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What to do with this wood ?

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by charlyx, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. charlyx

    charlyx New Member

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    High guys.

    I just got a new 430l tank (120 x 55 x 65) and this below wood of 80 x 40cm:

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    I have discus and want an amazonian type tank. Well I wont go up to a real black water one but planted amazonian would be nice.

    My problem: how would I organize my tank this massive wood ?
    May I cut it in half or 1/3-2/3 in length ?

    What would you do with such a piece ?:-s

    All and any suggestion would be welcome..

    Thanks.
     
  2. Flo

    Flo Aspiring Aquascaper

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    hey m8,

    could you post a picture from side view? difficult to say with a picture taken from above ;).
     
  3. charlyx

    charlyx New Member

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    You're right I'll do that tonight.
    I can tell it's shaped almost like a half-pipe cut in length and now you
    see the "inside" of the pipe.
    The part on the ground is round and in this position,
    if you push on one of the lengths, it would roll up and down the picture.

    I hope I'm clear...:-s
     
  4. charlyx

    charlyx New Member

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    Wrong.
    it is almost flat:

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  5. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    do you want a real scape or just a planted Diskus friendly tank?
     
  6. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    you could send the wood to me....FOR FREE! :D (my favorite "what to do with this hardscape/plant joke")

    In seriousness, i think the answer to Juri's question will get you to what you want.
     
  7. charlyx

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    Good try but I won't send it. ;-)

    Well, I'm beginer so my skills are quite poor yet, and I still have many green plants I would not want to kill. Front, mid, and back.

    The Wood I have will obviously not alllow me produce the "underwater roots" effect I often see and love. I would then need thinner and more roots falling underwater.

    To answer master Juri, I would say: I want my tank to produce the best possible with this master piece of 80cm. Whatever style (scape or simple) you foresee being the best.

    What would you do in your own if you had this half-three?
     
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    This one is gorgeous.
    But I hardly imagine my big one in such a scape.
    Guys use thin spider-like pieces as on this picture.
    Mine is massive.
    I think I'll have to cut it in 2 long pieces in order to reduce volume and
    arrange more easily.
     
  10. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    With that wood I would place it at a 30 degrees leaning to the back, then on top I would attach ferns and hygrophilas (yes on the wood) and on the bottom anubias.

    Add water, ferts and co2.

    The hygros would take over the top area, shading the ferns and anubias making a riverside show.

    Enough space for the fish to hide at the back, but also lots of space for them to swim in front.


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  11. charlyx

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    Thanks. I'll figure this out.
     
  12. charlyx

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    :rock:
     
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    I did that:
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    As I got also another one (the vertical one on the left), I did what I could.
     
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    Rahul Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Looks pretty natural to me. What would be your water change routine?
     
  15. charlyx

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    Thanks.
    I still need to decide about the background I will set up. What we see is the wall which is some light yellow.
    Water change:
    Well no precise idea yet but I would say around 10%/week. 40l each weekend sounds good to me.
    I will adjust that on weekly basis with water testing.
     
  16. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    It looks really nice, and very natural. Maybe add larger anubias. Not sure if your tank is open top, but lotus would be able to grow nicely here.
     
  17. charlyx

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    Thanks.
    It's fully closed but I'm thinking of removing the 2x2 T8 ramps.

    I'll think about Anubias. :proud:
     
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    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Similar issue, but I used the wood more openly:

    this piece is 90cm and the tank is 120 cm

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    I used Bolbitus and ferns , moss etc on the back and the plants sort of just attached and stem plants got stuck and started growing. I only trimmed the foreground plants for the most part.
     
  19. charlyx

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    Wooooh amazingly green.
    I'm making a list from you all plants you named.
     

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