60cm - Espei's Escape (preview)

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  1. George Farmer

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    A quick snap of my 60cm before I tear it down ready for my new PFK biotope series.

    Full ADA substrate system and fert line. Tropica HC and hairgrass (3 and 1 pots respectively).

    Absolutely zero visible algae from day one.

    Look out for a full step-by-step in PFK in Oct or Nov issue.

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  2. Dave Spencer

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    I have always thought HC and E. parvula go well together. You certainly controlled the E. parvula well. I like the way it has been used in moderation around the base of the rocks and along the horizon. 8)

    Such a shame that you chose to ill treat your fish with this type of scape, George. ;)
     
  3. George Farmer

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    Thanks, Dave.

    Not much control required to be honest. Just a trim all over every week or so.

    The fish will be spoilt in their next layout... ;)
     
  4. john starkey

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    Hi George nice well nice I love the stone it looks impresive
    Regards john
     
  5. Dan Crawford

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    looks quality mate, super healthy!
     
  6. TDI-line

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    Great, again, George. :D

    I see your back to co2... ;)
     
  7. samc

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    like it george, its a nice easy scape to look at :D
     
  8. Graeme Edwards

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    Tearing it down? Its only been up five minuets :wideyed:
     
  9. elanmak

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    Patience. A tank has to grow and mature to look 'natural'.
    Were all looking forward to seeing some fresh ideas at TGM.
     
  10. George Farmer

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    Thanks mate!

    Thanks mate!

    Thanks mate!

    Yes, I am following the ADA system as closely as I can, so CO2 it is.

    Thanks mate!

    It is an easy 'scape to look at and was easy to create. I'll get no awards for innovation, that's for sure!

    3 months, actually. Hardly long-term, I know, but it's not the youngest 'scape I've torn down.

    As you may be aware, Graeme, I need the tank for PFK features, so needs must. I have my nano for long-term layouts.

    I'm aware of the need for patience, of course. I have done long-term 'scapes and am running one as we speak.

    Due to my role as an aquatic writer and photographer, however, I tend to create a larger proportion of shorter-term layouts as I am required to do so for various features, articles, blogs, photography etc.

    If I only stick to long-term stuff then I can see my learning curve being flattened, as I wish to try out new plant species, techniques etc.

    This is also why I'm excited about my new biotope series - new challenges.

    I look forward to seeing you at TGM soon, and we can discuss this in person over a nice cuppa and slice of cake! :D

    Thanks again, everyone.
     
  11. Mark Evans

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    it's a funny thing, time!

    if george had said this was 12 months old, we'd all be saying "yeah, time has really payed off here"

    what could possibly happen to this scape that hasn't already happened?......it's done in my book. :p

    RIP Espei's Escape 8) ....what does that mean George?
     
  12. George Farmer

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    It's interesting - when I judged the AGA contest last year with Amano etc. I scored long-term sustainable aquascapes very highly, if they were good compositions also.

    So even if I don't create many long-term 'scapes myself, I do appreciate them... If I didn't have external pressures then I'd likely do more of them myself.

    Espei's Escape? The fish are Trigonostigma espei. ;)
     
  13. Mark Evans

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    ahhhh, i see. :D
     
  14. LondonDragon

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    Awsome tank George, can't believe its only 3 months old, you sure now how to grow plants and great layout. Congrats and look forwsrd for my PFK issue to read all about this tank :)
     
  15. glenn

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    will the article be about this tank or a new set up in this tank?
     
  16. George Farmer

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    Thanks, Paulo!

    Hi Glenn

    The new biotope series will be on different layouts using this tank, starting in the August issue of PFK.

    This actual aquascape will be featured as a step-by-step in a few months.
     
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    Top notch george.
     
  18. vauxhallmark

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    Lovely picture - great grassy effect from the two plants!

    Are you going to post the full specs of the tank?

    Thanks,

    Mark
     
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    nice lawn :D
     
  20. Tony Swinney

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    Very nice George - I love the visual simplicity of it 8)

    Shame to tear it down, but itll be good to see whats next.

    Tony
     

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