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Umbra arboris

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by lalmeida, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. lalmeida

    lalmeida New Member

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    Hi,

    After one year past on my first experience with planted aquariums I would like to share with you my last scape.

    Setup:
    Tank size – 150x42x52 (253 liters effective)
    Substrate – Black gravel
    Filter – Eheim Pro 3 – 2075 (1250 lt/hour)
    Fertilization – Estimative Index and pressurized CO2.
    Eheim Jager 150W
    Illumination – 3x80W T5

    This aquarium was planted yesterday. I’m still waiting for some plants and some that I’ve used are just temporary for this initial stage.

    The left side of the wood should be completely filled with tall plants on the background.

    The pictures quality is not the best. Sorry!

    I hope you guys like it

    LMA

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  2. gamma

    gamma Guest

    Hey Luis!

    Looking nice, but you should rise the stones in the foreground a little.
    And a little more substrate in the left corner would be nice, too.

    What kind of plants will you fill in? Perhaps a Microsorum for the left corner?
    I'm not sure, if I would use stem plants...

    Please update often.

    cheers
    Eva
     
  3. Flo

    Flo Aspiring Aquascaper

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    hey luis,

    good layout. i agree with eva and pushing the rocks more into the soil can give a more natural look.

    cheers
     
  4. lalmeida

    lalmeida New Member

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    Hi Eva,

    Tanks for you feedback.

    Where? On the forefront?

    I did not decided yet. At this moment the plants are:
    Microsorun (dont know wich)
    Cabomba
    Hygrophila rosanervig
    Blyxa japonica
    Microsorum windlove
    Criptocoryne parva
    Criptocoryne green
    Criptocoryne brown
    Hemianthus micranthemoides
    Hemianthus calitricoides
    Eleocharis tenellus

    Hygrophias and cabombas will be removed on the future. I want to avoid stem plants on this scape.

    Cheers,

    LMA
     
  5. lalmeida

    lalmeida New Member

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    Hi Flow,

    Thanks for your comments.

    Eva said to rise...you're asking to push them! :)
    So...what should I do?

    Cheers,

    LMA
     
  6. Flo

    Flo Aspiring Aquascaper

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    of course that what i said :D. i m not really sure what eva wanted to say with it. replacing the rocks more to the midground??! i ll never really understand women :))
     
  7. gamma

    gamma Guest

    Hey Luís,

    more substrate in the left background corner.

    I did not say move the stones more to the middle...

    Rise, push, whatever you want. That's no change, which is very difficult. Try out and then you decide. :D

    Btw, isn't it a little difficult to get your items nearly "in the middle of nowhere"? Azores are far out...

    cheers
    Eva

    p.s.: @ Flow:

    Don't worry, but be welcome to the club:
    I never understand women, too...:D
     
  8. lalmeida

    lalmeida New Member

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    Hi Eva,

    OK.

    Not really. In fact we have some local shops which sell all the known brands for this hobby. Something more specific I buy on-line.

    :))

    Cheers,

    LMA
     
  9. gamma

    gamma Guest

    Hey Luís,

    any news?
    How does it develop?

    cheers
    Eva
     
  10. lalmeida

    lalmeida New Member

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    Hi Eva,

    The setup will complete one month next week. For now I'm quite satisfied with the evolution.

    At the end of the first week I thought I would loose the Cuba. It started to melt. Think it was the adaptation...I think this plant (as many others) is produced emersed.

    I have some BBA on the wood and on the E. Tenellus older leaves. Normal at this stage....

    Soon I will post some pictures.

    Regards,

    LMA
     
  11. lalmeida

    lalmeida New Member

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    Hi guys,

    Here is an update. Today this aquarium completes 1 month.
    I hope you like it.
    Waiting for your comments.

    Cheers,

    LMA

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  12. Alexhausen

    Alexhausen Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hi Luis!

    Your tank is very nice.
    The wood ist great, also the echinodorus are perfect at the background
    But for my felling there are to many different plants at the left and right side

    regards
    Alex
     
  13. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    Great scape mate, really nice! This how it is done.. :)


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  14. gamma

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    Hey Luís!

    Great development!
    The only thing which irritates me a little is the hydocotyle left foreground.
    Hydrocotyle tripartita would be better, but it is very invasive.

    Keep us updated!

    cheers
    Eva

    p.s.: Would you please send better weather to us? Please?
     
  15. Ed Villagracia

    Ed Villagracia Active Aquascaper

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    hi luis your tank is looking great.....but honestly i'm not happy with the shape of the vertical wood. i don't know,.... it doesn't contribute to your layout.just mho.
     
  16. lalmeida

    lalmeida New Member

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    @Alex
    Hi Alex,
    Thanks for your comment. The plant at the background is a microsorum.

    You’re right. Some of them are to take out. Next days I will remove hydrocotyle.


    @Luis E.
    Hi Luis,
    Thanks! It’s just on the beginning but I think it is on the right way :)


    @gamma
    Hi Eva,
    Thanks for your comments.
    A friend of mine is going to give me a piece of hydrocotyl sp. Japan to see how it works on the wood.
    Cheers,


    PS: No problem! I send it attached by e-mail :rain::D


    @mr_ED
    Hi,
    Thanks!
    I can see your point of view. However “umbra arboris” means death tree in Latin. The trees die standing. ;)

    Cheers,

    LMA
     
  17. Ed Villagracia

    Ed Villagracia Active Aquascaper

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    oh i see,.....only,...i noticed that the tree trunk is too large and my eyes keep on coming back to that tree alone.
    thus,....became the center of attraction...again,...my noob observation;)

    wish to see more updates and good luck:113:
     
  18. Flo

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    hey luis, great growth :113: your plants are looking so healthy.
    i m looking forward to how it ll look if the carpet filled in. :)
     
  19. lalmeida

    lalmeida New Member

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    Hi Flo,

    Thanks :).

    Correction: not if but when the carpet filled in! I'm an optimist guy :D

    Cheers!

    LMA
     
  20. Flo

    Flo Aspiring Aquascaper

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    ups, thanks luis :D.
     

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