"Project Ikebana"

Discussion in 'Planted Tank Gallery' started by ShawnMac, 18 Feb 2020.

  1. ShawnMac

    ShawnMac Member

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    Hello UKAPS,

    It has been a long while since posting here. Glad to see the forum still active. I thought I would share with you one of my recent "for fun" projects inspired by a layout I saw years ago when first starting out on Aquascaping World.

    If anyone is interested here is the source of the inspiration: http://www.aquascapingworld.com/thr...ascape-of-the-month-ikebana.3612/#post-124201

    I don't want anyone thinking it was entirely my idea, although I tried to put my own style into the layout. I went back and shared it on the original post and a fellow member here, Tim Harrison, suggested I share with UKAPS. A good suggestion, I think. So, without further rambling from me, here are a few photos of my "Project Ikebana"

    I have more details and a few setup pictures on my Instagram account: @glassgroveaquascaping

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  2. Kezzab

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    Fun idea :)
     
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  3. Tim Harrison

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    Absolutely stunning, thanks for posting Shawn :)
     
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  4. Fisher2007

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    What a great tank. I think it works really well. And that fighter is stunning!
     
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  5. ShawnMac

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    Still a little ways to go actually. I am growing out a few things elsewhere to add into this pot. My hope is to really try and bring home the feeling of a floral arrangement using aquatic plants.
     
  6. Mr.Shenanagins

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    Wow what a stunning setup, your betta is gorgeous and he contrasts well with your plant choices. Such a fun idea with the bowl, totally works and everything looks neatly placed. Very well done.
     
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    Piece of art, great idea
     
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  8. tiger15

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    That’s stunning. The arrangement of plants, color, and betta in a glass box is a Tao of art. It will be helpful if you can provide more info on the set up and type of plants used.
     
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  9. Gill

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    Stunning, very simplistic in design and gives a great impact
     
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  10. ShawnMac

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    Here are the specs for the setup. 30 cm cube, 27 liters volume. Lighting is ADA aquasky (original model). I recently upgraded to a twinstar since it really shows the colors better. The aquasky looks a bit washed out in comparison. The aquasky is also less powerful, so more manageable. I wanted the better color saturation. We will see how it goes with more light. Pressurized CO2 through a glass diffuser which feeds into a spin pipe right above it. I use the spin pipe for the betta otherwise I would use a more powerful outlet. Its running an eheim 2211. Light is on for 10 hours a day. Weekly 50% water change most weeks anyways :). The pot has Tropica soil in it.

    Plants are Cryptocoryne petchii, S. repens, H. tripartita, some buce variant I cannot recall, blyxxa novoguineensis, rotala var sunrise, rotala var. green.

    I have several stem plants I'm currently growing out I plan to add to the bowl. I just planted this with what I had hanging around. There are a few other photos of the project on my Instagram @glassgroveaquascaping. Shows the plant prep, the bowl and tank before planting and right after planting.
     
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  11. Ady34

    Ady34 Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Lovely set up and interesting about the twinstar over the aquasky. Are the photos with the Ada light or the twinstar please?
    Ady.
     
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    Very funny and healthy, awesome betta and pics too, congrats
     
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    How long did it take to train the Betta to stay in position for that Shot.
     

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