A Journal of Kryo's new "Baby"...

Discussion in 'Aquascaping and Member's Setups' started by Kryo, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. Kryo
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    Hey Guys

    Ok, I have a few minutes now so let me start the thread of my new build!

    Tank Dimensions: 1520mm L X 600mm W X 650mm H (12mm Opti white/starphire glass)

    Lighting: 2 X 150w MH pendants with 8000K bulbs. Currently I have lights on for 6hours a day only.

    CO2:
    - Pressurized.
    - Currently using an ISTA in-line diffuser
    - About 5bps
    On a timer, so it comes on 1 hour before the lights and off when lights go off.

    Aeration: 1 hour after CO2 via an airstone hidden behind the rock work.

    Substrate: Layered DIY.
    - Base: Prodac Pondo Vivo
    - On top of base: Carib-sea Floramax
    - Sprinkled with Osmocote
    - Top layer is 0-3mm Pool Filter Sand at 8cm in the front and 15cm at the back.
    - DIY clay balls

    Filtration: (currently)
    - 1 X Aqua-el Canister (Consists of 2 outlets and 2 inlets)
    - 1 X Eheim 2228
    I will be adding another Eheim 2228 and removing the Aqua-el in the near future.

    Heating:
    - 1 X 200w in-line heater
    - 1 X 300w internal heater

    Flora:
    - Enchinodorus 'Vesuvius'
    - Enchinodorus 'Ozelot' Red
    - Cryptocoryne Balansae
    - Cryptocoryne Crispatula
    - Cryptocoryne wendtii 'tropica'
    - Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Mi Oya'
    - Cryptocoryne Usteriana
    - A few other Crypts I yet need to ID.
    - Aponogeton Boivinianus
    - Aponogeton Madagascariensis
    - Aponogeton Ulvaceaus
    - Aponogeton Crispus
    - Needle Java Fern
    - Windolov Fern
    - Java Moss
    - Blyxa Japonica
    - glosso

    Fauna:

    6 X Discus
    48 X Cardinal Tetra (Adults)
    16 X Pristella Tetra (Adults)
    6 X Emporer Tetra (Adults)
    6 X Panda Corys
    4 X Sterbai Cory's
    3 X Algae Eaters
    19 X Otto's

    Ok so there's all the fiddly stuff lets get onto the build!

    With this tank I wanted to try a different background. So I went out and bought some white window tint. With the MH's on the dark blue/green of the walls behind the tank shine through slightly which creates a pretty cool colour!

    Here is a pic of the tint when I put it on:

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    I love wood and rocks and wanted to create something different taking into consideration the height of this tank, so I played around a bit and got this:

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    I still want to add a few more branches; to branch out from the rock work to more in the centre of the tank - I will get to that in the near future!

    And so I sat planting my :pottytrain2: off for two days. I have over 400 teeny tiny pieces of glosso to plant! I seriously thought I was going to die!

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    On day 3 I wasn't happy with the placement of all the bigger plants at the rear of the tank and decided to redo the whole thing. My husband thought I was crazy! :laughing7:

    Anyway, this is what I ended up with. I am NOT 100% happy with the plants and their positions or the scape actually!! But I think I need to be a bit patient and allow the plants to recover, settle and grow in a bit before I make any further changes. The entire left rear side of the tank has got the plants that will be growing enormous in future like the Aponogeton Ulvaceaus, which will grow to cover up the internal heater on the left. I had to cut down the plants hectically to remove dead or damaged leaves so everything looks so blooming short in this tank! Like I said PATIENCE! :laughing7:

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    Anyway, any intelligent critique is welcome as are suggestions!

    I will post some more photos later today or tomorrow of the tank as of today.
     
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    :notworthy: this looks like its going to be epic. :icon_thumright:
     
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    Looks freaking awesome! :thumb: looking forward to seeing this grow out.
     
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    Kudos on planting the teeny-tiny pieces of glosso! :thumb:
     
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    most excellent, thou it must have been a pain to plant and re-plant everything, im sure you enjoyed every second of it!
    nothing like a new shiny tank!
     
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    i think it has tons of potential Cher, give it time to grow in and im hellova sure that you going to be happy with this scape, i know i would
     
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    Awesome scape.. looks amazing..

    The wood stump is too square on top, get a hammer and crush it a bit..

    Get a smaller piece of wood and add it at the back on the right side, just not paralel with this one, so that it looks that there is more wood going back.

    Love the wood and choice of rocks and substrate..
    Good idea with the background.
     
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    +1 Agree on more wood on the right side and on the placement
     
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    looks like this is off to a great start!
     
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    yeah good start, don't be scared of more wood and stones, the light colour substrate might be difficult to keep looking nice in the long term.

    If you do take a hammer to the wood top as Luis suggests, preferably do it out the tank ;D
     
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    when the java ferns grow out you not going to even see the top of that stump
     
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    Good job! Let it settle for awhile and then have another look at it.
     
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    there are going to be discus in here so they will probably appreciate the swimming room..
     
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    Thanks for the input guys!

    With regards to the stump, there is no way I can remove it now. It was positioned so well over the rocks that its roots are actually anchoring it down. I agree with Wade, the java fern and moss will eventually cover it up.

    I am considering adding more rocks but I need to get to the farm to go hunt some down as this scape took all 80kgs worth that I collected the last time!

    With regards to your suggestion on the wood placement, I'm not sure I understand exactly where you want me to put more... Can you perhaps edit my photo in paint? I was thinking of adding more branches coming out of the existing rock work stretching over to the right side...???

    Yup thus I want to limit adding too much more wood and rocks and crowding the open space. Remember I also need to be able to gravel clean this tank from time to time!

    I'll post some more pics later for you to see how things are going.
     
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    True.. more swimming room they will need.. :) the fern and moss will cover the stump..
     
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    Hi Guys

    Here are a few pics of my babies. They are not of the best quality and a few are stunted but this time round I chose them for their characters not for growing out and breeding as I did in the past. They all have very unique characters! From cocky right down to bashful!

    The stunted one's I bought like that. The Juvi's I am currently raising are showing no signs of stunting, which I'm quite pleased about. They won't grow enormous in a planted tank but that's ok with me. Enormous Discus are a pain in the ass to QT when needed in any case!

    They are bit under weight for my liking but that will change now that they are in their new home where I can afford to feed them loads!

    You can compare their size with the adult Cory's.

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    Cheeky chops! :laughing7:
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    I have six currently in the tank. But not all of them wanted to show up for the crappy photo shoot! :laughing7:
     
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    So I was just merrily doing some maintenance when I noticed what looked like an egg stuck to the glass! On closer inspection I confirmed it was an egg which was attached to a piece of silica sand stuck to the glass...

    I must be doing SOMETHING right if I have spawning going on in a less than a week old tank!

    Here's a pic of it stuck to the glass...
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    And for a size comparison using my long tweezers...
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    Well I know anything that spawns won't make it right now as there is too little cover available, but its cool knowing my fishies are happy!
     
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    Your Discus are all looking very happy and healthy in their new tank :hello2:
     
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    Could be the cories spawning..

    The Discus look awesome..
     
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    Definitely the corries. I agree, you do have some beauties in there. That nice red one is awesome!
     

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