30cm - Little Mountain

Discussion in 'Journals' started by George Farmer, 25 Feb 2008.

  1. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    This is my latest project. Inspired by Peter Kirwan's superb Mountainscape.

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    A full step-by-step will be featured in the next Tropica Newsletter, followed by a live presentation at the Interzoo in Germany in May with the likes of Oliver Knott attending.

    Tank - 30x20x20cm Clearseal
    Light - 24w PC T5 6500K
    Filter - Eden 501 external (300lph) and mini glassware (Aqua Essentials)
    CO2 - Pressurized system through mini nano diffuser (Aqua Essentials)
    Substrate - Tropica Plant Substrate topped with ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia Powder
    Ferts - Tropica AquaCare Plant Nutrition+
    Decor - Mini landscape rock (Aqua Essentials)

    Plants will be HC and a brand new species from Tropica.

    Fish TBD. Likely a Microrasbora sp.
     
  2. Arana

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    Looks like a great start mate :D maybe a small distant range might give it more depth and perspective :)
     
  3. Themuleous

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    Looking good, like the glassware. I had a feeling one of the new tropica plants would be a nano type ;)

    Sam
     
  4. Garuf

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    Forget the hardscape I want to see this new plant!
    Brilliant regardless I would suggest sloping the AS to form a arc rather than a straight line.
     
  5. Arana

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    How are you going to mount the light over the tank George?
     
  6. George Farmer

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    Thanks.

    No need. You don't know the planting plan. ;)

    Mark - the lighting ATM is rested on top of the tank using a reflector slighting longer than the tank. A friend is making an overtank frame to suspend it from soon.

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  7. TDI-line

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    KABOOM! Where's the lava coming out of that volcano.... :D
     
  8. Dan Crawford

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    Happy days! looks like a cracking start pal.
     
  9. Arana

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    Very cool 8) Thanks
     
  10. George Farmer

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    Thanks guys.

    As soon as I get together my CO2, planting will commence. I've 5 pots of HC literally overfilling their pots. They've been growing nicely in my 120cm and after about 4 weeks, have adapted to submerged form.

    I've 3 pots of the new Tropica species, which is also growing well in its pots.

    So the 'scape will be quite full straight after planting.

    I'll probably run uber-CO2 to maximise growth, with Excel/Easycarbo to keep algae at bay. 1ml TPN+ per day.

    I'll likely be changing 1/2 water daily. With all the displacement, it's only about 7 litres full.

    Good thing is, the Aqua Soil has been soaking for about 3 months, so no NH3/4 spike or pH crash.

    I'll stock fish once the plants are grown in fully.

    Unfortunately I cannot unveil the layout until after May, after Tropica release this new plant...

    Thanks again.
     
  11. aaronnorth

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    Sooooo long to wait, whats the plant called or is that another secret :rolleyes:
     
  12. Garuf

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    It's a secret because it grows into a perfect bush, doesn't need trimming and makes the entire tank algae free as well as carpeting in low light. :twisted:

    I wish I knew what the plant was, I want something different for my nano :(
     
  13. Martin

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    lovely looking rocks! I think Peter Kirwan's scape on the homepage is going to inspire lots of members / visitors to UKaps. You guys are certainly setting the standards.
     
  14. vauxhallmark

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    Did that glassware fit the Eden 501 no problem? Could you tell us the pipe sizes? I thought the inlet was 12mm and the outlet 9mm - and the Eden 12 mm in and out - or have I got some of that wrong?

    Cheers
     
  15. TDI-line

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    Hopefully a red covering plant. :D
     
  16. Garuf

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    Red is so last year. :lol:
    It better be good or I'll be miffed at waiting for nothing.
     
  17. Dan Crawford

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    It's Tropica, it will be good. I don't think it'll sprout wings and fly but as far as aquatic plants go it'll be well worth it.
     
  18. George Farmer

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    Thanks everyone. I'm sure Tropica will be happy to see the anticipation and hope you won't be disappointed...

    Hi Mark

    The fittings on the Eden 501 are both 9mm and supplied with 9mm hose.

    The inlet is 12mm with 9mm internal diameter so I will use a small length of clear 12mm hose to act as a connector, one end slotted around the 9mm hose, the other around the 12mm inlet.

    That sounds complicated when I read it back so I'll take a photo when I get around to fitting the filter.

    The filter itself is maturing in my chocolate gourami biotope, as we speak.
     
  19. aaronnorth

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    Can you buy the plant or pre-order it or at least get a preview of requirements etc?
     
  20. George Farmer

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    Nope. Patience, my friend...
     

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