5FT Apisto Sanctuary

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    Waited almost 3 years for decent stock of these small beauties...and eventually got my greedy hands on them...so simply HAD to rescape

    Sharon buying me a complete CO2 setup for my birthday...also helped :D

    The stars of my new scape: Apistogramma Trifasciata

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    As always...clearing our the old scape is a night mare, specially if you have aquasoil, polystyrene to protect the base...and 50KG of rock...

    As soon as you lift the rock...the polystyrene floats...and you have aquasoil debris EVERYWHERE...

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    Eventually got all the fish and amanos out...so started to siphon everything out...just to get to the next point took me almost 3 days (thankfully...was during the long weekend we had in September)

    So...the canvas is clean once more...

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    Decided to forget about my rocky scapes...and go back to wood (apistos love "roots" anyway...so seemed like the logical choice to me)

    8KG of spiderwood later...

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    IT looks like a lot (and prolly is)...but view from top shows there's a lot of space for stems at the back...

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    Filling underway...white rocks are just to keep the wood in place....

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    After the new aquasoil burnt all my crypts to shit...they eventually started to bounce back...and after a month I could start adding some livestock

    Some more photos of the show stoppers:
    2 Males flaring at each other...

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    ...losing interest in each other...lol


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    The tank as it looks now...after about 5 weeks...

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    Comments, crits and questions are welcome...let me have it...lol
     
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    Hacked down all the stems in the back corners this weekend to replant...which is why you cant see much...sorry...
     
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    Thanks JAX, please list the plants, is that a Crinum in the back-right?
    Looks like your spray bar is pointing slightly downwards.
     
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    Buddy, I know how much hard work and dedication went into that one, not to mention the patience in waiting for the Tri's and then the frustration and panic when they finally got here...

    Well done, "it are gonna be awesome..!"
     
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    It's just the angle of the shot...it's just about level... (the spraybar)

    Plants:
    Stems... @Ivan ...list them bitch...lol

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    Crinum calamistratum, Anubias petite, Anubias Coffeefolia, Anubias Nangi, Anubias Nana, Anubias kruising, Bolbitis heudelotii, Micranthemum sp. "Montecarlo" and a few crypts...
     
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    As with most of the scapes from the "Centurion Trio" ... there's some input from the 3 of us at any time...even if it's just helping carrying something or supplying tubing, plants, wood or rock...sad...but true...

    So a special thanks to @jakkalsbothma and @Ivan with this scape. The equipment, time, coffee and words of advise...much appreciated gents :thumb:
     
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    Awesome scape, Looking forward to the updates:toothy10:
     
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    The tank look amazing
     
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    Thanx...yeah, hooked up the CO2 about a week or so ago, didn't wanna "waste" the CO2 and ferts with all the water changes needed with new aquasoil. Since @Ivan helped me with the rig...the plants have been growing nicely. The MC is starting to spread nicely and the crypts are bouncing back stronger than ever...

    Also started dosing ferts last week...so lets see how the presurised CO2 thing works for me :p
     
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    Smashing scape! Going to look AMA-zing when it grows in. Those fish are stunning Jax :) Happy they arrived safely and look forward to them breeding.
     
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    Realy awesome scape. @JAX Did you build that cabinet yourself ?
     
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    Yeah looks amazing man, and really love those Tri's. Share your sentiments @Linxie, look forward to them breeding
     
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    Great job dude!!!!!
    Finally seeing the tank with more growth and it looks great.
     
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    Stunning JAX.:headbang: Hire kom n TOTM.
     
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    very very nice
     
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