Stu's 120x45x45 tank sponsored by Tropica

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Stu Worrall, 6 Feb 2015.

  1. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    New tank time! Ive been after a 120cm tank for a while and while I wanted a 50cm deep tank I couldnt quite find anyone out there making decent custom rimless optiwhites so when Dave Spencer kindly mentioned he was selling his I snapped it up.

    After quite enjoying my last dragon stone tank in 2012 I was quite looking forward to using it again but it is very hard to work with as Ive taken about 2 weeks of constant changing to get me to planting!

    For the tank Tropica kindly sent some of their new soil to test so Ill be giving that a go to compare it to ADA aquasoil. First impressions are very good!


    Hardscape: Dragon Stone, Manzanita Wood
    Co2: Pressurised via diffuser into co2 reactor
    Lighting: 2 x Kessil A360w Tuna Sun
    Filtration: Eheim 2078 Cal Aqua Inlet, ADA P2 Lily x2, Do-Aqua 17mm inlet. Eheim 350t for flow and heating (none of that hydor heater crap!)
    Heating: Eheim 350t
    Substrate: Tropica Aqua Soil (Powder and normal), Tropica Plant Substrate, Carbon and polystyrene so the stone doesnt break the tank!
    Ferts: Tropica Plant growth Premium and Normal
    Critters: Red Cherry Shrimp, TBC


    Note, the plants, soil and ferts in here have been kindly sponsored by Tropica so big thanks to them for this and supporting our hobby and UKAPS. This also means there are a few test plants to go in there.


    Plants
    tbc

    Blank tank
    16433629146_d7b5b4f988_o.jpg 120x45x45cm Aquascape by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    Soil ready to go in
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    Foam and poly to protect the glass
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    Tropica plant substrate (You dont technically need this with the new soil but I thought I'd try it with as I have on previous ada aquasoil scapes.)
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    Cardboard to separate the soil and sand
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    Aquasoil in
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    15837107464_699735019a_o.jpg 120x45x45cm Aquascape by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    16273733117_36a443e34d_o.jpg 120x45x45cm Aquascape by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    16272201690_b0e1d4f4f6_o.jpg 120x45x45cm Aquascape by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

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    16433629276_6a186b67d6_o.jpg 120x45x45cm Aquascape by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    This will have a lot more detail later as a scree slope is going in.
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    Main layout with more detail to follow

    16459632565_c19f4d1185_o.jpg 120x45x45cm Aquascape by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr

    more to follow...
     
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  2. Tim Harrison

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    Looking forward to seeing where this is going...
     
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  3. Dantrasy

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    Terrific! How much ohko do you have left? For my next scape I'm just going to use crushed rock instead of sand. My lfs gave me a bag of 'worthless' rock fragments/powder.

    btw, what does it mean to be sponsored? Does Tropica give you everything for keeps? Is the tank in your home or at a shop? Who decides when to tear it down? Thanks.
     
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  4. Martin in China

    Martin in China Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    Has a great Jurasic feel to it...
     
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  5. Alexander Belchenko

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    Whoa! No wonder you spent so long time for layout. so much space and so much possibilities. Great tank size. It's hard to judge how many space left behind the rocks? Do you plan to plant there anything? I have a feeling that would be a great iwagumi-style layout without high stem plants at the back. But will see!
     
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    Stu as always a great hardscape start. Subscribed.
     
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  7. 1stgolf

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    I'm amazed what a great scape.
     
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  8. Ady34

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    Looking great Stu, good to have another journal from you :thumbup:
     
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  9. Stu Worrall

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    Thanks Dantrasy. How much have I got left? About two rocks!!! I think Ive used about 80-90kg in there as I had to re-do some of the rock work to make it more secure underneath so a lot is buried.

    Re the sponsorship Tropica set up a program a couple of years ago to have a freelance aquascaping team from around Europe. There are many members and we work for them to set up tanks and photograph and video them for their website or displays. A lot of us were very fortunate to have a couple of days training at the factory in Denmark a couple of years back along with a tour of their facility which is top knotch!

    Theyve also kindly sponsored some of us to take part in this years Art of Planted Aquarium competition in Hanover next week. Myself, Dan, Antoni and Eduard will be going across this Thursday to take part and a thread will be posted about it soon. :)

    yup, much like my 2012 tank :)
    Thanks Alexander. Im in two minds about the stems as I also have triend ferns to go into the gaps but cut very short. Ill try the stems at the back and if they dont work I can always take them out. Theres about 3 inches gap at the back.

    Cheers All. Its good to be back Ady ;)

    This is likely to be the final hardscape. Any constructive criticism is welcome as it always nice to see it form someone elses perspective. The front will be hairgrass and HC with bigger plants as you get into the tank. lots of mosses and stems in the background which will hide some of the vertical bits of wood.

    16274579339_3524d08ea0_o.jpg 120x45x45cm aquascape - final hardscape by Stu Worrall Photography, on Flickr
     
  10. jarcher1390

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    Hi Stu

    Loving the scape so far. I see that you are using 2 x Kessil A360w Tuna Sun i see these lights are becoming more popular have you used them before? How do you find them? Im sure if i keep watching this journal ill find out.

    Jonny
     
  11. ADA

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    Looking good, I do like the prehistoric feel, plant choice will be fun to create a focal point as there's two right now so hopefully that will even things out :).
     
  12. kirk

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    I think it's great, yes dragon stone is a pig as I've found out recently using it for the first time, beautiful stone though.it reminds me of some outaspace sifi background. Are you fully decided on the two paths mate?
     
  13. tim

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    The rock work is superb stu, the paths look a little too symmetrical at the moment, no doubt that will change when you work your planting magic on it mate, hoping for regular updates on this one :thumbup:
     
  14. LondonDragon

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    Stunning work Stu, looking forward to another great scape :)
     
  15. Andy D

    Andy D Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    It's a Stu Worrall tank so stunning is a given!

    It's nice to see you on here. We seems to be lacking a lot of older regulars on here lately. (Not sure why?)

    Subscribed!
     
  16. Ryan Thang To

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    Nice set up. I too like the dragon rocks one of my favourite. Good job and looking forward to the rest.

    Cheers
    Ryan
     
  17. Gary Nelson

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    Fantastic mate.... Another belter from the master! Great detail and scale too - a winner for sure :)
     
  18. Stu Worrall

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    Thanks all and sorry for my lack of reply. After my last post I managed to get a real nasty sick bug that's torn its way through our house this week leaving a trail of destruction! The tank will be planted when u get back from Hanover
     
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  19. Ady34

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    get well soon Stu :sick:
     
  20. Tim Harrison

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    :nurse:...I hope you do too.
     

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