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Ady34

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Looks great Ady, what's the nature of preserved moss?
To quote from scaped natures website:

“Preserved Flat Moss is also 100% Natural, it's a flat sheet of moss in various shapes and sizes. Use on Interior Moss Walls, base to flower displays, top dressing displays or to use for scenery, set displays.



The Bun and flat moss is grown sustainably, harvested and preserved using a unique process that includes natural dyes and glycerine so that the item maintains its soft appearance. As this is a preserved item it does not require water, only occasional dusting with a feather duster to keep it clean. If you are using Preserved Bun Moss for Green Walls we do advise that placing the Green Wall in direct sunlight is not advisable as the product will fade over time as none of the products are UV resistant.”
 

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Well, the preserved moss was removed as I finally got the incentive to fill and plant this little scape.
I wanted a pretty simple looking plant plan and wanted to keep it all green, not dissimilar to the look offered from the preserved moss.
Plant list:
Micranthemum Monte carlo
Hydrocotyle tripartita
Nymphoides aquatica banana lily
Glossostigma elatinoides
Staurogyne repens
pogostemon halferi
Mini Christmas moss (still in the bag @Iain Sutherland sent me many months ago for the ea600. I simply retied the bag after using some and it has acted like a sealed terrarium surviving beautifully :))
Riccardia chamedryfolia
Anubias nana petite

.....there are some new ones to me and I have some nemesis plants in staurogyne and pogostemon halferi so fingers crossed and time will tell how it fares :nailbiting:

I added a lightground to the tank as I like the fresh look the illumination and blue graded foil offer.
For the first couple of days the water quickly became murky, I think from the ADA Amazonia soil, however is now much clearer and I am carrying out every day 90% water changes. The millennium wood is growing a film, but thus far is not overbearing and I can keep on top of it with a toothbrush before water change.
I’m running a 6hr photoperiod with a maximum intensity of 65% for 2hrs with the rest ramping up and down around the 40-50% range. I will look to increase both duration and intensity in the coming weeks depending upon progress.
The tank is running injected co2 via in tank diffuser.
Fertiliser is via the ADA system, currently green brighty mineral and brighty k.

cheerio,
Ady.

test fill....
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Planting.....
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thanks @MirandaB also for the cabochon ruby check valve you can see working here.....
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Not quite ready to plant and fill this little tank, but was tired of looking at it without soul......I decided to make more of a feature out of it temporarily so ordered some preserved moss from Scaped Nature and ‘greened’ up the little sucker......

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Hopefully early next year I’ll be in a position to get this fully operational :)
Cheerio,
Ady.
That's a fantastic idea on the moss btw, which type is it, on their site?

Also how much did you need for the above?

Cheers!
 

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Hi Ady

Beautifully executed and the scale of the scape looks perfect for the 30c.

Any plans of having some reds/purples somewhere in the layout or planning to go with only greens?
 

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That's a fantastic idea on the moss btw, which type is it, on their site?
Also how much did you need for the above?

Cheers!

ha, yeah it definitely served a purpose and there was no maintenance at all which was a bonus.
It’s this:
I think I only purchased one pack tbh.

Beautiful start Ady, did you soak the wood before ?
Thanks mate, nope, maybe should have though being as I’ve had about a year to prepare :banghead:
It’s showing a film but nothing unusual so far and manageable.

Hi Ady

Beautifully executed and the scale of the scape looks perfect for the 30c.

Any plans of having some reds/purples somewhere in the layout or planning to go with only greens?
Thanks, no plans for any other colour, just wanted a fresh green look but will see how it goes. I did consider h’ra or similar as a background but will see if my little green lily offers the look I want first.

Cracking nano scape Ady, looking forward to seeing this develop, shared on Instagram 👍
thanks Tim :)
 

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Update.
Another tank with issues but gradually on the right track..
I suffered melt with the glosso, p. Halferi, and staurogyne on the initial weeks, and heavy diatoms particularly on the rocks. I kept up with maintenance and things began to improve. The p. Halferi wasn’t salvageable and I replaced some staurogyne after about four weeks once some kind of biological maturity was reached. The rocks were scrubbed with a toothbrush and thankfully they are now relitively algae free. The addition of shrimp and some horned nerite snails have helped in this case.
The tank is now stable and improving although I have recently suffered a huge filamentous algae outbreak.
i initially added a small group of amano shrimp as the cuc, but have recently added blue bolt shrimp which were always my plan for this tank.
really enjoying the freshness of the greens offered from this scape, it’s great having a permanent tank in the kitchen diner :)

blue bolt shrimp are subtle in here but stunning:
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Horned nerites, these are tiny currently but are a better choice than other nerites as they are less prolific egg producers:
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And the tank currently after a little trim last night:
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cheerio,
 

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The whole setup looks great stunning tank, i was so close to buying some of the horned clithon corona from horizon the other day as know they are meant to lay less eggs but was still a little worried let me know how you get on with these mate as would love snails apart from my millions of pest snails

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The whole setup looks great stunning tank, i was so close to buying some of the horned clithon corona from horizon the other day as know they are meant to lay less eggs but was still a little worried let me know how you get on with these mate as would love snails apart from my millions of pest snails

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I had a big issue with zebra nerites laying eggs all over my previous scape. I bit the bullet and changed to Clithon Corona and I haven't seen a single egg so far.
 

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I had a big issue with zebra nerites laying eggs all over my previous scape. I bit the bullet and changed to Clithon Corona and I haven't seen a single egg so far.
Update on this; a few of them have started laying eggs but nowhere near the rate of the Nerites who peppered every possible surface (even the front glass).
 

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Little update.
This tank reached its balance and now there is very little algae. The filamentous algae has all but gone and the tank ticks along nicely with the floating plants shading below and controlling the pace of the tank. The banana lily became too large so I removed it and replaced with some rotala h’ra.
I definitely favour the slower pace as trimming isn’t a weekly part of maintenence, more a three to four weekly task.
The riccardia and mini Christmas moss offer an aged look with areas of shadows which add to the mystery within the scape. I often sit after a meal and watch the tank which holds interest despite the lightly stocked livestock. I like the way the tank draws you from the sand foreground, up the seiryu cliff to the millennium wood above and out of the tank.

I have found the superjet filter to be excellent, it is extremely functional and simple to maintain. I did swap the Ada spin lily for a dooa stream lily as it adds flow to the tank which was lacking.

Anyway, pictures speak a ‘twenty seven thousand ‘ words so here is a few of my recent faves…..

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feeding time…..
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A few during maintenence shots….

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Picking out moss trimmings so they don’t take hold in the Monte Carlo…..
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Removing riccia as best I can to keep it at bay from the riccardia…..
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Finishing with a FTS…

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cheerio,

Ady
 

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Great attention to detail paying off with stunning tanks, great pics as well :thumbup:
Lovely tank🙂
Thank you :)

I added some chilli rasbora to this little scape, rehomed from my sons tank that was discontinued.
They are the perfect fit and add so much to the feel. I’m a real fan of these tiny fish.
Here’s an in situ image and a 40 second video of the scape, I love the way the riccardia looks so vibrant against the newly refreshed la plata sand :)

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Cheerio,
Ady.
 

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A sigh of relief, a breath of fresh air and a sense of calm….
Sometimes on a morning I just pop the lights on and enjoy the little kitchen scape whilst having breakfast and a cuppa. A relaxing way to start the day.
Happy Thursday everybody, the 30c kitchen nano it’s still going strong 💚
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Small but mighty 💪🏻
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