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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:26 am Post subject: Re: Attempt at a Planted Tank, Pics Update 29 Oct 8 Reply with quote

 Looks  neat  now.  I  would  say  adding  a  background  would  be  the  first  task.
 
 Will  lend  a  whole  new  dimension  to  the  tank  Smile  
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:29 am Post subject: Re: Attempt at a Planted Tank, Pics Update 29 Oct 8 Reply with quote

                                                   
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Looks  neat  now.  I  would  say  adding  a  background  would  be  the  first  task.
 Will  lend  a  whole  new  dimension  to  the  tank  Smile  
 Cheers,                

 
 Will  have  to  be  a  contortionist  to  stick  it  at  the  back  now.  But  I  agree,  it  needs  a  background.  Will  do  it-----soon


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:01 am Post subject: Re: Attempt at a Planted Tank, Pics Update 29 Oct 8 Reply with quote

 Hi,
 I  dont  think  I  have  enought  right  to  speak  but  I  idnt  find  your  aquarium  very  attractive  as  you  have  planted  your  tank  very  haphhazardly.  I  can  find  any  symmetry.
 everything  in  world  has  a  focal  point.  I  can  find  it  anywhere  in  your  aquarium.
 sorry  for  the  critic  but  thast  the  first  hand  information  direct.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:02 am Post subject: Re: Attempt at a Planted Tank, Pics Update 29 Oct 8 Reply with quote

                                                   
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Hi,
 I  dont  think  I  have  enought  right  to  speak  but  I  idnt  find  your  aquarium  very  attractive  as  you  have  planted  your  tank  very  haphhazardly.  I  can  find  any  symmetry.
 everything  in  world  has  a  focal  point.  I  can  find  it  anywhere  in  your  aquarium.
 sorry  for  the  critic  but  thast  the  first  hand  information  direct.
 Jatin                

 Thanks  for  your  observations  Jatin
 The  focal  point  is  supposed  to  be  the  Nuphar  Japonica  planted  between  the  two  pieces  of  wood.  But  since  you  have  missed  it,  it  obviously  is  not  strong  enough  or  its  not  positioned  correctly.
 May  be  it  might  look  better  once  the  plants  grow  a  bit
 I  wish  you  luck  with  your  plans  for  the  6  foot  planted  tank


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:23 am Post subject: Re: Attempt at a Planted Tank, Pics Update 29 Oct 8 Reply with quote

 Uni,
 are  you  using  the  Eheim  filter  kept  behind  the  tank?  if  yes,  then  you  might  want  to  shift  it  below  the  tank  as  thats  the  recommended  way.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:24 am Post subject: Re: Attempt at a Planted Tank, Pics Update 29 Oct 8 Reply with quote

 Hi  Unni
 
 your  plants  looks  very  attractive,  and  the  4  week  progress  looks  very  good.  Congratulations!  And  the  pic  that  you  have  uploaded  with  the  pearling  are  superb!!  
 I  am  in  the  process  of  setting  up  a   3  foot  planted  very  soon,  and  would  like  to  know  more  about  your  lighting  setup,  especially
 
   What  is  the  length  of  the  lighting  fixture,  from  the  little  information  that  I  could  gather  here,  PLL  36  watt  is  near  about  18  inches  in  length  but  with  the  fixture  I  think  it  reaches  nearabout  2  feet.  How  does  one  ensure  that  the  ligh  reaches  evenly  in  a  3  feet  tank?
 
 2.  If  you  could  post  some  close  ups  of  how  you  have  setup  the  lights  and  explain  it  a  bit,  I  would  be  gratefu.
 
 thanks  and  contgrats  once  again
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:18 am Post subject: Re: Attempt at a Planted Tank, Pics Update 29 Oct 8 Reply with quote

 You  have  done  pretty  well!  The  plants  should  fill  out  the  spaces  very  soon,  goodluck!  and  keep  us  updated.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:18 am Post subject: Re: Attempt at a Planted Tank, Pics Update 29 Oct 8 Reply with quote

 Hi  Unni,
 
 That's  a  very  nice  setup.  I  like  the  jungle  look.   Clapping  
 
 Looking  forward  for  continuous  updates..
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:34 pm Post subject: Re: Attempt at a Planted Tank, Pics Update 29 Oct 8 Reply with quote

