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Two The Centre of the forest

Discussion in 'Critique My Aquascape' started by Nate, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Nate,

    You mind if i give you some ideas?! ;)

    I would actualy create a sort of valley with the sand, coming upfront (from left to right). Not like you have it now, kind of high in front, near the glass.
    Besides that, you could play with the rocks and put them like i'll show you in the modified photo below.

    For planting, some Eleocharis sp. (mini) i think would be a good choice for foreground.
    Going deeper in the "woods", some Microsorum species and Anubias would also do fine.
    Also maybe some stem plants in the background, like Ludwigia arcuata/brevipes, Rotala species or Heteranthera Zosterifolia.

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  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Nate Alex is the person to listen to he is full of useful ideas and certainly knows his planting for your Aquascape.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  3. Nate

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    Hey @alex08, so thanks for your input really valuable and appreciated.

    Sorry to have to do this but I'm having succumb too MTS and I now would love turning this into an apisto heaven- leaf litter all over or am I spoiling the idea.

    Jeez sorry to have to do this but patience is a virtue


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  4. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Whatever you do...don't paint the back. Use window frosting film instead.

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    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    If you want a tank designed around an apisto, sand substrate is a very good idea. You could go all sand with stones and use epiphytes like ferns anubias and bucephalandra as plants.

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  6. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Nate

    Once you start chopping and changing you will never be satisfied as you will always be saying "Why did I do that instead of doing my dream tank".

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  7. Nate

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    Thanks, I'm currently at 4 male and 3 females Panduro and would have liked to breed them.

    But @Keith your right, i will be planting and adding co2 before any fish.

    I'm adding the rocks as suggested and will send updated pics.

    Thanks a lot for the advice so far guys!!!!



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  8. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Nate glad we can help you.

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  9. Nate

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    Getting some frosted glass tint on Monday, and probably planting the same day. Need to hook up the filter today.

    Thanks


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  10. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Nate let us know how it all goes please.

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  11. Nate

    Nate New Member

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    Hi guys,

    Slow progress made over the last two weeks.

    Got some frosted tint to the back glass and it looks awesome. Not sure after filling but time will tell.

    I would like to start planting and start emersed before filling. It's summer here and I'm taking full advantage of the growth I'm getting with my plants.

    So stacked away I have the following,

    HC
    Glosso
    Anubias sp nana
    Bucephelandra Melawi
    Bucephelandra Cherish
    Flame moss
    Star Grass
    Ludwigia Sp mini
    Fissidens Fontanus
    Hydrocotyle Tripartita
    Flowering cobra grass


    Sure there are some more. @alex08 let me know your thoughts.

    Thanks


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    Nate
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  12. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Thank you for the update, that is a long list of plants you have.

    Post a few photos as soon as you have planted them.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  13. Nate

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    Started emersed but only for a week and then filled her up yesterday. Added Stauro Repens to the right and cobra grass on the left with HC filling around the wood. Would love to add more Repens and HC but can't find any ATM..

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  14. keithgh

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    Are you going to have tall planting behind the DW, it might help to take the blank look away?

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  15. Nate

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    Thanks Keith, yeah I'm thinking of Floscopa Scandens or Hairgrass.

    Think I should add porto Velho to the left instead of cobra grass


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  16. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Hair grass is a simple leafed plant that would not distract your sight of your DW feature.

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  17. Nate

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    Makes sense, I'll start planting later this afternoon. Off to work I go!


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    Nate
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  18. J Art

    J Art Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Love the way this is going.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Its a pleasure helping Nate, this Aquascape will be in the WOW class when its established and maintained correctly.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  20. Nate

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    So time for a teensy update, not much because I'm trying to control the algae bloom. Could be the addition of osmocote or just startup algae.

    HC growing really quickly and added some hair grass between the wood. Crypt Parva to the left side.

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    Thanks




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