- 9 Mar 2013
Really really like this tank. The hardscape I like very much. Where can I get hold of this 'manzi' wood? I have Red mopani wood but I think I prefer this manzi wood you are using..
Cheers TimYou've certainly made that seiryu and manzi combination work stu, nice to see the detail on the hardscape setup this will be another amazing scape grown in, top job !
Thanks Ian, when I said it was some big rock i wasnt joking! took a while to decide on the right pieces and its nothing like the setup I did in TGM's sand pit but that will be for a future scapeVery nice Stu, very nice indeed. That's an awesome bit of rock and the wood makes it look very natural.
Cheers Martin, glad to oblige belowStu, lovely use of stone and wood.i rather like the overplanted look.
Keep the photo's coming.
Yes the initial biomass really helped with any startup problems. I had some BBA problems but its seems to be going now ive fixed my flow problems. Ive also got some of the dreaded BGA in there but only a very small amoutn by the glass.Great journal Stu. I love the last photos. Starting with such a high biomass has really helped the tank look grown in, in such a short space of time. I keep coming back to this journal to view the images. Put some more on soon !
Have a search for Tom Barr. He sells it. Its Manzanita wood to give it its full name and it comes from the states so you wont find it in the UKReally really like this tank. The hardscape I like very much. Where can I get hold of this 'manzi' wood? I have Red mopani wood but I think I prefer this manzi wood you are using..
ta ravenWoooow, those detail pics, just fantastic and thx for adding them too! Iv been a bit bored with this kind of tanks but you certainly did it different way, very inspiring! I think your tank looks very natural, thumbs up, mate!
Thanks Nick. I like to stretch it now and then. sometimes it works, sometimes now but its all about learning and haivng something nice for the loungeLove this tank. Really ambitious with the hardscape and inspirational!.
lost me a little here.. is it welshAll of these shots are 50mm on full frame and this is what the tank what designed at onto a TV (as per handy tips from mark evans)
To be honest it didnt look too bad in the flesh but on 2D it looks massively overgrown.the first shot is crazy amount of healthy plants, you can barely recognise the scape.
How much tropica ferts are you dosing now stu?
Previously when shooting a step by step ive taped the lens so it stays that the same focal length. this time I decided to use a fixed lens at 50mm so instead of looking at the tank and designing with your eyes I designed it around how a final pic may look for a comp. its helps massively with mark evans tip about plugging the camera into a TV to view.lost me a little here.. is it welsh
Yeah that straight wood was like an iron bar running through the scape after i'd cut everthing! interestingly its all from plant as unplanted its quite curvy so it was possible to remove it by trimming more.Nice to see the self critisism, did notice the straight wood but thought the HC looked fine until you mentioned breaking it up a bit. Will be good to see the difference.
Very handy tips for the budding scaper
I tried KN03 on BGA for about 4 weeks along the side of my glass but didnt really see any difference, ended up just persevering with agitating it almost daily until it gave in... then it came back a few weeks later. Best of luck shifting it mate.
i was never a sweeney toddThis looks superb mate, even overgrown as it was your trim back has transformed it - I always think its a huge skill to be able to take that much trimming back and make it look as good as ever!
PS, perhaps you were a barber in your previous life?
Cheers George, veyr nice of you to say I think the left is looking a bit untidy at the moment. once the stems on the left bunch up with crowns it will be better but Ive got a few mixes of lileopsis, Hygrophila pinnatifida, ammania bonsai and HC at the front! probably too much in this area.Stunning mate. I actually really like the pre-trim "jungle". The way you've mixed the plants is a sublime balance between chaos and order, tied together with brilliant hardscape selection and composition.
The photography is absolutely stunning too. World-class.
Good luck with the BGA. It is pure evil!
Thanks for sharing. Inspirational stuff.
Why of course old chapCan you remind us all about a few specs and maintenance practices, please?
CO2 injection method and bubble rate
Water chemistry (RO/tap, hard/soft)
Fertilisers (type and qtys)
Cheers antoni, looking forward to meeting up again soon mateThat is fantastic tank, Stu! Again a winner, fuuuu!
They both contain nutrients that the other doesn't therefore if you use both the plants get all the nutrients they need, the best of both and to an extent keeps the NPK down a little from what I understood about it, I do the same!Is there any theory behind the alternate TPN/TPN+ dosing?
What does TPN contain that TPN+ does not? I thought the only difference was NP.They both contain nutrients that the other doesn't therefore if you use both the plants get all the nutrients they need, the best of both and to an extent keeps the NPK down a little from what I understood about it, I do the same!