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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:38 am Post subject: My trial with Nanoscaping - Suggestions required Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 I  tried  a  simple  nano  scape.  Require  your  comments  &  suggestions  to  improvise  myself.
 
 Dimensions  -  1  feet  x  1  feet  x  1  feet  cube
 Substrate  -  Controsoil  +  CaribSea  (Tahitian  Moon)
 Laterite  rocks
 
 Plants  -  Java  Fern  (Normal,  Windolev  &  Needle)  tied  to  a  stick  at  the  background
                   Anubias  nana
                   Cryptocoryne  parva
                   Dwarf  Hairgrass
                   Riccia
                   Stem  Plants  -  Not  sure  of  the  names
 
 Fauna  -  otocinclus  -  2
                   Corydora  -  1
                   Shrimps  (Id  not  known)
 
 DIY  CO2
 Fertilizers  from  Sujo.
 Light  -  Philips  35  Watt  CFL
 
 
 
 Suggestions  please
 
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 ABHILASH
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:45 am Post subject: Re: My trial with Nanoscaping - Suggestions required Reply with quote

 Nice  and  elegant.  Rock On
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:18 am Post subject: Re: My trial with Nanoscaping - Suggestions required Reply with quote

 good  start!  few  pointers  about  your  nano  cube  settings(I  can  vouch  for  this  as  because  most  of  my  scapes  are  on  1ft.  cube)  -
 
 Cons:
 1)  never  over  crowd  the  tank!  restricted  flow  =  tremendous  algal  issues.I  say  this  as  of  now  your  windelov  and  normal  java  fern  will  overpower  in  no  time  creating  a  wholesome  mess!  
 2)  HOB  =  not  ideal!  in  a  cube  tank  I  personally  have  noticed  it  jams  the  flow,  a  small  canister  works  best
 3)  your  hardscape  will  be  overpowered  soon,  IMO  they  are  too  small
 4)  riccia  might  reek  havoc,  keep  it  trimmed  as  much  as  possible.
 
 Pro's:
 
 1)  looks  like  a  good  start!
 2)  scape  idea  is  not  bad!  a  bit  more  elevation  could  have  done  wonders.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:35 pm Post subject: Re: My trial with Nanoscaping - Suggestions required Reply with quote

 Thanks  Abhradip..
 
 Will  try  to  get  a  canister  soon.   Smile  
 So,  as  per  your  experience  Java  Fern  &  Riccia  is  a  complete  no  no  in  nano  cubes  is  it?
 What  would  be  your  choice  of  plants  in  a  cube??
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:04 pm Post subject: Re: My trial with Nanoscaping - Suggestions required Reply with quote

 good  one..
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:11 pm Post subject: Re: My trial with Nanoscaping - Suggestions required Reply with quote

 needle  java  fern  is  still  a  yes,  but  I  in  general  never  try  using  such  fern  categories  here  in  a  cube.  See  maintaining  a  jungle  tank  is  a  small  cube  is  tough  owing  to  obviously  space  constrain.  I  in  general  try  and  stick  to  carpet  plants/moss/anubias  'petit'  anything  small  does  the  work.
 
   IMO  it  server  two  purpose  -  1)  helps  in  control  of  plant  growth  2)  gives  a  good  proportion  to  any  aquascape  of  such  small  degree..:)
 
 Riccia  is  not  a  no-no,  it's  just  that  it  becomes  a  PITA  in  the  long  run,  that's  all..one  needs  to  devote  a  lot  of  time  to  keep  it  pruned,  see  it's  a  floating  plant  by  nature  and  never  attaches  itself  to  anything  so  I  guess  why  I  say  so..  Razz
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:39 pm Post subject: Re: My trial with Nanoscaping - Suggestions required Reply with quote

 @  Ravabi  &  Deepak267
 
 Thanks.
 
