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Thanks Dutch!

Continuing on our updates... here's a few photos of the new TV stand nano tank. We added more plants to it yesterday and today but we'll have those to post for another day.




Beautiful tissue culture Buce that was added to this tank:


And stem plant growth is doing great!



After seeing our planted tanks, a good friend of ours asked us to scape one for her so we put together a nano 2g low tech.





Plants include Bolbitus, Java Fern narrow leaf, Java Moss, Anubias Petite.

As a bonus, we used Alder Cones as part of the scape and also to lower the PH of her tap for her betta.

 

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Cant wait for your new website to be finished, And as always, beautiful pictures.
 

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Continuing along our scaping spree, here's our friend's tank after doing maintenance on it...





Also added more plants in our latest 5g TV stand setup during a water change...




Happy plants




Also just used the opportunity to rescape out living room console table too!



Quick Scape video here:
 

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Your camera and photo skills amaze me still.
And I checked out the website, so far so good! looks very professional! Did you use Wix? I thinks that's the new thing.
Anyway keep scaping, fantastic artwork!
 

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Your camera and photo skills amaze me still.
And I checked out the website, so far so good! looks very professional! Did you use Wix? I thinks that's the new thing.
Anyway keep scaping, fantastic artwork!
Thanks! It's on wordpress.
 

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Sorry for the lack of updates, but we've been busy! Since I don't want to violate any forum rules, a simple Google search will let you all in on what even been up to for the past few months. A lot has changed and there's a lot to cover so here it goes....

We've been doing a lot more Quick Scapes as a proof of concept. Not only are they scape practice for us but they also serve as inspiration and "bigger picture" pieces as in they illustrate how tanks can look if incorporated into an interior design. We figured many people make the inside of their tanks look nice, but what about the overall home? Here are a few examples:

A simple 2 gallon Ultum Nature Systems 20C cube tank using Flat Bottom Seiryu Stone. The flat bottoms make it super easy to scape with



Next up is a 20 gallon Ultum Nature Systems 60U standard tank using a really new and awesome rock to the hobby, Senso Stone. It's best described as an evolved version of the very common Dragon Stone. The stone comes super sharp with many layers of color from charcoal grey to rust red.


Another Ultum Nature Systems 20C cube tank with Manzanita Twig Wood and Ryuoh Stone. When soaked in water and in submerged in a tank, Manzanita has a red tint to it, unlike other common aquarium driftwoods.


Yet another Ultum Nature Systems 20C cube with Flat Bottom Seiryu Stones. It's just that easy!


Then we upsized and scaped a 4 gallon Ultum Nature Systems 25C cube with Ryuoh Stone. Even for us, it's sometimes extremely difficult to tell the difference between Seiryu and Ryuoh. Ryuoh Stone is naturally darker than Seiryu and has very apparent white marbling.


Finally, we scaped a 5 gallon Ultum Nature Systems 5N nano tank with the new Senso Stone along with Manzanita Twig Wood in order to go for that orange to red almost Arizona-looking scape. The great thing about Senso Stone is that some of the pieces come flat-top which makes it also a great base rock in nano size tanks.


You can view all of these Quick Scapes being put together on our Youtube channel here (we update weekly): https://www.youtube.com/c/glassaqua
 

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Somewhere in between all that scaping we ventured up north to visit Aqua Forest Aquarium in San Francisco. This is ADA heaven and lots has changed since the last time I visited nearly 12 years ago.

 

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Here's an update on our nightstand Ultum Nature Systems 5N nano tank



In addition to that 5N, here's our TV stand update now at a month in. The background plants have already been trimmed a handful of times and now it's just a waiting game for the hairgrass to fill in 100%. It's currently our newest tank and fastest growing tank in the house.



We also planted 2 micro tanks that come in at 400ml and 600ml respectively. It's currently a dry start and we're hoping to fill them soon.



As soon as Game of Thrones season 7 ended my lady decided we did not even need a TV anymore so now the TV stand has both our 5N nanos sitting on it for 'entertainment' lol

 

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And finally.... here's an Ultum Nature Systems 20C cube that we setup this past weekend for the lady's mom. It's super low maintenance and houses Anubias Petite, Marimo, and various Buce sp. The Betta's name is Klaus lol

 

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Back for another round of updates!

Here's a 2 week update on the lady's mom's Betta Ultum Nature Systems 20C Cube Tank. No algae issues whatsoever after 2+ weeks. We gave her mom an Azoo 150 Mignon which is rated for tanks 2-3 times the size of this tank so it would compensate for us not being around every weekend to do a water change. We gave it, its first water change in 2 weeks and there was literally nothing to clean. The water was crystal clear! The plants are perking up and the Betta, Klaus is brightening up in color too. There's no CO2 injection and excel/ferts are only dosed once a week along with water topoffs.



Next up we setup this very nice Ultum Nature Systems 60U 20.5G for her mom. Given her budget and free time we decided to go for yet another low tech setup for her.

Tip : Save the lids that come with your tank. They're super handy and we use them all the time, especially for pre-scaping. Let's you play around as much as you want while making sure the scape will fit without scratching your tank.



