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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-06-2012, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone! Recently rescaped my 5 gallon planted aquarium, and I will be starting this journal to track the progress with the improved substrate and aquascape.

My YouTube is http://www.youtube.com/user/VegasSurfer. I will be making updates on this tank there, as well as this post.

Old Scape:



In this setup, i was striving to get a natural, self sustaining tank. I had Organic Choice Dirt as the substrate, capped with regular black gravel. Plants included Italian Val, Rotala, Crypts, Naja Grass, and many small java ferns. I had achieved my goal with this tank, going a few months without any water changes, but the growth rate of the plants is what turned me away from the look of the tank. So, I planned up a rescape in order to renew my interest in the nano.

Tank Specs for the new setup:

5.5 Gallon Aquarium

10 Watt Compact Florescent

Mini Tom Internal Filter

Fluval Stratum Plant Substrate

Fauna: One male Halfmoon Betta

Flora: Hemianthus micranthemoides, Rotala rotundifolia, Ludwigia palustris, Ludwigia peruensis, Hygrophila angustifolia, Hygrophila difformis, Vallisneria spiralis (Italian), Cryptocoryne wendtii, Echinodorus augustofolia var vesuvius,

Rescape Plan:



Here is the planned out scape idea that I originally came up with. As you can see, there are many more species of plants in this scape than the last.



So...Now that the background knowledge is out of the way, we get down to business.

In the new scape I planned to ditch the dirt and ditch the wood, while acquiring Fluval Plant Stratum and a series of red colored rocks. I was looking for a clean and unique looking tank, rather than a natural messy looking one.

I was able to order the Stratum on Amazon for approximately $12, along with free shipping. I ordered the 4.4lb, which served perfectly for the 5 gallon tank.

I then looked for the rocks I had in mind, and snatched up some very great pieces...



Now that I had both the hardscape and substrate, I could proceed in scaping the tank.

Hardscape Completed:



Here you can see the Fluval Stratum and Granite rock arranged in the tank. The Stratum was wonderful to scape with.

I was then forced to wait a few days before the last bunch of plants arrived from shipping. You all know how that goes...

Plants arrived, and its time to plant the tank!!



I was pleased with the initial look of the tank. Keep in mind I have yet to add the foreground plant, along with a few red stems for the background. Most of the plants, especially the willow hygro, were bent up from shipping. The Stratum was nothing like I had read it would be once the tank was filled. I read that it was light, delicate, and clouds the water upon filling. None of which were true in my case. This picture was literally 10 minutes after the tank was filed, and it is crystal clear. The plants were also easy to get into the substrate. Overall, very pleased.

A few days after setup:



Here is the tank two days after filling. The bubbles are gone, plants are straightened, and even a bit of new growth is apparent when viewing up close. I am pleased with the tank so far. The foreground plant, Pearlweed, is in transit along with the Ludwigia peruensis.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-06-2012, 06:03 PM
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Nice rescape. That's a beautiful betta, I also like the rocks.
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Well done, very different rocks, kudos on the choice
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Nice rescape. That's a beautiful betta, I also like the rocks.
Thank you! Here is a better shot of him...

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Well done, very different rocks, kudos on the choice
Thanks! Its amazing what you can find when you take a walk around the neighborhood haha!
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Update Time!
Well, the Ludwigia peruensis has arrived as well as the Pearlweed. Both of which are planted in the tank now. Here are some photos (I apologize for the quality, they were taken with my iPhone...don't have access to the DSLR at the moment).

