Comp_Nov09: When you wish upon a star

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  1. amy4342

    amy4342 Member

    Name: Amy James (amy4342)

    Tank Dimensions (Height/Width/Depth): Hmmm, well, it's 12" high and the overall diameter is roughly 20cm. I worked out the volume of the tank by drawing the star on paper, working out the area by splitting it into triangles and then divided 2700 (2.7l in cubic cm's) by that number, giving me 12cm for the height.

    Aquascape Name: When you wish upon a star

    Hardscape/Materials used: Naturesoil, Fine Coral Sand, Sayuri Rock,

    Plants: Hemianthus Callitrichoides Cuba, Rotala Rountifolia, Echinodorus tennellus

    Fertilisation: Easy Carbo and EI dosing

    About the aquascape: I commisioned the acrylic star shaped base from a local glass and plastics shop which costed £12. I then cut the square bits from an old condensation lid, and I siliconed each side onto the star. The substrates and rock were leftover from previous scapes, and the plants are cuttings from other tanks.

    I love star shapes, and I thought this would be a very unique tank. I think the shape lends itself to the design I have planned. I actually like this tank so much I will probably keep it going after the competition has finished.

    This is the star with the substrate.


    I then added rocks in an iwagumi style. Apologies for the terrible picture.


    Unfortunately, it hasn't been planted yet because, as I was filling it up, it sprung a leak on one of the sides, so I've emptied it of water and re-siliconed it. I'll be planting it later, so I'll post pictures then.
  2. Mark Evans

    Mark Evans Expert

    newark notts.
    i don't care if you don't win this comp. for me you've already won it with your truly, original ideas.
  3. JamesM

    JamesM Member

    The BIG End, South Wales
    Damn girl, you're on fire with creativity :thumbup:
  4. amy4342

    amy4342 Member

    Omg, I'm blushing. And jumping around the room with joy! I'm really glad you guys like my scapes - I respect you guys loads and it means a lot to me that you like them. Also, loads of effort (and blood!!!) went into them, so positive comments makes it all worthwhile :D.
  5. aquaticmaniac

    aquaticmaniac Member

    Brilliant, Amy. Not only is it a unique tank, but the hardscape is ace :clap:
  6. Marco Aukes

    Marco Aukes Member

    Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
    Fully agreed!
  7. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Member

    Leamington Spa, UK.
    This is what this contest is all about. Creativity! Really glad you're thinking outside of the "box"! :lol:
  8. Simon D

    Simon D Member

    Big thumbs up from me too!

    Original and inspirational, well done Amy!
  9. James Marshall

    James Marshall Member

    As others have said this is very original indeed Amy.
    i love the hardscape, can't wait to see it planted :thumbup:

  10. amy4342

    amy4342 Member

    amy is in hospital at the moment so i promised to upload some extra pics she took. as soon as she is feeling well enough she will be back and will let you know what sort of plants etc that she used.
    hopefully i dont mess this up lol 8)
  11. elanmak

    elanmak Newly Registered

    You've put a whole different take on the pico project.
    Your ideas are very refreshing...I love them both :D
  12. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

    Flintshire, North Wales
    very innovative design that amy, nice small rock looks to scale too in your scape. Get well soon
  13. amy4342

    amy4342 Member

    Hi all

    Well, I'm back. And what a lot I have to catch up on - I'm sure I won't be bored! :D. Thanks ever so much for everyones well wishes, and for the comments left - I'm really chuffed!

    I'm glad to report that no harm has come to the tank whilst I've been away - it was set up Thursday and nothing has been done with it yet, I'll probably be able to start dosing tomorrow. The only light has been natural sunlight, and since it's situated in an alcove, it hasn't received much light, which is what I'd attribute the lack of algae to. In fact, it looks much the same as when I left it, so I'm really glad!

    Since I've been home, I've dissected two of my dads' submersible submarines and taken two of the propellers. I wonder how long it'll take him to notice :lol:! Whilst the one I took for 'VW Decay' was too powerfull, this one is good, maybe possibly slightly too weak - I'll try running it off two batteries tomorrow, but I think that might be too powerful. I'll start dosing with Easy Carbo and EI tomorrow, and I think the pump will help with that. I'm concerned that there's too little light for the cuba to really take off aswell, so I'll probably see if I've got a spare lamp laying about.

    Thanks again
  14. andyh

    andyh Member

    Just seen this for the first time!! Its wicked love the star shaped tank! Very unique! :thumbup: :text-+1:
  15. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

    Aston, Oxfordshire
    Thats proper awesome! Love it!!!!

    Sam :thumbup:
  16. amy4342

    amy4342 Member

    Ok peeps, here are the final photo's. Unfortunately, the tank developed a huge leak which accounts for the really ugly silicone at the back :(. Since it would only really leak badly when it was full, I didn't fill it, which meant the Rotala didn't grow to the top. It has grown tho - it's had two trims since I set it up. The Tennellus has not really done anything, but then it hasn't died either. The HC has spread quite nicely, but is going to need a trim soon since it's growing upwards rather than outwards in some places. I've also aquired some Ramshorn snails which I brought with the HC, which is kindof nice because it's like a little biological system. I'm loving this tank so much that I'm going to contact somebody and get a quote for an opti-white star shaped tank, bigger than this one, and I'm thinking maybe a small Eheim with an inline heater and some Crystal Black Shrimp.



  17. amy4342

    amy4342 Member

    Just wanted to post this as a final shot of the two tanks, which I've enjoyed hugely over the last few weeks (please excuse my manky dressing table :D)

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