We had over 30 Anubias Petite .5" bunches wrapped on small porous Lava Rocks that grew to 2" bunches in 5 months for this tank. Even the slowest growing plants benefit from CO2. Before placing them in this scape, we split and wrapped 4 golf ball portions of Java Moss to them to avoid the mismatching of rocks for a much more natural look.



Since N's mom had given us a budget to stick to, most of the extraneous equipment/accessories that were used to setup this tank were from our personal stash or storage. This included:

- Purigen 100ml with bag that's doing a great job taking care of the tannins in the water from the heavy leeching Horn Wood
- Hikari mix of fish feed
- ADA Vitamix which will be good for stress relief and conditioning of new fish that we're going to add
- ADA Multi-Bottom which are just like root tabs that will help the Crypt Lucens grow in this sand-only layout
- ADA Gain Green which helps new plants in tanks establish quickly - ADA Moss Cotton which we used to secure the Java Moss onto the wood and will dissolve on its own in about 2 months time
- Toothbrush
- UNS tools that will be released soon



Before slowly filling with RO water. We included a total of each of the following plants:

6 handfuls of Microsorium pteropus sp. Trident
1 pot of Cryptocoryne Lucens
30 bunches of Anubias 'Petite'
6 pots of Bolbitis 'Mini'
12 golf ball portions of Java Moss
1 bulb of Nymphaea Nouchali



Adding additional bacteria and established water after a 50% water change on the second day. The tank specs are as follows:

UNS 60U Standard Tank
Current USA Satellite LED Plus
Eheim 2215/350 Classic Filter
Stainless Steel Inflow and Outflow Pipes
Eheim Jager 150w Heater
8 Horn Wood
30+ Ryuoh Stones
Full Seachem line of liquids

 

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may I ask where you get your plants, and hardscape from?
 

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So here's the final look of the tank on the last day we saw it



Tank Specifications:
TANK: Ultum Nature Systems 60U 20.5 Gallons
LIGHTING: Current USA Satellite LED Plus
FILTRATION: Eheim 2215 / 250 Classic with Stainless Steel Pipes and Seachem Purigen media
CO2: Seachem Flourish Excel
PLANTS: 6 handfuls of Microsorium pteropus sp. Trident, 1 pot of Cryptocoryne Lucens, 30 bunches of Anubias 'Petite', 6 pots of Bolbitis 'Mini'
12 golf ball portions of Java Moss
1 bulb of Nymphaea Nouchali
SUBSTRATE: Natural Sand
FERTILIZATION: Seachem Flourish
HARDSCAPE: Ryuoh Stone and Horn Wood
LIVESTOCK: 21 Boehlkea fredcochui, 3 Otocinclus affinis, 6 Corydoras pygmaeus, 1 Crossocheilus siamensis

Here's a video of the tank during feeding time after they were added:

Now that we're back home, here's how we tried to make cinder blocks look pretty lol with a Quick Scape




 

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Updates, updates, updates! Here's our newest TV stand Ultum Nature Systems 5N (4.6 gallon) nano tank at 2 months. It's been a battle to keep it balanced correctly since the Twinstar 360E LED we're using is A LOT of light for such a small tank. However, once it was balanced, there's been great growth. Right now we're concentrated on getting the background stems to get bushier by trimming at least twice a week and waiting for the hairgrass to fill 100%. Also, we've been working on dosing more Iron for deeper reds. Really suprised at how colorful this tank has turned out thus far.







Next we used classic Dragon Ohko Stones for a concave Quick Scape.




 

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Back again with new updates!

It's been a while since we posted any updates on our longest running tank at almost 11 months. It seems now is the time for a rescape or at least a replant. We don't trim this tank anymore and are only performing water changes and fertilizer dosing.





We took a break from tanks and created another Quick Scape with Manzanita Twig Wood and the European exclusive, Frodo Stone




Shortly afterwards, we visited a long time friend and helped her setup a new Betta Fish tank. The tank is an Ultum Nature Systems 2C cube that holds a little over 2 gallons. The only "plant" we used was a tennis ball sized Marimo Moss Ball that we split and attached to the Seiryu Stones with super glue. She has a hard time keeping any sort of plant alive so we made it as simple and low maintenance for her as possible.




Her Betta, Reddington seems to love his new Beachside home :)




Next up we visited and did some maintenance on another Ultum Nature Systems 2C cube. This is an update on Klaus' tank that we setup nearly a month ago. All the plants are perking up nicely, even the slow-growing Buce! Even the Betta is getting bigger and more colorful by the day.





Here's our newest Ultum Nature Systems 5N nano tank, approaching 3 months. All the plants are doing well and responding to consistent trimmings. We're going for that bushy looking as opposed to the long stringy stem plant look.









And finally, here's our 5 month long dry start method ADA 45-F tank. Looking back, we should ahve filled it at month 3 or 4 but due to our hectic scheduling it was left neglected and we decided to fill it anyway to see how it would grow out if it even does. We probably misted it 10 times during the 5 month period and forgot to even lift the wrap for CO2 exchange on occasion. Also the summer heat did kill so of the utricularia graminifolia off but it recovered on its own pretty nicely. All the equipment that is being used on this tank is just used equipment we had laying around so ignore the horrible frankenfilter setup. We just set this up temporarily since we didn't know if the UG would survive during this transitional phase since it's such a tricky plant. This was our 4th and most "successful" time with this plant. Fingers crossed for this one!



 
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