The valley in the middle was planned! It does create a nice sense of depth, probably my most favourite part of the scape :) Its great to...
There is some algae, I suppose I'm just picky haha! I don't clean the rocks at all, the otocinclus I have in there do a great job at...
The scape went through a period of neglect recently, been doing lots of overtime at work. Had to deal with a staghorn algae problem due to...
Lots of trimming has been done. Hygrophila Pinniftida growing well. Started dosing Seachem Iron a few weeks back. New growth...
P.S quick comparison, top picture taken 08/03/18, the bottom was taken today a month later 09/04/18.
Experimenting with a dark grey background, what do you guys think?
This is looking fantastic!
+1 for tips from green aqua, they sure know what they're doing.
Keep it up cookies :)
Thankyou for the kind comments, it's great to know that you didn't mean to be negative, I just felt the comments from yourself and...
It's all a learning curve! :)
First aquascape so I’m trying out different things.
Now can we have some positivity please.
Thanks for all your input guys.
I'm aware Aquarium Gardens, George Farmer and all the rest of us aquascapers have success using purely tap water....
RO Unit ordered.
Any suggestions on how much RO water to use in respect to tap water for the transition to RO?
Dang. Now I see where my issues have came from.
Looks like I need to do some reading into RO.
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I did some TDS readings. My tap water reads 300ppm and my tank 590ppm. Can anyone enlighten me on what this all means?
Otocinclus doing a great job. You can see the difference on the Anubias and bucephalabdra! Fish seem happier with the Chihiros installed, more O2...
Thank you for the detailed explanation Darrel, I now understand things much better!
My filter consists of only coarse media, purigen and Seachem...
Thanks for the reply cookies :)
Here are pictures of the algae:
I use Seachem matrix in my filter, I had a look at it the other week...
Beginning to see more and more brown alage in the tank. I've began more frequent WCs, turned the light down a notch and increased the CO2.
Yeah it's good to see more stone in the tank, it provides a much better viewing experience. Plus it has created some small caves/tunnels for...
I've added some more Seiryu stone to the scape, adds more depth to the valley though the middle. What do you think guys think?
The tank is...
This stunning! Boy do those red cherries pop!
Really healthy plant growth and has matured nicely, I'm sure most people on here would be proud to...
Quick update, this time via video! Enjoy.
I have an Instagram profile if you want to see more, check it out! @Raquascape
Sorry to hear about the fall matey, I've come off before too. Hopefully never again!
What scoot do you own?
FTS, new phone!
Lights have only just come on so the fish are a little shy.
Got some new food for them today, Dennerle Nano Gran. Heard...
Few zebra danios added yesterday to give the rummies more confidence, it's worked a treat! All fish now happily swimming together...
Wow look at them!!
I’d love a few of those beauties.
As for the plant pot technique, I tried that the other day and my skimmer floating...
Video for an example :)
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The skimmer is positioned so it distributes the co2 from back right to the front, the lily then circulates it round further. Thanks for the kind...
Before and after [IMG]
EA Aquascaper nutrition. I thought maybe changing ferts may help also, thoughts?
Thanks for the tips dude, my plan for tomorrow was to get some tropica floating plants (Salvinia Auriculata) from Pets at Home (I was shocked to...
Step 10 of 16 matey :)
I have a feeling my dosing wasn't enough for the aquarium, noticed some holes on maybe 5 or so leaves and slight yellowing. I was only dosing 5ml...
Looks really healthy matey, glad to hear the corys are okay!
I'm eager to see these blue tigers...
They seem happy enough, colouring up nicely already and starting to venture around, caught them this morning shoaling back and forth. They had a...
11 Rummynose Tetra added today, they’re being shy and hiding under the wood. I’ll post some pictures tomorrow. The employees at Maidenhead...
I have made some improvements to the tank. I finally managed to get some mesh in the skimmer how Tim mentioned without it sinking, this...
Not saw many shrimp the past few days. But today all of a sudden they've all showed up! Upon further inspection I found some molt, they must have...
Hmm I will think about it.
Just had a huge maintenance session, cleaned everything and removed nearly all the melting plants. [IMG]
So sorry to hear that cookies :( The skimmers are death traps!
Glad to see you using the mesh technique, I take no credit however, I first saw...
Please explain how I would do this, cheers!
Cories!! Ah gotta love them. Good choice.
That HC looks lush, keep up the good work!
Tank is looking well cookies. Fine job sir.
Okay some self diagnosis time...
I have reduced the light by two steps on the dimmer to slow down growth and melt. I have also changed the CO2 so...
On 2hrs before lights, off 1hr before lights off
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I'm glad my creativity has inspired you cookies!
In regards to the MC melt... It seems to be spreading to whatever it touches, the crypts and...
The timer idea would be great but the skimmer is my main source of flow for the co2 distribution as demonstrated by Fillipe Oliveira.
I cut the gauze down too. Looks neat IMO. [IMG]
Theyre okay now! Lucky the flow on my skimmer is on the lowest setting. Make sure to take extra precautions with the Skimmer if you get shrimp,...
