Beautiful! I think you nailed your inspiration scape quite well. I look forward to seeing this grow in and mature.
Do you have any more details of the stand? Looks very professional. I can't tell if it's laminate or a very good paint job. Please do tell of the methods.
Thank you. It began with the purchase of a used Do!Aqua 90p and this wood stand. The stand is MDF and and a poorly applied spray paint job, little surface swelling from water and some other damage. I sold the Do!Aqua tank and did a total refinish on the wood, built a separate pedestal to raise the height along with 3 coats primer and 3 coats of a zero VOC black gloss latex paint. With all the coats it came out to almost a epoxy orange peel finish which I am quite happy with. No fear of any further water damage on this stand.
Nice looking tank! Are those ADA's stainless pieces? What sort of angels did you add? They look like Altums or really nice scalare.
Thank you. They are not ADA's, they are from an overseas retailer in Hong Kong called Aqua HK I believe (they are on E*ay but they are charging more for them now). I organized a GB with some members in my local/regional club and had several sets imported. They work really well and the skimmer function is very nice. I had originally planned for all glass ADA lily pipes but with a newborn that will quickly turn into a grabby toddles, I choose to change course to these. A little less maintenance is always a plus too
They are juvi P Altums that I commissioned a local discus breeder to import for me while I was planning this scape. They were very small when they came in and the breeder did a 6 week QT for me while the scape was coming together, I then did another 2 week hold on them in one of my grow out tanks before they were introduce to this scape. So far they are doing great and growing quickly!
Great tank. I love the contrast between the minimal foreground and densely planted background. Just one comment, I think the Staurogyne on the right takes a bit away from the great root structure. I think you could plant it in such a way that it comes out of the H. sibthorpioides but stops short of the root. Just my two cents. Great looking scape regardless.
In all honesty this is one of my favorite aquascapes. The fact that you are recreating a place and a time that you hold dear makes it. I love the dirty sand and the use of negative space. Please keep us updated on the progress.
Thanks everyone. Did a big trim this weekend, one more grow cycle and then planning a shift in the plants. Have quite a few new species I'm growing out in another tank in preparation for transplant to this scape. So may be a while before more updates!