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Hello, This my current scape in my 20g. Due to time limitations (reef tank) I re-scaped my tank from a Dutch like tank to an Iwagumi aquascape (which never seemed right) to finally a Moss scape. There are multiple plants in there that are not moss's. I have minimal algae currently unlike my Iwagumi did. I think the 130 watts is just not possible with that scape. The water was constantly coudy, GDA, string algae and BBA. I finally happy with the tank, I think I'll stay with scape for a while. I've always been fascinated with moss's terrestrial and aquatic. Hope to have collected a majority of them within the next couple years. I figure trimming should be semi-easy, since I'll be able to pull out rocks and trim away. Enjoy. I'll be updating as some of the moss's,plants fill-in. Any advice for any of the plants/scaping/photography is well welcomed. Thanks to APC for most of my collection, and information.

Lights:
Coralife 110 watts pc's
(2) 9325k 55 watt

Temperature: 76F
C02: 35ppm

Equipment:
9 watt UV Sertilizer
5lb Pressurized C02 tank
Glass diffuser
Tetra filter
Desktop fan
AGA 50 watt heater

Fertilzers:
KNO3 - 1 pump (4ml) every 2 days
KH2PO4 - - 1 pump (4ml) every 2 days
K2SO4 - 1 pump (4ml) every water change
CSM+B Plantex - 1 pump (4ml) every 4 days

Moss's:
Leptodictyum ripariumJava Moss
Taxiphyllum barbieriFlame Moss
Taxiphyllum sp. Peacock Moss
Taxiphyllum sp. Taiwan Moss
Vesicularia dubyana Weeping Moss
Vesicularia ferriei Christmas Moss
Starr moss(concrete moss) Tortula ruralis

Fissedens:
Phoenix Moss- US Fissidens
Fissiden sp zippelianus

Liverworts:
Süßwassertang (Round pellia)
Pellia (Monoselenium tenerum)
Mini Pellia/Coral Moss (Riccardia chamedryfolia)
Riccia fluitans-Crystalwort
Dwarf Riccia

Hairgrass:
Eleocharis unknown species (local)

Eriocaulon:
Eriocaulon sp *Thailand*
Eriocaulon sp Aquaticum

Fish:
(10) Rasbora erythromicron
(4) Galaxy Rasbora - Celestichthys margaritatus
(3) Cardinal Tetra - Paracheirodon axelrodi
(2) Otocinclus affinis

Shrimp:
(5) Caridina cf. cantonensis 'Crystal Red'
(2) Neocardina denticulata 'Cherry Shrimp'
(3) Caridina multidentata 'Amano Shrimp'

Snails:
Malaysian Trumpet Snaill - Infinite amount.
Ramshorn Snails.

I've just started messing around with my Canon G6 (with exposures, ISO, ect..) any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.







 

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ThankS!! :D

The use of round shaping throughout the lay out are a nice touch. It appeals to me because I haven't seen something so fresh. I'd personally like to see this lay out in a tank footprint of 4'x9'. Roughly the size of a pool table. Then it would be "The Shire".
I'm so glad that idea came through, that's exactly what I was shooting foor with this scape. Rounded Moss/Liverwort manicured sphere's. Once it grows in the moss's and ect.. with really soften the whole scape. I can't wait myself. I'll be updating along the way.

Wow, it looks good, yet simple. I can't wait to see how it looks once all the different mosses start growing out. I'm gonna be watching this one.
I'm trying to follow K.I.S.S. "keep it simple stupid". And you can't keep it any simpler with some of these moss's. But you put together a really nice scape with some really interesting textures and colors.

As the Rasbora's become less shy I'll try to grabs some pics. They are super fast.
 

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I love the round rocks plus the Erio/hairgrass for contrast! Reminds me of a gently flowing shallow stream.
If we could only grow nice moss like that in TX without spending a small fortune on AC! Does the moss eventually attach to the rocks?
THanks! I just turn off the heater on hot days, and place a fan right above the tank to cool the water. It pulls the temperature down about 6 whole degrees. I think it was like $8 at Cvs. And I'm currently not running AC in the house. More fans more evaporation, greater the pull down on the temp.

