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Tom's Mini M Cryptscape

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by TomMessenger, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. TomMessenger

    TomMessenger New Member

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    Thought I'd post this here as well as UKAPS ;) A very condensed version of the journal so far...

    Aquarium ADA Mini M
    Lighting 18w PC
    Filter Eheim Ecco Pro 300
    CO2 FE, UP reg and solenoid, ceramic diffuser, 1.5bps
    Substrate ADA Aquasoil Africana, ADA Congo Sand mixed with P@H grey gravel to bulk out
    Wood ADA Old Iron Wood
    Rocks ADA Ryouh Stone
    Ferts Undecided, but probably low dose EI. Will see how it goes
    Plants Crypts mainly (wendtii "tropica", parva, willisii, balansae, undulata), Weeping moss, leftover Xmas moss, leftover tenellus.

    Quick start-up snap below from 2 weeks ago - missing some plants still! I was still awaiting the balansae, undulata and moss from TGM. The "tropica" variety was much taller than I expected. Hopefully it will hang a bit lower with time, and the Undulata and Balansae will give it the height it will need. I'm a little bit worried about shadowing the parva, but will see how we go.

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    Shot with moss added
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    DIY light fitted
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    Today after removing the bulk of the old Crypt leaves :) Looks a bit empty and messy, but I'm sure in a couple of months it will have filled out nicely :D I'm happy so far, so hopefully things will continue that way.

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    Tom
     
  2. diego.s

    diego.s Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Good job, Tom, does not grow too balansae that tank?
    I've only had one time (gift from a friend ) and measuring more 50cm.
    That fish or invertebrate waiting for that tank ??
     
  3. TomMessenger

    TomMessenger New Member

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    Thanks Diego,

    Yes Balansae does grow big. The plan is to try and control it! I have had it before in this size tank and it wasn't too bad, but it does seem to be growing very quickly this time!!

    I have some Cherry Shrimp in there at the moment, and they seem to be doing a good job. I think Harlequin or Hengali Rasbora will be the fish of choice :)

    Tom
     
  4. globali

    globali Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Harmony result that rich
    in colors & dynamic look.
     
  5. octopusone

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    what a mini aquarium, great
     
  6. Sank999

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    Wow......Really awesome...

    ( what are the tank dimensions...in cm)
     
  7. lljdma06

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    What a pretty system! I like it very much. :)
     
  8. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Lovely natural looking scape and setup. Nice one Tom

    Andy
     
  9. TomMessenger

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    Thanks, it's getting there slowly. Lots of new leaves now, but still small as yet.

    Dimensions 36×22×26cm
     
  10. Ed Villagracia

    Ed Villagracia Active Aquascaper

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    great nano looking tank. nice rocks and dw:proud:
     
  11. TomMessenger

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    Got some Cherry Shrimp on Friday :) They're still really skittish, and adjusting to the whirlpool, but I'm sure they'll settle in. Two of them have been shimmying and displaying to each other already.

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    Diatoms are starting to appear, despite using a mature filter.

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    Tom
     
  12. TomMessenger

    TomMessenger New Member

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    Decided on a spontaneous photoshoot when I got in from the early shift.

    Got a couple of versions. Of course, the Cherries didn't behave! Notice the cloned fish? :roll:

    These might end up being my AGA entries actually, unless things fill in better by then. The Parva is just about becoming visible now.

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  13. Godfish

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    "Simple" but beautiful ,in this case the "less is more".
     
  14. randy0319

    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    charming scape and great choice of plants. well done! what a jewel it is!---R
     
  15. Ed Villagracia

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    update photo is a winner:proud:good job.
     
  16. ghostmonk

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    I like how you planted on (or inside) the wood. Looks like a wabi-kusa inside a tank. Nice tank!
     

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