Forest’s Edge (60 litre) a retrospective journal - IAPLC 2013 #158

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  1. James Marshall

    James Marshall Member

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    Forest’s Edge (60 litre) - IAPLC 2013 #158

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    Tank: 60 x 30 x 36 cm
    Volume: 60 litres
    Hardscape: Redmoor Root, Cornish forest stone
    Plants: Hemianthus callitrichoides, Eleocharis parvula, Staurogyne repens, Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, Microsorium pteropus ‘dwarf’, Anubias nana ‘petite’, Hemianthus micranthemoides, Vesicularia dubyana ‘christmas’, Vesicularia ferriei ‘weeping’
    Animals: Hyphessobrycon eques, Cardinia japonica
    Lights:ADA solar 2 (2 x 36W Power Compact Fluorescent) & 24W T5 backlight
    Ferts:ADA Brighty K, ADA Brighty Step 2, ADA Green Gain, ADA Phyton Git
    CO2: 2 bubbles per second
    Substrate:ADA Power Sand Special S; ADA Aqua Soil Africana
    Filter: Eheim pro 3e
    Water change: 60% once a week.

    1 week
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    The system was mature and stable when I started this scape, and began with just a few plants from the previous scape, whilst awaiting a delivery from Tropica. 20 cherry shrimps kept the low plant mass clean for the first week.

    2 weeks
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    The rest of the plants arrived and I planted them with the tank almost full.

    3 weeks
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    All plants are growing well, but started to get some staghorn algae on the wood, I spent 10 mins a day removing it with tweezers. Although they don’t eat staghorn algae I added 10 amano shrimps to keep the tank a bit cleaner in general.

    4 weeks
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    Plants still growing well and the staghorn, although still present, is starting to subside, I think perhaps the brand new wood needed to mature a bit. The HC and E parvula had their first proper prune.

    There’s a bit of a gap in the photos here as I was away on holiday. Although the tank was left unfertilised for a period of 10 days the plants suffered no reduction in growth rates, thank you Aquasoil.

    7 weeks
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    As the scape was starting to fill in and I had no real algae issues I added 10 Serpae Tetras.

    8 weeks
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    All plants except the moss get pruned to various extents.

    9 weeks
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    10 weeks
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    A selective pruning of the moss was done.

    11 weeks
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    Lily pipes removed for final shot.
     
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  2. flygja

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    Superbly done James! The growth rate was quite astounding. Congratulations on your placing in the IAPLC!
     
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  3. Gary Nelson

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    Very nice indeed James, the sense of scale is superb! The fish look fantastic too and compliment it very nicely. Big congratulations in your place in IAPLC as well... Really well done :)
     
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  4. Lee Sweeting

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    Very nice, congrats for placing in the IAPLC.
     
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  5. tomh

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    A stunning tank, also I love the Eques Tetras I have some and they really set off the greens of the plants
     
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  6. Andy D

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    Great result and great looking tank!
     
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  7. hydrophyte

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    That is wonderful!
     
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  8. Curvball

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    Nicely done Marshall.


    Posted from the comfort of my iPhone...
     
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  9. aliclarke86

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    Extremely nice yet again.

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  10. LondonDragon

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    Nice to see a journal of this one :) great tank James :) congrats on the placement too
     
  11. Deano3

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    Wow excellent scape and growth was amazing how were you injecting co2 ? Inline diffuser on inlet or outlet ?

    Thanks for sharing dean
     

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