120cm - Cuspidated Jungle

Discussion in 'Planted Tank Gallery' started by George Farmer, 22 May 2008.

  1. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    This is an aquascape I created over winter 2007.

    I really enjoyed watching this mature and the eclectic mix of SE Asian fish and plants provided many lost hours of wonder.

    It was also nice to see that I can turn my hand to more complex layouts, as typically my aquascaping style is relatively clean-cut.

    Cheers.

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  2. Ed Seeley

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    Very nice George. Love the Pearls. What's the plant in front of the JF? Blyxa?
     
  3. aaronnorth

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    Wow, nice, i like how every so often you just pull out a random scape without notice.
     
  4. George Farmer

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    Thanks, Ed. Yes, the weed that is known as Blyxa japonica...

    Thanks. I've got more in the bag too...
     
  5. ceg4048

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    Hi George,
    Absolutely gorgeous mate. One question for you. Can you recall if you used Excel on this tank within a week or two of these photos?

    Cheers,
     
  6. Very nice,

    very relaxing and lovely subtle use of colour.
     
  7. Steve Smith

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    That is one monster fern :)

    Lovely tank once again Mr F :)
     
  8. nickyc

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    Love it!!! Exactly how many tanks do you have?!
     
  9. LondonDragon

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    That is one great jungle, love it :) congrats once again George :)
     
  10. George Farmer

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    Thanks, everyone!

    Quite possible, Clive. I did suffer from some minor BBA on the Sumatra wood on occasion.

    Why do you ask? Colours of the E. stellata? I wondered about that myself.

    Cheers.

    I only have two running right now - 60cm German opti-white from Aqua Essentials and 30cm nano.

    I've had five at one point - 4 hi-tech planted and one biotope... But there weren't enough hours in the day to keep them up to my 'OCD' standard!

    You can see them all here - http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/p ... blogid=168

    Thanks again.
     
  11. ceg4048

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    Well, not only the stelleta but also the colors of the Blyxa. I'm seeing that they both go bronze (each in their own way). Deletion of Excel seems to return them both to more green within a week or so. I'm not sure if this is coincidence or illusion or real.

    Cheers,
     
  12. George Farmer

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    Interesting observation, Clive.

    I am dosing Easycarbo regularly in my nano. The Blyxa is indeed orangey-red.

    But... the Blyxa in my 60cm is really quite a vivid red, but I'm not dosing Easycarbo.
     
  13. ceg4048

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    Hmm..OK... :? That's a good data point. That means I'm suffering delusions and that it must be some other factor or combination thereof. :rolleyes: My next suspect is TPN+ or possibly lighting. Sorry to be annoying mate but could you confirm that the plant in the nano is in fact B. japonica and not B. aubertii or something like that? Also, do you (or did you) have any specimens of non-bronzed Blyxa, and if so could you recall the conditions under which they maintained their green coloration?

    Cheers,
     
  14. Dan Crawford

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    I always wondered why George's Blyxia was GREEN and mine were more of a browny red?
    The browny red ones i have originally came from you clive?...
     
  15. TDI-line

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    Top of the class as usual George. Looks fantastic.
     
  16. George Farmer

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    No bother mate.

    This is my 80cm with B. japonica that JamesC kindly sent me a good while ago. It did morph in colour though from light green/orange hint through to deep green.

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    4 x 24w HO T5, 8 hours, Arcadia Plant Pro and JBL Natur 9000K (basically pink and blue tubes)
    CO2 20-30ppm
    5ml TPN+ per day
    1/2 WC per week
    Tap KH 7, GH 14, NO3 20ppm, PO4 5ppm (according to water supplier).
     
  17. George Farmer

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    Thanks mate!
     
  18. ceg4048

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    Gosh, I've just about run out of suspects. :rolleyes: Dan those were deep green exactly like those shown in Georges 80cm. The specimens I have now are from that same group and they are now green again. The only thing I can think of is the actual CO2 level. If it's not that then it's back to square 1. Anyway sorry to hijack, George. :D

    Cheers,
     
  19. james3200

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    Lovely healthy scape George
     
  20. Themuleous

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    Healthy plants as always.

    Sam
     

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