Aquacube 8lt scape. Woodland glade.Update 8 DEC 08!

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Graeme Edwards, 22 Nov 2007.

  1. Graeme Edwards

    Graeme Edwards Founder Staff Member

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    Hi guys,

    I though it was about time i put my hand to another pico.
    Some basic stuff-
    Filter-HOB60
    Lighting- 11W florescent, its actual the lighting that came with the free PFK cube.
    Heater- Newattino plus 10W
    Substrate- Tropica plant nutrition and black fine gravel over the top.
    Hardscape- Dead and pree soaked heather wood, its that dead and pree soaked, it sinks. Rock are some kind of light porous lava rock.
    Ferts- Tropica plant nutrition+ and Easy life carbon.

    Heres the hard scape.
    This image shows the basic composition im after. You would call it a mound or central composition. The yellow line is shows you that im unhappy with the angle of the rock, the line is the angle i would like to achieve. I want to create a free flow of space around the cluster of branches.

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    This image shows how i would like it to appear after some decent growth.

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    The reddish area is hopefully going to be something like Ludwigia arcuata , or Rotala wallichii , basically i want some red in there at that focal point.
    The rocks will be covered with fissidins moss as well as parts of the branches.
    The grass will be Eleocharis parvula , if i can get it. If not something very similar.
    Hemianthus callitrichoides ''Cuba'' is the for ground plant.
    And some of the stem plants, probably no more than 3 species will be something like Hemianthus micranthemoides ,Didiplis diandra ,something along those lines, depends on what i can order.

    So there you have it.

    Cheers,
    Graeme.
     
  2. Veey nice plan. Looks like another stunning pico! I would go for the wallichii as the red plant rather than arcuata personally because of the size of the tank.

    Tom
     
  3. Arana

    Arana Member

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    Wow that's a great start :D Makes me wanna buy a cube to play with!

    Looking forward to seeing the updates on this one :D
     
  4. Themuleous

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    Nice wood, not sure if the rocks are not a bit to big for a tank of that size? Same goes for the wood to a lesser extent.

    Sam
     
  5. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    Sweeeeet...

    I'm with Tom on the R. wallichi over L. arcuata. Arcuata may overwhelm as the leaves can span well over 2" in total.

    I think the wood and rocks are perfect size and compostion.

    Looking forward to seeing this one progress.
     
  6. planter

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    Hi Graeme,

    Good to see you having another go!

    The wood looks great although im not sure about the rock position, the middle one seems too central IMO (but what do i know?).

    Look forward to following this one .

    The hagen sand looks really nice too.
     
  7. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

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    Just me then...
     
  8. CJ Castle

    CJ Castle Newly Registered

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    Nice... Looking forward to planting...
     
  9. Graeme Edwards

    Graeme Edwards Founder Staff Member

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    Bit of an update.

    This is a shockingly bad picture of the cube, its about 3 weeks after planting now. Grow is steady but slow. There is some thread algae in there at the mo, i could do with some shrimp to sort that out. Dosing the easy life carbon each day at 0.5ml and Tropica+ at 0.2ml every other day. Water changes are 2-3 times a week.
    I need to get some more plants in there, mainly hair grass,id like to add a tiny amount of riccia, see how it fairs with the liquid carbon.
    Ill take more time with the pics, when it has developed better, just a teaser really.

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    Cheers.

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  10. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    Sweet mate.

    Interesting B+W shot.
     
  11. Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford Founder Staff Member

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    i love it, that fissidens (sp?) is the business. A worthy scape to it's more than worthy predecessor.
     
  12. Dave Spencer

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    It`s your attention to detail I really like, Graeme. Things like little tufts of hairgrass that are just about noticeable, and the spindly wood that is perfect proportion to the size of the tank. The way the branches get noticeably thinner as they reach the water`s surface works really well, also.

    It must be a real pain lugging those 1l jugs around the house at water change time!

    Dave.
     
  13. Graeme Edwards

    Graeme Edwards Founder Staff Member

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    A bit of an update chaps and chapess.

    Im not going to reveal all just yet. Im really happy with its progress.
    To remind you all. Im using easy life carbon at 0.6ml per day and Tropica Nutrition+ at 0.2ml every other day.
    Ive now added 6 cherry shrimp which are doing very well, one is even carrying eggs. They are doing a great job on keeping my plants tended to and give the cube some extra interest and movement. Ive also added some pogostemon helferi and some rotala nanjenshan. The shrimps and the quality Tropica plants came from The Green Machine. They are getting in some micro rasbora, maculata, so ill have a think about adding some of them.
    The plants don't pearl, but they are doing very well, if a little slow. I only have the lights on for around 7 hours, maybe i should bump that up abit.

    Heres some pics.

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    Cheers.
     
  14. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

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    Looks good, but only one photo is working?

    Sam
     
  15. Graeme Edwards

    Graeme Edwards Founder Staff Member

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    Thats weird, they were working the other day. Must be something on Image shack.

    Shame!
     
  16. Ray

    Ray Member

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    Please do fix the photo's - I can only see the 3rd one down and from that I suspect you are a genius - its stunning! 3 more should confirm my suspicions...

    Makes me tempted to stick one on my desk at work, very calming during nightmare conference calls... I wonder if the facilities people would find it against health and safety or something?
     
  17. Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford Founder Staff Member

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    come on mate, let's have a propper look!
     
  18. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    Oooo, very nice mate.

    I don't blame you for holding back on a full tank shot... ;)
     
  19. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Wow Gareme, you are truly the zen meister. Every petal looks perfectly positioned and perfectly sized/placed. We are not worthy...

    Cheers,
     
  20. TDI-line

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    Nice work Van-Goth.

    Another masterpiece in the making.
     

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