Howzit guys And so begins my first APSA scape thread for my 260L tank. Here are the technical specifications, followed by a brief pictorial history of the tank. TANK DIMENSIONS: W1200 x D450 x H480 (mm) VOLUME: 260 litres ILLUMINATION: 3 x 45W (135W) Juwel HighLite Day T5’s + Reflectors ILLUMINATION TIME: 11 hrs with 3hr siesta at midday FILTER SYSTEM: Cascade 1500 Canister Filter (1275 lph) SUBSTRATE: ADA Power Sand Special L ; ADA Bacter 100 ; ADA Aqua Soil - Amazonia FERTILIZERS: Seachem: Flourish ; Flourish Excel ; Flourish Iron ; Flourish Potassium ; Flourish Trace C02 SUPPLY: 2 bubbles per second WATER CHANGE: 50% every week TEMPERATURE: 26.5 C pH VALUE: 6.4 FLORA Bolbitis heudelotii ; Cryptocoryne parva; Didiplis diandra ; Glossostigma elatinoides ; Hemianthus micranthemoides ; Lagarosiphon major ; Ludwigia arcuate ; Ludwigia x lacustris ; Riccia fluitans ; Rotala sp. 'Colorata' ; Rotala sp. 'Green' ; Rotala wallichii ; Sagittaria subulata ; Syngonanthus sp. 'Belem' ; Taxiphyllum barbieri FAUNA Danio margaritatus ; Hemigrammus erthrozonus ; Mikrogeophagus Ramirezi Ancistris; Farlowella ; Otocinclus Caridina multidentata ; Neocaridina heteropoda var. Fire Red ; Palaemonetes paludosus 2014-06-01 Rushed the initial planting as I was flying overseas the next day. 2014-06-15 Returning home 2 weeks later, I was pleased to see everything had not only survived but was growing very well. 2014-06-28 A month in and the scape is ready for its 1st proper trim. 2014-07-26 By end of month 2 some plants had been removed, moved around and new midground species introduced as focal points. The Rotala's growth rate is incredible and requires regular management to prevent it from taking over. 2014-08-20 It has taken just under 3months for the glosso to form a thick carpet in the foreground. The addition of the Ludwigias in the background has introduced much needed colour to the scape (thank you BetterWeather) I acquired a tripod to improve on my photography this weekend, and I am super stoked at what I have been able to achieve with my old Canon IXUS digital compact camera by playing with the ISO and manual exposure settings. This final image was taken in the evening when only the back T5 is on... the strong silhouettes of the wood against the bright background is what inspired the name for this scape, as I can lose myself in this underwater world for hours at a time.