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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:08 pm Post subject: NIDHI's Fern Tank Journal.. Rescaped! Reply with quote

 Hey  Guy's,
 Its  almost  like  a  dream  come  true,  I  thought  this  will  never  happen  considering  the  prices  these  plants  command..
 But,  thanks  to  a  few  hobbyist  on  IAH...  Its  become  a  reality.  Dancing  
 Now,  after  working  like  hell  for  2  days  of  the  weekend,  this  is  how  it  stands..  But,  its  still  work  in  progress.
 The  foreground  still  needs  to  be  planted  with  Marsilea  minuta,  which  is  yet  to  arrive..
 
 The  tank  specs  is  as  follows..
 Tank  -  36"  X  18"  X  18"..  
 Light  -  My  DIY  lightning  hood  -  110W  of  PLL..  (planning  to  change  it)
 Filter  -  One  internal  power  filter  and  one  powerhead  for  circulation.
 Sustrate  -  ADA  -  Amazonia,  3  bags  of  9  litres.
 Hardware  -  Granite  rocks,  locally  collected.
 Fauna  -  None,  till  the  tank  cycles.
 Flora  -  Microsorum  pteropus  'Narrow'  -  75%.
                Microsorum  pteropus  'Windelov'  -  10%,
                Bolbitis  heudelotii  -  10%,
                Microsorum  pteropus  'Trident'  -  5%..
                Marsilea  Minuta  -  Foregorund  (yet  to  be  done)
 
 So,  here  are  the  pictures.  And  don't  complain  about  the  crappy  photography..  Very Happy  
 
 This  is  the  Day-1  photos,  the  water  is  yet  to  clear  out..  Suggestions  are  most  welcome  and  may  be  some  critics  too.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 So  what  do  you  guys  think..


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:44 am Post subject: Re: NIDHI's Fern Tank Journal.. Day-2. Reply with quote

 Day  -  2..
 
 The  tank  has  cleared  up  nicely,  which  now  shows  up  all  the  things  which  needs  to  be  tweaked.
 
 But,  will  wait  till  the  foreground  plants  arrive  before  disturbing  it..  Smile


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:46 am Post subject: Re: NIDHI's Fern Tank Journal.. Day-2. Reply with quote

 Nidhi,  the  tank  looks  neat.
 
 Here's  what  I  think  (my  ideas  would  have  been  heavily  influenced  by  pictures  of  other  aquariums  that  I  have  seen.   So  pls.  take  it  with  lots  of  salt.):
 
 1.  With  plants  like  ferns  &  anubias,  a'bunched  up'  setup  looks  more  catchy  and  natural   (instead  of  the  plants  being  spread  out  all  across  the  tank).   
 2.  Some  drift  woods  showing  up  here  and  there  can  add  to  the  drama.
 3.  Instead  of  planting  them  at  the  same  level,  if  some  gradations  can  be  shown,  that  will  also  be  good,  IMO.,  i.e.  The  level  of  planting  these  plants  should  be  broken  -  going  up  and  down  and  not  just  a  straight  line.
 
 (Currently  the  plants  look  as  if  they're  planted  on  the  ground  of  the  tank.)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:02 am Post subject: Re: NIDHI's Fern Tank Journal.. Day-2. Reply with quote

 Nidhi  sir..  second  day  update  tank  looks  well  settled.  That  bush  which  would  develop  in  the  coming  days  would  look  like  a  super  forest.  Smile  will  watch  this  space  (and  on  FB  too)  for  it.  Also  sir,  how  difficult  is  it  to  maintain  Marsilea  Minuta  (trimming,  fragility  etc.)
 
