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03-07-2017 09:39 PM
PEdwards No rest for the wicked.
03-07-2017 08:51 PM
crazydaz Hi Big Spoon. :-) for work has been almost constant since November of last year. I am just now home having an office week. I'm drained.

The pictures are especially difficult with this set up. The plants I have growing out of the top are pretty waxy-ish and reflect a lot of light. So, it makes it almost impossible to get both the top part and aquatic parts to look good and show up in the same photo. I'll see what I can do. Maybe I'll be able to get enough rest this week to get my energy up and take new photos and post them.
03-02-2017 11:41 PM
PEdwards Holy cow, you're still alive! Hope all's well with you these days. Got any pics of the "new" setup? I haven't seen any for quite a while.

Big Spoon
03-01-2017 12:44 PM
crazydaz Thanks Betta and Sean. I suppose that if I had added everything up during the setup's various peak times, I probably could have made a nice profit on it, if I had sold it all. Shipping is just such a pain in the butt that I rarely did it.

Sean: the set up I had prior to this one (in the same tank) was a high-growth, high-color system, so I wanted to try something a bit different when I set the tank up again. I was looking for a new challenge, so I tried to think out of the box, literally.
02-24-2017 11:56 PM
Sean W. Really is amazing, I feel as tho this is the next step after planted tanks. I think I could evolve to either keeping a reef tank, or doing something like this.
02-24-2017 10:54 PM
Originally Posted by crazydaz View Post
Here are some pictures that I was able to take yesterday, mainly of the top portion. I am waiting until this evening to take aquatic photos when there is less glare. Also working on a video, too! Bought myself a new camcorder, so I'll be messing around with that, too!

Im not trying to be nosy or, to polite. But this tank Looks as if it would cost as much as my house!
These photos are even more detailed than my own eyes can see lol! Beautiful tank
02-24-2017 10:26 PM
crazydaz Hi Hachi,

Thank you. I have not started a new thread for it. At this rate, I'm not sure I am going to.

Val: thank you very much! I don't believe that I attempted that orchid. Though there was plenty of moisture, the humidity in my home during the winter goes way down. It had a tendency to kill most of the orchid species. The lighting, too, would dry things out, or simply be too much for most of the orchids to handle.
02-16-2017 09:32 PM
ValMM Wow, from what I saw, your tank was beautiful. Did you ever try to keep Dendrophylax lindenii (ghost orchid) in your aquarium? I was reading up on them and it seems like they like lots of water and very stagnant air.
08-27-2016 06:16 AM
hachi Very excited to see your new set up! Have you started a thread for it yet?
07-26-2016 01:33 PM
crazydaz That's a loaded question, NetCode. I think, primarily, I learned how to add another dimension to a set up by growing plants above the waterline as a riparium. Not that it hadn't been done before, but it was certainly something that I hadn't attempted until then. I was also able to learn how to reach an equilibrium between the plants above and below the water's surface. Being published in two different hobbyist magazines was an honor, but I learned the type of hard work that it takes to achieve that. I also learned what it took to keep that type of setup going successfully, and to know what that required for fertilization, algae issues, water changes, etc. Perhaps most importantly, I learned to be patient with a setup....that all aquarium setups come with both general and unique issues to that setup, and that problems and issues can be resolved through patience, rational thinking, and persistence.

MTS, in this context, means "Mineralized Top Soil." MTS is also used for Malaysian Trumpet Snails, but you can figure out which one fits based on the context of the article. Dogfish makes/made the best, and I knew that it would be easier for me to buy it off of him, than to try to make a batch on my own. I often travel for my job, and don't have the time or the resources to make MTS on my own. There are directions out there to make your own MTS, and it works very well for growing plants. Aaron Talbot has a good recipe on, and there are likely similar ones here on TPT.

