My first journal! I call this scape Octopus. The scape is about 8 weeks young. The Manzanita branches look like a reaching Octopus. The center of the round arch on the left is pretty close to the vertex of the Golden Ratio. The overall scape follows the shell pattern from right to left. The hardscape is of course triangular sloping from top left to bottom right. The rock-faces follow the same slope as the wood to create harmony. The actual flow of the water also flows with the shape of the driftwood. I centered the scape around the bottom middle archway. I wanted to create a tunnel that the fish could swim through while trying to maintain a natural vibe, usually the hardest part. I try to let the driftwood go where it wants. As well I want there to be windows created by the driftwood. The wood will eventually fill in with needle leaf java fern and fissidens, creating more depth once the midground takes shape. There are a lot of different intersections and lines in this scape. I feel the balance is pretty good. Let me know what you think. Now for the good stuff.
(Equipment) 40 breeder, Rena XP2, 2 Finnex RayIIs, Coralife twist UV, Jager Eheim heater, Koralia 425GPH wavemaker, 5lb CO2, Aquatek regulator, inline CO2 diffuser, Cal Aqualabs drop checker, GLA bubble counter, magfloat.
(Hardscape) Utah Dragonstone, Manzanita branches, Aquasoil/Eco mix 50/50 ratio.
(Specs/parameters/husbandry) Run lights for 6hrs. 50% water changes when tank needs one. Not weekly. Use Seachem Aquavitro as needed for this specific tank. I live by two rules that seem to work great for me. Liebig's law of the minimum and a fluctuating redox potential. I dose higher amounts of calcium and magnesium than I used to, purchased a UV sterilizer and since then my plants look like they are made out of plastic and my water is crystal clear. I increased my CO2 and started getting algae so I lowered my lights to increase PAR and now the algae is going away. The tank is really starting to balance. Some of the blyxa is recovering from an H2O2 treatment, melting here and there, looking better. pH 6.6-6.8, KH 5, GH 8 -(ruffly) Haven't done a hard test on the tank in a month or so. Don't currently know the exact levels of NPK, Fe etc... Use RO/DI water.
(Plants) Blyxa, dwarf sag, cyprus helferi, potamogeton gayi, hygro pinnatifida, crypt parva, crypt lutea, HC, UG bladderwort, S. repens, Hydro sp. Japan, anubias nana petite, needle leaf java fern, java moss, bolbitis, stargrass, fissidens fontanus
(fish/inverts) 20+ Green Fire Tetras, 2 neon gobies, 2 leopard danios, 1 gertrude blue eyed rainbow, 1 Borneo hillstream loach, 3 Oto cats, potential mating pair of Orange Blaze Cockatoo Cichlids, 12+ Amano shrimp, 4 ninja bee shrimp-awesome shrimp can change colors and patterns just like a chameleon. And a few cherry shrimp with one generic bee shrimp of some kind.
You can see that my tank is a melting pot, except for the Green Fires. I still like fish as much as plants and love all the oddballs in this tank.