Dark Land (300l) - Now with FTS of the first days.

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  1. Pedro Rosa

    Pedro Rosa Member

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    DARK LAND (300l)

    SETUP

    Aquarium 120x50x50cm

    Date: 12/1/2015 a 1/2/2015

    Filter:
    Eheim Professionel 3
    DoAqua Violet Glass Outflow 17 mm (Lilly Pipe)
    DoAqua Violet Glass Inflow 17 mm (Lilly Pipe)

    Heating:
    Eheim Jager 200 w

    CO2
    TMC 567g Pressurized, Solenoid Valve
    TMC Aquagrow Difuser

    Lights
    Aquaeden Mas-Was Leds (4x30w) (a partir do 8º dia)

    Substrate
    Aquasoil, Power Sand, Penac P, Penac W, Tourballime

    Hardscape
    ~70 Kg Black Ryou Stone
    ~1 Kg basal gravel
    ~1 Kg schist gravel
    Wood caught on nature 9 months before

    Plants:
    Hemianthus callitrichoides ('Cuba')
    Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo'
    Eleocharis acicularis 'Mini'
    Echinodorus tenellus 'Green'
    Taxiphyllum 'Spiky'
    Bucelhalandra Mini Chatherine
    Bucelhalandra Brownie Metallica
    Bucelhalandra Black Velvet
    Plagiochila Integerrima
    Amblystegiaceae Manaus “Queen Moss”

    Description:
    This is one more aquarium that gave me a great headache. Difficult to get the hardscape like i wanted and not an easy one to maintain.
    I like the left side very much since the beginning. The right side it needs to grow…

    Lots of dark stones and black gravel gives the name to the aquarium.
    Hardscape have a large impact on the full setup.

    I’m not using stem plants but i’m testing one plant from Wabi-Kuza II (can be viewed on the Journals) at the back.

    Fertilisation since the end of first week. Two 50% partial water changes per week.

    My filter have 2x Bio Rio and 1x Equo Stilla.

    Lights are great: the new Aquaeden leds! Will put some photos in the near future.

    At the 8º day i put 20 Amano Shrimps.
    At the 17º day diatoms appeared.

    Some tests (17/2):
    PH: 6,5
    KH: 8
    GH: 10
    NO3: 5 mg/l
    NO2: 0,5mg/l
    Fe: 0,5 mg/l
    PO4: 0,03 mg/l
    NH4/NH3: 0,5 Mg/l


    Pictures:

    And now for some detailed photos. Some full photos and a step-by-step video in the future.

    2015.01.17:
    With some help :)

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    2015.01.18:

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    2015.01.19:

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    2015.01.25:

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    2015.01.30:

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    2015.01.31:

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    2015.02.01:

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    2015.02.08:

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    2015.02.15:

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    2015.02.18:

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    2015.02.19:

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    2015.02.22:

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    Hope you enjoy the pictures.
     
  2. ADA

    ADA Member

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    Looks fantastic, any chance of a FTS?
     
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  3. JamieB

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    Your scapes never cease to amaze me Pedro, I am in awe every time I see them. Your tanks have been a constant source of inspiration for myself. Hope to see a full tank shot soon!
     
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  4. roadmaster

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    Would just about fly over and pick you up to come here to U.S. and attach some moss to some wood for me (look's great)
    But my arm's are too sore from shoveling snow.
    My own attempt's at attaching moss have been well,,, much less attractive.
     
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  5. Pedro Rosa

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    Thanks guys.

    :D it's much more dificult if moss is tied with wood in place (like i've done it). It you tied it outside it'll be much easier... Good luck, no intention of going to the States on the next months :p
     
  6. nduli

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    Pedro, great photography lovely teasers but with ada on this one need the fts.
    Ps nice looking moss by the way.
     
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  7. Dantrasy

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    First class all the way, subscribed.
     
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  8. limz_777

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    would that wood rot in the tank ?
     
  9. allan angus

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    another stunner pedro id like to see full tank photo as well :)
     
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  10. Robert H. Tavera

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    And the embers?
     
  11. Pedro Rosa

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    Hopefully no, let's wait and see. I have it on the other one (Lost Nature) for more then two months with no problem, but it's still early. However my layout doesn't go behind 9 months, so...

    Embers went back to the store. I'll get a new school of fish in the next 2 or 3 weeks.

    Pedro.
     
  12. limz_777

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    I see, that wood sure looks good
     
  13. Robert H. Tavera

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    :arghh: .

    let's wait, for sure you'll choose a nice school :thumbup:
     
  14. Alexander Belchenko

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    Can you tell more about headache from this tank and why it's hard to maintain? Too much wood everywhere?
     
  15. Pedro Rosa

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    Hi Alex, it was difficult to put and glue together all the stones on the right side (not visible on the pictures) and the disposition of the wood at the left side so that it could make some sense and a good depth.
    Now the headache is, like you say, wood everywhere :) But going well.
    Many diatoms at this time.
     
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  16. Pedro Rosa

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    Day 36, five weeks.

    Cuba is growing very well, like i thought it would.
    Spiky is attaching very well to the wood.
    Monte Carlo is also growing very well on rocks.

    Lets wait and see what the next two months will be :)

    Some photos...

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  17. banthaman.jm

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    Really liking you tank, I agree with ADA some fts would be great...
     
  18. Pedro Rosa

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    Team Aquaeden is preparing a Workshop on Aquarium Photography. Meanwhile here are some macro shots from this aquarium ;)

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  19. ADA

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    That moss is looking awesome
     
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  20. george dicker

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    looking forward to this one
     
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