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10-01-2015 09:11 AM
PinoyBoy Welcome back UG! Can't wait to watch this one grow.
10-01-2015 02:34 AM
Couesfanatic lookin good
10-01-2015 01:23 AM
Tihsho No fair you have more wood stashed @Ugly Genius!
09-30-2015 11:14 PM
Ugly Genius
09-30-2015 10:06 PM
Ugly Genius Hi, Tihsho. Thanks. Yeah, I got that piece years ago at Aqua Forest Aquarium here in SF. Check them out online at adana-usa.com.
09-30-2015 09:56 PM
Tihsho I want that piece of wood in your scape badly! Did you happen to find it at a LFS in SF? I have one piece like it, but want another one for symmetry. Tanks looks great! Welcome back!
09-30-2015 09:49 PM
Ugly Genius Okay, here's what I found in my stash.




This is a rough idea of the tank may look like. I probably won't fill it in today. I'll sleep a bit on the layout and see if I get a different idea.
09-30-2015 08:28 PM
Ugly Genius I'm glad you got a laugh out of it, Daisy Mae.

I played hooky for half a day and went down to AFA to pick up supplies. I got a bag of Aqua Soil Amazonia and a bag of Colorado Sand. I could not find any good hardscape pieces from their selection, so I'm going to dig through my stash and see if I can cobble something together from what I've already got.

In addition to the substrate, I justified, at least to myself, a largeish purchase. Since I have not been in the hobby for five years, I have not spent any money in the hobby for five years. So this means that I probably saved thousands -- if not trillions! -- of dollars over the past five years. And, I reasoned, I could therefore afford to spend a measly hundred and eighty bucks on the Aquasky 361 LED lamp because really I probably save at least a quadrillion dollars over the past five years. Maybe more! Anyway, the 361 is totally over-priced, but it's very pretty.

So now with the house empty -- I played hooky from work, remember -- I am going to dig through my garage and see what hardscape materials I can find.

I also have to determine what filter I want to put on this thing.

Once I've decided on a hardscape, I'll figure out what plants I want in it and I'll get this scape started in earnest. You know, with pictures and all that.
09-28-2015 03:24 AM
Daisy Mae
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During those five years, my wife and I have had two kids, now aged four and two. I'm sure we did other stuff during that time, but I have no memory of it. It's just a blur. Raising kids demands so much from parents. Parents love their children with every fiber of their being and I'm know that most would rip off an arm just to keep their kids safe, but my God...raising them...I'd rather be randomly and repeatedly kicked in the nuts than put up with some of the [censored] that one must put up with raising kids. (Case in point, I just put my two year old to sleep, but not after she threw a tantrum because I would not let her wear her rubber rain boots to bed. I'm not making this [censored] up. Who the [censored] wears rain boots to bed--? Does she even realize how sweaty her feet would get sleeping with those things on? And everyone in my neighborhood knows that she would wake up in the middle of the night crying her friggin' head off because her feet would feel like the Fukushima reactor meltdown. Kids, they're idiots. I'm telling you! Just kick me in the nuts.)
I was laughing so hard while reading this that the two kids asked me what was up. I had to read it to them of course. The twelve year old started laughing half way through. Huh. He will feel the pain soon enough, but not too soon I hope. Maybe in 18 years or so.
09-28-2015 03:07 AM
Ugly Genius Thanks, Couesfanatic.

I checked the dates and took about forty-five minutes to do the math and determined that it was five years ago that I tore down my six tanks: a Mini-S, two Mini-M's, a Mini-L, and two cubes.

During those five years, my wife and I have had two kids, now aged four and two. I'm sure we did other stuff during that time, but I have no memory of it. It's just a blur. Raising kids demands so much from parents. Parents love their children with every fiber of their being and I'm know that most would rip off an arm just to keep their kids safe, but my God...raising them...I'd rather be randomly and repeatedly kicked in the nuts than put up with some of the [censored] that one must put up with raising kids. (Case in point, I just put my two year old to sleep, but not after she threw a tantrum because I would not let her wear her rubber rain boots to bed. I'm not making this [censored] up. Who the [censored] wears rain boots to bed--? Does she even realize how sweaty her feet would get sleeping with those things on? And everyone in my neighborhood knows that she would wake up in the middle of the night crying her friggin' head off because her feet would feel like the Fukushima reactor meltdown. Kids, they're idiots. I'm telling you! Just kick me in the nuts.)

Anyway, the reason I bring that up is to explain why I quit planted tanks five years ago. You see, I have a very addictive personality. I get obsessed with things. Crazily. Five years ago, I was obsessed with planted tanks. I loved them. I'd be in meetings at work talking about God knows what, and my mind would wander to a something related to planted tanks. "I understand that the organization is moving in that direction in regards to the needs of our clients and the changes in the tech landscape, but...you know, I don't think there is such a thing as too much light. As long as you can supply enough plants, CO2, and nutrients, you can effectively stop and algae infestation." So suffice it to say, in order to be a good dad to my -- at that time -- soon-to-be-born son, I had to quit.

Now, with the kids no longer waking in the middle of the night and driving my wife insane from insomnia, I can get back to some of the things that make me happy.

Earlier today, I pulled a Mini-M out of storage and I'll start with that. I have no idea what kind of aquascape I'll do, but I'm thinking rock and wood with slow-growth focal plants and a glosso carpet fronted by sand. We'll see what kind of aquascaping materials I can find at the store. I'll be doing CO2 injection and probably only shrimp and snails as inhabitants.

In the meantime, I'll be checking out everyone else's aquascapes to see what're the trends are now, but if and of you have advice regarding things that have changed in the last five years, please let me know.

Oh, quick question, does anyone have any experience with the Aquasky Moon 361? It's so pretty.
09-27-2015 07:30 PM
Couesfanatic Nice, it's been a while since i've seen you post. You had some of the best nano's around. Excited to see your work again.
09-27-2015 02:16 PM
Ugly Genius It's been a long time, and I miss it. I'm going to spend the next week or so getting back up to speed on the technical details of planted tanks -- I've forgotten everything! -- and resurrect one of my tanks. Looking forward to getting my hands wet once again.

UG
09-08-2011 08:33 PM
Ozydego would be cool to suspend the DW so as to not disturb the carpet, trimming glosso underneath would be tricky though... having moss hanging down off the DW could get really interesting...
08-04-2010 03:05 AM
oldpunk78 nice
congrats!
08-04-2010 02:52 AM
Francis Xavier that's great man, I'm happy for you. The video is very UG esque.
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