Nature aquarium for 2013

Discussion in 'Aquascaping and Member's Setups' started by Pierre07, Feb 7, 2013.

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    I'm playing around with some ideas for my next scaping attempt. This will be a 1.2 tank. Got everything except for lights so hopefully this will start to become reality soon. Found this picture that would best describe what I have in mind. [​IMG]
     
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    Nice pic, Hope you have LOTS of moss
     
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    Eagerly awaiting this setup!
     
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    Lol yes that will be a problem will have to start begging. Maybe mini fissidens will be a better option in this one. But finding some or actually allot will be n problem :scratch:
     
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    Cool idea. Think ot is going to be a challenge. Flame moss on certain spots will also work great i think
     
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    do you have lots of wood aswell?
     
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    I like a challenge :evil6: and if I do not succeed I would have at least learnt allot in the process
     
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    I have three tube electronic ballast which needs a home... already wired. Would provide ample light for your tank. Runs T8 tubes. I have the same rig over my tank: http://www.apsa.co.za/board/http://www.apsa.co.za/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=9
     
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    i like the concept pic
     
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    Seen your add. What do you think will work as a fixture/reflector for a setup you got. Don't want to brake the bank on this one. Otherwise was thinking going for a 2 x 54w oddesey unit that would give me about 200w/m2. The other problem is that the tank has glass sliders so will loose some light by this. And don't know if 200w/m2 will be enough in this case. Will be running pressurised CO2 also
     
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    Sadly, we don't have much data for how a cover glass affects the amount of light reaching the tank. I have seen some data for marine tanks but cover glasses over marine tanks get very dirty and stay that way...

    I had the fitting mounted on the side, under the top*, with the tubes running perpendicular to it. I don't know what type of canopy you have in mind but I would think it would be better to ditch the cover glass and have an actual lid which you can fix the tubes (and reflectors) to.

    * http://www.apsa.co.za/board/http://www.apsa.co.za/phpbb/viewtopic.php?p=75100#p75100 You can see a space (covered with paper so I can take the photo without lense flare) and then a wooden beam. the Ballast is mounted against the inside of the side beam.
     
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    Here the questions start. :BangHead:
    I would like to get all aspects sorted before I take this one on but don't want to wait years either to get it going.
    The trees still boggles me. I was thinking about this for a long time now to get that natural tree look. Well I suppose using actual tree stumps would look the best :scratch: so getting some trees with roots and all would be a option. Something like a oak tree I suppose would work and even better a bonsai tree. Smaller size and aged. Dry the trees out and use them in the scape. Two problems with this would be the time factor in drying them out and the cost factor of baying larger nursery trees and even worse in baying bonsai trees. Maybe someone with some dying bonsai is a option.
    Any of you have any other ideas for me :notworthy: that would cut some time and hopefully cost.
     
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    Cut, bind, burn, snap ect. make it work

    just cover the ungly joins wih moss.

    i have some wood i could give you.
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    Thanks Lloyd. Only after the tree trunk effect you see in the photo. The hanging thinner branches would not be much of a problem I would think. Maybe pieces of spiderwood or some dead tree branches. Will take you up on your offer for the wood you got. The more I have to work with the better :thumbsup:
     
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    Thanks Tyrone that seems like a excellent idea collecting some there. Is it legal to do is another question :police:
     
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    You got the wood?
     
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    No not yet :BangHead: looking at the options people gave me. I did some scaling and it seems the tree trunks work out between 50mm to 100mm at the trunk basis. You got any innovative ideas to make this happen.
     

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