Laputa - Tbro's Nano

Discussion in 'Journals' started by TBRO, 26 Jun 2009.

  1. TBRO

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    Hi everyone,
    Just started a new tank so I thought I'd give it a pretentious name - after my favourite anime film about a overgrown, flying castle. Silly names aside I wanted to do a nano for shrimp breeding and to try my hand at various mosses.

    I also wanted a really tall podium stand for my cube nano but couldn't find anything right, so taking a leaf out of samc's design I had a go at making a cabinet for the tank. It's not Louis xvi furniture but I like it.

    I used thick up rights just like sam and 12 mm MDF panels to tie it together.

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    This is it without paint, getting the door right was annoying to say the least!

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    I decided that the usual black or gray wasn't right in this room so I went for a pillar box red. The cabinet is 30 cm wide and just over a meter tall.

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    With the cabinet sorted, I got the hardscape in, decided to have a sand front rather than carpeting plants to the glass, used ADA xingu sand, looks very natural. I had some nice redmoore wood from TGM that I cut up to fit, some had been in my other tank with moss already maturing. I was inspired by one of Oli Knott's nanos with a big mossy stone so I found some nice welsh blue stone for the job. I have lots of small rocks and wood that can be easily removed to tie on new kinds of moss.

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    Unlike Oli Knott's tank I wanted some non-moss plant that I hadn't tried before - Glosso and Staurogynae sp. with blyxa behind the big rock. I only have Christmas, Flame and Stringy/Java moss but hope to try fissidens and star moss. This is just where my sanity was slipping from planting glosso plantlets :wideyed:

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    Here is the flooded scene with a fore ground close up.

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    Tank stats ;
    30 cm AE float glass cube
    Wave solaris 18 W light
    Fluval 105 external (just about fits in the cabinet)
    Sera CO2 kit

    Important things I learned - when building somthing write down your plan and remeber to count the thickness of the material when calculating, doh!

    Comments and Critisism welcome, enjoy Tom
     
  2. Nick16

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    wow awesome red!

    i cant wait to see how your glosso does. im currently trying to decide between a glosso or HC carpet for my nano. Excellent work though mate. :D
     
  3. samc

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    looks a great little nano mate

    glad i could inspire you :D
     
  4. Mark Evans

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    what a class little tank!

    great hard scape placement :D
     
  5. Jase

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    Love it, really starting to like nanos.

    No plans to stick some fish in too?
     
  6. JamesM

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    Loves it! :D

    Brilliant choice for the colour of the cabinet too :D
     
  7. TBRO

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    Thanks for the kind comments guys. I set it up just today and got really excited, can't wait to get some shrimp in there possibly some tiny R.brigatte aswell. I used media from a established filter to prime the new one to try and help with the ADA - ammonia spike, trying to hurry things along.

    If you've got time I can really reccomend having a go at making a cabinet, it was really satisfying and you get a custom unit. The colour was not purposefully patriotic but like James I do hail from west of TGM.

    Thanks, Tom
     
  8. Stu Worrall

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    thats a really nice tank and a cool podium youve made! The hardscape looks really natural how youve laid it out, gonna be a stunner and looking forward to seeing it grown in :D
     
  9. Steve Smith

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    That's a great setup mate! And loving the stand. I hope to give it a go someday, but not yet ;)
     
  10. TDI-line

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    Very nice TRBO, one of the best looking nano's i've seen, and cool colour unit.
     
  11. Themuleous

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    Really nice, Tom, really nice. What substrate are you using?

    Sam
     
  12. TBRO

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    Thanks for all the positive feedback guys :D .

    I've been on ebay and ordered some fissidens and star moss which is coming from Hong Kong but I guess moss will survive as long as it's wet. Quite pleased with the glosso, seemed like it was kind of going out of fashion but it's one that I've never tried before. I almost went nuts planting it, don't know how people do those big scapes with it.

    The substrate is ADA Malaya powder, I reasoned it would be easier to plant in - Wrong! The glosso actually seems easier to plant in coarser substrate in my big tank. The fluval inlet/outlet is a bit of an ugly blight on the tank, I think for better or worse some glass-ware needs to be saved up for.

    Will post more pics when some growth has occured, Thanks Tom
     
  13. Dan Crawford

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    That cabinet is quality stand, when i fist flicked through i thought it was the one from TGM but evidently you made it yourself, fair play!

    The 'scape is awesome too, nice work :D
     
  14. john starkey

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    Lovely nano the scape is well nice,when it fills in this will look really nice,

    John
     
  15. LondonDragon

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    Tank looks awsome, will look even better once that plants start to fill in :)
    Lets hope there ain't many spanish or portuguese users in the forum otherwise that tittle can be pretty offensive LOL
     
  16. Tony Swinney

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    Very nice TBRO, the cabinet looks very contemporary like that :D

    I really like the steep incline in the substrate too, it works very well in the nano.

    Tony
     
  17. TBRO

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    LOL :lol: just realised my linguistic fo-par, thanks for pointing that out Paulo! I didn't set out to insult any Spanish speaking folk was more inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's Film rather than the other thing. It also interestigly is the name of the floating island in Gulliver's Travels (as well as a curse word)

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    Tom
     
  18. TBRO

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    Just got the star moss and fissidens.splachnobryoides from aqua magic today. Wish I'd done more reading before parting with my cash, seems both these species don't grow well underwater :( I will try the star moss on the wood that breaks the surface. Will post some pictures next week, the glosso is growing but mostly up which is a bit annoying.

    T
     
  19. LondonDragon

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    I made the same mistake with the Fissidens, and that didn't survive in the tank, just fell apart in a few days. The star moss is another non aquatic plant, might do well at the surface though just depends how good it looks in the tank.
    Just prune back the glosso and it will grow new runners which should then grow across the substrate.
     
  20. Steve Smith

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    I bought some fissidens splachnobryoides before I realised it's non-aquatic. I've had it on my windowsill in a pot for months. Its grown a bit, but I've finally used it in a little emerged scape I made tonight :)
     

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