 @Abhradip  
 
 Will  keep  it  in  mind  next  time  when  I  tear  down  this  set  up   Smile   (Maybe  in  next  3-4  months)
 Also,  could  you  give  me  some  tips  how  to  keep  plants  while  procuring?  Do  you  keep  them  in  buckets  or  tubs  if  excess  or  not  feasible  for  your  tank?  
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:19 pm Post subject: Re: My trial with Nanoscaping - Suggestions required Reply with quote

 Abhradip  had  pointed  out  very  good  point  when  you  do  a  nano  planted  tank.  The  selection  of  plants  has  to  be  proper  to  maintain  the  scape  for  longer  period.
 
 You  can  have  Riccia  in  the  scape.  But  as  mentioned  by  Abhradip,  you  will  have  to  trim  them  frequently  to  maintain  them  in  shape.  If  you  don't  trim,  it  grow  thick  and  eventually  float.
 
 This  was  my  nano  tank.
 
 Before  trimming  HM  and  Riccia
 
 
 
 After  trimming  HM  and  Riccia
 
 
 
 I  had  Lilaeopsis  Brasiliensis  and  Glosso  in  the  foreground.  But  it  was  a  bad  idea  to  have  two  carpet  plants  as  in  time  both  mixed  together.  I  had  to  remove  Lilaeopsis  Brasiliensis  and  keep  only  Glosso.  Lilaeopsis  Brasiliensis  overtook  the  glosso  growth  and  took  over  the  entire  tank.  Had  anubia  nana  petite  in  the  small  driftwood.
 
 You  can  try  Staurogyne  SP  Tropica  or  Eriocaulon  Breviscapum.  Staurogyne  SP  Tropica  works  well  for  a  nano  tank.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:50 pm Post subject: Re: My trial with Nanoscaping - Suggestions required Reply with quote

 Thanks  a  lot  for  the  advise  Shelly.  Will  keep  in  mind  next  time..   Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:46 pm Post subject: Re: My trial with Nanoscaping - Suggestions required Reply with quote

 well  I  have  a  lot  of  tanks  at  home..so  excess  goes  in  one  of  them..hehe..but  yeah  bucket  is  fine  with  a  light  ofcourse,  but  yeah  not  for  many  days..that'll  make  em'  sick  eventually..Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:29 pm Post subject: Re: My trial with Nanoscaping - Suggestions required Reply with quote

 Here  are  my  ex  nanos.......
 
 
 
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:17 am Post subject: Re: My trial with Nanoscaping - Suggestions required Reply with quote

 Nice  ones  Veeral,
 
 Thanks  for  sharing..  All  these  are  giving  me  an  idea  of  how  to  improvise  myself..   Smile  
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:46 am Post subject: Re: My trial with Nanoscaping - Suggestions required Reply with quote

 Nice  start..  Riccia  grows  like  a  weed..  So  trim  it  on  a  regular  basis..
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:30 am Post subject: Re: My trial with Nanoscaping - Suggestions required Reply with quote

 Thanks  Nandy.   Smile  
 
 @Abhradip  My  2.5  footer  is  overcrowded  with  plants.  So,  keeping  excess  plants  in  2  tubs  out  in  the  sun  with  mollies.  Funny  part  is  mollies  are  spawning   Very Happy  but  the  plants  are  stagnant  neither  growing  nor  deteriorating..   Sad  
 
 So,  was  asking  for  more  suggestions..
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:39 am Post subject: Re: My trial with Nanoscaping - Suggestions required Reply with quote

 Hey  i'll  suggest  something  simpler  -  put  some  potting  soil  after  a  "GGGGOOOOODDDD"  clean  and  plant  the  cuttings  in  the  tub,  so  they'll  have  a  base  to  grow  as  well..Smile  molly  =  live  breeders,  so  they  will  at  any  case  breed..:P
 
 Plus  if  you  are  looking  for  some  ideas  of  how  nano's  can  be  scaped  -  i'm  adding  a  link  of  few  of  my  works  hope  they  might  come  in  handy..:)
 
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