The evolution of a scape

Discussion in 'Journals' started by James Marshall, 23 Sep 2009.

  1. James Marshall

    James Marshall Member

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    Hi Guys

    After the trees in fangorn forest met their demise (not via a gang of marauding orcs but at the hands of a frustrated aquascaper), I decided to replace them with some rocks. Obviously with the plants already in place, this is not the ideal time to be hardscaping, but as I already considered fangorn to be a play tank I thought I would give it a go.

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    Version 1

    The ideas behind the conversion were firstly to try and create some false perspectives, so I chose very geometric rocks as I thought they would best enable this. Secondly I wanted to experiment with some different methods of attaching Riccia and moss to the rocks. Unfortunately neither was particularly successful and I felt the scape had a rather awkward appearance. So I had another rearrange to see if I could make things look a little more natural.

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    Version 2

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    I’m still not entirely happy with it, but I do prefer this layout to version 1.
    Please feel free to say which you prefer and critique at will.

    SPECS
    Tank volume : 21 liters
    Tank size : 36 x 22 x 26 cm
    Plants : Riccia fluitans, Rotala rotundifolia, Taxiphyllum barbieri,
    Staurogyne Sp, Hemianthus callitrichoides
    Hardscape: Pagoda stone
    Lightning : Two 24 Watt cool white power compacts (over tank)
    One 7 Watt warm white tulip bulb (backlight)
    For 8 hours per day
    Ferts:: 1.5 ml Tropica plant nutrition+ per day
    CO2: 45 bubbles per minute for 10 hours per day
    Substrate: Eco Complete and Red Sea flora base


    Cheers
    James
     
  2. Vito

    Vito Member

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    Hi James, I love the end result, the condition of the plants is amazing and and I love the little section of sand/gravel. I must say the HC looks really good, if that it HC.
     
  3. AdAndrews

    AdAndrews Member

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    Orcs :lol:
    The new scape looks really good, i love the use of moss and riccia on the rocks, something that i am going to be tring :D

    keep it up!
    Adam
     
  4. a1Matt

    a1Matt Member

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    V2 for me. I love it. What a funky little scape. :thumbup:
     
  5. James Marshall

    James Marshall Member

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    Thanks Guys

    Vito - yes it is HC, this was the first time i had used it, and what an excellent little plant it is, ideal for nanos.

    Adam - glad you liked the orcs

    Matt - thats great news that you like V2, non scapers that have seen it mainly like V1

    Cheers
    James
     
  6. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Member

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    I like this. It's fresh. Those little Staurogyne plants sure are cute. I have some (not sure if same kind) that I'm gorwing emersed and I like it a lot.
     
  7. andyh

    andyh Member

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    James

    Really like version 2, cant believe how healthy everything looks, your HC especially looks stunning. :thumbup:

    Great scape.

    Andy
     
  8. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    Hi James

    V2 for me too.

    What is even more impressive than the 'scape alone is that you already have your own distinctive style, that is a rarity these days. It's not really Nature Aquarium, as it's more ornamental. I really like it. Keep up the great work mate! :D

    Kudos.
     
  9. James Marshall

    James Marshall Member

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    Thank you chaps, I'm glad you all like V2 most.

    George - Thank you so much, It means a lot that you consider me to have my own style :D .
    I'm pleased you mention the word ornamental, as I look at nano scapes as living ornaments.

    Cheers
    James
     

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