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post #31 of 82 (permalink) Old 10-19-2012, 09:14 PM
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can i use any type of 'wood' like a tree branch?

can i use any type of rocks? like from the 1000's outside my house?

i live in the woods on a mt. so rocks and wood i have..
(if you like frogs we have them too...and other things us girly girls are afraid of that slither... ewww)

also i assume that little separate tank-ette is for quarantine? so i am ASSUMING even on a new set up i need to quarantine?
each plant or can i do them together?

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and i LOVE the wood!
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Hi, I really like the new look of your scape. I also agree that spreading the stones out a bit more might be nice. I can't wait to see future updates
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can i use any type of 'wood' like a tree branch?

Not any wood. Stay away from fresh cut and/or soft woods. Here is a link you can take a look at for some help: http://www.skepticalaquarist.com/wood

can i use any type of rocks? like from the 1000's outside my house?

Again, not just any rock. There are a ton of them out there that are usable though. If you do a search of this site you'll find all sorts as well as tests to be able to tell if a particular rock will work.

i live in the woods on a mt. so rocks and wood i have..
(if you like frogs we have them too...and other things us girly girls are afraid of that slither... ewww)

also i assume that little separate tank-ette is for quarantine? so i am ASSUMING even on a new set up i need to quarantine?
each plant or can i do them together?

The small tank is being used to grow some plants emersed for a couple of weeks while I get some of the last stuff taken care of for my tank. Those plants will be transferred to the main tank as soon as all of my equipment is set up and my other plants are here.

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and i LOVE the wood!
Thank you very much. And good luck finding your hardscape.


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Hi, I really like the new look of your scape. I also agree that spreading the stones out a bit more might be nice. I can't wait to see future updates
Thanks. I agree as well. I think I'd also like to bury them down into the substrate a little further as well.

I used to be indecisive but now I'm not so sure.

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How about a mini update?

I'll start by saying that I'm very excited. I found all of the plants on my list along with a few extras. There will be a nice variety of not only color but texture as well to this scape. Some plants are here already and most are on their way or shipping Monday. That means I can fill this thing very soon. Now, onto the pictures!

Tropica 049 growing away. It has more than doubled in size.


There was a tiny piece of HC on one of the stems. It had maybe 3 leaves when I planted. Here it is now. Maybe I can slowly grow it out over time.


My next plant arrivals; Christmass moss


And Rotala sp. Colorata


And just for fun, a couple of xmas moss close ups. It really is a beautiful moss.



I should have most of the plants by Saturday with a few stragglers coming next week. I think I'm going to fill on Sunday and then plant the rest as they arrive. I have a few things to work out in the mean time. I still have to build my co2 system, but I have a paintball setup that I can use in the mean time. I also got some parts to start working on my light hanger for the Ray II. Should get that taken care of today. I'll keep you updated.

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What's your camera setting when taking those nice close up pictures?

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SCAPE in the house!

Those plants are looking mighty healthy my friend, i love the macro shots!
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What's your camera setting when taking those nice close up pictures?
Camera setting?

That's an iPhone 4 with a $4 macro lens from Amazon.

Looks pretty good for the money doesn't it? I just had to hold it about half an inch from the moss to get the pic.

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SCAPE in the house!

Those plants are looking mighty healthy my friend, i love the macro shots!
Thank you kindly.

I've got the same journal going over there as well.

I used to be indecisive but now I'm not so sure.

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After yesterday's update I received more treats in the mail:

Mini Fissidens on SS mesh


A. Nana 'Micro'


A. Nana 'Petite'


Pyrex dishes and some free samples of shrimp food


I also figured out my light hangers. I think they came out well. I just have to set up the cables and it'll be good to go.




Thats it for now. I hope enough of the remaining plants get here today so that I can go ahead and fill the tank tomorrow. Boss lady should be out for the night so I can spend a few hours getting things sorted out without interruption. I'll update again if I get anything major done.

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very nice...
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Thanks laqu.


There's water in the tank and the light is hung. The little brackets work great. All I have planted is Blyxa Japonica and Rotala sp. colorata for now. I didn't want them to float for too long and die on me so I filled her up. When everything else gets here I'll empty it way down, plant and fill again. Here's a teaser pic:



The Blyxa is in the mid-ground, behind the rocks on the left and along the front of the wood. The rotala is grouped in the back to the right of the little branch sticking up by the rock group. The rest of the stems will go along the back. Moss and Anubius will go on the wood. Fissidens will go on the rock to the right. Downoi field in front of the rock group on the left. UG will be the foreground in front of the rock on the right and 049 will be the rest of the foreground. I think that's everything.

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it's going to look amazing...
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Nice! The hardscape looks great! You used aquasoil right? I thought you were supposed to plant as much as you can that way the excess nutrients are taking out?
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Oh I love the light hangers, brilliant

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post #45 of 82 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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laqu - Thank you again

KFryman - Thanks, and yes you are. All of my plants didn't get here in time. Planted a lot more last night along with a big water change.

PinkRasorba - Thank you very much. I even came up with a way to make many of them quickly and accurately.


Update Time!
There were packages waiting for me when I got home from work yesterday. Guess what was in them!

Both Pogostamon sp.


Pogostamon stellatus broad leaf


Pogostamon helferi (Downoi) These are HUGE!


Rotala macranda var. 'Variegated' and Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata 'Pantanal'

I used to be indecisive but now I'm not so sure.

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