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11-28-2012 11:46 PM
Amandas tank That was a splendid scape! I would have had a hard time tearing it down! Off to check out your updated scape now
11-28-2012 11:35 PM
jart Might I ask what species of Marsilea you had? I've never tried any, but would like to some time.
11-28-2012 10:49 PM
audioaficionado I like the new tank's front aspect ratio better than the eight footer's. That extra 6" of scaping depth helps too.
11-28-2012 05:27 PM
Kathyy The new tank is linked in my signature.

I miss the long look too but that tank stand was on its last legs and the tank itself wasn't much better. There were 6" of shims under that stand, the new stand has zero shims. Problem is not with my floor!

You will note that I didn't change much about the way the new tank is scaped, this last scape was very close to what I want to achieve.
11-28-2012 01:13 PM
MikeS Loved the long look of the tank, it looked good too. Can't wait to see the next one.
11-28-2012 09:09 AM
audioaficionado It was fun while it lasted. Looking forward to your new deeper tank.

Please link the new thread so we can find it easily.
11-28-2012 05:46 AM
andrewss the tank looked so good! I liked the long look
11-28-2012 04:43 AM
Kathyy I have no idea, I am not a good enough gardener for HC, I even killed all my HM with H2O2. One suspects it could with a good enough supply of CO2. That is a big issue in big tanks. Get enough flow in there, would help a great deal.

A reef tank needs MH every 2' but this tank had a fixture every 2.6' and seemed very bright with no shadows - fixtures were 40" off the substrate though.

This tank is gone. Taken down, sold and replaced with a normal 180. 6x2x2' but it is drilled. No more U tubes!!!! Since you aren't supposed to put halides over any acrylic bracing the tank has only 2 halides. Since there is a 5" wide overflow at the end of the tank I only need to light 67" so each fixture is now lighting 2.8' of tank. I still see even lighting and no shadows at the ends or in the middle.

The tank is foggy in the photo but wasn't much better dry. Gone to a turtle fancier who carted it home in a 4 door Prius!
11-28-2012 03:56 AM
mikeross wow beautiful tank and awesome journal.

Do you think your lighting setup would have any issues growing HC? I am asking because I currently have a 300gal african cichlid tank that I am planning to switch over to a iwagumi setup. I wanted to throw a couple large boulders with just HC ground cover. Do you think 3 150w MH would be enough or should I upgrade to 4? The tank is 30" tall.

thank you
10-05-2012 08:41 PM
tomfromstlouis Kathyy,

I confess I have not read every bit of this thread, but I do need to tell you how much I love your tank. Not sure which iteration is my fave, but each shows a fine sensibility and deft touch by its creator. Not sure how or why you managed to tear down that last version, but this is looking darn good right now, so how can I complain?

Keep us posted as it evolves. We are enjoying this!
10-05-2012 07:28 PM
Termato This tank is looking really nice! I love your plants! I have the same plants basically but their not as grown as yours, it's wonderful to see what they will look like when fully grown.

I have never ran lighting under 8 hours, but than I started dosing C02 and I can now finally understand why everyone runs such short lighting periods. I got BB within the first week and had to tweak everything.
10-02-2012 09:53 AM
Kathyy Long time no update! The pennywort either was growing out or was a day past prime and that sure makes a difference to the tank's appearance. I am taking pictures anyway even though it is too short at the moment.

I think this scape has nearly achieved what I was going for. I love the way the plants have grown over that too even row of rocks on the right forming a dense jungly undergrowth, the way the Anubias looks and the way pennywort and P. Kawagoeanum are filling the top of the tank but not obscuring the back completely. I would love more peeking through the wood to bright growth further back and the plants are still bossing me around so I don't prune off excessive growth on the java ferns but it is a satisfying composition.

The clear spraybars and painted overflow do reduce the presence of hardware in the tank. If only I had anchored the pipes down better and managed to get the spraybars truly vertical.... It is interesting that the spraybars look great for a week then quite rapidly get gunky the next. I cleaned the spray bars last week so they will get gunky this week. So far no GSA in or on them although there is GSA in the U tubes at the moment.

There are plant and algae issues however. Kawagoeanum is growing in nicely at last, was a bit stunted for a while. Staurogyne is stunted although it is growing and hasn't any algae. The hairgrass and Marsilea are going great, Marsilea does have some BBA on old growth. I am picking off a dozen or so BBA infested leaves weekly on certain plants but not others. Am still thrilled that I can see through the length of the tank so well - no green water since the sponges went in last year! Yesterday there was a smear of BGA on the sump return pipe and today it is gone, strange. The Myriophyllum has some diatom buildup and is stunted. I can see there is some algae on the front pane but no GSA. Last time I wiped it down was two weeks ago.

I increased the lighting duration to 6.5 hours per fixture and will increase it another half hour next week. I think that is why Kawagoeanum and hairgrass are taking off. Hoping that is the problem with the Myrio, not enough light.

Somebody has decided Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides is delicious and it is getting mowed down in the rear of the tank. Hoping that will just make it grow thicker. It sure looks great weaving around and through the other plants.

Full tank shot

Center of the tank

Wood, rocks, Anubias and Staurogyne

Curious fish through eight feet of water
08-21-2012 12:12 AM
Kathyy Goody, an excuse to go have a look see. My BBPS have pretty good aquatics sometimes, jave, anubias, wisteria and the gel pack hairgrass and such. Haven't seen trident yet.

I always thought fish poop going into the filter was not a possibility but the bottom of the quarantine tank is spotless and I never see the fish down there and haven't seen any snails either. Just put a HOT designed for a 50 gallon tank on a 5.5 gallon tank and the bottom stays clean!

Thanks, I am really enjoying this scape a lot.
08-20-2012 06:54 PM
pandacory Fwiw I found trident java fern, at least windelov or whatever it is called, at petco of all places. Never seen it anywhere but online, then stopped in and there it was. I assume since it is a chain, you may be able to find it there also, probably the only true aquatic they sell!
08-20-2012 03:35 PM
Termato The tank looks beautiful! I have a week left with my QT'ed cories as well!

Those are some serious fins on you congos, very elegant.
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