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Old 05-10-2013, 07:06 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I am re-posting for Lonesome who is still being blocked. Tech support, this is ridiculous!

Here's my first attempt at planting the land area. The bonsai is a trident maple...normally an outdoor species but I am going to try my hand at growing it under the grow lights. Might have to uproot it and move it outside come winter time...we'll see. I plan to carry the bonsai forest idea along the back wall with a couple more 'forest' plantings. The ground covers are all varieties of mosses that supposedly enjoy light. I'm looking forward to seeing how they fill in. Your critique is welcome.









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This is amazing
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Thanks, guys. If I could learn to garden like you, I wouldn't need any fancy rock work! Any chance of an aquascaping demo at my house from all of you? Payment in beer and BBQ....

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Very excellent job! How do you keep the mosses from drying out....do you have a misting system in place, or do you water by hand?

A picture of the while setup finished would be phenomenal.....could you post one please? Or, rather, would you send one to Michael so he could post it on your behalf, please?

Nice job on originality!
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Impressive tank! I like that cliff work
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OK, time to check if I am still unwanted and unloved by APC filters...

I am using the MistKing misting system and so far have had a great experience with it. I highly recommend it. I have 2 nozzles plumbed through the shelf above the tank. Pic below. I am misting for 5 minutes twice a day right now and the mosses seem to be liking it so far. The Mistking nozzles have a fairly wide spray pattern but the 2 nozzles are not quite getting me full coverage for the 4ft length of the tank. I may need to add another nozzle in future.





My setup under the hood. The tank on the far left is the RO/DI reservoir for auto-topoff. I use this for the misting system as well. Would love to use 'pre-fertilized' tank water but apparently the misting nozzles are pretty sensitive to obstruction with deposits. Anyone have experience on that?



So much for my DIY skills. One of the glass dividers I siliconed in the sump has cracked.



The tank as it stands in the morning light with a great shot of me in reflection. Suffice it to say that I will have to work on my photo skills if I ever hope to submit anything to ADA.



It is time now to work on planting the water portion. As yet no problems with algae. I could really use your help on this one Donald! I just saw your old scape...must have been pretty painful to break that down. Thanks for your input on the tank guys!
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Hey, it worked! Thanks Michael!!!
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Since I can post pics now, I'm going a little pic crazy. Here are a couple of the living room with tank in context...with and without guts exposed...

My wife will love that I left the pillows in a mess for the picture.





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What a magnificent piece of work, Lonesomeshark. I'd be happy to do whatever I can to help you. Aroids for the rock work, possibly? Smaller buces would look pretty nice on rock face under the water.

Nice that you plumbed it with the MistKing. I water mine by hand, which I don't mind much, but there is no realistic way for me to add a similar set up to mine without it being obvious. Must be a nice convenience!

The trick will be to see if this is sustainable for the long haul. If it is, you have one of the more creative and imaginative set ups that I've seen in a long time. Major props to you for thinking "big" and taking some risk. This should be even more amazing as time goes on.

Feel free to PM me! Thanks for the extra pics!

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Thank you Don! I really appreciate the support of all of you senior members. I agree some nice bucephalandra will look really good in there. I will plan on it. I have a nice little crypt going and I picked up an Anubias petite which scales well (I think Michael had suggested). I put in some E. tenellus micro along the base of the rock which I'm kinda digging right now. I was thinking of planting this not as a carpet but in clumps to look like the little thickets of beach grass that sit on the rise at the edge of the beach. Will update pics when there is something to show.

About the only issue I can see with this setup at start up is the distance from light to substrate- about 30 to 32 inches on average. I hope this doesn't limit me too much. I think I'll be ok though.

Also, I agree that we'll have to see how this plays out over time. I will say that a major limitation of this build is that it is more or less a permanent exhibit as opposed to a traveling show. There will be no "I'm bored...let's break it down and start over" in a year. That would be difficult enough that I would sooner move and hope to sell to a fish geek!

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