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Aww's Scape #2 (Mr. Aqua 12G)



WEEK ONE


Equipment
Mr Aqua 12G (3ft Bookshelf - 90 x 21 x 24cm - 45litres~)
UP Aqua Pro Z LED
Eheim 2217
Hydor ETH 200w

Tunze CO2 Regulator
KegKing 2.6kg Cylinder
Max Mix CO2 Reactor (Medium)
Cal Aqua Labs Lily-pipes (F2 Outflow and X1 Nano Inflow)


Substrate and Flora
CAL Black Earth
Mr. Aqua Soil (Used as foundation for the slope)
ADA Decorative Sand (Mekong)
Seiryu Stones

Cuba (Hemianthus Callitrichoides)
Pearl Weed (Hemianthus Micranthemoides)
Utricularia Graminifolia

Mini Glosso (Elatine Hydropiper)
Mini Hydrocotyle (Hydrocotyle Tripartita)
Mini Vietnam (Limnophila sp. Mini)
Mini Pellia (Riccardia Chamedryfolia)

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-18-2014, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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FOREWORD

Our experience with our first scape was nothing short of eventful!
The equipment for the most part will not be changed.
Although I was doubtful at first about the lighting; it has proved that it can establish a healthy HC carpet.
The 2217 on full power just falls short of the opposite end of the tank but we had not noticed any stunted growth or direct algae issues resulting from this.


The biggest change in this new journey would be the substrate and plant selection.
HC proved to be a very tedious plant to work with once established. Frequent trimming was required and often followed by aggressive algae attacks.
ADA Amazonia unfortunately degraded quite quickly for us. I'm assuming because of the prolonged DSM (3 months) and without any substrate additives; the nutrients would have dried up prematurely causing the HC to thin out and eventually uproot. This also caused patches/pockets to develop which caused an excessive and unsightly build up of surface scum daily.

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The New Substrate
The foundation for the stones and slopes were achieved with Mr. Aqua Soil and capped off with CAL Black Earth.
Out of the bag it's already a much finer, cleaner and robust soil compared to Amazonia. However with the steep angle of the slopes, this meant the harder substrate would trickle down with the slightest touch.




Rookie Mistake #1
I hastily decided to make use of old sand that was salvaged from a Tanganyikan tank I had many years ago before checking if it was neutral. For one who patiently waited 3 months during a DSM; this did not make any sense *sighs*. Painstakingly I removed it all again and replaced it later with some cosmetic sand which eventually looked a lot more natural and warmer.




HC ain't got nothing on Mini Glosso
I thought it was hard planting HC... but boy is Mini Glosso a piece of work. Due to it's smaller form; it needed to be tediously separated into little plantlets rather than clumps. Combine this with the 'slip and slide' substrate and you have formulated the recipe for a sore back.

Mini Vietnam is a very beautiful and intricate plant and we hope it matures well. It still has quite a big footprint for a tank this size; but from the distant photos it seems to work okay.

This is also our first time with mosses and we are looking forward to seeing how the Mini Pellia develops in the shadier areas of the tank.

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No DSM this time. Woohoo!
Although it was effective in establishing strong roots and reducing the chance of an algae outbreak; we just don't have the patience for it this time around.
In our experience, we noticed substantially more growth in the plants whilst submersed and under CO2 injection.

Flooded without a drip line; directly onto a plate laying on the sand. The substrate had no leeching at all... none, zilch! Tank was visibly clear from the get go and 30 mins after the filter was switched on it was crystal clear! Surprisingly none of the plants were uprooted as well. Another win for the substrate!




40° Incline
This is the amount of space we have to work with in this tank... A whole 21cm.


Next Steps
More UG will be required to fill in the background and also some HC for the foreground as we couldn't salvage much from the previous scape. We will also be looking for some Mini Fissidens to work into the stones.

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Looks really good.
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Hands down the best looking tank! Congrats!
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Yeah, favorite 12 long I've seen so far! Great job!
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Beautiful work! Love everything about it!
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Yeah man, aquascape done really well!
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Update this beauty!
Yeah! How is it maturing?

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I like your write up. Very informative. How ties your reactor work on that canister?
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How does your subsrrate not roll down from that steep incline?
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This tank should be at its best right now, please update us
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