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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:21 pm Post subject: Rip and Scape Journal.. Day 10 updates - page-6. Reply with quote

 Hi  all,
 This  will  be  my  first  true  aqua  scaping,  all  this  time  I  had  only  wild  kind  of  planted  set  up.  doing  a  bit  of  experimentation  with  it.
 This  was  supposed  to  have  happened  few  months  back,  but  due  to  some  or  the  other  reasons  it  used  to  get  postponed.
 
 Basically  it  will  be  a  low  tech  set  up  (as  always),  where  there  will  not  Co2  dosing  (may  be  glut  if  needed),  ferts  will  not  be  dosed  until  some  deficiency  starts  to  show  up,  low  lighting,  DIY  substrate,  locally  collected  rocks  and  plants  from  my  previous  set  up.
 
 Specs  will  be..
 Tank  :
 DIY  -  50G  /  190  Liters...  36L  X  18W  X  18H  inches,  Normal  glass.
 Lights  :
 Phillips  Ecotone  45W  HO  865  rated  -  2nos,
 Filter :
 Jebao  503  external  cannister  -  750L/H.
 Substrate  :
 Bottom  layer  3  cms  of  crushed  aquaclay  50%  +  laterite  10%  +  mixture  of  vermicompost  and  coco-peat  40%.  all  mixed  in  to  a  slurry  and  laid  out.  Top  layer  Aqua  clay  4  cms  above  the  bottom  layer  in  the  front  and  upto  10  cms  in  the  back..
 Flora  :  
 Blyxa  Japonica  Dwarf,
 Ammania  gracilis,
 Limnophila  aromatica,
 Alternanthera  reineckii,
 Ludwigia  Arcuata  red,
 ludwigia  palustris  red,
 Rotala  Rotundifolia  red,
 Rotola  Wallichii  green,
 Hygrophila  Polysperma  Green,
 needle  leaf  javafern,
 Javafern  regular,
 Echinodorus  tenellus,
 Hydrocotyle  tripartita,
 Elatine  triandra,
 Cryptocoryne  wendtii  brown,
 3  types  of  crypts,  which  need  ID..
 
 So,  here  is  the  tank  with  the  bottom  layer  slurry  laid  out..
 
 
 
 The  crushed  Aquaclay  will  add  some  porosity  and  help  in  penetration  of  plant  roots,  laterite  for  iron  suppliment,  vermi  compost  for  nutrition  and  cocopeat  for  softening  a  bit  of  my  hard  water..
 Another  closeup..
 
 
 
 Point  to  be  noted  is  that  all  the  materials  used  in  the  lower  layer  substrate  were  mineralised  for  2  months  outside  the  tank,
 The  Aquaclay  laid  on  the  top  was  kept  in  buckets  submerged  in  water  for  2  months  too,  because  they  are  very  porous  and  very  light.   so  some  of  them  will  not  sink  immediately  and  plants  will  get  uprooted  easily  when  planted..
 This  a  snap  after  the  Aquaclay  was  laid  out  and  roughly  arranged  the  rocks..
 
 
 
 Another  angle..  but  the  rock  were  rearranged  after  flooding  the  tank..
 
 
 
 The  scaping  was  completed  in  a  day,  including  planting..  but  could  not  take  the  photos  after  planting,  as  the  water  was  a  bit  murky..
 so  will  take  a  few  snaps  after  the  water  gets  cleared..


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 4:59 pm Post subject: Re: Rip and Scape Journal.. Reply with quote

 nice  1   Smile  
 love  the  setup  of  the  rocks
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:17 pm Post subject: Re: Rip and Scape Journal.. update after planting! Reply with quote

 Thanks  sergiomiranda_2181,  but  it  was  not  the  final  arrangement..
 
 Now  a  small  update  as  the  water  cleared  out  a  bit..  and  the  fishes  are  in..
 
 
 
 Left  side  close  up..
 
 
 
 Right  side  close  up..
 
