Update on the 80cm 33USgallon

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Fred Dulley, 15 May 2008.

  1. Fred Dulley

    Fred Dulley Member

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    In March, I changed the tank to suit a more Nature'Scape like that of Amano.

    Here's a pic before and after the change.

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    The tank recently came under attack from BGA. My fault as I didn't stock up with enough plants. I proceeded with a 5day black out and have added fast growers. Nutrients and CO2 are being kept up to give the plants the best. I've also added a drop checker complete with 4 dKH solution to ensure my CO2 levels are correct.
    The tank is no way near complete. I'm just having a bit of fun, getting used to the maintenance and growing the plants before I take out all of the fast growers and add the final plants for the proper scape.
    Enough talk, here are the pics.


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    Thanks for looking. Any questions just ask.
     
  2. beeky

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    Nice arrangement. I love the last photo.

    What plants have you got in there? Looks like H.polysperma?
     
  3. Fred Dulley

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    Thanks beeky.
    Indeed it is.
    There is also Bacopa carolina and Ludwigia repens. It's mostly H.polysperma though.
     
  4. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi Fred,
    That's pretty. :D Love the warm earth tone of the gravel. What substrate is that? What plants were you planning for the final scape?

    Cheers,
     
  5. George Farmer

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    Nice hardscape, Fred.

    Plants and their composition next, my friend.
     
  6. Fred Dulley

    Fred Dulley Member

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    Hey Clive. Thanks :)
    It's ADA Aqua soil Malaya.
    I'm planning on Anubias Bateri on the rocks. Possibly Glosso at the front and then maybe Echinodorus tenellus behind that. Rotala sp. green and Ludwigia arcuata mid/back.

    Thanks George, it means alot. After all, your work was the inspiration. I really went for it with the hardscape and hoped I had pulled it off. :?
    Indeed, the final scape should be fun. No doubt I'll be back for suggestions on plant positioning. :D
     
  7. beeky

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    Is it possible to move the far right rock? Is it one piece? At the moment it starts low and goes up towards the right, just wondered if it would look better turned round so it's higher in the middle and drops to the right.

    Just an idea.
     
  8. LondonDragon

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    Looking much better Fred, congrats :)
    You been watching too many of Georges videos hehe keep up the good work
     
  9. Fred Dulley

    Fred Dulley Member

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    Oh ok, I understand you. I'll have a play around today. Thanks :)
     
  10. Fred Dulley

    Fred Dulley Member

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    Cheers!
    Haha, well I've been doing my fair share of research ;) Hopefully things can only get better now.
     
  11. LondonDragon

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    So far its paying off, I have the same tank as yours also, but I like more of a jungle, many types and plants all over the place, if I get my new 500l up and running soon then I will rescape my Rio with something more "Amano" in mind ;)
     
  12. Themuleous

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    Very nice Fred :)
     
  13. Fred Dulley

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    Thanks Sam.
     

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