Autumn Sunrise (9th place in Nano category AAC 2009)

Discussion in 'Planted Tank Gallery' started by James Marshall, 23 Jun 2009.

  1. James Marshall

    James Marshall Member

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    Hello fellow aquascapers

    This is my contest scape, it is the first time i have entered a contest, so I am very pleased to have placed 9th in category. The idea behind this scape was maintainability, so i chose plants that could be easily pruned and would recover quickly thereafter. My inspiration came from watching the sun rise on the Dorset coast one autumn morning.

    Aquascape title : Autumn Sunrise
    Tank volume (liter) : 21 liters
    Tank size (Length x width x height) : 36 x 22 x 26 cm

    Plants :
    Riccia fluitans, Rotala rotundifolia

    Lightning :
    Two 24 Watt cool white power compacts (over tank)
    One 7 Watt warm white tulip bulb (backlight
    For 10 hours per day

    Fish & Invertebrates :
    Nannostomus Beckfordi

    Fertilization, CO2, Substrate :
    Fertilization:
    3/4ml Tropica plant nutrition+ and 3/4ml Tropica plant nutrition per day
    CO2: One bubble per second for 11 hours per day
    Substrate: Eco Complete and GEOsystems sand

    Regards James
     
  2. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Wow, lovely, clean scape and brilliant interpretation. Congratulations and well earned mate. Thanks for sharing! :D I like the backlighting effect for the sunrise. What is the Riccia mounted on?

    Cheers,
     
  3. James Marshall

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    Thanks for your comments, they are much appreciated.
    To answer your question about the Riccia, it is tied directly on to the metamorphic rocks with fishing line, however it was necessary to chisel small grooves in the rocks to hook the fishing line around, so that none of it was running over the bare parts of the rock.
     
  4. a1Matt

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    Even without the well deserved competition result, I'd be chuffed to bits to have achieved a scape like that. It really does evoke an autumn sunrise feeling.
     
  5. TDI-line

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    Lovely scape James, and congratulations on 9th place.
     
  6. Steve Smith

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    Great tank James :) I'm interested in the light unit. Is it custom made?
     
  7. Cyworld

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    Good GOD!
    Nice tank, Incredibly clean looking.
    :D
     
  8. Mark Evans

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    wonderfully crisp and clean. a pretty quickly completed scape i'd guess?
     
  9. James Marshall

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    Thank you all very much for your kind comments.

    SteveUK - the lighting is DIY, however I am a workshop technician with access to a fair bit of manufacturing equipment.

    Mark - although the tank looked fairly good after only a couple of weeks, one of the main ideas behind this scape was long-term and easy maintainability. The pictures you see here were taken at two months old and the scape continued to mature for a further two months, at which point I got bored and rescaped. Can post some pictures at four months if you're interested.

    Cheers James
     
  10. Mark Evans

    Mark Evans Expert

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    go for it ,mate! :D
     
  11. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    Hi James,

    Welcome to UKAPS and congratulations on your 9th place! It's a very impressive layout :D

    Thanks for sharing and I hope to see you around the forums in the future.
     
  12. LondonDragon

    LondonDragon Administrator Staff Member

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    Welcome aboard James, nice looking tank and congrats on the 9th place :)
    Now you need to start the new one for next year to better that ;)
     
  13. James Marshall

    James Marshall Member

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    Thanks for the compliments guys, they are much appreciated.

    George - congratulations on your placements, I thought your nano iwagumi was absolutely stunning.

    Paulo - I have a few ideas for next years contests, but I feel I may have peaked too early :D

    Here is a pic of the scape at about 4 months

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    Cheers James
     
  14. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    very nice scape James, congrats :)
     
  15. lljdma06

    lljdma06 Member

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    Beautiful tank. The Riccia looks so poofy. I love it. Congratulations on your placement.

    llj
     
  16. Themuleous

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    Nice one, lovely little tank :)

    Sam
     

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