60cm/54litre - 'Windelov Sunset'

Discussion in 'Journals' started by nry, 15 Apr 2009.

  1. nry

    nry Member

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    Moving on from my previous journal:

    viewtopic.php?f=35&t=438

    I figured this was time to change things, with luck for the better!

    Tank details:

    60x30x30cm Juwel Rekord60 with internal filter removed
    Original Juwel hood stripped and fitted with 2x15w T8's = 2wpg
    D-D Pressurised CO2 with (currently) Jaqno external reactor
    TetraTec EX600 external filter
    eBay glass lily pipe set
    Tropica Substrate topped with Hagen Black River Sand
    'Vine root' wood and 'black' pebble decor
    EI fertilisation:

    Powders pre-mixed with water (all dosed on same days):

    KN03 10ml 3 times per week
    KP04 5ml 3 times per week
    Tropica PN for trace 2ml 3 times per week
    50% water change weekly

    Fish:

    7 x Rasbora maculatus
    7 x Pygmy corydoras
    Millions of mixed shrimp

    Planting:

    Tropica Windelov fern
    Tropica Rotalla Wallachii
    Tropica Crypt Wendtii green and brown
    AquaFleur Anubias 'Bonsai'
    Tropica HC
    Tropica Hair Grass

    Piccy time after tonights planting hence the slight mistiness (50% water change done after planting):

    15apr2009.jpg

    Over time, as the new plants grow in, I am planning to either remove or re-plant (in a different location perhaps) the HC, possibly removing all the hair grass (of which there isn't much anyhow). There was enough anubias to split into 6 plantlets, so 3 of these are tied to the vine root and will hopefully grow up and along each 'arm', with the other 3 tied to rocks and placed on the substrate between the crypts and rocks. I'm hoping to get a group of oto's again as my last group died off over the past few months. Once the wallichii has settled in I'll give it a good prune and replant some of the longer stems back in the substrate.

    Comments welcome, constructive or otherwise :)
     
  2. a1Matt

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    How do you find the maculata and corydoras are with the shrimp? Being 'ickle little things do they eat any of the shrimplets? Do the shrimp hide from them at all?

    I am rubbish at visualising how things will look when they grow in, will be interesting to see how much your pebbles stand out\dissapear over time. Nice start :)
     
  3. nry

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    I'd not be surprised if the teeny baby shrimps get eaten, but the shrimp breed so much there's a never ending supply of them anyhow. The fish pretty much tolerate the shrimp though I don't think the cory's like them too much, probably because they always compete for food at ground level.
     
  4. Thomas McMillan

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    It looks a lot bigger than it actually is - well done! ;)
     
  5. TDI-line

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    Nice scape Nry, and good name too. :D
     
  6. oatfish

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    I love the moss draping over the wood, it gives a nice feel and balance to it :D
     
  7. Steve Smith

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    Nice mate :) Give that moss a good trim, it'll come back nice and compact, although it does have that feeling of lichen hanging from branches in the forest!
     
  8. nry

    nry Member

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    I've never trimmed the moss correctly tbh, I assume I just cut it back with scissors and let it grow back? I normally just rip handfuls out...
     
  9. Steve Smith

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    Yeah, if you actually trim it, it comes back more compact. I learnt that from the moss master, Graeme Edwards :lol:
     
  10. nry

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    I'll give it a good cut at the next water change then :) Might as well use the aquarium scissors I bought donkey's years ago!
     
  11. nry

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    I also need to do a little work on the lighting in the hood - the rear light sits too far into the tank and doesn't light up the back 2 or 3 inches of water hence the darkness a the top of the rotalla - shouldn't take much doing and should stop it growing 'forward' overly much.
     
  12. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Member

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    You could DIY 2 18w lights onto that tank I reckon. I had a single 18w on my 60cm some time back, using a lengh of guttering and fixtures.
     
  13. nry

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    I've got 2 15w tubes in there now, but the back one sits too far forward, I need to butcher the hood a bit more to shift it back further.

    2wpg is more than enough :)
     
  14. nry

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    A piccy from tonight now the mistiness has settled. I've also finally sorted the lighting out by ripping more of the Juwel hood to bits so I can out the 'rear' light tube at the rear of the hood so the whole substrate is lit much more evenly. It's quite an obvious change for me but might not show so well in the picture - very happy with it though :)

    17apr2009.jpg
     
  15. john starkey

    john starkey Member

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    Hi nry,
    well its certainly a change from the old scape,but its got loads of potential,

    regards john.
     
  16. nry

    nry Member

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    Cheers John :)

    The potential is there, I just have to get the planting right this time - I find it easy to play around with hardscape but I struggle with the planting side of things, with luck UKAPS members can help me make the most of its potential this time around :)
     
  17. Superman

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    The arrangement around the rocks and wood is nice.
    Are you going to put anything along the back?
     
  18. nry

    nry Member

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    I'm aiming for an offset mound style 'scape if I can pull it off. Once the r.wallichii settles in I'll give it a good trim and replant the cut stems to help thicken it out - should be better now I have the rear light tube placed directly over it now too.

    The larger crypt. wendtii should grow it's leaves much different once the old leaves die off so they'll be a bit closer to the substrate, and hopefully I will add in some crypt. parva in the next few weeks around the base of the mound to give a bit of ground cover. I'm not planning on any specific carpetting plant at the moment, I'll probably strip the HC and hairgrass out once the new plants have taken hold better. To that end I might also end up removing the rocks to the left of the tank but I'll see, the c.parva might look good extended over to the right around those rocks a bit.
     
  19. Superman

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    It'd look perfect between the main set of the rocks and the small set on the right. Give it room to create the perfect bunched look.
     
  20. nry

    nry Member

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    Pretty much what I was thinking :) Some of the wendtii is in the wrong place at the moment too but that was planted before I figured parva would be a better choice for some areas.
     

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