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Valley of colors

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by alex08, May 3, 2015.

  1. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    The beginning of a new chapter in my aquascaping journey, let me introduce you guys to my favourite valley, the Valley of colors.

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    Equipments & stuff :

    Aquarium:
    -size : (L)100x(w)55x(h)45cm
    -glass thickness : 8mm
    -silicone : transparent
    -gross volume: 247 liters
    -net volume : aprox 190 liters


    Filtration:
    -external filter Hailea HF-150 w/ glass lily pipe+skimmer
    -external filter Eheim Termo 2322 w/ glass lily pipe
    -power head Aquael Fan mini plus


    Lighting:
    -234 watts
    -Hailea lamp 4x39w : 2xGiesemann Midday, 2xGiesemann Aquaflora
    -Hailea lamp 2x39w : 1xGiesemann Midday, 1xGiesemann Aquaflora
    -5 hours/day (during cycling) and 7 hours after


    Heating:
    -Aquael ComfortZone 300w

    Cooling:
    -4 PC coolers

    Gravel, sand and hardscape :
    -40 kg JBL Manado
    -5 kg JBL Sansibar River
    -local river stones
    -Seiryu stone


    Flora:
    -Hemianthus callitrichoides "Cuba", Rotala 'Bonsai', Micranthemum umbrosum, Rotala macrandra green, Rotala sp. 'Goias', Heteranthera zosterifolia, Lobelia cardinalis 'Small Form',
    Ammania gracilis, Bacopa monnieri 'compact', Alternanthera reineckii pink, Ludwigia mini 'Super Red', Myriophyllum mattogrossense, Alternanthera mini,
    Hygrophila corymbosa 'kompact', Ludwigia ovalis, Hygrophila polysperma 'rosanervig', Alternanthera reineckii rosanervig, Staurogyne repens,
    Anubias pinto, Cryptocoryne parva, Cryptocoryne sp. pink, Aeschynomene fluitans


    Fishes:
    -Hyphessobrycon amandae
    -Paracheirodon axelrodi
    -Prionobrama filigera
    -Hemigrammus rhodostomus


    Fertilization (daily):
    -VIMI Micro (half a dose during cycling and recomended dose after)
    -PPS-Pro (half a dose during cycling and recomended dose after)
    -VIMI Accelerator (recomended dose)


    CO2:
    -1 bps, 14 hours/day

    U.V. :
    -no

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    Some pics from the start up :

    Lobelia cardinalis 'Small Form'
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    Alternanthera reinickii 'Rosanervig' and Lobelia cardinalis 'Small Form'
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    Rotala 'Bonsai'
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    Details :

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    And after :

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  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    alex

    Your aquascape is going to be very interesting to follow as it develops slowly.

    I am positive you will keep us updated regularly.

    Even though you have carefully positioned those rocks that have plenty of character they look very natural.

    Keith:):)
     
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  3. greenfinger 2

    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Alex, Nice looking bit of Kit you have there :love: Wonderful start to the new Scape (y) Looking forward to following this new one my friend (y)
     
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    Great start alex. Looking good :)
     
  5. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Thank you, guys! :D

    Another two pics from the start up :

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    Update coming soon.
     
  6. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I know of a few members who will be waiting.

    Keith :):)
     
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  7. wowbalasik

    wowbalasik New Member

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    awesome pics! nice tank!
     
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  8. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Thank you guys!
    How about a quick update? :D

    3 weeks old with no trimming yet :
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  9. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Alex not only have you perfected the are of blending coloured plants now you have created and mastered the natural looking pathway.

    Something you might like to consider a few very low soft green plants behind the end of the pathway as if does not stop but continues over that rise, it should create another dimension to your Aquascape.

    Keith :):)
     
  10. kisanjong

    kisanjong New Member

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    Looks great alex :)
     
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    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Alex, One word ---- Stunning ----(y)
     
  12. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Working on that also, Keith. :D

    Thank you all for the kind words!

    Another pic :
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  13. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Photo not working.

    Keith:):)
     
  14. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    Don't know why, Keith. I can see it here and on all the other forums. :(
     
  15. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Photo now visible, an interesting photo of textures and colours, rock and soft coloured plants

    Keith:):)
     
  16. John N.

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    Wonderful blend of colors. White sand layouts are one of the hardest to do, yet you made it look simple.

    -John N.
     
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  17. alex08

    alex08 Active Aquascaper

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    I'm glad you guys enjoy it!

    Here is another pic, more and more details coming soon. :D

    Full right side view of the valley :
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  18. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Alex another very interesting look at your colourful plants.

    Keith:):)
     
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    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Alex, Wonderful Colours too the plants :love:
     
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  20. Supercoley1

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    Looks lovely and clean :)
     
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