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Valley - Revamped

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by lucasgg, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    A redo from my previous 10 gallon setup that failed, the new 15 gallon is definitely easier to work with. i.e. more space. I'll be getting some plants from @ShadowMac. I recently made a stronger effort to increase the turning and height of the path way, and it looks great so far. Thanks for everyone, especially @keithgh, for their help.
    (Paper towels to keep java fern & moss moist.)

    (lettuce to jump start snails)
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    J Art Aspiring Aquascaper

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    What kind of snails are you keeping in there?
     
  3. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Lucas

    Its only a new tank and so far every thing is looking OK.

    You have plenty of small spaces between the rocks to plant small plants.

    It will improve as your plants develop.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  4. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Finally filled and looking good. I never regretted spending $40 on the 15 gal

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Lucas

    With very careful planting you will have an excellent tank.

    Keith
     
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    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    First time hearing that! Thanks!
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Lucas before you buy any more plants check with the plant experts.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    A planting plan i should run by you guys.
    M= Myrio green
    H = Hair Grass
    C.W = Crypt Wendtii Green
    Every else will be dwarf hair grass.
    I will be moving/removing the current planted plants.
    I'm considering a Micro Sword patch on the Front Left corner, and maybe some 4 leaf clover growing through the driftwood branches.

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    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Pond snails, they have a great balancing effect on any aquarium, big or small.
     
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    That list and drawing should help the plant experts.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  11. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Here's a nice wild look
    CV: Concortion Val
    R: Rotala Indica
    C: Four Leaf Clover
    D: Hair Grass
    All else, dwarf hair grass
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    I like the flow. Lots of visual movement going on, wow. I haven't been that big a fan of driftwood, but this one integrates nicely with what you've done. Looking forward to seeing how it grows in.
     
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    The val is most likely too large for a 15 gallon. How about E. tennellus (I can send some of that when the plants are ready to be sent).
     
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    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    E. tennellus looks good to me. I've already got some minor green algae growth on some rocks. Starting weekly 2 gallon water changes
     
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    You are going to get algae with such low plant density. You really should have coordinated getting all your plants together before filling it. This will not be helpful in getting it off to a good start. Planning, coordination, and most importantly patience is key to success when starting

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
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  16. keithgh

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    I often say what is the hurry to get it finished?

    By taking your time and doing every thing correctly you will have many years of enjoyment with your tank.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Well, I'm learning and living. I guess I'll significantly lower lighting ammounts and increase water changes.
     
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    Just increasing the water changes is only part of tank maintenance, its how often and what percentages, most important of all is using good water.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Using pure RO purified water. It's pretty stripped.
     
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    I ordered Rotala Indica, Hairgrass, and some Staurogyne Repens just now. They should be here in a few days. On the terms of the 4 leaf clover and E. Tennellus, I'll be getting them from Shadow Mac in a month or so.
     
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