October 29th, 2011
Hello everyone. This is my first post but i have been lurking for a few years now.
My name is Brandon and I am from Lancaster County Pennsylvania.
I have been keeping Apostogrammas for a few yard now but have always wanted to create my own aquascape but never wanted to do anything too big. I was more the nano type of guy just for the small pure aesthetics.
I had bought a Fluval Chi that I was keeping a goldfish in. She has since out grown the 5gal version of this tank so I released her to my mothers outdoor pond where she is doing great!
Anyway this tank started off low tech so I could test the waters in a purely planted tank and getting everything just right with the tank. Slowly i added brighter lights. Co2 and a fert dose regimen.
I'll give specs in the next post.
The tank before the rescape:
I got some time to wade through a local trout stream that saw record flood levels over the summer and was able to find some great wood that was uprooted and washed into piles along the banks.
With the wood I created this hardscape:
And this is the initial rescape that I completed today. Let me know your thoughts.
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Still running the Rapids mini canister filter with Ehiem lava rock in the main chamber. I did add some ammonia crystals and Seachem SeaGel in a bag to the secondary chamber.
I also was fed up with the sintered glass diffuser and bought on of those new MixMax reactors. That thing works great!!
CO2 comes on two hours before lights on and goes off one hour before lights off. Photoperiod is 10hours, 12pm-10pm. Running 1bubble per 2seconds.
Haven't checked water in three months other than one ammonia test after a dosing of TPN+ to confirm that the urea in that fert was what caused my hair algae outbreak. I have since switched back to Seachems Comp. Liquid fert.
Pics of equip
Pic with sunset that shows slight haze from green water. And one of two male CPD's.
This Tank is for sale if anyone is interested in any of the components, please see this thread
Excellent work,congrats my friend.
Truly a piece of art! If only I had the gift of aquascaping as you do.