Thanks Marcel, and it was my pleasure. The Venus is still doing well, not digging the winter sun tho' and has died back a littleIt was a nice journey! Thank you for taking us with you.
Btw is that still your Venus Flytrap RH side? Looks like grown quite a lot...
Thanks oscarThat was/is an outstanding planted tank
Thanks Wooki, that's nice of you to say soOne of my favourite scapes in this journals section to be honest - certainly one of the most inspiring!
Thanks alto, that's kind of you. I like the early stage as well. Most of my scapes are probably mature by 3 to 4 months, and then tend to go over and past their best. But I got a bit of collectoritis and kept packing new plants in. Plus I continued to lean from this one so it lasted a lot longer. All that, and I was too lazy to tear it downLovely journey (as usual) with fantastic pictures and commentary
I always love the early stages, once the plants are beginning and the wood and stone shapes are still very visible
I’d forgotten the pinnatifida, how did it look at the end (seems like it became lost under other plants?)
And I’m curious as to actual fish numbers - I kept seeing one lemon tetra and imagined him as a bag catch with the Rosy type
I have to say that is one the most impressive and best looking scapes i have seen, so healthy,well done and thanks for all the pictures and sharing.Well it's time to finally wrap up this journal and make way for the next, Woodland Troll. Thank you very much to all those who have contributed to the making of this scape and journal, through comments, suggestions, or adding images etc, it's been quite a journey...
I thought it'd be a good way to finish by posting a couple of images of the scape at what, I think was, its best...
Definitely, I think you really have to stay on top of maintenance and trimming almost on a daily basis. Even then any change will be almost imperceptible, so you may not realise the hardscape disappearing, for instance. Also, deciding when the tank is at its peak is really difficult and takes a lot of experience and luck to get right.I think there is definately an art to keeping a tank looking like it does in those early stages yet also having that mature yet not overgrown look... a hard balance to strike indeed
Thanks Dean, much appreciatedI have to say that is one the most impressive and best looking scapes i have seen, so healthy,well done and thanks for all the pictures and sharing.
Well deserved round of applause.
Looking forward to the next one tim, can i ask as i want to do the same how exactly you go about tearing a tank down ?
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Thanks for that tim if you dont mind i may message you as have a few questions about rescaping but honestly hats off to you with this aquarium you have grew it out amazingly just shows time and effort pays off.Definitely, I think you really have to stay on top of maintenance and trimming almost on a daily basis. Even then any change will be almost imperceptible, so you may not realise the hardscape disappearing, for instance. Also, deciding when the tank is at its peak is really difficult and takes a lot of experience and luck to get right.
Thanks Dean, much appreciated
I usually remove all the plants and then hardscape first, leave the filter running and wait for everything to settle and water to clear. Once settled I syphon out half the water and as much settled mulm as possible with it and start to net the fish.
Finally, I'll go about the laborious business of netting the myriad of shrimp. Once I've convinced myself that all the shrimp have been netted for about 20th time - somehow there are always more of the little blighters - I take out most of the water. Any shrimp left are easier to see flapping around on the sediment and easier to catch...no shrimp no matter how minuscule is left behind...
It's then just a matter of taking out the substrate and cleaning everything.