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Tirtha C
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:06 am Post subject: Scape with a difference Reply with quote

 Yesterday,  Me,  Hamza,  Saad  and  Salmaan  visited  Srirams  place  in  Hyderabad.  Long  before  I  heard,  he  is  expert  keeping  tanks  under  sunlight,  and  now  I  saw  the  results.
 
 One  of  the  Best  Scape  I  have  seen  till  date.
 
 
 
 Set  Up  Details:
 
 Lights:  Sunlight
 CO2:  NA
 Filtration:  NA
 Substrate:  DIY  Mix  (Contains  leaf  litters,  earth  worms  and  cow  dung  in  it)
 Dosing:  NA
 Plants:  glossostigma  diandrum
 No  Algae  visible.  Scape  is  just  15  days  old.
 
 Being  a  member  of  so  called  hightech  planted  fanatics,  it  was  kind  of  tight  slap  on  my  face  .
 
 I  am  striking  out  some  fact  from  above  as  it  got  changed  in  the  later  discussion.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:38 am Post subject: Re: Scape with a difference Reply with quote

 Yep,  the  finest  scape  I  have  seen  in  person.  Possibly  the  best  low-tech  scape  ever.
 
 I  have  to  admit  it,  we  went  there  not  expecting  much(others  were  not  even  keen  visiting),  but  somehow  I  insisted  on  going  there.  We  became  speechless  for  first  15mins  looking  at  the  tank.
 All  the  magic  lies  in  Sriram's  super  nutritive  substrate  which  leaches  out  substantial  amounts  of  all  required  nutrients(including  co2)  for  1-1.5year  as  per  Sriram.  The  tank  sits  on  a  lidded  well(I  guess),  in  the  small  open  garden  outside  his  home.  It  gets  direct  to  shaded  sunlight  throughout  the  day  and  stays  pretty  cool(around  30s)  in  summers(obviously  much  cooler  in  other  seasons)  for  some  reason  I  just  cant  figure  out  how.  It  is  also  subject  to  other  natural  conditions  like  rains,  cloudy  weather,  but  somehow  that  doesnt  seems  to  get  into  his  way  of  doing  things.  The  only  maintenance  is  weekly  waterchanges.
 
 Not  only  this  but  he  has  a  few  more  minimalistic  setups(with  plants  like  HC,  staurogynes,  other  native  plants)  out  there  that  defy  all  the  laws  of  growing  aquatic  plants.  The  sizes  of  these  range  from  small  cups/containers  to  an  inflatable  swimming  pool,  including  a  couple  of  glass  tanks  and  a  tiny  cement  pond,  every  one  of  them  growing  healthy  bunch  of  plants.
 
 Second,  we  couldnt  take  a  decent  picture  out  under  the  harsh  sun,  the  tank  is  otherwise  much  much  better  than  how  it  seems  in  the  pcture.  Someday  we  plan  to  visit  him  in  the  night  to  take  some  better  shots  under  artificial  lighting.
 
 I  am  pretty  keen  on  experimenting  on  my  terrace,  lets  hope  it  works  out.
 
 A  close-up  of  glosso  diandrum/mudgrass,  I  hope  Titha  doesnt  minds  me  putting  his  picture  here...
 Mind  you  its  definitely  not  an  easy  plant  as  far  as  I  have  read  about  it,  just  a  handful  people  were  able  to  grow  it  successfully  and  document  it  online.  
 
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:55 am Post subject: Re: Scape with a difference Reply with quote

 the  rock  placement  is  so  cool...  Thumb Up   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:01 am Post subject: Re: Scape with a difference Reply with quote

 Tirtha  and  Hamza,  what  about  the  temperature  in  direct  sun  light?  I  think  Temperature  is  under  control  due  to  vaporization.   I  will  also  try  to  follow  him.  Glossostigma  diandrum  is  also  looking  stunning..
 
 Speechless  tank.  Nice  efforts.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:26 am Post subject: Re: Scape with a difference Reply with quote

 awesome  stuff  man!  Even   can't  imagine  such   tank.  No  doubt  Indian  soil  feeds  billions.  Thumbs Up  
 
 Only  catch  i  see  here  is  free  light.  So  may  be  we  without  gardens  can  try  in  home  tanks  with  artificial  lights?
 
 Dear  Tirtha  and  Hamza,  please  can  you  invite  me  next  time  when  you  visit  his  place....if  you  don  mind.
 
 Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:56 am Post subject: Re: Scape with a difference Reply with quote

 it  was  really  a  treat  to  watch  that  tank  but  im  still  confused  and  surprised  about  the  substrate  mixture  he  is  using  in  this  tank   Surprised
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:27 am Post subject: Re: Scape with a difference Reply with quote

 Wow,  The  tank  looks  pretty  natural...
 
 Beautiful  scape....
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:41 pm Post subject: Re: Scape with a difference Reply with quote

 Excellent  set  up.  I  would  also  say,  plant  flourish  best  under  natural  condition,  sunlight,  soil.  
 
 The  effort  is  really  commendable  to  replicate  the  similar  condition  with  natural  resources.  Cool  temperature  and  frequent  change  of  water  definitely  helps  here.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:22 pm Post subject: Re: Scape with a difference Reply with quote

 thats  one  orgasmic  lookin  tank  if  there  ever  was  one!  He  made  it  look  so  simple.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:11 pm Post subject: Re: Scape with a difference Reply with quote

 I  missed  it,
                               It  is  really  a  nice  philosophy  of  using  natures  gifts  intelligently.   Thirtha  next  time  you  go,  you  just  have  to  shout  from  down,  my  kitchen  and  kids  savvy  wife   forgets  rest  of  the  world  quite  often  and  so  does  the  phone  calls.  I  believe  this  is  the  plant  I  have  seen  on  the  banks  of  manjeera  dam  in  Sanga  reddy  an  year  or  so  before,  though  experts  need  to  confirm  if  it  is  the  same  as  what  is  there  in  the  tank.  I  brought  it  to  my  tank  but  all  died  in  2  weeks  or  so.
 
 
 with  best  regards,
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:22 pm Post subject: Re: Scape with a difference Reply with quote

 Surprised  agree  with  you  tirtha  da  and  hamza  da.this  is  one  of  the  best  low  tech  planted  tank  that  i  have  ever  seen  Cheering  will  he  add  some  fishes  or  it  willbe  like  this  way?will  he  add  driftwoods  or  rocks?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:42 pm Post subject: Re: Scape with a difference Reply with quote

 beautifully  natural!!!!!   what  temperature  is  this  growth  at?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:26 pm Post subject: Re: Scape with a difference Reply with quote

 amazing  tank.  would  like  to  know  more  abt  this  DIY  substrate.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:54 pm Post subject: Re: Scape with a difference Reply with quote

 this  is  the  first  time,  i  am  looking  into  a  best  tank  under  direct  sunlight  hats  off  to  such  a  great  aquascaper.
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 this  is  the  first  time,  i  am  looking  into  a  best  tank  under  direct  sunlight  hats  off  to  such  a  great  aquascaper.
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