That's what I did before and they climbed over it haha! I can't make the mesh any taller either or the whole top portion would just sink under...
Woke up this morning to no shrimp in the tank. I panicked!
Upon checking the skimmer I found them all there. I have got mesh blocking the inlets...
6 Amanos added. They're great, and seem to be settling in well :)
Acclimated for 2 1/2 hours on drip.
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Thanks for the tip, I can only imagine the destruction large Amanos would cause lol! My LFS only has small ones, jobs a gooden :)
Thanks for the kind words guys!
Cookies, yes I do try to keep the water temp as close as possible to the norm, your right, must be a transitional...
Before and after maintenance. Bottom is before.[ATTACH]
Small bit of melt on the MC bottom right. This is the side where I top up after a water...
Thanks cookies, your help is always appreciated!
So a day into week 3, top picture is today and bottom the day after setup.
Good growth all...
Any help with my co2 question?
Nice equipment and great scape! I'd possibly add some more transitional pebbles/rocks to give a nice transition to the sand.
Cheers for the kind words Dave, took ages to plan! I’m glad the plants are looking healthy and growing, I have a question for you guys however......
Yeah I’m going to wait another week or so thanks for the advice guys. No need to rush, the plant growth is entertaining enough for now haha :D...
Carpet seems to be rooting well, I’ll add a few and deal with the mess haha!
Can’t buy snails from any of my lfs unfortunately and I’m not one...
Rock removed that held the wood down. Can’t wait till this grows in.
If anyone has plant suggestions for the blank space in the middle...
Thanks for the compliments Ady.
So no shrimp until 5 weeks have passed?
I don’t know what cuc means sorry haha!
1 week in! I really ought to invest in a decent camera...[IMG]
Pinniftida, crypts, MC all showing sigs of new growth which is great. You can see...
Anyone on here in the scootering community?
If so share your pics!
Here's a picture of my vespa carrying hardscape back home from the lfs lol!...
Taken 30 mins before lights off[IMG]
Cheers for the tips cookies!
I'm keeping on top of WCs, after all in nature the water is constantly changed haha!
Maybe I'll get some snails...
Looks really good cookies. The plants are looking super healthy and plus those fish are a good addition to the scape! Keep it up!
After a quick water change I have just noticed the crypts already shooting new leaves! It's only been 2 days since setup. In the second picture...
So water change plan/routine at the moment is everyday 30-40%. After the first week every other day, third week every 3 days then 4th week every 4...
Thanks for the tips, yes the light it's fantastic, great bit of kit!
Yes it's the twinstar dimmer on step 10 of 16.
Suggested is 5ml a day so reckon up the dose?
And a day later... Cloudy water! What causes this? [IMG]
When performing a water changes do you de chlorinate before you add the water back in the aquarium or after?
Also when starting a new...
Thanks for the tips cookies as always great to hear from you.
I’ll stick with 6hrs of light cheers! As for the fertiliser I’m using EA...
Okay so setup is this Monday coming, it's so good to have a date confirmed!
A few questions before setup. Thanks for the help in advance.
Ready for kickoff next week![IMG]
Added a frosted film on the back to hide the imperfections on the wall. Looks good! It’s added some depth too.
Neat little water change technique which will make things easier.
I'm a big fan of the scapes like the picture below, I don't mind the 'path' being straight! [IMG]
I'll have a play around with the stones over...
Looks fantastic cookies, this is going to be mint once fully grown in! Definitely following this thread I'm sure I will learn lots :)
Keep up the...
Yep it's the up and down one from Aquarium Gardens. Cheers for the advice I'll give it a go once it's planted and filled :)
Here's a picture of...
Thanks for the kind words!
I've raised the stones a little bit I'll keep on top of maintenance to keep them showing :)
Cheers for the tip on the...
I’ll let you know how it goes. The built in heater is a huge plus!
Twinstar light arrived along with the filter. Edging closer to setup![IMG][IMG]
I cant say as I've never owned ada or an ea tank.
The quality is great though. Well worth a try.
Stand arrived. I'm pleased with how it looks!
Thankyou for asking, there's actually not alot of space between the wood and the glass at the back, in some instances it's actually touching.
Yes it all looks a little strange until you imagine it grown in and planted :D
That takes me onto my next thought, plant suggestions?...
Thanks for the tips cookies!
Added a stone at the back, indeed it does look better.
Lifted all the stones a little, when the carpet grows in...
More tweaks and different angles!
I've made my decision not to go with the sand as Im so fond of a lush green carpet (You...
Tank arrived! Had a play around with hardscape, nothing is for definite yet as still waiting for a cabinet.
This NACD aquarium is very...
Now begining to like the idea of sand! I had another scape and I like this one, here's pictures including height of the tank (350mm).
Quite a bit...
Scaping scaping scaping, tank comes Monday.
Thanks for the tips guys, I went away with a chisel and hammer on some unsightly large rocks and did a good job at making some good detail rocks!...
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