~ Our First Big Treescape ~

Discussion in 'Aquascaping and Member's Setups' started by Stacey, Sep 25, 2014.

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    Ever since I came across an image of a treescape online I have been fascinated by them. I have been wanting to start one for a ages but just never seemed to get around to it.... Until now... ^-^

    After convincing @AndriesJ that we really need a new aquarium and finding a deal that he couldn't possibly say no we are now the owners of a 250L aquarium. :occasion14:

    My plan is to make a treescape forest with lots of moss and Cryptocorynes. For now we won’t be adding any fish, well atleast until I have the trees and moss planted, but the plan is to have a huge school of smaller type fish [Harlequin Rasboras/Galaxy Rasboras/White Clouds (Suggestions welcome!)], a group of corydoras and 4 Ancistrus Plecos.

    All the equipment we are using at the moment came with the tank but we will upgrade it all slowely but surely. Here are the technicalities:
    Dimensions: 120x45x45 (cm)
    CO2: not yet
    Filters: Two Buyo internal powerfilters (to be upgraded in time)
    Light: single 3foot T8 tube (to be upgraded ASAP)

    Substrate:
    Riversand that we rinsed and @AndriesJ broke his back hauling it all into the tank (height on stand 1.6m) :laughing7:

    So here goes... :toothy9:

    Below is the tank just after we got it home and inside (without dropping it):
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    Here is while @AndiesJ was breaking his back getting the substrate in:
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    And here it is full of water (Wood and Anubia are just in so they stay submeged):
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    Thanks for reading:icon_thumright: I'll post more photos and details as we go along .

    ~S~
     
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    Here is my inspiration :icon_biggrin::

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    2L ice cream tub works great for carrying smaller loads of wet riversand...sure you walk a lil more, but your back is fine afterwards ;)

    Agreed...your lights will need an upgrade ASAP...specially if you considering going CO2 later as well...

    I've found on low-techs...two T5's are enough when you go low tech (personal experience...other peeps may have found it too much or not enough, trial & error).

    Also on a personal note...seeing as my 5ft is a Galaxy species tank...you gonna need A LOT of cover for them or they'll be in hiding almost 24/7. With that being said...I LOVE my galaxies!! Read my thread (in my signature) regarding galaxies if you planning to go that way, might give you some helpful advice ;)
     
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    The galaxies are stunning, but after pricing them on the weekend I mite get some for my smaller tank. At R45 per fish I'll be bankrupt by the time I have enough for the big tank. :dontknow:
     
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    A little birdy told me someone is breeding them in SA...and rumour has it there might be a special for APSA members ;)
     
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    Oh YAY! Hope that little birdy was right! :toothy10:

     
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    Where'd you see them?

    Look forward to seeing this scape take shape :)
     
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    N1 City - Pet World I think the name is.

    Still loads of stuff to get before I can start! Can't wait though!

     
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    Yeah it's exciting :D I can't wait to start stocking my tank.
     
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    What type of tank do you have?

     
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    A feesh tank? :p j/k here's my tank http://www.apsa.co.za/xenforo/threads/linxies-3ft-forest-escape.12265/ although I've swopped a few rocks around and still battling with the slime on the wood, moved the valis to another tank and planted hygrophila polysperma in its place.
     
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    Nice start. sounds promising
     
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    They are easy to breed, but yes, you will need a lot of moss, and hiding areas. They do not eat the fry also, so you can have a sizeable amount.

    I bred them in a 8 L nano, just lots of moss, and wood, dimming light and very low current.
     
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    Awesome!! Then I could maby start off with 10 and they can multiply! :toothy9:

     
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    And the eggs?
     
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    Yeah...they chow the eggs as well...

    Have a persistent female that keeps picking at one of my amano's (that's 3 times her size)
     
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    Time for an update! Finally got to do the first tree. (Thanks @wolf and @Linxie for the moss) Found some glosso at Sam's as well so we decided to start on the one side as the two pieces of wood for the other side are still soaking :D. I am also hoping to add some
    Eleocharis Parvula or something similar along the sides of the path.
    Here is what we have so far.

    The path:

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    My first attempt at a tree (Two still to be added):

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    Planting glosso (Still have a bunch to add):

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    And Viola!

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    Any advice on how to get rid of the cloudiness? Oh and the coke bottle filter is temporary ;) We find it works quicker for the initial start-up.

    Thanks for reading :icon_thumright:, advice is always welcome :D.
     
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    Put a bit of activated carbon in the filter to assist with the cloudiness. It could also be the sediment which just needs to settle.
    Your tank is coming along nicely. I think the Parvula will look nice along the edges of the path.
     
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    Good foundation...personally...I would've even out the substrate in the front...slanting it upwards towards the back. It's aesthetically more pleasing to the eye and gives you a greater sense of depth ;)
     
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    @JAX This scape is viewed from both sides of the tank, so the "back" is actually the 45cm side, where the coke bottle filter is now. (Will try to post a pic showing this tonight)
    We have great hopes for this scape and will post updates as we make progress.
     

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