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Thornwood Isle

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Graeme Devine, Nov 11, 2014.

  1. Graeme Devine

    Graeme Devine New Member

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    So here is my scape as it is now cycling. I've added some fake plants to cover up the heater and filter tubes but those will eventually come out. I really like the hardscape and don't want to mess up the tank but I'm just not sure what direction to go with it.

    I really like island scapes. My thoughts were to poke in a lot of needle leaf java fern around the wood and then fill in the background with tall plants behind the wood. Would it be strange to just leave the wood alone and just work on background plants?

    I've got some crypts I can use from my old tank. I thought about putting those on the far left or far right ends of the wood. I think I'm going to leave the far right section open as a beach area for cory cats.

    My water is 8.3 pH now and is really hard. I hope to bring down the pH with some almond leaves and peat in my filter.

    Any thoughts on the direction I should go?

    Stocking Plans upon cycle completion (adding a 2-3 fish every 3-5 days):
    • 3 x Neon Tetra from old 20
    • 1 x German Blue Ram from old 20
    • 1 x Guppy from old 20
    • 6 x Espei Rasbora from old 20
    • 6 x Amano Shrimp from old 20
    • 5 x Snails from old 20
    Addition Stocking Plans:
    • 15 x Bloodfin Tetra
    • 6 x Espei Rasbora
    • 6-8 x Sterbai or Schwartzi Cory cats
    • Pair of Apistogamma (triple red or orange flash)
    • Possibly some native US darters (rainbow, greenside, etc)
    • Possibly some Pseudomugil or Gertrudae rainbows
    • Possibly Rainbow shiners

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  2. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    The drift wood has enough texture without needing to have large amounts of moss on them, however, the moss will still improve the sense of age that some like. Also, having plants on the 2 sides and in the middle would be more harmonious then only having plants on the left and right.

    If you agree, getting some myrio for the back-left would go well, and maybe some shorter plants for the left side would create a nice flow from left to right, if you wish.
     
  3. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Graeme

    Welcome to ASW can you fill in your Country and location in your Profile thank you.

    The Aquascape is simple and very pleasing to admire, plus good photography.

    You can add your plants now it will help the Cycling process, the Crypts could die back at first in the new substrate, use a quality plant tablet to help them regrow.

    You have not told us the size/ water capacity of your tank.

    My only concern is the "Inhabitants" I strongly suggest you run this program first and post the results please.
    http://www.aqadvisor.com

    Keith:):)
     
  4. Graeme Devine

    Graeme Devine New Member

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    I'm from the United States. I drew up a quick golden ratio photo. My crypts are in and Ill update a photo soon.

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    My proposed stocking:

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  5. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Graeme.

    Its not the Aquascape I was concerned about its the compatibility of what you have listed.

    Keith:):)
     

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