"Prairie Lands"... job done

Discussion in 'Featured Journals' started by Mark Evans, 30 Aug 2010.

  1. Mark Evans

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    Tank: 120 x 45 x 45 optiwhite from aquariums ltd
    Lighting: Arcadia 4 x 54wt5 (running 2 x 54t5)
    Filter: Aquadistri 1500LPH
    Co2: pressurised via in line diffuser (2 hours before lights on- 2 hours before lights off)
    Ferts: EI via spoon (dry)
    Substrate: Columbo flora base x 5 10L
    Plants: Aquafleur: e acicularis, lilaeospis; crypt species, and tenellus.

    It was about this time last year, I did this layout but was unsuccessful. Many factors ruined the layout, bad water quality (not sure why) bad plant positioning.

    This time around, and year on, i've learned enough to maybe make a success this time. It'll be high tech, but not as high tech as I'm used to. lower light etc etc....

    so the following image is from today, as not a great deal different to the one i posted a year ago. Pretty easy to recreate.

    Prairie-Lands-1.jpg

    Plants shall be real easy, tennelus, acicularis and HC maybe...big maybe. Crypts (brown varieties and sparse!)
     
  2. YzemaN

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    Re: "Prairie Lands"...The return

    Nice and classic stone placement. Maybe tilt the rightmost stone a bit more or the middle one a little less? I say forget the HC and stick with the tennelus as carpet. Amano would love you for that :D
     
  3. Mark Evans

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    me to.

    dead simple, tenellus and grass.

    I see it to mate :thumbup: thanks man.

    this shows the texture of the stone a bit more.

    texture.jpg

    click it and it shall go big :D
     
  4. Jur4ik

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    subscribed ;)
     
  5. Mark Evans

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    cheers mate. :thumbup:

    After a few discussions with James, throwing ideas around, i've decide on grass, tenellus and crypts. not may crypts, but enough to maybe represent weeds. green ones with the odd brown thrown in :D
     
  6. Bobtastic

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    Nice! I'll be watching with interest!
     
  7. Mark Evans

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    cheers Bob. I'm itching to plant :crazy:
     
  8. altaaffe

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    Looking forward to it Mark, you're starting to make that bug itch me again too.... now where did I put that fire extinguisher ?
     
  9. john starkey

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    At last another saintly er sorry Mark evans journal to read,it's gonna look brill I'm sure,
    Regards John.
     
  10. Mark Evans

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    you cant beat a change mate.

    :lol: my journals seem a a bit boring these days. going over old ground and what not.
     
  11. Mark Evans

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    some plants arrived today! 8) oooo, the excitement eh?
     
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    :D Love it :)
     
  13. Mark Evans

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    cheers Bud. i've got some parvula and some Lilaeopsis brasiliensis. Just waiting for tenellus, aciularis and crypts.
     
  14. Piece-of-fish

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    Where did you get parvula from Mark?
     
  15. Mark Evans

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    from the parvula shop, parvulston, PA1 2RV :lol: ...AKA Pets @ Home
     
  16. Mark Evans

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    here's one or 2 pots to start with.

    plants.jpg
     
  17. Mark Evans

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    the boredom's killing me.

    i've made a start.

    planting.jpg
     
  18. Krishs Bettas

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    I know what you mean Mark, thats how i felt when i wanted to plant my first tank. Can't wait to see more plants.
     
  19. Mark Evans

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    me to :lol: I'm just filling with water, then I'll empty it when the others arrive. It's a simple layout, so I don't mind doing it this way.
     
  20. Mark Evans

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    24 hours on and my plants look lonely :(

    at least I could run the filters and check everything works OK. Could reason to clean some of the floating crap to.

    24-hours.jpg

    fingers crossed, this should be fully planted tomorrow night.
     

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