The Goias nook - New pics

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  1. Antoni

    Antoni Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi guys,

    its being awhile since I have started this tank but didn't have the time to start a journal till now.

    Spec:
    20 l Boyo nano tank with filter, built in the lid.
    Light: 13V Energy Saving bulb, 5400K
    CO2: - pressurised DIY kit - 3bps
    Substrate: Shirakura Red Bee Sand and white sand
    Ferts: Tropica Plant Growth Premium Fertiliser and from week 8 Plant Growth Specialised Fertiliser
    Plants: 1-2 Grow Eleocharis sp. mini, Cladophora aegagrophila, Fissidens fontanus, Christmas moss, Riccardia chamedryfolia, Rotala mexicana sp. ´Goias and Penthorum Sedoides
    Fauna:
    Hardscape: Driftwood and stones from the beach

    The tank has been started 6 weeks ago using the DSM. I have planted cladophora, Christmas moss, eleocharis mini, a bit of fissidens fontanus and ricchardia.

    For the fissidens and the riccardia I have used the yoghurt method, as George Farmer has described it.

    The light was on for 12 hours (13W PL) and I have sprayed twice a day. The tank has a lid, so I could keep the humidity very high.

    4 weeks later, most of the Cladophora was doing ok(some of it the top left corner become brown and I have exchange it. Don't know why, it was wet enough and under a decent light, the lower piece was not affected, even they were close to each other. ).

    For the time being, it didn't manage to attached to the wood or the stones, so before flooding I have used some super glue, to attach it to the hardscape.

    The riccardia and fissidens attached in about 2 weeks and I could see some growth, not massive, but visible.

    I have flooded the tank on the 12-th of October and prior that I have added penthorum and the Rotala mexicana sp. ´Goias and Penthorum Sedoides, which are 2 new speices from Tropica. Wonderful plants.

    Here is a shot of the tank from day 2:

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    and couple of shots from the day for water change:

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  2. Michael W

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    looks just amazing. :clap:
     
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  3. Lindy

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    That rock is a lovely colour and texture. Spotless scape
     
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  4. Phil Edwards

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    That's a lovely tank. The rocks and wood match nicely and I like how you used the Cladophora.
     
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  5. Michael W

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    Agreed, I really don't get why people don't use it that often, its a shame really. I recently got myself a ball of Cladophora hoping to find a use for it in my shrimp tank but until then it will stay as a ball.
     
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  6. Antoni

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    Thanks guys! I was a bit unsure at the beginning about the colour of the rocks and the combination with the white sand, but personally I like it, so I decided to go this way :)

    The Clado is wonderful plant, you can create instant carpet with it or moss effect on the driftwood or rock. Really easy to keep and does not need much maintenance. Only some "hoovering" during water changes :) no trimming :angelic:

    I have got the inspiration for the Clado from Mark at New Malden and also from the lovely little display tank there!
     
  7. steveno

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    Lovely looking tank... I'm looking to use clado in similar manner... Just hope it turns out as good as yours... I also planning a dsm for moss attachment and was concerned if clado would survive dsm...
     
  8. Antoni

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    Thanks Steve,

    well you can always add the clado after the flood. Mine survived the DSM but the tank has a lid and it was easy to keep high humidity.
     
  9. Deano3

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    looks great antoni love the wood and the rocks and the moss, like others have said lovely colour on the rocks, did u get the wood from the beech aswel ? I am going to start looking for rocks and wood when at beech as would save a fortune ;) don't want to end up with cupboards full though lol

    Dean
     
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  10. dw1305

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    Hi all,
    That is a bizarre plant to grow as an aquatic, some-one brought it in where it had grown as "bird seed alien", with Ragweed (Ambrosia) and something else N. American (I'd have to look and find out what the other plant was). I remember Penthorum, because it took me a long time to find out what it was. The plant was about 60cm tall and looked a bit Buck-wheat (Fagopyrum).

    cheers Darrel
     
  11. Ian Holdich

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    Very nice Ant, looks like the clada crew are taking over!
     
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  12. Mick.Dk

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    Try it out, Darrel..........it works pretty much lke Staurogyne repens.
    Mick.
     
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    Nice layout and very interesting colour combination of driftwood + sand + these stones... looks much bigger than 20 litres!
    Let's see how it evolves!
     
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    Very nice indeed :thumbup: and like others have said it looks much bigger than just 20L - how have you attached the Cladophora to rocks and wood? is it glued on?
     
  15. Antoni

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    Hi Dean,

    thanks for the nice words :) The wood is a driftwood, some of it was kindly provided by George Farmer and the rest is from my old set up. The reason for selecting those stones was as they were very unusual and the beach is just 2 minutes away from my place.. :) so decided to give it a go. And with this size of a tank, I didn't need many stones... All the spare stones and those in the tank will go back to the beach, where they belong after the scape is done. ;)
    HI Darrel,

    at the moment the penthorum behave much as staurogyne. Grow quite fast under high light (in my other setup) but with regular trimming stays relatively low. I have use it in this scape as I would use staurogyne. Will see how it will establish in this tank.


    Thanks Ian! Clada is nice plant and I believe will be used a lot from now on!

    Thanks mate! Fingers crossed it will develop nicely :)


    Thanks Gary! Some of it is tied to with cotton thread, but most of it is glued. So far no problems!
     
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    Hi all,
    I didn't even realize that it naturally grew in wet places, the plant I was given was growing out of a crack in a patio, although it was in 2012 when it rained every day. Should be pretty hardy as well. <Penthorum sedoides page>.

    cheers Darrel
     
  17. Antoni

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    Interesting finding :) so it was growing in the UK?
    Pretty and hardy plant indeed!
     
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    Hi all,
    It was, but as far as I know this is the only UK record of it. It may have occurred other times and not been identified, and I spent a lot of time trying to find out what it was. Because of its location (under a bird-feeder) along with Ambrosia (Milkweed), it made "wild bird seed" from N. America the most likely source.

    The most normal exotic plants that come my way to ID are Setaria spp., Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia), Nicandra physalodes and Niger (Guizotia abyssinica).

    cheers Darrel
     
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  19. Antoni

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    Hi guys,

    Small update from today's water change. The plants are taking off, The Eleocharis is covering the back beautiful, still not visible from the front, but when it grows a bit more, will start showing itself :)

    The Penthorum is due for it's the first trim, Goias is a bit slow, but is growing. I think that this is due to the fact that I am using old Shirakura substrate, which is pretty inert . The Rotala is lovely little plant, I think I will be using it a lot in the future!


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    Here a closer shot of the Goias and the Penthorum:

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    The riccardia and the fissidens are taking off and start to cover the wood nicely! Long live the Yoghurt!


    Fissidens+and+Riccardia_6.11.13.jpg
     
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  20. steveno

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    Looking good, tank looks lovely and tidy...:) are you planning of putting any livestock into tank?
     

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