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Hi guys,

Sorry for being out from this forum for along time without giving news, but I continue doing aquascaping and keeping my aquariums.

I would like to present you my newest creation that I called "one step closer".
Yes, it is another tree scape... but with a different concept and IMHO more difficult to keep. "One step closer" means one more step to reach the perfection and some day I will get it; recreat the best tree scape ever seen in aquascaping.

This time instead of Vesicularia dubyana and to avoid getting an huge volume on the top of tree, I have used Anubias nana mini (petit) to simulate small leafs and recreate a fall down branches of the tree get in inside of the water.
The longer exposer of anubias to direct light will be the biggest challenge on this layout and keeping the Hemianthus above the shadow another nightmare... Without effort there aren't results, so let's see what happens. So far so now, the things are going quite well and I'm very optimist about the final result.

This time I made some videos explaining how I prepare the wood, step by step and some developing of the aquascape.

Videos:

Preparing the wood:
YouTube - One step closer - Making off

Step by step:
YouTube - One step closer - Step by step

1st day after setup:
YouTube - One Step Closer 1st Day After Setup

2nd day after setup:
YouTube - One Step Closer 2nd Day After Setup

13 days after setup ' Maintenance
YouTube - One Step Closer - Maintenance Day ' 13 days after Setup

Some pictures:

Preparation of the wood:

Stuff por Faao.FilipeOliveira, no Flickr

Hardscape:

2nd Attempt por Faao.FilipeOliveira, no Flickr

Planted:

One Step Closer 60L ' 18.04.2011 por Faao.FilipeOliveira, no Flickr

Another view:

One Step Closer 60L ' 18.04.2011 por Faao.FilipeOliveira, no Flickr

13 days after setup:

13 days after setup por Faao.FilipeOliveira, no Flickr

27 days after setup:

One step closer por Faao.FilipeOliveira, no Flickr

I hope that you enjoy it!

More updates soon.

Regards,
FAAO
 

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Thanks guys for your comments!
Any doubt about the scape, just ask.

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Amazing execution. As you suggested, I am interested in how you balance the need of the HC and Nana Petite especially with their placement in the tank. If anyone could pull it off, it'd be you.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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Amazing execution. As you suggested, I am interested in how you balance the need of the HC and Nana Petite especially with their placement in the tank. If anyone could pull it off, it'd be you.

Thanks for sharing.
The HC is growing quite well in entire aquarium, a little bit less on the left as I expected but nothing to complain. Anubias passed for a bad situation on the begining because since I cutted the roots from the rizome to attach to the wood, some leaves just melted and others has some lack of nutrients. Since the roots start developing, the leaves are borning and stays very heathy and clean (for my surprise!!!) In the next days I will add some maintance and cleaning fishes to help me keep all the hadscape and anubias very clean.
I will keep you updated about this aquarium. More pictures or videos very soon.

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I did an anubias nana petite tree a while back. I combined gloss with it. It was a neat look- almost weeping willow look. The gloss hid the anubias roots. You know that if you nick rhizome your anubias will put out a branch at that point. It is a way to branch out your tree. Good luck. I'll be watching too see your result. :).
 

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I did an anubias nana petite tree a while back. I combined gloss with it. It was a neat look- almost weeping willow look. The gloss hid the anubias roots. You know that if you nick rhizome your anubias will put out a branch at that point. It is a way to branch out your tree. Good luck. I'll be watching too see your result. :).
Thanks Tex, Glosso can be really interesting for that. Some day I need to try! ;)

I don't know how to add a video in this forum, so I will let a link for a new video of this layout.
 

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FAAO sorry to say this but another tree??
Man I like your work but I am sick to see you doing trees :( try something new please!!! [-o<

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FAAO sorry to say this but another tree??
Man I like your work but I am sick to see you doing trees :( try something new please!!! [-o<

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Hi Fialho,

And why not? If I did a nature aquarium it wasn't another nature aquarium?

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Hi Filipe,
Looks excelent, and i like very much the visual effect do you get with the roots of Anubias
The emersed part maybe requires more atention (too much contrast in comparison with the submersed part)

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Wonderful tank and Youtube videos. Thanks for sharing and keep up the posts. I liked the care you took preparing the driftwood. If you find the time or motivation I think text or small dialog about tips/trick you use would be welcome.

Bravo, good sir!
 

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i must say that is the most impressive use of maculatas i have ever seen. makes your scape look massive. i dont care if it is "just another tree scape" i think it looks fantastic.

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Elliot
 
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