1st journal, 2nd scape

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  1. chump54

    chump54 Member

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    first journal, second scape ...will try to think of a better title.
    the first scape was all over the place, I've tried to plan this one better.

    inspiration: George's 80cm thanks George, love this scape.
    tank: rio 125L 81 x 36 x 50 cm
    filter: tetratec 1200
    co2: pressurized
    ferts: EI method, KNO3 & KH2PO4 Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday & Trace Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Saturday Rest and Sunday 50% water change.

    • 20ml of (KNO3) solution - 40g / 500ml
    • 15ml of KH2PO4 15g / 500ml.
    • 5 ml of AE trace mix 15g / 250ml
    thanks to James for the very helpful site

    PLANTS
    Vesicularia dubyana - hiding in there incase I want to use it later ;)
    Bacopa australis
    Anubias barteri var. nana
    Alternanthera reineckii `Pink` (roseafolia)
    Cryptocoryne beckettii ``petchii
    Cryptocoryne x willisii
    Hemianthus callitrichoides ''Cuba''
    Microsorum pteropus ''Narrow''
    Rotala sp. ''Green''
    P Helferi

    from the front
    3042167886_3bc5374193.jpg

    and the side
    3041344655_216b450a47.jpg

    some of the things to do
    • add more stone round the front stone
    • add stone round the left hand wood
    • add external heater
    • sort out co2 diffuser placement
    • might add more wood on the right

    love to hear what you all think

    cheers

    Chris
     
  2. Thomas McMillan

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    Nice one, should look good once it's grown in.

    I think you need more branches though, the ones you've got in there at the moment lack height.
     
  3. George Farmer

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    A very nice start. Well done.

    I think your hardscape may become lost in time - although this isn't always a bad thing...

    I look forward to seeing the progress.
     
  4. aaronnorth

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    good start, i am liking how the wood is just creeping out of the plants/ susbtrate, maybe have a few more towards the front?
     
  5. chump54

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    thanks for the comments. :)

    adding some taller wood is a nice idea...

    and more towards front, hadn't thought about that, not sure theres enough room. might try moving the central piece back to the right a bit. think its a bit central any way.

    C
     
  6. scottturnbull

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    Really lush colours in the photo, looks almost like CGI. What kind of camera is that? Did you do any post-processing?

    You know what might work? If you trim the far-right, front-corner, so there's a gap at the front tapering towards the side. I see a lot of 'scapes filling the corners right up to the front. If you create some room at the edge, it gives nice depth. (I can't seem to get Luis' 'scape out my head).

    There's definitely something there. At first, I thought it looked a little sparse. But the more I look, I think you should definitely treasure some of that sparse scrub-land appearance , and fight any urge to fill it up. Agonise over every encroachment you make into the open space, the open space is what makes this 'scape good.
     
  7. chump54

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    shot on a nikon d60 in raw format messed around with rgb levels, exposure.
    does it look like too much manipulation? looks ok on my monitor.

    C
     
  8. scottturnbull

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    It looks great.
     
  9. chump54

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    phew... had me worried for a mo :)
     
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    Great job so far mate, I really like the layout... hopefully another great tank on the rio 125 side!

    Vito
     
  11. chump54

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    hey thanks... looking forward to the plants maturing.

    The HC is coming along nicely, much quicker than my first scape. I guess this is mostly down to the pressurised co2, but I also used smaller clumps. I really enjoyed the process of repeatedly planting the HC, and watching it fill in is great fun!

    also the crypts have started sending out runners which they never did in the previous scape. again co2 I guess but have changed so much its impossible to be sure.

    C
     
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    wow its looking really good mate! i do think you should add some more hardscape in though.
     
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    thanks Calum ... i think you're right too, I'm going to try and find something a bit twisty :?

    I've been concerned about the lack of pearling going on, prior to this rescape I was getting pearling after about 4 hours of lights on, since the rescape, when I removed the jewel internal filter and replaced it with a tetratec ex1200 I don't see any pearling. BUT just turned the lights back on and turned the filter off, to take some photos and after about 10 minutes everything was beginning to pearl. I thought I read on here recently (sorry can't remember where/who) that someone else had something similar. I'm thinking the amount of flow is preventing the O2 from forming nice big bubbles.

    Also have a lot of clouding at the moment, can really see it once the filter is off, and in the picture.

    3063823505_f795f41b11.jpg

    oh i've moved the hardscape a bit
     
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    Wow thats gonna look quality once its filled out! Love it :)

    Sam
     
  15. LondonDragon

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    Another great scape, its starting to take a nice shape :) congrats.
    Keep us posted, forum is generating a lot of very interesting scapes lately :)
    Think its time I did something different with mine too hehehe :)
     
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    thanks..

    :D
     
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  18. chump54

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    thanks, I think if I tell my partner I'm spending another 30 quid on wood I might get another one of those looks :rolleyes:.
    :)

    I'm thinking about some wood I've seen at, LFS sold for reptiles but I think might be quite good. Assuming its ok in water.

    C
     
  19. Thomas McMillan

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    Be careful what wood you're getting, I got some for reptiles months ago and it didn't really agree with being put in water.

    I think it will look great without any additional hardscape to be honest. I can imagine it might even look even better when grown in without the hardscape showing.
     
  20. chump54

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    thanks for the info, I'll find out what the LFS has to say about it.

    I can see what you mean. I'm going to see how it grows out, the hardscape i have in mind could be slotted in later.
     

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