                                                   
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Hi,
 I  dont  think  I  have  enought  right  to  speak  but  I  idnt  find  your  aquarium  very  attractive  as  you  have  planted  your  tank  very  haphhazardly.  I  can  find  any  symmetry.
 everything  in  world  has  a  focal  point.  I  can  find  it  anywhere  in  your  aquarium.
 sorry  for  the  critic  but  thast  the  first  hand  information  direct.
 Jatin                

 Thanks  for  your  observations  Jatin
 The  focal  point  is  supposed  to  be  the  Nuphar  Japonica  planted  between  the  two  pieces  of  wood.  But  since  you  have  missed  it,  it  obviously  is  not  strong  enough  or  its  not  positioned  correctly.
               

 
 Hello  there,
 I  feel  for  most  of  the  guys  the  focal  point  should  be  on  the  left  and  for  arabs  it  is  right.
 the  reason  is  simple-  all  islams  open  their  books  from  left  to  right  and  read  right  to  left..therefore  for  them  focal  point  is  right  and  for  us,  we  read  from  left  to  right  therefore  our  focal  point  is  left.
 So  ethically  speaking  keeping  inmind  the  true  aquascaping,  focal  point  should  be  in  corners  and  not  in  centre.
 
 I  am  not  very  experienced  but  just  my  point  of  view.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:36 pm Post subject: Re: Attempt at a Planted Tank, Pics Update 29 Oct 8 Reply with quote

 Unni
 
 Although  you  did  not  emphasize  of  Aquascaping,  still  IMO  you  can  rearrange  the  plants  a  little.
 
 Move  the  Bacopas  at  the  back.  Bring  the  star  grass  in  mid  or  even  in  front  and  keep  them  in  low  bushy  condition  by  regular  pruning.  anubias  Nanas  at  he  base  of  the  woods  and  few  on  top  of  the  woods.
 
 Reineckiis  at  the  back  of  the  drift  wood  at  left  side  to  have  more  contrast  effect.  arrange  the  plants  in  such  a  way  to  create  impresion  of  flow.
 
 Nice  work  would  love  to  see  the  progress.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:49 pm Post subject: Re: Attempt at a Planted Tank, Pics Update 29 Oct 8 Reply with quote

 very  good  photos,  liked  the  Myaca  Fluviatilis  and  Rotala  wallachi  photos.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:50 pm Post subject: Re: Attempt at a Planted Tank, Pics Update 29 Oct 8 Reply with quote

                                                   
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 Uni,are  you  using  the  Eheim  filter  kept  behind  the  tank?  if  yes,  then  you  might  want  to  shift  it  below  the  tank  as  thats  the  recommended  way.                  

 Hi  Kunal
 I  am  aware  that  its  not  placed  with  usual  height  diferential.  The  2217  manual  suggests  a  minimum  pressure  head  of  10cm.  I  have  that  much  {just  barely}.  I  had  discussed  this  issue  in    a  previous    thread.  I  will  trust  Deepak  and  keep  my  fingers  crossed   Chuckle  
 
 
                                                 
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Hi  Unni
 your  plants  looks  very  attractive,  and  the  4  week  progress  looks  very  good.  Congratulations!  And  the  pic  that  you  have  uploaded  with  the  pearling  are  superb!!  I  am  in  the  process  of  setting  up  a   3  foot  planted  very  soon,  and  would  like  to  know  more  about  your  lighting  setup,  especially   What  is  the  length  of  the  lighting  fixture,  from  the  little  information  that  I  could  gather  here,  PLL  36  watt  is  near  about  18  inches  in  length  but  with  the  fixture  I  think  it  reaches  nearabout  2  feet.  How  does  one  ensure  that  the  ligh  reaches  evenly  in  a  3  feet  tank?  2.  If  you  could  post  some  close  ups  of  how  you  have  setup  the  lights  and  explain  it  a  bit,  I  would  be  gratefu.
 thanks  and  contgrats  once  again
 Matsyal                  

 
 Matsya  {Sorry  couldn't  pick  up  your  name  anywhere  on  the  forum}
 The  lights  are  in  two  commercial  light  fixtures  {three  PLLs  in  each}.  Each  of  the  fixtures  measure  proximately  45x48cm.  I  will  get  you  exact  measurements  and  pictures  ASAP.  They  are  kept  at  height  of  5  Inches  from  the  top  of  the  tank  on  two  sets  of  PVC  tubes  fixed  to  the  walls.
 