 
 
 The  water  is  not  yet  clear..  may  be  tomorrow  it  will  clear  up..
 So,  any  comments  or  opinions...?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:31 pm Post subject: Re: Rip and Scape Journal..update after planting! Reply with quote

 Nice!  A  dark  colour  substrate  and/or  dark  colour  stones  might  be  a  better  contrast?   Eyebrow  
 What  are  those  red  plants  in  the  background?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:46 pm Post subject: Re: Rip and Scape Journal..update after planting! Reply with quote

 This  is  a  low  light  set  up  right????
 
 My  friend  is  having  a  lot  of  low  light  plants  in  his  6  footer  and  i  think  low  light  tanks  are  very  good  in  his  tank.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:02 pm Post subject: Re: Rip and Scape Journal.. Reply with quote

 What  did  you  do  for  minerilising  the  substrate?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:18 pm Post subject: Re: Rip and Scape Journal..update after planting! Reply with quote

 Looking  Nice...Like  Rajdeep  said  a  black/dark  substrate  would  have  looked  nicer.....the  fishes  added  are  for  cycling  the  tank....?
 
 Cheers....   Smile  
 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:20 pm Post subject: Re: Rip and Scape Journal..update after planting! Reply with quote

 Good  luck  Nidhi  with  the  new  tank.   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:16 pm Post subject: Re: Rip and Scape Journal..update after planting! Reply with quote

 I  feel  that  you  may  plant  densley...  It  looks  good  with  heavy  plants   Smile  
 
 All  the  best  Nidhi   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:27 am Post subject: Re: Rip and Scape Journal..update after planting! Reply with quote

 You  have  some  high  light  stem  plants  in  this  setup.
 I  think  you  have  Ammania  in  the  back,  these  will  not  do  good  in  low  lights.
 Stem  plants  are  not  really  suited  for  low  light  tanks,  they  grow  tall  &  leggy.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:32 pm Post subject: Re: Rip and Scape Journal..update after planting! Reply with quote

 Nidhi  ...
 
 Is  your  setup  really  Low-Light  ?  I  think  if  you  are  using  the  same  light  used  that  I  saw,  they  were  pretty  good.
 
 PS  :  Where  are  all  the  mosses  gone  ?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:27 pm Post subject: Re: Rip and Scape Journal..update after planting! Reply with quote

 What  did  you  do  for  mineralising  the  substrate?
 Don't  you  think  the  filtration  is  little  less  considering  that  it  is  less  than  5  times  the  tank  capacity  and  it  seems  you  will  be  heavily  planting  it.
 Also  less  than  2  watt  per  gallon  of  light  seem  to  be  very  low  for  stem  plants
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:41 pm Post subject: Re: Rip and Scape Journal..update after planting! Reply with quote

 Hi  Nidhi,
 
 Somehow  I  am  not  a  fan  of  stem  plants  in  the  background  for  Iwagumi.
 While  your  rock  placement  looks  good.
 
 If  you  complement  it  will  tall  grass,  c  helferi  e.  vesuvious  in  the  background  it  should  work  well.
 
 Also,  if  you  use  fewer  veriety  of  plants,  but  more  in  nos  it  will  help  highlight  the  rocks  and  emphsise  on  them.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:50 pm Post subject: Re: Rip and Scape Journal..update after planting! Reply with quote

 Hi  Nidhi,
 
 Nice  start  man........
 
 But  want  to  add  some  :
 
 >  Increas  another  45W  HO  
 
 >  Increase  your  filter  capacity
 
 >  Go  for  dark  color  stone  or  dark  color  substrat.  This  red  color  substrate  looks  bit  artificial.
 
 >  When  I  saw  first  few  picture  where  only  rocks,  I  thought  you  are  going  for  Iwagumi.  
      Are  you  going  for  Iwagumi  !!  If  yes  go  for  odd  no.  of  rocks.
 
 Though  all  points  are  already  pointed  by  the  experts  still  I  repeat,  please  never  mind.  Because  it's  also  my  views.
 
 Keep  going......  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:55 pm Post subject: Re: Rip and Scape Journal..update after planting! Reply with quote

 All  the  best  Nidhi   Thumb Up  ,  Nice  setup
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