the the next door state of New South Wales.

    If you are sitting on the bank in Vic fishing in the river your line is in another state therefore you must have their fishing licence as well as our states.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    Thats awesome! I hope to visit the Great Barrier Reef this summer. Maybe do some venturing in the outback!
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Over the years I have spent some time up at Cairns and the GBG its a very interesting place Cape York and if you go into the Cape York country it will open your eyes as to how big Aust is.

    I always treated Cairns as a bus stop and get another form of transport and head north or east.
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    A nice piece of DW on a tropical Island in the Torres Straits

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    500mts from the tip of Australia

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    Marble mining Cape York note its just below the surface.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Shane P. Moderator Staff Member

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    I never knew marble collected like that! It is super pretty! Have you gone scuba diving in any waterways or off the coast before?


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    No I snorkeled further up north better reefs and less people when you get away from the main tourists areas.

    If you get a chance have a look at the reef in a low flying plane that is when you see the reef as it is massive.
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