saintlys sumatradriftwood scape

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Mark Evans, 26 Jul 2008.

  1. Mark Evans

    Mark Evans Expert

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    this is bit of a premature journal.

    im still in process of getting everythig together.

    i have:

    1 tank arcadia 40x30x30
    lights 3 arcadia pods
    sand ADA bright sand
    3 pieces of sumatra drift wood.
    mini landscape rock.

    i need:

    co2 glass ware
    external filter.
    maybe a new lighting unit.
    AS amazonia

    prepare for a call AE :D

    plant wise?... new ground again. from researching mosses for sure. c helferi, glosso or hc probably glosso. small leaved stems red and green. my god so much to choose from :rolleyes:

    anyway a pic...this is what i had before, no design, no scape. but i managed to keep the plants alive. basic co2 ladder etc etc...

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    this is a basic plan, the wood is just thrown in. ive got another bit which im going to cut. im having a sand front. im using PS just to give the look of substrate. the stones to hold everything together.

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    anyway, still a month or two away yet. gives me chance to choose plants, scape the thing and get my wife round to my way of thinking :lol:

    mark
     
  2. TDI-line

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    Very cool Saintly.
     
  3. passerby*

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    cool stuff...another journal hey!..just out of interest what carpeting plant is tht in ur arcadia tank....(pictured above)
    cheers....passerby.
     
  4. Mark Evans

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    riccia on slate, and gloss. this was what really got me on the wagon know as "The Nature Aquarium"

    this is how it started.you see i didnt have a clue, riccia over the gravel? :?

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    this was my rena april this year, this is where it all started realy my first planted tank, i had some MAJOR issues with this thing.
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    mark
     
  5. passerby*

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    cheers for your reply....all your hard work pays off in the end though...more u put in, the more u get out... just a shame that saying seems to include money more than effort in the aquarium world ..lol
     
  6. jay

    jay Member

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    Like where this could be going.
    Must say though, I had that Sumatra wood stuff, not yours personally Mark :)
    Just the way they leave it with those sawn of branches. So ruins every scape I've ever seen with it.
    Some people cover them with moss etc. but I just look at them and think 'theres a cut end under there'.

    Anyway, goodluck :p
     
  7. LondonDragon

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    Looking great, PM me when you need some mosses ;)
     
  8. Mark Evans

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    will do LD, thanks.

    thanks folks.

    tis rather expensive, seems that anything i do is expensive...thats what my wife says anyway.
     
  9. nickyc

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    Lol! My b/f used to say the same about me. Then he got a marine tank :D Expense on a planted tank [or 3 :oops: ] just pales into insignficance!!
     
  10. spaldingaquatics

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    If that's L.Sessiliflora like mine in that rena then the constant cutting back would be a hassle ;)

    both tanks looking great btw
     
  11. Mark Evans

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    thankfully thst tank ended a few months ago. that was my "learning to grow plants" stage. i had no idea about aquascaping.

    i'll have to try and get my wife into it. i did buy the optiwhite for her birthday present, but she said she didnt want it....i had do have it! :lol: ungratefull :lol:
     
  12. aaronnorth

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    Any updates?
     
  13. Mark Evans

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    yeh, i'll be starting soon. it's to be set up at my mothers. waiting for ADA AS.

    mark
     
  14. aaronnorth

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    cool 8)
     
  15. Mark Evans

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    this scape has been suspended. im now concentrating on my big tank total rescape. this is currently being run as a nursery. with plants donated kindly by john starkey and london dragon :D thanks chaps.

    donation to ukaps coming.

    this is purely and simply a holding tank now, these plants are not part of a scape, just in there to grow. as with the moss's and riccia.it's going to get more cluttered soon ;)

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    saintly's iwagumi part 3 to come. hopefully with valuable lessons learnt.

    mark
     
  16. LondonDragon

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    Looking forward to the new scape, never tried mosses until I joined this forum and got some donated by Ed, now I have a pretty good collection going, just love them.
    So far I have Weeping, Spiky, Xmas, Taiwan, Flame, Willow moss and also some Fissidens fontanus :)
     
  17. Mark Evans

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    thanks LD. now i can see the moss for real, it's a fabulous plant also. even though my big tank is a total nursery mess. i can see how things will look in my next scape(i think) i want it to be quite complicated in layout. ambitious is the word, i think.textures, colour, stones wood. the whole damn lot! :lol:

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  18. aaronnorth

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    cool shot 8)
     
  19. john starkey

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    Hi Mark,nice looking limnophila aromatica you have there :lol: ,regards john
     
  20. durtydurty

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    How do you get the what I presume is vallis to grow like that at the back of the tank?

    Its the look Im going for buts it yet to grow that thick.
     

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