(Pearlweed)


(Ludwigia peruensis. A little bent up from shipping, but should look spectacular once it straightens out)

And finally...the full tank shot:

I will be hacking down the pearlweed in about a week to allow it time to properly root. As for the other plants, they are kicking ass in the Fluval Stratum!
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lookin good, keep on keepin us posted. Though I figure you're going to have one hell of a time keeping that pearweed low enough for a carpet. I love the line of crypts in btw those two rocks at the right. Let's get some more focus on the vesuvius sword though! And do you plan to put some stauryo in here, or no?
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lookin good, keep on keepin us posted. Though I figure you're going to have one hell of a time keeping that pearweed low enough for a carpet. I love the line of crypts in btw those two rocks at the right. Let's get some more focus on the vesuvius sword though! And do you plan to put some stauryo in here, or no?
I might have to upgrade lighting to keep the carpet more compact, and those are small java ferns, not crypts! The vesuvius are in the process of growing up.
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Lovely!

Its so nice to see bettas in planted tanks,they look amazing in there!


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nice i have subscribed to ur youtube channel!

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EWWWWW! jk looks great Mike!
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Hey everyone! Recently rescaped my 5 gallon planted aquarium, and I will be starting this journal to track the progress with the improved substrate and aquascape.

My YouTube is http://www.youtube.com/user/VegasSurfer. I will be making updates on this tank there, as well as this post.

Old Scape:



In this setup, i was striving to get a natural, self sustaining tank. I had Organic Choice Dirt as the substrate, capped with regular black gravel. Plants included Italian Val, Rotala, Crypts, Naja Grass, and many small java ferns. I had achieved my goal with this tank, going a few months without any water changes, but the growth rate of the plants is what turned me away from the look of the tank. So, I planned up a rescape in order to renew my interest in the nano.

Tank Specs for the new setup:

5.5 Gallon Aquarium

10 Watt Compact Florescent

Mini Tom Internal Filter

Fluval Stratum Plant Substrate

Fauna: One male Halfmoon Betta

Flora: Hemianthus micranthemoides, Rotala rotundifolia, Ludwigia palustris, Ludwigia peruensis, Hygrophila angustifolia, Hygrophila difformis, Vallisneria spiralis (Italian), Cryptocoryne wendtii, Echinodorus augustofolia var vesuvius,

Rescape Plan:



Here is the planned out scape idea that I originally came up with. As you can see, there are many more species of plants in this scape than the last.



So...Now that the background knowledge is out of the way, we get down to business.

In the new scape I planned to ditch the dirt and ditch the wood, while acquiring Fluval Plant Stratum and a series of red colored rocks. I was looking for a clean and unique looking tank, rather than a natural messy looking one.

I was able to order the Stratum on Amazon for approximately $12, along with free shipping. I ordered the 4.4lb, which served perfectly for the 5 gallon tank.

I then looked for the rocks I had in mind, and snatched up some very great pieces...



Now that I had both the hardscape and substrate, I could proceed in scaping the tank.

Hardscape Completed:



Here you can see the Fluval Stratum and Granite rock arranged in the tank. The Stratum was wonderful to scape with.

I was then forced to wait a few days before the last bunch of plants arrived from shipping. You all know how that goes...

Plants arrived, and its time to plant the tank!!



I was pleased with the initial look of the tank. Keep in mind I have yet to add the foreground plant, along with a few red stems for the background. Most of the plants, especially the willow hygro, were bent up from shipping. The Stratum was nothing like I had read it would be once the tank was filled. I read that it was light, delicate, and clouds the water upon filling. None of which were true in my case. This picture was literally 10 minutes after the tank was filed, and it is crystal clear. The plants were also easy to get into the substrate. Overall, very pleased.

A few days after setup:



Here is the tank two days after filling. The bubbles are gone, plants are straightened, and even a bit of new growth is apparent when viewing up close. I am pleased with the tank so far. The foreground plant, Pearlweed, is in transit along with the Ludwigia peruensis.

Cool tank!
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How's this tank going Mike?
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So, I eventually ended up taking this setup down a few months after setting it up due to me becoming less and less excited about the hobby. Also, the process of moving away to college soon slowed down my involvement with tank maintenance since I would inevitably have to take it down anyway. The pearlweed carpet quickly started to grow over itself causing the lower portions to lose light. Algae also took over which didn't help the process of reviving the carpet.

Here are a few pictures I have still to document the progression of the tank.











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