Scott's boring aquascape aka 'undergrowth'

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  1. scottturnbull

    scottturnbull Member

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    This is technically the first aquascape I've ever done. It happened entirely by chance. I was having trouble keeping the tank going without substrate, so ordered some eco-complete, with the intention of growing various plants in pots, like I normally do. But with the tank emptied, and the plants sitting in buckets, I couldn't resist having a little go at this aquascaping business.

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    As you can see, it's pretty unadventurous. Standard fare. The Wisteria was only there to keep balance while I was trying out various other plants. I might get some replacements over Christmas, now that I don't need it.

    The plants:
    Hygrophila Difformis
    Bolbitis Heudeloti - hasn't fully recovered from its poor arrival condition
    Hemianthus Micranthemoides
    Eleocharis Parvula
    Vesicularia Montagnei

    The gear:
    Rekord 70 Aquarium (60cm x 30cm x 40cm), gutted.
    2 x independent TMC Aquabeam Lighting, Marine White.
    Eheim 2224
    Lunapet CO2
    Rhinox 1000 diffuser

    Fertilisers:
    2ml TPN+ daily
    2ml Potassium Carbonate daily - give or take
     
  2. Goodygumdrops

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    Re: Scott's boring aquascape

    Teehee,I was instantly attracted by the title as I think mine is a bit boring too,by these guys standards anyways (but I love it).Looks good,will look even better when it grows in a bit as you're going to have some good contrasting shapes and greens with the grass,wisteria and moss.
    Maybe just from an aesthetic (sp?) point of view,the bolbitis could do with being away from the wisteria (leaf shape is quite similar),once they're growing a bit,move the wisteria more over to the left and have a contrasting shape behind the bolbitis?Broad flat leaf or summat?
    Hope that doesn't sound off,as I'm not an experieced aquascaper by any means.
     
  3. Mark Evans

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    Re: Scott's boring aquascape

    i would never say boring. enthusiastic?...yes!

    its a first attempt right? its better than my first attempt!

    like goodygumdrops says there's some good contrasting leaf forms and colours.if i could advise, i would suggest learning to grow them well, then put your thinking/aquascaping cap on. on my first tank i'd put plants in different position then they would die and scape is ruined. concentrate on the farming side of things first. of course put taller plants at the back etc etc. its a life time hobby and a year of initial learning will more than pay off IMO. stick at it.

    mark
     
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  5. Goodygumdrops

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    Re: Scott's boring aquascape

    Yep,wisteria may be common,but it's beautiful(much like Java Fern)!!That tank is awesome!!
     
  6. GreenNeedle

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    Re: Scott's boring aquascape

    Don't know about boring. Looks nice and lush and very crisp to me. I'm like Saintly, my first scape involved loads of different plants, loads of interference and never any timefor the tank to actually settle.

    Looks like you've gone the right route, researched and got everything right equipmentwise first and then gone for something nice and simple to learn on.

    Wish I had as I would be a fair bit richer (doubtful as it would've been spent elsewhere :lol:)

    Keep it up and stay patient.

    AC
     
  7. TDI-line

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    Re: Scott's boring aquascape

    Looks quite a polished scape, but not boring.
     
  8. scottturnbull

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    Re: Scott's boring aquascape

    Not at all. Any point of view that originates from half-way between Glasgow and Edinburgh deserves serious consideration.

    If that's true - and you'll forgive me if I wait a while before congratulating myself - then it's due in no small part to reading the posts here on ukaps.

    Thanks and take care

    Scott
     
  9. Goodygumdrops

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    Re: Scott's boring aquascape

    Not at all. Any point of view that originates from half-way between Glasgow and Edinburgh deserves serious consideration.


    lol :lol:
     
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  11. Thomas McMillan

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    Re: Scott's boring aquascape

    Great first attempt! It will look much better when more full.
     
  12. altaaffe

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    Re: Scott's boring aquascape

    As said above looks very clean, crisp and well presented ... and don't worry, I'm sure once the bug fully bites your money will start to disappear as fast as the rest of us !! :lol:
     
  13. scottturnbull

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    Re: Scott's boring aquascape

    I'm experiencing a little die-back with the Eleocharis, producing some fuzz algae. Agitating the stuff seems to help disperse it, hopefully in the direction of the filter inlet.

    Excuse the speckly images. I've only got a cheap adapter for my Sony Camcorder. Here's a close up:

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    Whoever said algae was unsightly.

    Edit: maybe Ulothrix sp.
     
  14. Themuleous

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    Re: Scott's boring aquascape

    Wow lovely photos, gives you a different perspective on algae :)

    Sam
     
  15. scottturnbull

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    Re: Scott's boring aquascape

    Two days ago I added four Otocinclus, industrious little things. They're making light work of cleaning everything. I'll post some updated pictures soon.
     
  16. Superman

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    Re: Scott's boring aquascape

    They are characters aren't they?! They have two speeds; stop and super fast
     
  17. keymaker

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    Re: Scott's boring aquascape

    Yepp, this is exactly what I did, except with Potassium Sulphate. I would in fact make it a rule for everyone to add additional K along with TPN+ to make things work. TPN+ is low on K.
     
  18. scottturnbull

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    Re: Scott's boring aquascape

    Some more close-ups of Algae (magnified 1000x):

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    I don't know what that brown thing is doing.

    The algae is super-fine, almost invisible. I have to crouch and squint to see it.
     
  19. scottturnbull

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    Re: Scott's boring aquascape

    You can see the algae on the Eleocharis Parvula on the right. There isn't a great deal of it. I've tweaked the CO2 levels, which seems to have helped. I'm going to spot treat the remainder with EasyCarbo. (Is it okay to overdose EasyCarbo with moss in the tank?)

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    Otocinclus (Macrospilus?) enjoying the Bolbitis.

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    I bought a replacement Bolbitis last week from AE. It is about 6x as large as the one from AG, and in much better condition.

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    Finally, Vesicularia Montagnei up close.

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    I forgot to add my photoperiod details. The first Aquaray strip - the rear - switches on at 11am. The second switches on at 1pm. At 7pm the rear one switches off. CO2 goes off at 8pm. The remaining Aquaray strip - the front - switches off at 9pm. CO2 comes back on at 10am, an hour before the first light. That's ten hours of light in total, eight hours per LED strip, overlapping for six hours. There's very little light spillage between front and rear LED strips.
     
  20. scottturnbull

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    Re: Scott's boring aquascape

    Here's an illustration of the light spillage with TMC Aquaray LEDs (for those who are interested):

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    Sunset (front strip only):
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