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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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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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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).

m3th0d said:
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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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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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?

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David said...
That thing really filled in nicely! Good luck keeping up on the pruning.
It isn't fully filled in yet. Still a little bit more to go (2-4 weeks). Plants need to grow out AND color up. Foreground needs to be denser.

Niko said...
Also if it is possible at all ... A few dark, maybe grey, rocks in the foreground may enhance this great (small) aquascape.
If only this little tank were bigger. The foreground is only about 0.5" wide, an 1" at most.

turtlehead said...
is that filter, the zoomed better than an aquaclear? and whered you get that 5 g cube? whats your dosing routine?
The zoomed mini canitser is MUCH better than any nano HOB filter. The zoomed mini creates clear water without any turbulence. It is excellent for the 10g or smaller aquarium. I use it also on my 5g where it creates the perfect amount of current. I got my 5g cube from a friend in Los Angeles who shipped it to me when it became available at his LFS.

nonamethefish said...
I really like how it looks rather like how a field would look and though the plants appear blended some the groups still stand out. Praps a background would be nice.

BTW, are those wee stripey things Ep. annulatus?
Noname, there is already a background -- and it is white posterboard. I do not want to use a black background. The 5g has also had its background replace with a white one. I far prefer it to black.

The fish are half a dozen Nannostomus espei, the only denizens of this aquarium and the stars of the tank. I also have two pairs of scarlet badis and two otos in this tank.

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Xema,

Considering I've already trimmed the Isoetes twice within only a month's time, it is not growing that slow... so I think it will will be filled in nicely in about a month. I do not want it to get too dense, as the background plants in that area will get shaded -- those will be more important to the display of this layout than the Isoetes.

And yes, I did follow your advice. It was a stroke of genius to move that branch in that position. Thanks!

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All right... decided to take a snap shot of the 5g cube. Looks okay but still needs work. My photography REALLY needs work -- the mass of green Rotala rotundifolia "green" and Micranthemum umbrosum and Hemianthus micranthemoides comes out as an amorphous green blob.



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