 
                                                 
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 You  have  done  pretty  well!  The  plants  should  fill  out  the  spaces  very  soon,  goodluck!  and  keep  us  updated.                  

 Thanks  Hamza.  Your  tank  has  been  a  source  of  inspiration  to  me.
 
 
                                                 
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 Hi  Unni,   That's  a  very  nice  setup.  I  like  the  jungle  look.   Clapping  Looking  forward  for  continuous  updates..
 Regards  Hari                  

 Thanks  Hari.
 
 
                                                 
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 Hello  there,  I  feel  for  most  of  the  guys  the  focal  point  should  be  on  the  left  and  for  arabs  it  is  right.  the  reason  is  simple-  all  islams  open  their  books  from  left  to  right  and  read  right  to  left..therefore  for  them  focal  point  is  right  and  for  us,  we  read  from  left  to  right  therefore  our  focal  point  is  left.  So  ethically  speaking  keeping  in  mind  the  true  aquascaping,  focal  point  should  be  in  corners  and  not  in  centre.  I  am  not  very  experienced  but  just  my  point  of  view.  Jatin                  

 Thanks  for  your  suggestions.  Shall  think  about  focal  points  more  deeply  when  i  setup  tanks  in  future.
 I  had  rather  keep  the  them  and  us  reflections  out  of  my  tank.
 
 
                                                 
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 Unni  Although  you  did  not  emphasize  of  Aquascaping,  still  IMO  you  can  rearrange  the  plants  a  little.  Move  the  Bacopas  at  the  back.  Bring  the  star  grass  in  mid  or  even  in  front  and  keep  them  in  low  bushy  condition  by  regular  pruning.  anubias  Nanas  at  he  base  of  the  woods  and  few  on  top  of  the  woods.  Reineckiis  at  the  back  of  the  drift  wood  at  left  side  to  have  more  contrast  effect.  arrange  the  plants  in  such  a  way  to  create  impresion  of  flow.  Nice  work  would  love  to  see  the  progress.  Regards  Rana
                 

 Thanks  Rana
 I  didn't  know  that  Star  grass  can  be  pruned  to  keep  it  bushy.  Shall  definitely  try  that.  I  do  have  a  few  spare  anubias.  So  shall  try  placing  them  at  the  base  of  the  driftwood.
 As  for  moving  the  major  groups;  I  am  terrified  that  the  laterite  mushroom  clouds  will  harm  the  fish   :cry:
 
 
                                                 
sriki_discus  wrote  (View  Post):                
 very  good  photos,  liked  the  Myaca  Fluviatilis  and  Rotala  wallachi  photos.
 Srikanth                  

 Thanks  Srikanth
 Personally  I  like  the  Mayaca  shot  best  {though  its  a  bit  dark}
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 10:06 am Post subject: Re: Attempt at a Planted Tank, Pics Update 29 Oct 8 Reply with quote

 Hi  Unni,
 
 Beautiful  growth  of  plants.  
 I  really  like  the  color  of  your  R.wallachi.  I  was  never  successful  with  them.  
 I  envy  you,  friend.
 
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 Nayak.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 10:43 am Post subject: Re: Attempt at a Planted Tank, Pics Update 29 Oct 8 Reply with quote

 Nice  one  Uni.
 Let  the  plants  gorw  a  little  and  then  decide.
 It  is  not  necessary  for  you  to  follow  any  rigid  aquascaping  principles.
 You  have  a  negative  focal  point  in  the  center  of  the  aquairum,  you  can  take  out  all  plants  from  the  center  rear  of  the  tank,  leave  foreground  plants.  That  will  create  an  illusion  of  depth.
 BTW  you  have  R  marcanda,  are  your  swordtails  eating  it.
 Mine  chew  down  the  plant  in  one  day,  leaving  bare  stalks.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:24 pm Post subject: Re: Attempt at a Planted Tank, Pics Update 29 Oct 8 Reply with quote

 Dear  Unni
 Nice  tank  and  evident  that  you  put  a  lot  of  labour  to  build  it.  Well  balanced  and  colorful  contrast.  I  really  like  the  final  set  up  which  hide  the  2217.  AND  not  to  mention  that  your  hand  in  photography  are  too  good.
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