 Cheers,  
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:50 am Post subject: Re: NIDHI's Fern Tank Journal.. Day-2. Reply with quote

 @  Shankar..  Your  points  are  pretty  Valid..  will  try  and  manipulate  as  much  as  possible.
 @  Karthik..  Marsilea  are  pretty  easy  to  maintain  as  they  grow  pretty  slow.  They  are  pretty  slow  to  carpet  as  well,  so  need  to  plant  them  in  good  quantity.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:12 pm Post subject: Re: NIDHI's Fern Tank Journal.. Day-2. Reply with quote

 Nidhi  ,  i  suggest  u  keep  an  eye  open  for  better  rocks  and  some  god  drift  wood.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:32 pm Post subject: Re: NIDHI's Fern Tank Journal.. Day-2. Reply with quote

 The  soil  layer  is  high?
 
 IMO-  
 1.  except  for  the  second  rock  from  left,  rest  should  not  be  there,  
 2.  instead  a  drift  wood  would  do  good.  
 3.  Another  thing  is  locate  the  plants  a  little  away  from  the  rear  glass.
 4.  Lights  need  to  be  proportionately  spread,  both  the  side  panes  are  in  the  dark  
 5.CO2..?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:21 pm Post subject: Re: NIDHI's Fern Tank Journal.. Day-2. Reply with quote

                                                   
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Nidhi  ,  i  suggest  u  keep  an  eye  open  for  better  rocks  and  some  god  drift  wood.                

 Will  do..   Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:31 pm Post subject: Re: NIDHI's Fern Tank Journal.. Day-2. Reply with quote

 garothmaan  ji  ,  Thanks  for  the  inputs..
 
   The  soil  layer  is  high?     -  I  want  have  a  good  slope,  or  else  the  scape  will  look  flat.
 
 IMO-  
 1.  except  for  the  second  rock  from  left,  rest  should  not  be  there.  -  The  rocks  are  all  same  kind,  dust  has  settled  on  them  making  them  look  odd.
 2.  instead  a  drift  wood  would  do  good.  -  working  on  it.
 3.  Another  thing  is  locate  the  plants  a  little  away  from  the  rear  glass.   -  good  point.
 4.  Lights  need  to  be  proportionately  spread,  both  the  side  panes  are  in  the  dark.  -  I  know,  planning  to  do  another  diy  lighting  for  this.
 5.CO2..?  -  yes,  pressurized  one  is  ready..  waiting  for  the  scape  to  be  finalized.  or  else  the  diffuser  might  get  clogged  because  of  the  dust  particles.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:27 pm Post subject: Re: NIDHI's Fern Tank Journal.. Day-2. Reply with quote

 I  feel  you  can  add  more  driftwood  at  the  back  and  place  the  ferns  at  different  heights.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:10 am Post subject: Re: NIDHI's Fern Tank Journal.. Day-2. Reply with quote

                                                   
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I  feel  you  can  add  more  driftwood  at  the  back  and  place  the  ferns  at  different  heights.                

 Thanks..  still  looking  for  that  perfect  driftwood.  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:39 am Post subject: Re: NIDHI's Fern Tank Journal.. Day-2. Reply with quote

 @  Nidhi,
 
 Since  you  have  a  tank  of  18  inch  high,  why  dnt  u  make  a  vertical  construction  of  multiple  driftwoods  to  accomodate  the  frens  at  various  elevations?  instead  of  just  adding  the  driftwood  on  floor...
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 @  Wads,
 I  not  sure  who  long  the  fern  leaves  will  grow  under  my  tank  conditions..  last  time  I  tried  these  ferns  they  only  produced  a  max  of  3  inch  long  leaves.  But,  the  ones  I  have  now  have  more  than  6  inches  of  leaf  length.  So,  I  am  still  unsure  about  the  what  kind  of  drifts  to  use  and  at  what  level  to  wrap  these  ferns..
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:20 pm Post subject: Re: NIDHI's Fern Tank Journal.. Day-2. Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  agreeing  with  me.  
 
 Pls  remember  1  thing  for  sure,  "SLOPES"  of  huge  substrate  deposit  will  cause  problems  later.  This  happened  in  Anish's  tank.  sorry  for  being  so  direct...  Surprised
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 @  garothmaan,
 Your  points  are  pretty  genuine,  so  there  is  no  reason  to  disagree  with  you..  Thumb Up
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