Let me introduce myself.
I'm already working on aquascapes for over two years. Maybe even three.
The first year I learned how to grow plants. I did a lot of experimenting stuff, played with plants and algae. After one year I was able to setup a tank within 6 weeks with no algae and good plant growth. I repeated it a few times ( yeah, every six weeks a new aquascape....lot of work) just to be sure I was ready for real aquascaping.
My big tank was a little too big ...( 672 litres / 172 Gallons) so I decided to build a new tank. It had to be a smaller one, because I always needed a small ladder to do maintenance in the big tank. Hurts your back when planting Glosso ( get the picture
) The stand - lights
Inspirated by Amano's Gallery in Japan, I did some DIY with wood and paint :
After finishing the stand, the open top 90 Gallon rimless tank arrived and was tested....
I borrowed a pendant ( Aquamedic 4 x 54 Watt T5) and did some measurements.
I replaced the pendant for a flatter one ( local brand ) and this pendant with 6 x 54 Watt T5 did very well.
So, the the technical issues were solved, and the tank was ready for aquascaping. You can see on the next picture I just was growing some plants.
There is a lott of fancy stuff in the stand.... for the techno-freaks, take a look :
From left to right :
UV-lamp ( 11 Watt)
CO2-reactor ( Aquamedic 1000)
Eheim Pro II with internal heater
Light computer ( for the dimmable T5 pendant)
CO2 computer / dosing computer
3x dosing pumps Aquamedic with liquid holders
I don't use the dosing system, it's handy during a long holliday.
Yeah, when was my last holliday.....
two years ago?? The aquascaping
I had a good idea what I wanted to make. But it took me a while to find the right wood and stones. In the meantime I was just growing some plants and keeping fish as everyone does...nothing new here
Ok, I did find the right stuff, now it's aquascaping time !
A short journal :
I re-arranged some plants, wood and stones. The island-concept wasn't working ok with the green Lotus.
To give you better idea of the tank, here's a picture of the whole tank :
The top view is amazing of this tank. Picture with dimmed T5 's :
The Lotus is flowering almost every week. It's Nymphaea glandulifera, South-America and will flower during the night..... So I had to take pictures in the middle of the night. Lights on please
In the night.... you can see something like this : The final result of the aquascape for this year
So, now you now all... A lott of pictures. Last note
Some people will recognize my tank...
Be gentle with me...
I'm in the middle of moving to a bigger house. I had to tear down my tank. I wasn't able to get another aquascape ready...between AGA and APC, the tank is empty ...
I even doubt I can manage the ADA 2006...
Have fun !