saintly's MA 120x 50 x 70cm scape.5months old

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  1. Mark Evans

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    i just cant stop :lol:

    The tank's on order. its a 120 x 50 x 70H

    The plan is to create a scape that's a little easier to maintain. lower light, leaner dosing regimes and easier to grow plants such as crypts ferns and anubias'. oh and a e acicualsris foreground! :wideyed: i'll still be injecting co2 via a jbl system.

    the inspiration is coming from amano's early work. NA book 1 and 3 (thanks george, i will return promise)

    The reasoning?.... to inspire new comers to the hobby..... now i know not everyone has a 120cm, but it's is long term and size does matter, oooeeer. i wish it could of been a 6 footer

    JBL are on board with this tank too, I've yet to arrange a dosing regime for the tank but of course it's not going to be like the last MA scape.

    lighting will consist of 2 x 54w hot5
    substrate is to be 30 L of aqua basis plus and a capping substrate of some kind. i'm using filter's provided by jbl and I'll also include korolias to aid water movement.

    well thats got the ball rolling..... ;)
     
  2. gratts

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    Quality! Is this replacing the current one, or going alongside?
    Interested to see what you come up with, as I seem to be drifting more towards the easier to maintain side of things with anubias etc :)
     
  3. john starkey

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    Hi Mark,
    you are mad for it at the moment,hope you come up with something very interesting,

    take care john.
     
  4. samc

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    im not a fan of slow growing plants as im really impatient when waiting for plants to grow but ill look foward to seeing what you have got too show :D have u ever done a scape like this?
     
  5. Mark Evans

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    well for a while, it'll be along side. when the old "high tech" scape finishes i may rescape using riccia as the focal point. it seems to be a crowd pleaser.

    yes, anubias' microsorum, crypts, e acicualris (should develop nice given a long time) i'd like to put a lilly in there too, but need to investigate first. mosses on wood etc. i've claimed the only decent bit of wood thats left i the store ;)

    hey john. i'm like a nutty professor at the moment! :p

    samc, the closest i cam to a slow growing set up was "the miracle mire" which contained crypts and ferns, but even they grew at a stupid rate due to a high tech system. so in answer to your question?....no :lol:

    i'm hoping it should be a bit more manageable, for the staff mostly.
     
  6. samc

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    its good you get to have a go doing one then, even more knowledge.
     
  7. Mark Evans

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    Re: saintly's MA "long term" scape.

    i'm doing some research and i'm discovering from the great CEG that co2 injection makes the tank high tech. so this tank is high tech now, with low tech plants! i'm happier running co2.

    looking at amano long term scapes he still uses co2, so i'm safe going down this road.
     
  8. aaronnorth

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    Re: saintly's MA "long term" scape.

    It would be interesting to see you do a tank without CO2 injection, especially seeing as this is to encourage newcomers into the hobby who generaly are scared of injecting CO2/ pressurized systems.

    Either way i'm looking forward to it. :D
     
  9. hellohefalump

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    Re: saintly's MA "long term" scape.

    Sounds interesting and I'm sure you'll do a great job. Something like Supercoley's tank (the one with all the ferns) would be cool...

    JBL don't like nitrates and phosphates... will you be dosing them? I suppose with slow growing plants maybe you wouldn't need to? Maybe you could put in some messy fish and feed them a lot! Angels?
     
  10. Mark Evans

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    good point aaron, and one i did consider,but,....JBL really wanted me to use there co2 system so that was that. (I'm not complaing though) after seeing what George has done without co2 in his big tank, truley shows what's possible.

    it looks like i'm in for a bling my acicularis ride 8)

    i'm considering a "view from either side" scape.

    i sure will.

    this is JBL's answer too.
     
  11. Mark Evans

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    little update. the makers of this aquarium work in inches apparently and are making it almost 80cm high (woohoo :p ) so slightly taller than before. other dimensions are the same. i'm doing my investigative work with regards to plants and positioning, like i do with all my set ups!
     
  12. jay

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    80cm???
    good luck with that mate.
    May as well check this out for ideas
    bigtank.jpg
    :lol:
     
  13. LondonDragon

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    Re: saintly's MA "long term" scape.

    Amano looks bored in that photo!!! :lol: :lol:
     
  14. samc

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    good luck from me too itll be a massive project cant wait :D
     
  15. jay

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    he's seen it all before i suppose
     
  16. LondonDragon

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    Re: saintly's MA "long term" scape.

    Maybe he wants to go for a swim and forgot the snorkel! ;)
     
  17. Thomas McMillan

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    80cm is some height! You'd better get the Balansae out. :p
     
  18. Mark Evans

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    thats going in the back. i've really got to get my thinking cap on.
     
  19. Joecoral

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    Excited to see what you do with this one Mark! Cant wait
    Just fill the whole tank with giant vallis and 100 danio's :lol:
     
  20. GreenNeedle

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    You should've bought those 50-70cm Crypt Spiralis when I was selling them :lol:

    spiralisout.jpg

    AC
     

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