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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-10-2016, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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Juwel Lido 120 Aquascape - Eden's Gate

Tank: 61 x 41 x 58 Juwel Lido 30 UK Gallons

Lights: Odyssea Quad T5HO Unit, 2 x 24W 6400K Bulbs, 2 x 24W IQuatics Plant Growth Bulbs. 9 hours per day

Substrate: ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia mixed with ADA Power Sand, White Sand

Hardscape: Lava Rocks, Bonsai Driftwood

Filtration: Tetra Tec EX800 Plus

CO2: 1.5% Glutaraldehyde Solution in DI water

Fertilisers: EI Ferts

Plants: Eleocharis parvula, Hydrocotyle Tripantita, Water Lettuce, Weeping Moss, Taiwan Moss, Christmas Moss and some stem plant

Fish: 12 Strawberry Rasbora, 4 Otocinclus sp, 7 Pygmy Cories, 6 Amano Shrimp, 1 Crystalred shrimp (i got it free with the amanos), a ton of Red Cherry Shrimp

and 1 Stunning Dumbo Halfmoon Plakat Betta. His name is Hogosha (which in Japanese means 'Guardian')

afterwards i started planting. the rocks where covered in a mix of christmas moss and taiwan moss, tree branches where covered in weeping moss, the crack and creaks of the rock and wood is where i put the dwarf pennywort. the rest of the substrate is dwarf hairgrass and at the far back is some randon stem plant.



the bonsai trees obviously represent the willow trees and the sand is suppose to represent the river. i bought nano fish to keep a sense of scale and to make my tank look bigger than it actually is. the rasboras are suppose to be birds and pygmies, shrimp and otos are land animals. Ryuu is actually suppose to be a dragon in the forest.

the water lettuce are supposed to be clouds.

After watch a ton of anime movies that included forests I fought I would make one. The Dumbo fins on the betta along side the metallic scales that change colour, according to the lights, really makes the scape look mystical.



At night when the moonlight less come on, all you see are the fins fluttering like butterflies in a forest. The guardian spirit that protects the land.



This is what the tank Did look like but I have recently done alot of adjustments and rescaping which will make the tank look so much better.

I'm also adding pressurised co2 to get maximum effect. I will be sure to keep you guys updated.

The finished product is yet to come.



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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-10-2016, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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However, I do have a question. My weeping moss has some brown areas, I'm guessing it due to the liquid carbon dosage I was doing.

I will stop dosing but should I trim the dead parts of or should I just let the moss grow over it?

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This looks really artistic. I am taking notes.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-12-2016, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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This looks really artistic. I am taking notes.
Loool thanks. The tank is under a bit of construction now



Just waiting for my the rest of my plants to come

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Are the pics in the first post after using CO2? Very lush looking !
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-12-2016, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Are the pics in the first post after using CO2? Very lush looking !
Would you believe me if I told you I only used diy liquid carbon solution XD

I don't have a Co2 Setup yet. I'm waiting for more of my plants to come and my second diffuser and bubble counter.

But no, I was able to get a balance with high light and liquid carbon

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-13-2016, 05:41 AM
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Impressive. Use liquid carbon quite a bit but find that moss seems to attract a lot of algae when using this approach rather than co2
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-14-2016, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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Okay the Co2 system and new plants are in action.





My weeping moss has got alot of burns from the liquid carbon I was using so I won't be using that's anymore. I have seem alot of new fronds popping out so hopefully the pressurised co2 will bring it back to life.



New plants I have got are:

Eloecharis Acicularis
Eloecharis sp mini
Eloecharis paruvlus
Ammania sp Bonsai
Dwarf baby tears
Mini pellia
Phoenix moss

For now Im putting 6 t5HO bulbs but later I will reduce it to 4.



Fine tuning the Co2 rate to 1 bubble per second is a real pain in the ass. I'm still fiddling with it.

There is some bad news though. An old enemy has returned to my aquarium. HYDRA. yep it came with the phoenix moss. Long ago they almost wiped out my shrimp colony.



Fortunately, after my triumphant victory I saved some dewormer left just incase the villain would return to my forest.



Also I have a question, my spiro glass diffuser is working but I'm not seeing the "spiral' effect in it. Why is that?

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