Joined: Nov 04, 2012 Posts: 737 Location: bangalore, uttarahalli
Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 5:09 pm Post subject: scaping journal- stairway to heaven
well first of all i don't know if this is scape or not! but this is my first planted tank which i've made and i guess its come out well.
still setting to the way i wanted it. anyway from day1 when i didn't know anything about plants to now i have learnt a lot about plants to thanks to all the hobbyists!
reason why i called it "stairway to heaven" is because i wanted it to make it looks like steps. h.tripartita and e.tenellus being the first step, second step christmas moss, and so on.
anyway here's the tank story from day 1!
may 20th 2013
I didn't know what hardscaping meant, nor did i bother planning. i had some random plants given by hobbyists and some moss.
i just wanted to make a tank where my shrimps would live comfortably. didn't care about it looks or anything.
july 22nd 2013
i learnt something about plants, like their names and where they are to be placed. learnt that some plants require co2, so i made a diy co2 which ran for three weeks, then required a change every third week. i dumped whatever plants i got, even floating plants (frogbit and azolla) which led to an attack of planaria on my shrimps. silly assasisin snails bred like crazy and found eggs everywhere.
september 19th 2013
i used to stupidly leave the lights on for 12 hours, tank got infested with hair algae and dust algae.
only thing which i liked about the tank was how the riccia pearled and how the shrimps were populating like rabbits. i got plants from scapers which barely survived in my tank, i was about to give up then i changed my lighting to an 18w pll and started adding ferts.
october 22nd 2013
i started to learn quickly about how a planted tank should actually be maintained, started trimming on a weekly basis and all the algae vanished away soon, except a bit on the walls which i left for the shrimplets to munch on.i got annoyed with riccia because it created a mess and stood out, so replaced it with mini fissidens.
october 30th 2013
once you get a good grasp on it, its so easy, i started trimming plants twice a week, shrimps are still populating although i remove 10 every now and then. actually my tank isn't cloudy anymore just that my camera sucks!
i'm learning quiet a lot about scaping but don't know if i can call my tank a scape, but i like it even though it has a lot to improve on. this was taken yesterday just before i did some trimming and added some plants as well as removed some plants.
will be uopdating soon, i have removed some plants and added some new plants which i got from seetharam. hopefully it'll turn out great! :D
HOB 24/7 250lph
18w DIY PLL (8 hours a day)
DIY Co2 24/7 (airstone during the night)
substrate- 4l of contro soil
1l of ADA amazonia
few handfuls of crushed laterite
i am not exactly ure about what ferts i dose, but its a mixed bottle which i got from a hobbyist, dosed every morning.
weekly 30% water change
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