I also add my own additions to substrate. A bottom, thin layer of plain kitty litter and peat granules seem to do very well at providing the type of iron heavy root feeders need, such as crypts and sword species, but really, any plant that sends out roots into the substrate will benefit, even if they receive most of their nutrient uptake directly from the water column. Root tabs are great to add in as well, and I think that if you could find some root tabs that add a source of clay to the substrate, your plants will take on a new dimension. Or, simply start over, and add a small layer of plain, cheap kitty litter, if you want (easier said than done, of course!).
07-26-2016 12:47 PM
Netcode crazydaz: That is a logical explanation, and a good one. Three years is certainly a long time to have a tank running, I think you achieved stability. What do you think was the biggest/most significant thing you learned from the previous scape? I am always interested in the learning process, and what triggered it. In setting up my new tank, with two previous setups under my belt, the most significant thing I learned was the importance of a good substrate. I made the same mistake again and used plain gravel due to cost, hoping that enough root tabs would do the job, but it just doesn't. I am curious, what exactly is the MTS you used in the previous scape? I thought it meant trumpet snails, but it seems like you used MTS in reference to your substrate from DogFish?
07-25-2016 09:43 PM
ScubaSteve [QUOTE=crazydaz;9421417]Thanks AJA and Scuba. New journal should be up in the next week or two, depending on my travel for work. Scuba, I'd be happy to help you with a new set up, if you would like some pointers or advice, which you are absolutely free to take or refuse as you wish.

I appreciate that! When I finally get the size tank I want, I will be hitting you up!
07-25-2016 09:24 PM
crazydaz Thanks AJA and Scuba. New journal should be up in the next week or two, depending on my travel for work. Scuba, I'd be happy to help you with a new set up, if you would like some pointers or advice, which you are absolutely free to take or refuse as you wish.

TLyons: you know me! :-) I enjoy flirting with hobbyists.

Netcode: Certainly, I suppose that there is a note of "melancholy" to tearing down a set up that was doing well in favor of a new one, and I can understand how you feel. The money involved comes and goes, and though I have certainly spent a bit of fair coin to get the items and species I felt would improve the set up and help it reach its potential, I also have made a nice sum over the years by selling plants. I have given plenty of items away as well, which brings a nice sense of satisfaction, or made trades. If it's worth doing, then it's worth spending money on, within reasonable limits. For me, it's less about the sense of pride in reaching a goal; rather, it is more about the learning process and experimentation that drives me. This last set up had been going for three years. I had gleamed a lot of information from doing it and satisfied a lot of curiosities I had, and as "stability" was one of those goals I had set for myself, I felt that had been accomplished, and it was time to try something new, and continue the journey towards other things. I will try to push myself to accomplishing additional wisdom with this next "scape" and to learn from my mistakes. I would imagine that this next set up will probably have to last 3-5 years.

However, there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying your work. Don't misinterpret what I am saying. You should keep your set up for as long as you wish, and I wish you continued success with it! For me, it's hard to stay still when there is so much more I feel I need to learn about the hobby. I enjoy "getting in there" and seeing what else I can do or not do. It's more relaxing to work on the tank than it is to sit down and look at it, and so when there is not much more that I can do, it's time to move on, and try a new or different approach.
07-25-2016 06:50 PM
Netcode I was browsing through the first 56 pages looking at your tank with the manzi branches sticking out and was absolutely blown away. I got to about page 14 and said, I wonder what the final product looks like. So I flipped to the last page to see you tore it down and are starting a brand new scape. I am surprised, the money you must have spent on the first one must have been outrageous, and to think of all the rare plants you sourced. Then to tear it down!? :O woweeee. I have a 60 gallon (I have a tank journal going on now, however it is no where near the scale of yours and I am super amateur) and I am only using common plants and whatever rock/wood I can find for free yet I am super attached to it. Thinking of tearing it down would kill me. I don't know how you do it! I am super interested to see what you come up with this time because last time it was mind blowing. Good luck!
07-25-2016 05:39 PM
ScubaSteve Please let us know when you get the new thread started! I want to hire you to help me set up a tank!!
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