Tonys 200l "Horatio's Cave" - #175 IAPLC 2013

Discussion in 'Featured Journals' started by Tony Swinney, 29 Sep 2012.

  1. Tony Swinney

    Tony Swinney Member

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Messages:
    1,187
    Location:
    Cobham, Surrey
    Hi, Ive been meaning to start a journal of this tank for some time, but life has been awfully busy for the past few months - hence my general absence from the forum :(

    Anyhows, this tank is the 200L optiwhite that was previously Peacocks Crypt Tonys 'Peacocks Crypt' - The End | UK Aquatic Plant Society

    Initially I hardscpaed it as an open rock scape, to be planted with only an HC carpet, but that didtn work out too well, with a massive diatoms outbreak fettling all the HC over the course of its first few week ( probably due to me nuking it with too much light :crazy: !)

    It has evolved over the past few months and now features Hydrocotyle Tripiarta around the rocks, riciia and moss mix in the foreground, and E Tennellus and Juncus Repens in the background.

    Livestock is primarily a shoal of Black Neons, with Pygmy Corys, Otos, Amanos, and Cherries in there too.

    Here are some pics of its early stages ...

    The hardscape ...

    Horatios_Cave_001.jpg

    Horatios_Cave_002.jpg

    The initial HC planting ...

    Horatios_Cave_003.jpg

    Horatios_Cave_004.jpg

    and how it is now looking ...



    Horatios_Cave_006.jpg

    Horatios_Cave_007.jpg

    Horatios_Cave_008.jpg

    Thanks for looking.

    Tony
     
  2. Nathaniel Whiteside

    Nathaniel Whiteside Member

    Joined:
    22 Mar 2012
    Messages:
    3,159
    Location:
    Richmond, North Yorkshire, UK
    Just wow, Great use of a small collection of Flora. Stunning.
    Fantastic display of Hydrocoytle sp. Japan too, proving to some, it's not merely 'a weed'.

    Thankyou for sharing Tony :)
     
  3. Ian Holdich

    Ian Holdich Member

    Joined:
    18 Feb 2010
    Messages:
    3,300
    Location:
    lincoln uk
    Brilliant Tony, and great to see you back mate!
     
  4. Antipofish

    Antipofish Guest

    Fantastic Tony. Nice stuff indeed. What are the dimensions of the tank please? Being the technogeek I am you know I am gonna ask for full specs of the kit too please :) Do you have further plans with this at the moment? I love the way you have separation in the middle... gives a real impression of height too that way. :thumbup:
     
  5. tim

    tim Member

    Joined:
    22 Aug 2011
    Messages:
    3,823
    Location:
    Middlesex.
    stunning tony do you miss the hc or is this planting scheme less high maintainence on the trimming side of things looks damn good :thumbup: :clap:
     
  6. D1gg3r

    D1gg3r Member

    Joined:
    9 Sep 2012
    Messages:
    39
    Lovely tank, the snse of depth of scale is great.
     
  7. Ben22

    Ben22 Member

    Joined:
    4 Oct 2012
    Messages:
    83
    Re: Tonys 200l "Horatio's Cave"

    Simple and looks lush. Love the layout design draws your eye through the tank
     
  8. KrisHumphreys1991

    KrisHumphreys1991 Member

    Joined:
    27 Nov 2011
    Messages:
    756
    Location:
    Ipswich, Suffolk/ County Louth Rep. of Ireland
    Absolutely stunning.

    Great use of the Hydrocotyle. I love it.

    Keep photos coming !
     
  9. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

    Joined:
    30 Jun 2007
    Messages:
    7,065
    Location:
    Cambridgeshire
    Awesome mate! :thumbup:

    I remember seeing it in the diatom/HC stage but now it's turned into a real beauty and the extra planting works much better, especially given the height of the stone (which is superb in both it's selection and composition).
     
  10. hotweldfire

    hotweldfire Member

    Joined:
    23 Mar 2011
    Messages:
    971
    Location:
    South London
    Good to see you back fella. Funnily enough I was just doing a google search for your tanks looking for inspiration for plant layout in my main tank and then browsed down the journal forum to find this. :thumbup:
     
  11. Ady34

    Ady34 Global Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    27 Jul 2011
    Messages:
    4,386
    Location:
    Co. Durham
    Great looking scape, love the rockwork and its great how youve adapted it so differently from your initial vision...suppose thats the beauty of such a good hardscape!
    Whats the red coloured plant to the left of the largest rock? is it a stow away or intentional?
    Cheerio,
    Ady.
     
