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Here are a couple photos of my two newest aquascapes, which have existed in their present state since, oh, about last Saturday.

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Any advice/commentary on the initial hardscape would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

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hey Carlos, can't wait to see them in ADA :D



As for the hardscape, I only have a couple things that I am not sure of (translation: take my advice on a grain of salt LOL)

10g: The crossing of the woods in the center top--This part, I am not sure if I like or hate LOL. One of those things that I'll just have to see. The wood extending to the far left--it feels too long for me reaching all the way to the glass. Not that you have much of a choice, but it feels "crowded"


5g: It is a little hard to say with the angle that is presented, but the wood going up and forward just has a massive feel to it. Sorta works against the "larger than it really is" effect.

Other than those things, I think you have some nice tanks in the brew:)


PS...you sold your soul to pellia...
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I am by far no aquascaping expert but both your tanks are off to great starts. The 5 gallon needs no changes in my opinion, except time to grow and a background I guess.

I think the driftwood piece(s) in your 10 gallon are amazing. Fantastic and natural looking imo! The only problem is that I found my eyes initially following the wood to the glass and then to the silicone. I love the tank though, just that piece is somewhat distracting.

edit: forgot to mention that I like your fish choice in the 10.
 

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This is the lighting I used for the 10g:

http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/product.xml?product_id=29595;category_id=1875;pcid1=1843;pcid2=

I added 20 Rasbora dorioscellata to the 10g last night. Also added some Rotala macrandra "Green" and Rotala rotundifolia "Green." Going to readjust the driftwood on Friday night.

Keep in mind everyone that as a layout grows in, all the branches are going to be toned down significantly. The crossing branches, the "long" feeling of some of the branches, etc will not be visible once everything grows in.

I may totally change the 5g. I am not totally happy with it.

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Very nice. Are you using the 10,000K/460nm Actinic bulb that came with it? Or did you swap them out...

I'm looking for some fixtures for my two 10's.. I was gonna buy the CORALIFE fixtures but I don't like the bronze color. :roll: I'm picky like that.
 

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:D , CARLOS, both tanks are very ugly, but i can c the potential there. I'm sure that we c at least one of them in aga/ab/ada contests...
 

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Wow. I think both of these look great, I really like the positioning of the driftwood branches in the first one, it reminds me of an amano composition, I've seen something similar in one of his books. The lights you are using also look brilliant, I'm looking forward to see how they progress as the low growing plants start spreading.
 

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Carlos,

Those tanks aren't ugly at all, what're you smoking? You've done a bang up job on arranging the hardscape and a pretty good job on the plants. It looks like you've got a little bit of a lot of plants in the 10g, we'll have to wait a little while to see how they turn out. The Pellia rocks, wood, and hairgrass are arranged very well. I'm assuming that it's actually one large piece of wood and the front branch can't be placed separately. It's a little too far forward, but the shape compliments the middle branches just right.

The 5g is cute, but that riccia ball in the middle doesn't need to be there. Unless you keep it trimmed super super short it looks like it's going to overgrow and obscure the Anubias. Good choice of plants for that tank, the fine texture of the leaves is perfect for the small tank. Is that green or red Cabomba? Some C. furcata would look really hot against that overall green-ness of the tank.

Best,
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Phil Edwards said:
It looks like you've got a little bit of a lot of plants in the 10g, we'll have to wait a little while to see how they turn out.
Yes, there is a large variety of plants but I assure you it will be narrowed down to 5-6 background plances when all is said and done. Partly, I am deciding what would look best and partly, I am getting some plants ready to send out to Edward so he can photograph them for the Plant Finder. :D

I'm assuming that it's actually one large piece of wood and the front branch can't be placed separately. It's a little too far forward, but the shape compliments the middle branches just right.
Would you believe I am actually using a total of six different branches of driftwood in this layout? All the pieces are independently adjustable. I will be doing a little adjusting tonight. :)

he 5g is cute, but that riccia ball in the middle doesn't need to be there. Unless you keep it trimmed super super short it looks like it's going to overgrow and obscure the Anubias. Good choice of plants for that tank, the fine texture of the leaves is perfect for the small tank. Is that green or red Cabomba? Some C. furcata would look really hot against that overall green-ness of the tank.
The greenness is a result of being quite young. There is Rotala wallichii and Rotala rotundifolia in that tank. I am actually going to do some major readjustments tonight. I am just not content with the layout. Going to be something along similar lines, but much less maintenance in the midground to foreground areas (Marsilea, Anubias nana 'Narrow', etc).

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Very nice. Are you using the 10,000K/460nm Actinic bulb that came with it? Or did you swap them out...
I swapped them out to a 6700k/10,000k Sunpaq combo bulb. The lighting is very nice indeed and actually warmer than the Coral life 6500k bulbs.

Thanks for all the comments guys,

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Hey Carlos,
Nice starts. I think the 5 could use one more hardscape element, one that anchors the driftwood better. a puff of riccia might not be the best thing.
On the 10, do you plan on leaving your reactor in the corner? It seems to me that that is a corner that needs to be filled in. The reactor might be in the way for this to happen, esp. in a small tank where every sq inch counts.
 

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Aaron,

This is a very real problem for the 10g and 5g. For the 5g, I am circumventing it by switching to a Marsilea minuta foreground. However, the 10g will be much more difficult -- but I need the high CO2 levels that the reactor offers. I was experimenting with wooden airstones and microbubblers beforehand but they would gunk up with bacterial slime within a couple days -- and my aquarium kept crashing regardless.

I'll think of something.

FYI, the aquascape in the 5g has been redone with a similar triangle design and a softer, less dramatic wood arrangement. I plan to cover these with lots of moss and Anubias 'petit' (got the 'Petit', Ken will supply the moss :D).

The background will be quite colorful -- lots of nice Rotala wallichii, Rotala macrandra "Green" and the likes, I hope.

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You might want to take a look at the new Zoomed 501 cannister filter. There is a thread already disscussing it. Paired up with a small diy in line reactor, this filter is PERFECT for nano tanks, up to 10 gallons. I bet every company will come up with their version in the coming year.

What kind of moss you planning on using?
 

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Wow, and yet another reason to spend even /more/ money on these two little tanks. I just cannnot justify doing that, though. at this point unless I sell my *brand new* plantguild reactors and my two hang-on the back filters.

Instead of a reactor, could I just feed the CO2 directly into the canister of the filter or does anyone think it will get overloaded with gas?

Carlos
 
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