The Ledge

Discussion in 'Aquascaping and Member's Setups' started by Chongkie, Jun 26, 2014.

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    I think it is about time that I start scaping the new tank.

    Specs.
    Tank - DIY 300 x 300 x 300mm with 8mm glass, ADA replica 30p
    Substrate - old tetra complete with PFS
    Hardscape - Granite
    Filter - Aquaclear 20
    Heater - 50W
    Lighting - DIY 2 x 5W LED GU10

    Plants.
    Still deciding but got a plan on what I would like to use for a low tech setup.
    S. Repens
    C. Parva
    C. Pygmae
    Anubais nana
    Anubais Bonsai
    Narrow Java
    Petit Java
    Java moss
    Creeping moss
    DHG

    Livestock.
    Ghost shrimp
    MTS
    ottos if I can find some

    Been playing around with the hardscape and this is what I've come up with.

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    Will still be adding smaller rocks etc. And was planning the left side will be just plain PFS.

    Might also add some branches sticking out of the rocks.

    Any advice or comments are more than welcome.
     
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    Is those rocks standing securely in place if so then filling them in with some roots and a few clumps of moss would look the dogs danglies.
     
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    Very nice but with regards to the live stock, I would rather swap the ghost shrimp for a more interesting/colourfull specie.
     
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    You need to get some more height, and interesting shapes into there... It looks as though it needs to have a peak somewhere. The back right corner would be ideal. Try and build it as high as you can. Add small stones around the bottom to add the natural detail. Filling in gaps with small anubias, mosses, etc will give a very natural appearance.
     
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    Sean is right that would look real interesting and natural. Are you sure about the stone being granite and not dolomite?
     
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    Ofcourse I would like to have RCS or other colourful shrimps, but it is so difficult to get them here in PMB. It is on my list of live stock to get.

    Ok, will try to find more rocks to get more height. But ive also noticed that the higher I make the hardscape the more algae grows on the top rocks. This observation is from my current 1ft setup. The algae isnt bad, just very light short green fluffy algae. The shrimps seems to love grazing there so I guess that isn't a problem.

    Will definately be adding more little rocks to blend in the big rocks. This is just the base hardscape idea.

    I actually ran out of rocks, hehe. Need to find more.

    It could be dolomite, not sure. It is very very hard. So thought it was granite. It has the same texture as granite though.
     
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    The algae tufts is green beard algae and in some scapes can be made part of the display. Not bad algae just makes the tank look dirty.
     
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    The compact tufts is BBA comes in different shades from green to black.

    Some algae on rocks make them look more natural and blend in if it really bothers you use a toothbrush and scrub it off.
     
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    MMMM always thought that BBA is actually a member of the red algae family. Nice to know though.
     
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    Its actually not BBA, they are not in clumps. Will try to take some pics, but it almost looks like those marimo balls. actually do like it though.
     
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    this can actually become a new trend. Cultivating BBA.LOL :D:D
     
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    So finally got around to scaping the tank. Got most of the plants in and now need it to slowly grow in.

    Here it is but I did change the top abit. And did more planting.

    [​IMG]

    Will upload a better pic once the water has cleared.
     
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    Looks nice from where I stand. Is all of those low light plants?
     
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    I'm planning it to be a low light, low tech tank. Just with some Low EI ferts to keep the plants healthy.

    Most of the plants that I have in there are ok with my 2 x 5w LED spot lights (6500k), but that was on my standard 1ft tank, which isn't as deep as this 30p cube. Will have to see if I need to increase the lights.
     
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    Can you elaborate on the Low EI ferts?How much how often etc?
     
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    I just use the EI calculator, and use every parameter at the bare minimum of the scale. But because the measurements are so small, I multiply by 4 to make a 2lt bottle, which I just full my 500ml bottle up when needs be.

    My previous tank's plants looked much healthier than my high tech plants, but grow much slower! hehe
     
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    Sounds like a winner thanks for the info.
     
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    Looking even better now that the dust has settled so to speak!
     
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    not bad not bad.. but is that dhg on the rocks? or moss?
     

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