Yes the Moss does attach to rocks, as does the Fisseden's. All the Liverworts need to tied down permanently and trimmed periodically. I use the shower sponges for the netting top hold down moss's and liverworts. One sponge was enough for 3 times the moss shown in my tank. Those shower sponges are by far best.
 

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Wonderful scape! Do you plan on keeping the mosses separate, or are you going to let them all run together, and see how it looks? Really nice idea. The different shades of green really make a nice effect.
I'm going to try to keep everything separate. Since everything is on a rock is should be easy to pull out and trim it to a nice sphere. You know how Riccia is if your not on top of it, it gets everywhere. So hopefully if my maintenance regiment is good, I'll everything will be nicely trimmed and round. I just hope for zero algae and good, clean growth out of what I have, especially the Star moss. :D
 

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Thanks! The netting I used was from the shower sponges. All you do is cut the main string holding it together, then you have over 15 feet of netting. Great stuff. I recommend using fishing line or cotton thread for moss's on driftwood. The cotton thread will eventually rot and fall off and by then the moss should be attached to the driftwood. Only reason I recommend using some kind of line is that the netting can be a pain in the butt when getting it on uneven objects.

 

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Yup yup :D been real busy with my wife's tank and building the new reef tank, haven't had time to snap any new pics. But I promise this weekend I'll put some up. I replaced the Riccia with Subwassertang, cause the riccia was driving me nuts with maintenance. It was growing so fast that I had to cut, and replace it every other week. So I have a very large field of Subwassertang, and also some new moss's. The Subwassertang is about 70% of covering the rock. I really like what its becoming with everything filling in and all the new shrimp babies everywhere :cool:
 

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Here are more photos as promised. I think I'll be removing the purple bamboo and penny-wort as it breaks the field look. Or just keep the bamboo in the rear to create a backround. The subwassertang is taking for ever. I've added some local fissedens which are taking off and some moss's from Robert @ Aquabotanic.
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well I'm outa here, time for sushi :D look for my wife Sunny's aquarium which should be up tomorrow in a separate thread.
 

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Thanks! :D
I think the New England rivers/brooks definitely did have an impact on the scape. I might pull the bamboo and the pennywort out, it breaks up the scape too much. But the Ottos and shrimp love hanging out on it. tuff call. Yes I did end up keep just one rock with riccia, who knows when I might want to cover everything with it again. ;)
Thanks again.
 

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Everything is growing very nicely I'm just waiting for some stubborn moss's and subwassertang to fully fill out before I release any up-close FTS shots. I pulled out the purple bamboo because it broke up the scape too much, but left the pennywort (it just fits somehow, don't ask).

:D In the mean time I have some photos of shrimps I took last night.

You can see the eyes on the shrimplets, there almost done! :D yay.





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Thank's Chef! The subwassertang is almost fully filled out, so I should have some new FTS shots up soon, the tank is almost complete. It's really cool to see some of the textures of moss's coming together, I just need to be vigilant about trimming them. Otherwise they'll start growing into each other and become one nasty mess. I was looking at it yesterday and kinda reminds me of a reef tank, which is my next endeavor. :wof:
I received some new snowballs last night from Chris @ www.PerfectInverts.com. :eek: MAn, they look awesome. :cool: Stay tuned for pics coming this week. Thanks again!
 

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Yup. I'll try to post some new pics this week. I've started up the new reef tank which is taking all my time up. :D in a good way though.
 

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Thanks everyone! :grouphug:

My reef tank has taken over every free minute :eek:
I'm not really proud of these photos, but here it is
they were done really quick. This photo really killed the depth and perspective of the tank.
So I'll definetley have some more photos top angle, soon

Everything is thriving, no algae, lots of growth, overall very happy with it.
You can see the subwassertang is growing at a accelerated rate. Only time I dosing anything is with a monthly water change.



I'll try take some more soon when I get some free time. I promise
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