It is starting to be more kayak friendly weather here on the mighty Mississippi river and I plan on starting an inspiration resource for aquascapes based on the natural river structures that have developed over time. Does anyone have any suggestions for things to look for other than compositionally appealing etc. etc.
We will see how that project goes I guess. I cleaned out a bunch of the algae and did a small water change today. I have an abundance of the Salvinia that I will be looking to share soon if anyone needs some. Thanks for checking back
Hey! I love the tank!! I am very envious of the growth and overall look of your tank! Very well planned out! Love the pictures as well! Very clear and detailed!
AVATAR!! I want more avatar pix!! That was awesome!!
I think the growth is because of my lighting spectrum and wattage. As a photographer light has always interested me. There many factors the change the directionality / qualities of light in nature and I tried to simulate this natural balance in my aquarium as well. The beginning and end of the day are naturally warmer as light bends through the atmosphere. Light at high noon is a high intensity cooler blue direct light that penetrates through flora and riverbeds to maximize photosynthesis. Plants use this time of the day to build up their energy to respire and grow. My light has a built in timer for two banks of 2 x 24 watt t5 bulbs. I have one 6500 bulb paired with a warmer giessmann bulb on bank-1 and a 6500 bulb paired with a cooler giessmann bulb on the bank-2. The warm bank comes on first and the cooler bank comes on to simulate high noon ( both intensity and color ). My tank is lit from 1pm-9pm daily so the afternoon sun will hit the tank when the second bank ( daylight + cool bulb ) turn on for 4 hours in the middle of the tank light cycle.
Haha.. Sorry about that babble. Interesting to me and might be for someone else too.
When I was a kid I was challenged to find the longest word in the dictionary. I think I gave up on "photosynthesize" because it sounded cool and reigned champion in my mind until this "antidisestablishmentarianism" business came about.
Goes to figure I like light
I will see what I can do about more avatar themed photos. I have some stuff in the works
Thanks very much. This is my first real go with aquascaping but I have a lot of gardening / plant knowledge I have been drawing on heavily. As for the scape I did do some sketches starting out to get a feel for my vision. I am loving how it is looking lately!
I decided to have another go at running this tank a little smoother. I had some intermittent CO2 problems that contributed to a few too many kinds of algae for really stunning photos. In looking at my original drawing and thinking about how much my shrimp hide I am making some plant lineup changes and going for a completely carpet aquarium.
The middle of the driftwood will be a "window" into the shrimp colony that has been lined with the javamoss for babies. I got a larger variety of baby tears to blend the mid ground to a better background plant that wont OVERTAKE EVERYTHING. You can see the wisteria is actually growing above the tank now too. I plan on it all being phased out so the shrimp are much more visible.
So my new plants did not show this week and I am flying across the country Monday morning. I was hoping to have a nice scape ready for everyone to see but instead my plants got to sit in a mail truck for an extra 70+ hours only to show up moments too late.
No updates until the 17th I would say. Wish my plants luck! I think they need it.