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Summerscape, Update 8/31

It has been a year since I've gotten into the hobby and with school ending, I decided on getting some upgrades and creating a new scape. My tank has just been a grow-out tank since I didn't have time to take care of it.


So first off, I decided to upgrade my cheap equipment to some real tools that would help me with the new scape. A glass scraper, cool new tweezers, and an 11" curved scissors.


And I've been without a camera for so long so I've decided to invest in a new camera and tripod. Both for photographing the aquarium and for social occasions. I went with the Canon SD700IS and a cheap tripod from eBay.


I've also grown tired of the ugly orange Shultz AS, and hearing the that the Oil-Dri stuff from Walmart has a similar color to SMS, I took the dive and spent $7 for a new substrate ;D.


So I spent half a day redoing the tank. New substrate, hardscape and a few plants planted.


Planted the downoi and blyxa.


Added some stems plants in the back.


I still need to tie some moss on the tip of the manzanita and I'm still deciding on what to plant in the "riverbed". Comments and criticism are appreciated!!! Thanks for looking

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Wow, great start. Camera is doing it job as well, great photos.
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Ohh nice! And very nice documentation of your process, too
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Nice job. I love rainbowfish.

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I like the hardscape. good job. i love those blyxa too.

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hey where did you get your driftwood?

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IO second the driftwood? Ive been trying to find some manzanita around here...
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looks very nice. I'd suggest moving the lotus to the middle right of the tank. It will look weird once it grows out smack dab in the middle of the aquarium, slicing the aquascape in half, IMHO.
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Wow, great scapes.
I would toss the lotus, it doesn't look really good imo.
For the "riverbed", how about white sand?
Lobelia looks baddass!
what moss are you planning?

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PeteyPob, Jessica, Orlando, mrbelvedere, baowow:
Thanks for the compliments.

RachPreach, jjjaks:
I got the driftwood from a member in AAPE.

macclellan, dufus:
I guess I'll try to relocate the lotus first, and if it doesn't work then I'll remove it.

I was thinking of using taiwan moss, but i also have xmas, creeping, weeping and singapore moss that I can use.. would any of the others be a better choice?

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post #12 of 47 (permalink) Old 06-08-2007, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I saw something interesting when I checked out my tank today. It's pretty common, but a first for me. My rotala and blyxa have turned red!! This is with my light downgraded, too (from 124W ODNO T8 to 108W DIY T5HO). I pretty happy to say the least




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DISASTER!!





Lesson learned: Don't place a super hot MH on top of the center brace!!!

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yea, that's a nice lesson to read about, i geuss you've installed a new brace?

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Oops. i hope you get er fixed
the tank looks great
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