Comp_Nov09: Fern Vale

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  1. Tony Swinney

    Tony Swinney Member

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    Name: Tony

    Tank Dimensions (Height/Width/Depth): 25 x 11 x 10 cm

    Aquascape Name: Fern Vale

    Hardscape/Materials used: Malaya Powder, Sarawak Sand, Seiryu Stone, Manzanita Wood

    Plants: Fissidens Fotanus, Peacock Moss, Lilaeopsis Novea-Zealandia

    Fertilisation: All-In-One Ferts daily, Excel daily, 50% w/c daily

    About the aquascape: I had the glass cut at a local glaziers (optiwhite front and back) for £12, then glued it with some left over aquarium silicon I had. The substrate, was left over from my main optiwhite tank, and the hardscape is from my 'stash' of rocks and woods. The Fissidens and Peacock Moss are both cuttings from my discus tank, and I bought the Lilaeopsis from the local MAq for £2.95 :)

    It will sit on its plinth (an offcut of kitchen worktop) on the shelf in my office, under one of my 35w desk lamps.

    Having filled it with water, the fissidens looks a bit thin on the branch - as its such a slow grower I may add some more to it this week.

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  2. Lozbug

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    Thats awesome.
     
  3. samc

    samc Member

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    thats gonna be a beauty tony. :D
     
  4. elanmak

    elanmak Newly Registered

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    that is very nice.
    small is beautiful.
    all these picos are delightful.
     
  5. Jase

    Jase Member

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    Oh dear God, that's a beauty
     
  6. AdAndrews

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    Jesus, i dont stand a chance :lol: well done :clap:
     
  7. Graeme Edwards

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    It even has a plynth.......sweet! :thumbup:
     
  8. Steve Smith

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    Nicely done Tony! The bar has been raised yet again! There's some quality picos entered and I reckon it's going to be a hard choice when these are judged!
     
  9. Tony Swinney

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    Thanks all. I've found another little branch i might "fissidens up" and add :D

    Christ, youve gotta have a plinth Graeme 8)

    Tony
     
  10. Gill

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    Wow that is amazing
     
  11. James Marshall

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    Nice one Tony, It looks more like 60cm than 25cm, excellent illusion of space :thumbup:
    Great quality build on the tank as well.

    Cheers,
    James
     
  12. TBRO

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    That is sweet Tony, what a desk top accessory! Wish I could keep mine on the desk but my cats would drink it :lol:
     
  13. Marco Aukes

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    Very well done to create such a sense of "greatness" in such a small tank.
     
  14. Stu Worrall

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    Gonna be a stunner Tony :) Like the planting list and the moss tree idea. I also like the tank in that its a very different panoramic pico!
     
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    That's very cool ! Love the whole scale of it, if you didn't know you would think it was a lot bigger! :thumbup:
     
  16. Tony Swinney

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    Well, I cant say the tank has been too successful or changed much in the past 4 weeks !!!

    That said the fissidens are starting to show new growth now, and the lileopsis is growing very slowly. A lowly snail that I spotted in there after a couple of days has grown the most :lol:

    I'm travelling tomorrow so thought I'd post a couple of quick pics now. I'll be keeping this going to see how it develops

    Cheers

    Tony
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  17. TBRO

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    Great photography Tony, moss has definatley grown.
     
  18. vauxhallmark

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    I know what you mean --->
     
  19. James Marshall

    James Marshall Member

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    Excellent photos Tony.
    The plants look really healthy even if they have not grown a huge amount, i'd say that's successful, especially in a pico with no filter or CO2 :D.

    Cheers,
    James
     
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