  12. Tony Swinney

    Tony Swinney Member

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Messages:
    1,187
    Location:
    Cobham, Surrey
    Thanks Whitey, I was trying to keep it even more minimal but am happy with how its worked out. Re the sp Japan, I wouldnt say its "merely a weed", but once established it is a weed - this stuff needs trimming at least once a week :)

    Thanks Ian, good to be back - I hope to be around alot more too :)

    Thanks Anitp' :) Tank is 100w x 55h x 45d, running 2 x eheim pro3 filters, pressurised CO2 through a pair of UP atomisers, lighting is a 150w MH for 8 hours a day. Re the plans, I'm thinking about finishing it pretty soon and reshaping ;)

    I cant say I miss the HC - I tried pretty hard to make that work, with little success, so am happy to be beaten by it and think the result is OK for now. The Hydracotyle is equally demanding in terms of trimming, but at least if you miss a trim it wont pull away from the substrate like HC might !

    Thanks D1gg3r & motionless - I always try to focus on the composition of the hardscape pieces, then work out the planting afterward - thats just my way :)

    Will do Kris - though this one might be nearing its end :)

    Thanks George - this one was a bit of a battle as you know, but I always had confidence in the hardscape so I'm pleased I got somewhere with it in the end. Hope all is going well over there, and look forward to a catch up when you get back to these shores. Be safe.

    Haha, hope there was some inspiration in this one for you HWF :) I've another journal waiting in the wings so will publish that one this coming week ;)

    Cheers all

    Tony
     
  13. Tony Swinney

    Tony Swinney Member

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Messages:
    1,187
    Location:
    Cobham, Surrey
    Hiya Ady, thanks a lot. I think your right - if the hardscape is OK then theres an infinite number of planting possibilities to be had. I'm quite happy to try different planting of the same hardscape.

    I was wondering when someone would pick up on the little red plant :) Its an Alternanthera Reinecki 'Mini" and there are 3 of them in the scape, just the others are too small to be seen yet. I've added them to add a bit of a floral focal point to the scape, but will hold back on judgement for now - they may be in the wrong place !

    Tony
     
  14. Ady34

    Ady34 Global Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    27 Jul 2011
    Messages:
    4,386
    Location:
    Co. Durham
    Yeah I think they're subtle but nice in the amongst the greens, especially with the understated fish choices.
    If you don't like them but like a splash of colour just add a few Sakura shrimp, they give a little ray of colour that's constantly moving position, it's amazing how they can disappear and yet sometimes totally draw your attention :thumbup:
     
  15. Ady34

    Ady34 Global Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    27 Jul 2011
    Messages:
    4,386
    Location:
    Co. Durham
    Hi Tony,
    i see this one every day sitting pretty at the top of the ukaps forum page and just wondered how its doing? Still going strong or had another overhaul?
    Cheerio,
    Ady.
     
    George Farmer likes this.
  16. O'Neil

    O'Neil Member

    Joined:
    16 Jan 2012
    Messages:
    314
    Location:
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    Stunning tank mate.
     
  17. mlgt

    mlgt Member

    Joined:
    28 Jun 2009
    Messages:
    1,009
    Location:
    London
    Looking lovely and always nice to see your scapes.

    R
     
  18. greenink

    greenink Member

    Joined:
    2 May 2011
    Messages:
    944
    Location:
    London
    Amazing as usual. This is really original too - never seen one like it.

    More 'in development' shots next time please!
     
  19. Tony Swinney

    Tony Swinney Member

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Messages:
    1,187
    Location:
    Cobham, Surrey
    I'm pleased to say that this tank got world ranking #175 in the 2013 IAPLC competition - very surprising as you had to enter a full front shot of the tank which is not its best angle ! Heres the entry pic.
    Tony

    IAPLC_entry_2013_TonySwinney.jpg
     
  20. Gill

    Gill Member

    Joined:
    17 Mar 2008
    Messages:
    3,063
    Location:
    Stenson Fields South Derby
    How do you guys get Hydrocotyle to grow so bushy
     

Share This Page

Facebook Page
Twitter Page
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice