Brent's Dragon Rock Scape

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    Hi All,

    So I'm making a new post for this new scape. I've cleaned out my previous one to replace the substrate and rocks, and also, get creative in a new scape.

    Hardscape:
    The hardscape I've focused on using dragon rock to create a rocky terrain all collecting at a centre point of a peak.

    Substrate:
    Im using about 24kg's ADA Amazonia in this scape.

    Flora:
    Monta Carlo Moss Carpet over 80% of the scape and between the rocks. I want to use Blyxa on the left and right back corners to cover some ground. And then use 1 or two red stem plants as background cover in contrast with the green of the rest of the plants. I will use some mosses on one or two rocks. Im using a Lazy Dry start method for startup.

    Lights:
    Im using a 300w LED Flood light. I've created an aluminium stand attached to the back of the tank stand and attached the flood light to it. I've seen some members setup using flood lights, so giving this a try to see the growth of the plants.

    Other Equipment:
    This is a high tech setup so CO2 added once flooded. Fluval FX5 Canister Filter, Wave maker. Glass lily pipes.

    Ferts:
    I will be dosing weekly Seachem Flourish Advanced. Trying this over Scape NPK dosing.
     
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    Some images attached, this scape went through different a few different variations before ending up with this look.

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    I will be ordering some Stems soon for the background.
     
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    For stems in the background, what plant is a good suggestion? Im thinking I could do lots of Hydrophilia Pinnatifida, or Ludwigia sp. 'Rubin'? Or both? I think a good bushy Pinnatifida background could be amazing.
     
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    Looks great ! Curious to see the results using your lighting .
     
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    Thanks, @rsa, I'm curious too, I will post feedback on the lighting in a few weeks when I see growth in the plants. I've decided to fill the background with Hygrophilia Pinnatifida, I absolutely love this plant, I want to give the background this sort of forest trees look, and I think Pinnatifida will do just that. Plus the reddish leaves will give me the contrast between green and red.
     
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    Sounds good !!! The more pics the better !!
     
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    @rsa, I will wait for about a month and a half - maybe 2 months. I will see if I can be that patient. That is if the excitement to flood it doesn't take hold sooner than 2 months. In my experience, a month and a half is a good time to flood as the MC will have grown considerably and rooted nicely.

    With this lazy dry start method I'm using for the MC, I'm not planting the MC, I'm basically throwing it and spreading it above the substrate. So it needs to grow in and take root.

    For the Pinnatifida, I will, of course, be planting, hopefully, I will get this early next week and in the dry start period, it will propagate nicely to have some background coverage.
     
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    Pinnatifida has arrived!

    Thanks @Plantae for a speedy delivery, I was expecting this to arrive only next week Monday

    Time to plant.

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    Always top quality plants from @Plantae.

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    Here we go, it’s planting time!

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    All planted, now we wait.

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    @brent.birch . Can only agree on the quality from @Plantae . The look of the tank with regards to how the lighting is positioned looks very neat and professional !! Well done !
     
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    What CO2 system you going to run BTW ? The micro bubble diffusers work well but I cant stand the aesthetic look of 1000s of these floating around .
     
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    Thanks, @rsa, the idea came from tanks I've seen on other member scapes and I must say, I love it. It looks much cleaner and neater than having the dual Odyssea light sitting on the tank and it allows me to meddle in my tank without moving things out the way. I will be running a 5kg CO2 tank with dual solenoid, and yes the fine micro CO2 diffuser. The bubbles don't bother me that much at all.
     
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    Update: 20 days of LDSM, the plants are growing nicely, the MC is rooted to the substrate and rocks, The Pinnatifida’s leaves are turning brownish/reddish with the high light intensity of the flood lights. So far so good on the plant growth. I’ll be flooding this tank end of this month.

    Ps: I have a little critter spider that made my tank his home, he must have thought he hit the jackpot.

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    I’m still thinking which plants to add in the gaps in the left corner between the rocks and right corner, thinking red plants? Alternanthera reineckii mini? And maybe this red lotus on the left side?

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    Time to flood.

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    Update:

    So it’s been 20 days since flooding, water parameters are perfect, plants growing nicely, the Pinnatifida went through a bit of a transition loosing quite a lot of leaves but I think it’s recovering now. And the usual new tank syndrome, battling a bit of algae now. My Pinnatifida and MC are pearling though so I’m happy about that

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    the scape looks very nice brent but the Pinnatifida does not do the scape justice just my 2 cents.
     

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