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stuworrall 01-23-2012 11:18 AM

Stu's 90x45x45cm Tank - IAPLC 2012 #114, AGA 2012 #3
 
Been a while since I posted here so I thought I'd show some pics of my latest scape in my 90cm.

Following on from this last scape which to be honest got too grown in and didnt do too well in the IAPLC comp


Final photo for IAPLC 2011 - #577 - The Unknown Valley

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6138/...0e861503_o.jpg
The Unknown Valley Stu Worrall - 90x45x45c IAPLC 2011 - #577 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

I stripped the tank down and started on a new design.

this time its Dragon Stone and Manzi :)


Specs

Hardscape: Dragon Stone
Co2: Pressurised via diffuser
Lighting: ADA Solar 1 - 150w NA Green
Filtration: Tetratec EX1200 and hydor koralia nano
Heating: Hydor 300W External heater
Substrate: ADA Nile Sand, ADA Power Sand with ADA Amazonia, Pummice bags to heighten the back cheaply!
Ferts per day: EI 90ml per day but going to start on ADA step 1 (9ml per day)
Critters: Red Cherry Shrimp, Cherry Barbs, Rasbora
plants to include - Java Narrow Ferns, tennelus, hairgrass (both types, fissidens, mosses, HC, Crypts, Anubias, Bolbitus, Hydrocoytl SP Japan, stems at the back

Here are some pics from the setup. Bare in mind the back will be filled with stems to get extra height and there are a few more stones and bits of wood to go in yet at this point

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7148/6...225a569e_o.jpg
90x45x45cm Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

Bags filled with bonsai pummice to heighten the back so I dont have to use as much aquasoil. ADA powesand is at the front which will be topped with AS

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7019/6...84533b50_o.jpg
90x45x45cm Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

Tropica aquacare root tabs added to the powersand. The aquasoil im using is from my old tank so I added the extra ferts in light of the original ferts in the soil being depleted.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7174/6...73b2d2f8_o.jpg
90x45x45cm Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7035/6...505f1ce4_o.jpg
90x45x45cm Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


a few days later I added some more rock and wood plus I also started with wrapping moss onto flat slate pieces

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7009/6...75f745b0_o.jpg
90x45x45 Aquascape design by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

View from an angle

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7170/6...90cea894_o.jpg
90x45x45 Aquascape design by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

view from the side to show the depth. Plenty of room at the back to put ferns then stems.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7028/6...15bfe15e_o.jpg
90x45x45 Aquascape design by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

closeup

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7155/6...01f62ff8_o.jpg
90x45x45 Aquascape design by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

arty farty one

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7164/6...cd28e50f_o.jpg
90x45x45 Aquascape design by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

new wood and rock on the top left

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7012/6...d583b46b_o.jpg
90x45x45 Aquascape design by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

Through the valley

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7171/6...c0ab0c9f_o.jpg
90x45x45 Aquascape design by Stu Worrall, on Flickr


Onto planting a few days later after a few adjustments with the wood to keep the arch highlighted

bare in mind its just been planted so loads of growing in to do yet. The untidy part on the right is getting chopped back, the aim being to have the ferns creeping over the rock with stems and the cyperus in the background. The whole of the back has stems planted in that you can't see yet but when grown and bushed up they'll just be visible slightly above the rock dome.

should be able to view bigger on flickr view the slideshow i think.

front

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7025/6...4d77ae5c_o.jpg
90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

detail

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7174/6...798c2d90_o.jpg
90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

shrimp on manzi

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7172/6...c2ce9ab0_o.jpg
90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

up the valley and through the arch

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7010/6...521c6d6f_o.jpg
90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

through the green, diffuser and co2 in the foreground

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7026/6...a09a4c2e_o.jpg
90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

manzi detail with a lonestar shrimp

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7008/6...d9942802_o.jpg
90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

shrimpy

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7153/6...e748c93f_o.jpg
90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

anubias and moss on the wood

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7007/6...6b47f365_o.jpg
90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

inverted

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7143/6...85bb125e_o.jpg
90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

detail from the front left. This bit has crypts, anubias, parvula and acularis hair grass, HC, hydro sp japan and fissidens to name a few. Ive tried to put them in as naturally as possible but time will tell how they grow in.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7143/6...8e56fb9e_o.jpg
90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

The tank has been running for a week and a half now with daily then every two day water changes. Ive also introduced some fish and all my shrimp went in at day two (about 200).

karatekid14 01-23-2012 02:47 PM

As soon as I saw it was you, I knew it would be great. Your mini-m looks great. You say you put 200 fish in, were they mostly rasboras? And if so what kind?

stuworrall 01-23-2012 03:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by karatekid14 (Post 1688746)
As soon as I saw it was you, I knew it would be great. Your mini-m looks great. You say you put 200 fish in, were they mostly rasboras? And if so what kind?

