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A new scape with the old name: Hope for Rain 2

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About one month ago, I've decided to rescape my old tank, which was my first attempt on ryouboku, but had some mistakes with driftwood formation. So now I've tried to create ryoboku style aquascape, but payed much more attention to driftwoods and composition.

Lightning: 6 x 23 w, Philips NDL Tornado energy savers-6500 K.

Filtration:Sump and Hang on filter with suface skimmer, total flow rate 2500 l/h.

CO2: DIY yeast and sugar, with also DIY diffuser. I have a pressurized CO2 bottle with manometers but I couldn't find a needle valve so I am a bit afraid to turn this ting without it.

Substrate: 2-5cm layer of peat with some clay, and 3-8 cm of gravel 1-3 mm granulation above.

Hardscape: vine grape driftwood covered with java moss, and some stones, which last week I covered with Riccia.

Plant used are:
Microsorum Windelow
Microsorum narrow
Bolbitis heudeloti
Anubias nana
Valisneria nana
Crynum thaianum
Vesicularia sp.
Monosolenium tennerum
Cryptocoryne becketi ver. petchi
Echinodorus tennelus
Rotalla sp. green
Rotala nanjenshan
Rotala rotundifolia
Hemianthus micranthemoides
Hydrocotyle dissecta
Glossostigma elatinoides
and Riccia sp.

So one month ago, it started like this.

Soon after the setup, I decided to cut old and long leaves of Valisneria nana, because it created to much shade for Rotalas. And two weeks ago I looked like this:

Last week, I decided to ad one driftwood, to improve the appearance of the right side, and also I shif one driftwood more to the back. Also, I added some Riccia on the stones to smooth the transition from Glosso to Monosolenium. Valisneria nana, started to grow out behind Rotalas, which was the idea in the begging.

So now it looks like this:

I did not have major algae issues, only some of green harry looking algae on mosses (maybe staghorn?), but I managed soon to put this in control, and they are reduced.

I ad 5 ml of Easy Life Easy Carbo daily (in the second week, when algae started to appeare I incresed the dosage on 10 ml daily, but now it is 5 ml again). In the second week I started dosing 0,5 ml Nutrafn NPK, 1 ml Easy Life Pro fito and 0,3 ml Easy Life Ferro every 3rd day, and gradually increased the dosage to 2ml of NPK, 2 ml of Pro fito and 0,5 ml of Ferro every second day.
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It really looks nice. I am always looking at the stones/rocks in the aquascaping. What kind are they? Are they local or did you have to buy them?
Thanks guys.

Fishes there are Hasemmania nana and Megalophodus megalopterus (15 specimens of each).

Stones are local, I pick them in one mountain near my home town. The petrografic typology refers to them as amphibolits in late phase of distruction. So theye are not massive but in layers of plates.
You have a beautiful aquarium. I can already see it with the thick glosso carpet and a midground full of sparkling Riccia. You've done a great job of making transitions between plants and parts of the tank.
Nice scape!
How about your lighting system? do you use the normal lamps? what's the parameter?
Thanks guys. Lightning system is described above - 6 x 23 w, Philips energy savers (compact flour) - 6500 K. Photo period 8 - 10 hours.

Here are todays pictures, before the trim which I will do tomorrow.

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nice scape, like the driftwood formation
what size is that tank?
Thank pinto. Bioch, the size is 100x50x50 cm.
The scape has developed nicely! It looks wild, yet still controlled making it appear more natural. :)
I like the center piece wood alot. It really pops.
Thank guys.

Today I have put a white background, and seems to me much better (but maybe this is because of the change). Here are the pics. Does bright background fits better to this layout?

And here are some details.

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The light background seems much better for me, I am loving it. beautiful tank. Congrats. :)
thanks butacska. Here is a litle darker picture with the bright background

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Do you have a close up of the lights. Does it get hot easily with this type of lighting. Amazing grow. :thumbsup:
good way do display the difference between the two back rounds. What did you use for the white? The lighter color sure dose brighten it up.
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