Dan's Little Mountain replacement

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  1. Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford Founder Staff Member

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    Hi guys, well, Little Mountain has been going strong for nearly 2 years now. It's gone through many changes but the basics have not altered. I've practiced using stems in a nano and found out that it works very well but it's pretty hard work, i've played around with dosing, CO2 and none CO2, lighting and all sorts. It's been a great learning curve and put me in good stead for future nanos. Unfortunately this tank is no more, on my weekly water change last month i slipped with the bucket and the falling water piled into the substrate (fine AS) and made a terrific mess. The amonia spike was massive and the dust that came up from it was unbelievable. For weeks now i've been trying to rid the tank of the dust, in one attempt i did four 50% water changes, this coupled with the amonia and general poor conditions lost me a good few crystal reds. Even using loads of filter floss the dust was sitting on the leaves of all my plants and seemed to be hindering their growth, especially the M. mezianum. With all this in mind and an endless battle which i was forever loosing I decided to rescape. With a lot of help form our very own nano master, Graeme Edwards we got to work and here is the result...
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    Stats:
    Tank: 30 x 20 x 20
    Lighting: 11w ArcPod
    Substrate: Tropica Aqua Care, ADA AquaSoil, ADA Aquasoil Fine, ADA Bright Sand and Unipac Senagall Sand.
    Hardscape: Unipac Fossilised Wood, locally collected wood.
    Ferts: ADA Brightly Step 2, ADA Special Lights, ADA Phyton Git.
    FIltration: Fluval 105 with Cal Aqua pipe work.
    Plant list to follow.

    Any thoughts and critiques welcome.

    Cheers, Dan.
     
  2. George Farmer

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    Oh my goodness! That hardscape is brilliant - really, really nice.

    The end of an era and the re-birth of a new one.

    Nice one.
     
  3. Dan Crawford

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    Thanks mate, i'm glad you like it.
    Indeed.

    Just another thought, aquascaping with two people is so much easier, ideas were bouncing all over the place! often i find that when your on your own you almost get tunnel vision "this is what i'm doing and i'm sticking with it" when theres someone else saying "well what about this" the tunnel finishes and and your on the motorway with loads of different lanes of ideas. Thats how i see it anyway :D
     
  4. LondonDragon

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    Hardscape looks very good indeed, just curious to see what you plan to plant on it as the hardscape looks low and plants might cover it quickly, I will keep an eye on this ;) Congrats
     
  5. Dan Crawford

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    Yeah, there's going to be very few plants in it i think, HC, E. parvula, E. tennelus and some stems, R. wallichii or M. mezianum I think, we'll see.
     
  6. Thomas McMillan

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    That hardscape is top class, Dann(and Graeme!)! I can't wait to see this one planted.
     
  7. YzemaN

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    Wow! Top grades on the hardscape. I like the attention to detail in this one (the way the twigs seem to come out of natural cracks in the rock, the small pebble to the far left etc.) but it looks like it might be very high maintenance to keep it from being overwhelmed. Definitely one to watch!
     
  8. Dan Crawford

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    Thanks mate!
    I'll give Graeme the credit for the attention to detail, thats one of his major strong points ;)
    Agreed, it'll be a tough one!
     
  9. Joecoral

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    That truly is excellent hardscaping there Dan, hats off to the two of you.
    Really looking forward to see how this turns out
     
  10. Steve Smith

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    Beatiful mate! should be a little cracker!
     
  11. Aeropars

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    Awsome stuff!! fancy scaping my tank?! :D
     
  12. Dan Crawford

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    Thanks guys :D
    Dunno about doing it for you but i'd be happy to give you a hand if/when you do a rescape.
     
  13. Aeropars

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    Haha, i was only kidding mate. I've just made a load of changes and got a right telling off from the missus because of the money I wasted when i bought that awful Juwel background. More tank stuff is going to heve to wait a little i think :)
     
  14. Dan Crawford

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    Been there pal :rolleyes:
     
  15. Steve Smith

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    Hehe, you can help me with my rio 180 idea I have if you like mate ;)
     
  16. Superman

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    Looks brill, it'll be interesting to see how you plant it.

    Please could you explain which sand is which?
     
  17. Dan Crawford

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    Cheers mate, the ADA Bright Sand is the light stuff at the front and left and the rest is Unipac's Sennagal.
     
  18. Dan Crawford

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    Give me a nod mate and if i can make it i will :D
     
  19. JamesM

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    Nice 8)
     
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    Very nice guys 8) Another journal bookmarked :D
     

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