Thanks karate, i was just reading through your 60p thread actually and was going to post a comment of how good its looking :)

Re the 200 thats my bad typing, it was actually 200 red cherry shrimp. They came out of the previous scape and ran in a bowl with the filter to keep the bacteria live then I re-introduced them gradually over two days. All fine at the moment.

seahunter 01-23-2012 04:52 PM

WOW very impressive! Love it

markle 01-23-2012 08:54 PM

Wow this is a great looking creation, I was concerned I would be piling substrate too high but having seen yours I feel not!

Great work, I am struggling to bridge the gap between hardscape and planting and your tanks show how different it looks with some well placed planting.

The arch is inspired, and love how the scape goes from death valley style to lush jungle with the addition of some plants (if only it was that simple:smile:)

IWANNAGOFAST 01-23-2012 09:16 PM

Truly amazing, can't wait til it fills in!

green_valley 01-23-2012 09:48 PM

I love the scape. Very nice.

Li@m 01-23-2012 09:56 PM

I love your scape, it looks Amazing, It will look great when it fills in.

stuworrall 01-23-2012 11:15 PM

Thanks all :) Im really enjoying the look of the dragon stone in the tank at the moment as Ive only used it in a 60p before now and in a nano tank for a ukaps competition in London recently.

Quote:

Originally Posted by markle (Post 1689253)
Wow this is a great looking creation, I was concerned I would be piling substrate too high but having seen yours I feel not!

Great work, I am struggling to bridge the gap between hardscape and planting and your tanks show how different it looks with some well placed planting.

The arch is inspired, and love how the scape goes from death valley style to lush jungle with the addition of some plants (if only it was that simple:smile:)

You can never have enough height in the back, adds great depth to you scopes. :) I was quite surprised when I took the side on shot as to how deep it is in the back, also the left back stone is actually in the middle of the tank when you check it front to back! Have you got a thread up of your tank markle?

prototyp3 01-23-2012 11:25 PM

I love scapes that use arching bridges. And you're got some nice rock to work with there.
I think the left side is pretty busy looking at the moment, it's hard to find a focal point. Maybe that will change as it matures?

stuworrall 01-23-2012 11:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by prototyp3 (Post 1689481)
I love scapes that use arching bridges. And you're got some nice rock to work with there.
I think the left side is pretty busy looking at the moment, it's hard to find a focal point. Maybe that will change as it matures?

thanks prototyp3. Yes the left (and right) are a bit busy in the pics. Since then I've trimmed some of the ferns and they've also drooped down a bit too which is what I'm aiming for. the bobitus at the top is also hanging over more. Once the ferns and anubias kick in ill be trimming them back to display more of the stone in certain places.

stuworrall 01-28-2012 10:52 AM

Just a little update.

The stems are growing at the back. Ive hacked back some of the ferns to get new growth.

Day 1

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7025/6...4d77ae5c_o.jpg
90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

Today (week 2) - it hasn't changed much :lol:

There's a few subtle differences. The valley is higher and has more stone. There's a bit more fissidens one planted on stones to fill in some gaps. There are some cherry barbs. The hydro has started sprouting and the hair grass is moving and has had several trims.

Ive seen some purple harlequins in TGM this week which I'm going to get next week. They'll hopefully look really good swimming through the arch :)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7142/6...a9ae895d_o.jpg
90x45x45cm dragon stone scape by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

jimsuy 01-28-2012 11:10 AM

Very nice.. Love the hardscape..

inka4041 01-28-2012 05:22 PM

Seems almost a shame to cover up such gorgeous hardscape. Really stunning tank!

ADAtank 01-28-2012 06:08 PM

looks great


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