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

14 May 2009

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





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

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

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

3 weeks

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

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

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

8 weeks

All plants except the moss get pruned to various extents.

9 weeks

10 weeks

A selective pruning of the moss was done.

11 weeks

Lily pipes removed for final shot.
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 :)
A stunning tank, also I love the Eques Tetras I have some and they really set off the greens of the plants
Wow excellent scape and growth was amazing how were you injecting co2 ? Inline diffuser on inlet or outlet ?

Thanks for sharing dean