Sorry for the delay, I was out for the weekend.
truly amazing. How do you like the HC on the mat vs in the pots?
Thanks! Its about the same labor-wise. Either you're picking rock wool out of the roots or the coir fiber. The quantity for the price was great, and it is also emersed-grown. There were some melted sections when it arrived, but nothing unexpected. HC is still very laborious to plant, however. I now understand why Amano invented the Wabi-Kusa, haha...
I love it I love it I love it. nice Nice Nice...............well done.
Thanks bro! Backbreaking labor: justified!
Wow, that's really nice looking. I can't wait for the ?rotala? to fill out and get trimmed into bushes. Too bad about those Amanos. I've never has issues with shipped fish. Was the water used to ship just not clean to start?
Thanks - yeah it's rotala indica. I lost five more Amanos over the weekend. I'm never getting shrimp from these guys again. The water was super foul when it arrived. it was so clouded that you couldn't see through the bag, and it smelled so bad I gagged when I opened it. I think they just don't care for their shrimp well. From now on, I purchase from hobbyists only. This was absurd.
AWESOME POST! Thank you for posting in detail about how you setup for a long planting sessions as well as the other info you provided! I will be looking forward to seeing this tank fill in!
Thanks, and you're welcome! Tanks this size and bigger a pretty exhausting to plant, especially with such small plants as HC. I just hope my maintenance skills are up to the challenge!
Beautiful everything! Setup, scape and planting is just top notch, well done. This should grow into am amazing aquascape
Thanks - I'm looking forward to how things grow in. I may replace some things over time - the DHG might get replaced pretty early if I don't like what it's doing - but for the most part, this is a good starting point!
excuse me while I go get the napkin to cleaan up my drool!!!
Gosh makes me realize how little "eye" I have with my scaping abilities thus far... I am really going to to have to practice... A LOT
Haha, thanks! It tok a lot of practice and some hard critique of my own work, and there are still flaws in this layout I have taken note of, but I very much like this scape. Time and practice are good!
I came back home after a camping trip, and the plants are all pearling nicely. There are places where the HC was dead when I planted it, but aside from that, it looks like everything is transitioning very well. My CO2 setup is an atomic inline diffuser on the filter, and an atomic diffuser at the opposite end of the tank. This way I get a super-fine mist of CO2 at both ends. HC devours CO2, so success here will hinge on keeping enough of it in there to keep all of the plants happy.
The rotala indica came submersed-grown and nicely bronzed by the sun - I'm hoping to maintain that color, but that might require some toying with light. This is exactly the soft warm color I wanted in the background. Nothing too loud and red, but just a little touch of pink/orange/gold. With 3-4 trimmings, it will shape up nicely. I won't trim for a few weeks, though, so the roots have time to establish well. My moss is taking off, as it was already pretty well established in the other tank. It seems to like the extra CO2. I've never seen it bounce back so fast after a trim before.
I need to start tomorrow with a water-change to catch up on lost time. I should have been doing one every day, but as I was gone that was not going to happen. No worries. I'll fix it!