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Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by RaRdEvA, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. RaRdEvA

    RaRdEvA Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I got 5 plants today and tweezers.

    Marsilea hiruta
    Echinodorus tellenus
    Althernanthera reinekii
    Hemiantus glomerathus
    Sagitaria Subulata

    Extrasmall portions o_O

    And some tortillas to the right :ROFLMAO:

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    RaRdEvA Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Yesterday i went to order my tank. Decided to make it 60cm X 35cm X 35cm to fit the dymax lamp and not too deep for light penetration.

    Also i bought this substrate but I don't know how to use it. Should i only put it at the bottom, add plants and water?

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    Brand "Sunny"
    Name "premium artificial soil".

    Its like plastic spheres :3

    Sorry to ask but i had never bought substrate before.
     
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    That is some interesting looking soil. General practice is to add the soil the way you want it. Wet it down a little with a spray bottle or hose then plant in the moist soil. When finished slowly add water as to not disturb your plantings. A hose works best. You can also use things like filter floss or plastic bags to keep the water from concentrating and disturbing the soil as it fills.
     
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    RaRdEvA

    I like what you have done so far, I will certainly be following your postings.

    Keith:):)
     
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    RaRdEvA Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thank you very much for all your help ShadowMac. I appreciate it :)

    Will do as you recommend. This weekend will get my tank and first thing i will do is to start working on the layout.

    I got today seachem fluorite dark 7 kilos. I will put sunny in the bottom and seachem on top. Hope it works.
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    Also got today a canister filter :D
    Elite crystal flo 40

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    I renewed lamp with 2 T5 Dymax tropical (i think they emit 6K k) and looks just sooo bright. And got my nursery as suggested by @Jurijs mit JS

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    Have lots of plants, specially blyxa japonica, waiting for tank for my first aquascape :cool:
     
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    RaRdEvA Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks keith. All advice is welcome :D
     
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    RaRdEvA Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Cleaned the nursery and connected canister. Looks a little bit better.

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    Just as a starter I would prefer to have the inlet and outlet at opposite ends if that is possible.


    Keith:):)
     
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    RaRdEvA Aspiring Aquascaper

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    There is a black plastic frame on top of the tank that makes it impossible :mad: :(

    Anyway. Just wanted to test cannister cleaning this tank. It will be used for new tank only.
     
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    I've run spray bars this way. I haven't found it to be a problem. The flow pattern differs from what you generally shoot for in an aquascape, but it works well. Running this way in my farm tank.
     
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    I agree with you but I think you get a better flow rate end to end, its just an alternative in some cases it can only be done from the same end.

    As long as it works is the main point.

    Keith:):)
     
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    RaRdEvA Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I changed the layout of my nano tank.
    The substrate is just too brown :3

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    Sorry to say it looks rather flat to me also what is in the tank a nicely shaped of DW and one simple lonely rock, I personally think it might look better with two smaller pieces of DW with some plant/moss growing on it.

    Keith:):)
     
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    RaRdEvA Aspiring Aquascaper

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    i didn't understand you comment "also what is in the tank a nicely shaped of DW and one simple lonely rock"

    I also think it is soooooooo flat. Is not alive, not attractive. That wood is too large for the aquarium. I think i will break it in 2 and place them in a different layout.
     
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    RaRdEvA Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I got my tank 28 USD. I like it :)

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    Hi Ra, Very nice :cool: I think you will need a stronger stand though :LOL:
     
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    RaRdEvA Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Lol. Off course man. That is a coffee table i used only to take the picture :p

    I just made the first draft. I think this now looks like a decent aquascape.

    What do you guys think?

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    You need more hardscape. It would take quite an intricate planting to make it work. Also while the two stones have similar texture their shapes are very different and clash a bit.
     
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    RaRdEvA Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Totally truth. Both rocks dont fit togheter :(

    Will try to get similar rocks to make a wall. And similar rocks but smaller size. I like the one on the right.
     
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    What do you suggest? Just more rocks? I want to achieve mountain iwagumi.
     

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