Caridina Dreaming - Hardscape Finalised

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  1. Arana

    Arana Member

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    And so it begins again...

    After another visit to @Aquarium Gardens today i have purchased a new AG 45cm that will become first and foremost a scape but also a dedicated Caridina tank.

    I think i have everything i need to start, minus the plants, so i will start to work on the hard scape this week.
    This one will be a bit of a slow burner so bare with me.

    More to come soon...


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  2. Deano3

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    Looking forward to folowing this one mate

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  3. Jayefc1

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    There tanks are nice
    Is that the twin star 450e
    I've been waiting for the 450s to come back in for my 45p
    Glad to see you have MTS too lol
     
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  4. Arana

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    Yes is it the 450e mate :thumbup:

    MTS Anonymous for us then mate :lol:
     
  5. Arana

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    Here is the full kit list...

    Tank:
    Optiwhite 45 @Aquarium Gardens 45x27x30cm

    Light
    Twinstar 450E

    Filter

    Oase BioMaster Thermo 250 Aquarium External Filter with added Neo Media Pure and Soft

    Glassware
    Blau Glass Inflow & Outflow 13mm

    Substrate
    ProdiBio AquaShrimp Powder and Neo Soil mix

    Hardscape
    Black Lava Rock
    Gnarled Manzanita Wood

    My plan is to attempt to run this without CO2, but i reserve the right to bottle out and add CO2 at the first sign of struggling plants. ;)
     
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    Did fillipe have a influence on your choice for the black lava rock lol
     
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    It's not an addiction if you can say it out loud
    Haha
    I HAVE MULTI TANK SYNDROME lol
     
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  8. Arana

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    No someone much more influential, the misses! She wanted it in the other tank but I bravely overruled her :)

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    Ohhh wow you are brave as I'm guessing she holds the purse strings like mine does lol
     
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  10. Arana

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    Forgot to add to the Hardware list that i also purchased a RO\DI unit as this will be a soft water tank for the Caridina.
     
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    I have managed to find time to add some frosting to the back, trim the mat and now i am leak testing. I did warn you it was going to be a slow burner ;)

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  12. Arana

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    Starting to play with hardscape now, currently looks nothing like what myself and Steve came up with @Aquarium Gardens :lol:

    just the fist draft and still playing with ideas.

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    That left Roots pointing in the right direction looks out of place , otherwise nice start :)
     
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  14. alto

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    Love that sinuous wood
     
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  15. Arana

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    Agreed Cookie, here is a slight tweak which is a bit better i think, i will need to live with it for a day or so and try a few other ideas.

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    I vote for the first - prefer the tension from that R pointing left most wood, it also provides depth as closest curve is bigger and then dwindling in distance (supporting the back right wood)

    Of course CooKieS does better tanks than me :cool:
    :D
     
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    I can't open this thread without signing California Dreaming in my head, always good when your journal has a soundtrack to go with it

    Can you angle the bit of wood in question anticlockwise a bit more in the first layout? 2nd layout it just looks a bit put of place but I'm loving the rest of it, really interesting pieces and nice layout!
     
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  18. alto

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    :happy:

    I managed to read the topic as that several times
     
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  19. Arana

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    Couldn't Resist :)


    All the leaves are green
    And the Rotala is red
    I've done a large trim
    On a water change day
    I'd be safe and warm
    If I was in a LFS
    Caridina dreamin'
    On a water change day

    Stopped into Aquarium Gardens
    As I passed along the way
    Well, I got down on my knees
    And I begin to pay
    You know i like to plant bold
    Dave knows I'm gonna pay
    Caridina dreamin'
    On a water change day


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    Now you just have to record it and sell on ukaps!
     

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