Marks 120cm Bay Fronted Jungle "A 5 Year Work In Progress"

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  1. Arana

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    I decided to change the background in my 120cm a few weeks ago and replanted it all with Rotala, what with life getting in the way as usual it's now well past it's first pruning. So i thought i'd post some pre-prune pics and you can follow the progress as i try to turn it into some kind of scape over he next month or so. All comments and suggestions welcome of course :D It's probably going to take a few prunings to take shape so be patient :D

    :oops: Please excuse the photography, they are taken on my sons compact camera and i havn't quite got the hang of it yet, especially after a bottle of wine :p

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  2. Arana

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    PS i should be pruning tomorrow so i'll post more pics then :D
     
  3. TDI-line

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    Nice work Mark.

    What plants do you have btw?
     
  4. ceg4048

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    Hi Mark,
    Pretty nice so far. As you say, a haircut is in order. You could improve things by adding some hardscape across the midground, say, immediately behind or around the low growing bushes. Also, I love red, so I'd find a place for a red plant somewhere in the back or middle to offset the greens in the same way that the Crypt does that so nicely up front. :D

    Cheers,
     
  5. Moss Man

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    Very green and jungle like, it's pretty good.

    The thing I love about stems is their versatility, if you dont prune for a while you have a jungle, although just after pruning you have a neat dutch or nature aquarium scape. For now though, you can enjoy the jungle.
     
  6. Themuleous

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    Loved it when I saw in last weekend, but a good haircut is overdue ;) I wouldn't leave it to long as you don't want the bottoms of the stems to get to tatty.

    Sam
     
  7. Arana

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    What plants do you have btw?

    Here's the list mate, many others have come and gone over time :D
    Bacopa caroliniana
    Hemianthus callitrichoides
    Ludwigia repens
    Micranthemum umbrosum
    Microsorum pteropus
    Riccia fluitans
    Rotala rotundifolia
    Rotala sp. ''green''
    Didiplis diandra
    Hottonia Paulensis
    Cryptocoryne beckettii
    Lysimachia nummularia
    And about a dozen different mosses

    I agree with every word mate, it's just finding the right bit of wood for the job :(

    Thanks Mossman, i keep expecting to hear Tarzan in the background :D
     
  8. Arana

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    Thanks Sam, i don't want tatty bottoms thats for sure :lol:
     
  9. Arana

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    BTW The macro shots were taken by Garuf during the UKAPS get together the other week :D
     
  10. Arana

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    OK i finaly got around to giving it the big haircut tonight, i also changed a couple of plants :D The back glass needs a good clean, i'll do that at water change time.

    i have ordered a long piece of redmoor, i'll post pics when it comes.

    i will post weekly pics and we will see how it grows in :D

    Here's the pics...

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  11. Garuf

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    TURN THAT FLASH OFF!

    It looks amazing, a credit to your talents.
    I can't wait to see the redmoor go in, it's going to be amazing.
     
  12. TDI-line

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    Nice one.
     
  13. nickyc

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    Nice work!!
     
  14. aaronnorth

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    Boy it was ready for that, they can actually breath now!
     
  15. Arana

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    Thanks everyone :D

    I just wish i had a better camera :(

    I should have the wood by the weekend :D
     
  16. Themuleous

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    Nice Mark, about time!!!

    You could probably be more sever with the prune and take another few inches off the top, so that the new growth is just above the plants in front of it.

    Just a thought

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  17. Arana

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    you're probably right mate, i plan to hit them again in a couple of weeks once the wood is in and i'm sure of the final layout, just incase i change my mind about the shapes :)
     
  18. Arana

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    i was thinking of using this bit of wood for this tank, what do you all think?

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  19. Garuf

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    looks good but you won't know until its in :(
     
  20. Luketendo

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    I think it'd look good, especially if you could turn it upside-down.
     

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