Well it was quiet in the studio on Friday, so I pulled the blinds, put on a bit of John Lee Hooker ( ) and let the scaping begin 3 days of tweaking later, and here it is
One tank in particular that I really love is Luis Moniz 90*45*45 tank with the clear sand foreground , and the upright woods with bolbitis / fissidens on them - http://www.ukaps.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=3583&start=0. So that coupled with an intoxicating weekend (in more ways than one!) at TGM last week, and Georges demo tank have inspired this scape
Tech Specs first (the timer settings are for the initial couple of weeks):
Tank - 100w x 45d x 55h 10mm Optiwhite, rimless and braceless (200L) Filtration -Tetratec EX1200 & Eheim 2075 filters (total 2400 LPH), PM glassware CO2 - AquaMedic 1000 CO2 reactor, FE pressurised, solenoid on timer (8am - 2pm) Heat - Hydor 300w inline 26ÂºC DayLights - Arcadia luminaire 4 x 39w T5HO (2 x Hagen Power-Glo, 2 x Hagen Life-Glo) on timers ( 2tubes only 10am - 4pm) Moonlight - 18w Interpet MoonBlue T8 on timer (9am - 10.15am and 3.45pm - 7pm) Substrate -ADA Aquasoil Malaya (18L), ADA Sarawak sand (5L), TGM gravels, 20 X TPN+ capsules & mulm embedded Hardscape - Fossilised wood, Redmoor roots Fertiliser - will be AllInOne Solution, dosed daily
So here goes with the hardscaping:
1. Take one clean tank...
2. Fill with Aquasoil Malaya...
3. Position the redmoor roots (thanks Steve )...
4. Add some fossilised wood...
5. Replace the foreground malaya with Sarawak sand...
6. And finally, refine with graded gravels...
So there you go, simple as that
The planting will be happening later this week, but in the meantime here are some more pics of the hardscape :
As always, comments and critiques are always welcome (just dont recommend changing anything )
That's some fantastic hardscape you've got going on there Tony! I love the graded gravel, it really gives the scape some extra depth. Really looking forward to seeing this filled out. Any thoughts on what plants you'll be using?
Thanks guys. I'm pleased with it so far, but its the plants that'll make or break it, and thats the tricky bit
The wood soaked for a few days last week Steve, but now that I've taken 4 days to position it I think it might have dried out so I'm going to put a rock or 2 on it, and fill it very gradually with my fingers crossed !
As for plants, well there's going to be lots of mosses and bolbitis on the woods, and some crypt balansae and cyperus helferi coming up through the rear. The foreground is undecided as yet, though I've got E Tennelus, E Acicularis and E Parvula I can use. Maybe small crypts and pellia too ? Any suggestions are welcome as I dont have anywhere near enough plant knowledge
What a nice set of hardscape! One thing though, the grey rocks are all too similar in size and the fact that the are very evenly spaced and point all the same way really throw the eye. It'd be a huge improvement if they where more varied in size and postitioning, not beeing afraid to lie them on each other and stack bits on slopes till you have a nice varied set.
Wow, that hardscape is top class mate! As Garuf said, the stones are a bit clinical and to osimilar in size, just adding a few different sizes for a bit more variety would improve it much more but apart from that this should prove to be a great aquascape.