Step-by-step planted tank video for PFK

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Nice one George ! great video :D

You said the Rock was also known as Suria rock? are you able to confirm the spelling for me?
 

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well done George! your a natural :D Another step in the right direction for th hobby :)
 

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very helpful, good work George! where can we get those specialist tools which you mentioned in the vid? I believe you said it was called a spoon? :p
 

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Joecoral said:
very helpful, good work George! where can we get those specialist tools which you mentioned in the vid? I believe you said it was called a spoon? :p
You will soon be able to purchase that from the UKAPS shop with the UKAPS logo on it hehehe ;)
 

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Yeah, great vid; saw it last night.

I noticed George pronounced Cryptocoryne somthing like "crypto - korn". I've always pronounced it as "crypto - cor - reen". There's probably not a universal "right" way of pronouncing these names, but what's the general opinion? Of course, there's always "crypto - cor - ine", like in wine, as well!
 

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I pronounce Cryptocoryne as "Criptoe - cor - rin"

I used to pronounce Wendtii as "Wend tie" but since the TGM meet, and listening to Andy Mack I now pronounce it "Wend - tee - eye" :)
 

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What I saw of the vid was really good! I saw like 20 minutes then I acidentally clicked on something... Lost my place and there seems to be no way to skip to the section I need... So I'd have to sit through the 20 minutes again. I hate watching anything twice so close together so I may wait a while, hehe.
 

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Lisa_Perry75 said:
What I saw of the vid was really good! I saw like 20 minutes then I acidentally clicked on something... Lost my place and there seems to be no way to skip to the section I need... So I'd have to sit through the 20 minutes again. I hate watching anything twice so close together so I may wait a while, hehe.
Lisa, just press the forward arrow to skip frames quicker! ;)
 

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Nice work George. Brill to see how you create your scapes. It's all about getting it right from the start ;) It's interesting to see how one type of tank can achieve many different aquascapes, especially when I own a Rio125 too.
Have to admit I was a little surprised that the main focal point was somewhat in the middle. Never the less it's turned out great so far. Should look magnificent when mature.
 

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Fred Dulley said:
...Have to admit I was a little surprised that the main focal point was somewhat in the middle. Never the less it's turned out great so far. Should look magnificent when mature.

Rules are there to be broken...
 

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I was also interested to see how George plants his crypts. I usually grip them a little lower and just poke them into the substrate, but in the vid George seems to put them in quite deep, with that little tug back to straighten the roots. Will try it this way in future :)
 

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SteveUK said:
I was also interested to see how George plants his crypts. I usually grip them a little lower and just poke them into the substrate, but in the vid George seems to put them in quite deep, with that little tug back to straighten the roots. Will try it this way in future :)

You don't know how many different ways i have tried planting with tweesers!! This is next on the list!
 

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Cool vid :)

How did you fill it with water without disturbing all your hard work?

Could have done with having the camera straight for the first part and better lighting but I guess that's half the fun of working in-situ. :twisted:

I liked the scape but can't help but feel that it might have been nice to have disguised the filter somehow. Though I suppose the advantage of it being a black box on a black background with a black substrate is that it doesn't stand out that much! :lol:

How much did the whole lot cost? I'd like to see a breakdown of costs (I know a lot of it was freebies but you could always estimate those prices).

How many different types of substrate?! Does having that uber mix in the middle layer really make that much difference or was it just a collection of free samples to keep costs down ;)

Liked the tip about how to plant with tweezers, shall have to remember that one.

Can't wait to see how it progresses. Good work guys, keep us updated :)
 

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Thanks, everyone.

Thanks.

How did you fill it with water without disturbing all your hard work?
Slowly added water via the filter.

Could have done with having the camera straight for the first part and better lighting but I guess that's half the fun of working in-situ. :twisted:
Blame the cameraman - Matt Clarke.

I liked the scape but can't help but feel that it might have been nice to have disguised the filter somehow. Though I suppose the advantage of it being a black box on a black background with a black substrate is that it doesn't stand out that much! :lol:
The vallis will spread if required.

How much did the whole lot cost? I'd like to see a breakdown of costs (I know a lot of it was freebies but you could always estimate those prices).
RRP approx. -

tank and cabinet - £200
reflectors - £15
substrate - £40
ferts (TPN+, Easycarbo) - £30
plants (40+ Tropica pots)- £200-300
aquascaping tools - £40
20 Amano shrimp - £35

TOTAL - £600

We didn't pay that though...


How many different types of substrate?! Does having that uber mix in the middle layer really make that much difference or was it just a collection of free samples to keep costs down ;)
It's just what I had spare lying about in the garage.
 

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George Farmer said:
Slowly added water via the filter.
well that beats the colander method.
The vallis will spread if required.
Yes if it's anything like mine it'll be all over the place in no time!
RRP approx. -

tank and cabinet - £200
reflectors - £15
substrate - £40
ferts (TPN+, Easycarbo) - £30
plants (40+ Tropica pots)- £200-300
aquascaping tools - £40
20 Amano shrimp - £35

TOTAL - £600

We didn't pay that though...
Ouch, this is an expensive hobby isn't it! Though I'm a cheapskate student so buy the cheap non-tropica plants which almost halves the cost.

It's just what I had spare lying about in the garage.
It did sound a bit like that, you'll probably find you've created a super mix that's the perfect substrate and you'll never be able to re-create it now!
 

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