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Triangle of life 10ltr

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Supercoley1, May 23, 2009.

  1. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    After the premature end of Nursery Island I quickly rescaped with a simple design I thought about during the whole day ;) whilst doing other things of course. As soon as the kids were in bed work commenced on pulling all the plants, hardscape and substrate from Nursery Island and then cleaning the tank up.

    Specs:

    TANK : 33cm x 15cm x 20cm homemade 10 litres

    FILTRATION : Boyu external 200lph
    HEATER : Newattino K 10W
    LIGHTING : 3 x 3W 5500K Luxeon LED - underpowered to circa 7.35W (3.5WPG)
    SUBSTRATE : Leonardite bottom layer, Natural sand.
    DOSING : Non CO2 with 1 dose of macros per week. No water changes

    PLANTS : Microsorum Pteropus 'Needle', Java Moss, Cryptocoryne Parva, Riccia Fluitans
    INHABITANTS : Corydoras Schultzei Black (Fry), Cherry Shrimp

    The idea is for a moss wall in a triangular shape to grow with the collection of cobbles and pebbles in the corner to provide a feature whilst leaving the rest of the substrate bare. The Riccia is floating to take up nutrient and also block a little light. The plants chosen should be ideal for a fry tank.

    Measuring the 'triangle'.
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    the Leonardite goes in.
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    The sand is added.
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    The hardscape positioned.
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    A couple of shots of the tank back in Situ and running.
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    The scape is in it's third day now and the single remaining Cory fry is still swimming around so fingers crossed.

    AC
     
  2. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    nice fry tank andy. i like the pebble stones - needle fern composition very much!
    this gives me an idea for my next nano :p
    fingers crossed for your cory fry ;)
     
  3. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    The pictures here are from 19th June.

    One month on and the scape is holding up well. The Riccia does get blown into the tank and caught in the fern leaves but is easily pushed aside.

    The non-CO2 method seems to be working well. No water changes have ben performed over this month although the water does need topping up every day or two. The only algae issues seem to be the standard diatoms on the glass which I have cleaned off for these pictures. I will let it run its full course before the next update so hopefully it will not return.

    As you can see in the pictures below the lone Cory fry is still alive and well and growing nicely. It is approximately 2cm now.

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    AC
     
  4. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    The scape is now 2½ months old and a quick update on proceedings:

    There are now only shrimp in the tank. I put the single Cory fry in the main tank with the others as it was starting to get a little large for this tank being 3cm long now :)

    The moss wall was beginning to be very sparse. I forgot about shrimp being lovers of moss. lol With it being sandwiched between the mesh sheets and not growing very fast I think they ate most of it. Therefore I pulled it out, removed one layer of the mesh and rather than it being sandwiched it is now spread over the tank side of 1 sheet of mesh. I have tucked it through the holes to keep it in place which seems to be working.

    Another change is that I decided to trial HC in this tank. It is now 4 days since I planted it and it seems to be doing OK. Will be interesting to see how it works in a non CO2 lowish light tank:

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  5. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    looking good and nice to see you Andy ;)
     
  6. JamesM

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    Never had a problem with shrimp eating moss, Andy. Maybe the cory got to it?

    Anyway, you'd be far better off NOT sandwiching the moss between the mesh, but simply tie it to a single layer.
     
  7. saintly

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    way to go andy....HC and no co2 :=D> good look matey, if any one can, you can!
     
  8. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    9th November 2009

    After a couple of months of neglect due to be becoming uninterested with the hobby I decided rather than trying to get this aquascape back up to speed that I would do a complete overhaul. This will be reborn as a new aquascape.

    However here are a few final shots of the aquascape pre-breakdown.

    As you can see in the pictures below GSA/GDA had started to get a hold on the glass. The 'triangle' moss had become very thin as I think the shrimp had been feasting on it. After initial success the HC at this opint was completely gone apart from small stems. Still alive but not spreading and barely any leaves.

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    Not to be beaten I have restarted the tank and renamed it Castaway so will start a new journal for that soon :)

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