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Today 06:35 PM
etane your tank was an inspiration
Today 05:23 PM
Raith Hey Tom, I just found your thread. Your original pictures are no longer there.
Today 05:17 PM
AquaAurora I'm sad to see the old aquarium gone but look forward to more updates (and more close up photos) of the new tank. Can you list riparium and aquatic plants for the new setup?
Today 03:04 PM
where is the art ?

Your photo's of your tanks journey made me smile

Took me back to my art school days when we were debating "what is art "

To conclude we decided that the art was the process and that the photo's were a record of that process. So in fact neither the photo or the tank itself is the the art, but the journey itself is ART Well done . Your work is an inspiration. Thankyou for the posts.
12-08-2014 02:53 PM
BigTom Sorry chaps, the Bucket is no more. Had a protracted house move earlier this year and gave everything away.

This was it on it's last morning -

And a few hours later -

The end

I have a new tank up and running now in the new place (4x1x4'), kindly donated by a friend on the UKAPS forum.

Journal over on UKAPS -
12-08-2014 02:47 PM
Saxtonhill Any updates?
08-15-2014 09:35 PM
aqua-botanicae Photo updates, please!
04-06-2014 09:25 PM
billbug68 Completely understandable after several years. I get sick of my tanks after 6 months...
04-06-2014 09:20 PM
BigTom Haha thanks again. The ferns were 90% java fern 'trident'. There's still some around the sides and back. It's a great plant, probably my favourite but it's been the dominant plant in the tank for several years so I fancied a change.
04-06-2014 08:57 PM
Tom's Bucket O' Mud (semi self-sustaining aquarium)

Absolutely stunning, man. I was gonna say, everything shows such great color, no obvious deficiencies, no crazy algae... Again, great work.

One more question... The ferns you just removed, was all of that just narrow leaf java fern? I thought it had a great effect against the few crypts you already had in the tank. And the microsword mixed with the hairgrass! Gah, so good! I can't get over it! Haha
04-06-2014 08:52 PM
Originally Posted by billbug68 View Post
Just read through this entire thread and your results are stunning. Inspiring me to experiment with something new and head in a different direction.

So let me get this right... You don't dose any fertilizers... At all?
Thanks Bill. I do dose a very small amount if they plants start showing obvious deficiencies... But in 4 years I've gone through just 500ml of all in one liquid ferts (ei mix).
04-06-2014 08:49 PM
billbug68 Just read through this entire thread and your results are stunning. Inspiring me to experiment with something new and head in a different direction.

So let me get this right... You don't dose any fertilizers... At all?
04-05-2014 05:16 AM
Originally Posted by OVT View Post
One day, when I figure out how to keep crypts alive, I will steal your idea ... again.

Are crypts that hard to keep alive?
04-05-2014 03:56 AM
aqua-botanicae Already looking nice, Tom.
04-05-2014 12:06 AM
Originally Posted by AquaAurora View Post
Where did you get your maiden hair fern? Lovely tank btw!!
Cheers. The fern was just from a generic garden center. It lived on a shelf in my room for years before I added it to the tank. They're pretty common in most garden centers over here in the UK.
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