Time for a new scape (The End)

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  1. Always Broke

    Always Broke Member

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    Re: Time for a new scape

    Must be time for an Update. I would have thought your Lawn is stunning by now. :D

    Simon
     
  2. CeeJay

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    Re: Time for a new scape

    Hi all

    Always Broke
    Sorry I missed your post, so here it is.
    To say the lawn has gone nuts would be an understatement.

    Week 16
    All is well except for a bit of algae on the rocks :D I suppose I have to give the shrimp something to do :lol: (That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it :rolleyes: )

    The left side of the tank

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    The right side of the tank

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    Peering in from the right hand end.

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    Front view

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    So far all is well :D
     
  3. a1Matt

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    Re: Time for a new scape

    three words...

    Lush, green & carpet. :clap: :D
     
  4. CeeJay

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    Thanks Matt
    That must be one of the quickest responses I've had on here :lol:
     
  5. Nelson

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    Re: Time for a new scape

    great carpet chris.i missed this one.wish i came to see it in the flesh now :( .
     
  6. a1Matt

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    All credit where it is due, that is as lush as a carpet gets. Just goes to show that regular maintenance always pay off.

    Do you have a journal for your new moss tank up?
    or have I just let the cat out of the bag? :oops:
     
  7. LondonDragon

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    Re: Time for a new scape

    Tank is looking better and better, looked even better in the flesh Chris :) well done, lets hope those shrimp start breeding like rabbits to help you clear those rocks ;) congrats mate
     
  8. Steve Smith

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    Re: Time for a new scape

    Nice and lush Chris! Great job!
     
  9. CeeJay

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    Hi all
    Thanks for the kind comments nelson. There will always be a 'next time' :D

    You're too kind Matt. Although that grass is certainly high maintenance :lol:
    The 'new' moss and shrimp tank is still under construction. The rocks have been in and out of that tank more times than I care to mention, but I think I'm just about there.
    Will post up when I plant it, hopefully in the next week or so.

    Thanks LD. Your shrimp are already breeding. I've seen 4 pregnant one's tonight :D and lots of babies from the pregnant one you threw in too, so thanks for that. :D
    Thanks SteveUK :D

    Thanks for all the great comments guys. Makes it all worthwhile :thumbup:
    As you can see, this is due for it's fortnightly trim....................now where did I put those scissors? :lol:
     
  10. Always Broke

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    Re: Time for a new scape

    Looking great Chris.
    What do you use to cut the "grass".
    The wife wants the front of our tank to have a lawn like that. I think it will need an underwater mower to keep up with it.
    stunning Job.

    Simon
     
  11. Ajm200

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    Re: Time for a new scape

    The tank is looking amazing. The grass has filled in brilliantly
     
  12. Celestial

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    Looks fantastic! I wish my Eleocharis did something like that, mine has done nothing for the past 2 weeks!
     
  13. Ben M

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    wow, that carpet is amazing.

    cheers :D
     
  14. CeeJay

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    Hi all
    Thanks for your kind comments.

    I use a small pair of scissors. I have the long angled ones, but to be honest I prefer to use the smaller ones. I now 'mow the lawn' once every two weeks. That certainly helped it spread in the early days. The actual trimming is the easy bit, it's the tidying up that's a bit of a bugger. All the floating bits tend to stick to the glass at the surface and you have to get them all off, which can be time consuming. Although I have developed a method that has speeded up that process somewhat. I spend about an hour once a fortnight on the trimming, so all in all not too bad.

    Thanks Ajm200
    It has turned out better than I thought I could manage :D

    Thanks Celestial.
    Give it time. Once it takes off you'll certainly know about it. As long as it's staying green, it will take off eventually :D

    Thanks pest control :D

    Once again I would like to say thank you all for your compliments and to all at UKAPS that have helped me learn how to finally grow healthy aquatic plants :thumbup:
     
  15. andyh

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    Chris

    Very impressive plant growth, the tank looks great and that carpet of hairgrass is something special? How do you keep it looking so clean? Dyson? :lol: :lol:

    Andy
     
  16. CeeJay

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    Hi Andy
    LD's shrimp are doing a blinding job of keeping it clean :lol:
     
  17. Norfolk180Rio

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    Re: Time for a new scape

    Hi,

    Was just wondering what lighting you have got on that tank? Its a Jewel Rio 180 right?

    Also, what was this planting advice you received for the hairgrass?

    Thanks!
     
  18. CeeJay

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    HI Norfolk180Rio

    Sorry I missed this :oops:
    It is a Rio 180 :thumbup:
    The lighting is the standard lighting that came with the tank. 2 x 45w T5HO.
    Talking of lighting, the growth rate in that tank was mad using the EI dosing, so about 6 weeks ago I took the reflectors off to slow things down a bit. Seems to have worked a treat :D .
    The planting advice I received from Tonser was to cut it down to 1" straight away. This certainly encouraged it to spread. In fact when I trim it now (once a fortnight) I take it back down to about 1" to 1.5" and it grows back pretty quick.
    The only problem I had with that planting advice was that Tonser replied to my planting query the day after I planted it :lol: so I had to cut each small planted bit, which was a right pain as I kept uprooting it. It would have been easier to cut down to 1" whilst it was still in the pots :oops: .
    Any other queries just holler as the tank's still running.
    Must get round to updating the journal one day soon as all the C.Balansae on the right is bombing along nicely too.
    Hope that helps.

    Just spotted and replied to your PM too :oops:
     
  19. hogan53

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    Re: Time for a new scape

    Hi Chris
    Great grass.
    Whats your dosing routine?
    Are you using Co2?
    Regards
    hoggie
     
  20. CeeJay

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    Re: Time for a new scape

    Hi hoggie.

    Sorry I missed this post. I must pay more attention.
    I don't tend to visit the Journals section that much, as most of my time is spent lurking in the algae, ferts and CO2 sections. Still learning, as they say.
    Dosing routine is full EI plus some extra PO4 (keeping the GSA at bay :D ) and it is using CO2 through an AM1000 reactor.
    WIll post up some new pics soon as a few of the crypt. balansae are now up to the surface and looking a bit more jungly :D
     

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