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Default Nano aquascape - "Crystal Canyon" [Setup Guide]



Dimensions: 27x20x20cm or 11x8x8" (10 liters) - Optiwhite
Lighting: Chihiros C-Series C301 14W
Filtration: Eden 501 (sponge, ceramic rings, Purolite)
CO2: Pressurised 1bps thru glass/ceramic diffuser
Substrate: ADA Aquasoil Amazonia, Quartz sand
Hardscape: Glimmer wood rocks
Fertilization: PPS pro, Easy carbo
Water parameters: Temp. 23C, pH 6.5, KH 3, GH 6, TDS 180
Plants: Fissidens sp. 'Philippines', Fissidens sp. 'Khao sok', Fissidens sp. 'Vietnam', Riccardia graeffei, Anubias sp. 'Pangolino', Crepidomanes sp. 'Calicut', Rotala sp. 'Wayanad', Rotala macrandra 'Mini Butterfly', Rotala sp.'Needle leaf', Hottonia palustris, Hemianthus sp. 'Amano pearl grass'
Fish/shrimps: Crystal Red shrimps, Ramshorn snails


Building a hardscape

First I have made scapebox of styrofoam boards. Hardscape base is egg crate panel cutted to the size - about 2-3mm smaller than inner dimensions of the tank:



Cutting stones:



All pieces are glued with epoxy putty to the egg crate. This way you can have permanent design without worry to move something when doing maintenance. Also, you can see there are smaller stones glued to the main boulders - I wanted some texture and character on the these quite flat surface stones:



Next step - making canyon bottom (with creek). First I needed a base for gluing smaller stones. Piece of plastic net cutted down to fit:



And glued with super glue to the egg crate:



Then I cut out piece of paper to act as creek:



Now when I have a vision how it will look like it is time to make a shore - gluing stones next to the paper.
A little bit of grinding to fit better:







From the top:



Next step is moss application by yogurt method, and then 2 weeks of DSM:



Photo journal


Day 1:



Day 60:

Added 40-50 CRS. Everything is growing slowly especially Fissidens. CO2 is reduced to 10-15ppm due to shrimps.



Day 80:



After trimming:



Day 104:



Day 127:



Day 150:



Day 192:



Day 209 - Final photo:



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Beautiful tank and an excellent build progression, thank you! Could you give more detail on the "yogurt method"?
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Thanks Michael! I have explained "yogurt method" on my blog here, or more detailed article can be found in Aquarium Hobbyist Magazine
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Default Re: Nano aquascape - "Crystal Canyon" [Setup Guide]

Moss like to grow on slightly acidic medium as well. It's certainly true from terrestrial moss which you can use the yogurt methods.
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Thanks! It is very similar to methods used to grow moss for bonsai and landscape use.
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Yes, the initial idea came from the moss graffiti technique.
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I was going to ask about the yogurt method myself, but thanks in advance for that link.
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