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sarah1234 04-25-2012 03:30 AM

Sarah's cube mountain scape (big pic warning)
 
Finally was able to start setting up my scape. As seen in prior threads I have been planning this setup for over a year! Today was the day I was finally able to set it up (wasn't able to previously due to space constraints).

Tank is an 18inch cube, rimless/braceless/supportless.

Tank in place, layer of styrofoam added for tank safety
http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Photo0032.jpg

Raw, unwashed propagating sand
http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Photo0034.jpg

Blood and Bone + Dolomite powders
http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Photo0035.jpg

Layer of pure iron stone
http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Photo0036.jpg
Capped with thin layer of dirt
http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a...9/IMG_5227.jpg

Dirt.. so beautiful :3
http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a...9/IMG_5229.jpg

Built set of tiers out of eggcrate (ty rayray for eggcrate)
http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a...9/IMG_5230.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a...9/IMG_5231.jpg
Sand on sides for aesthetics
http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a...9/IMG_5233.jpg

The work area (made such a mess)
http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a...9/IMG_5235.jpg

Adding dirt to tiers
http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a...9/IMG_5236.jpg

Used all my MTS substrate.. Was SO worth the effort. Added water to the dry soil to get it to paste consistency
http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a...9/IMG_5249.jpg
Add rocks and adjusted to match predetermined composition
http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a...9/IMG_5259.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a...9/IMG_5258.jpg

Who would know all those drilling life drawing classes would help me copy the scape exactly :D
http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a...9/IMG_5263.jpg
Cap with damp washed propagating sand
http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a...IMG_5275-1.jpg

http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a...9/IMG_5269.jpg

Happy with the slope
http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a...9/IMG_5270.jpg

Added skewers to help hold it together till the immersed growth fills in
http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/a...IMG_5277-1.jpg

So essentially now all I have to do is hang the light above the tank, which I couldn't do yesterday or today as we didn't have the right things to screw into the roof.

I have several large takeaway containers full of HC growing outside (love propagating the stuff), so one container will be added at a time. I plan to chop the HC with a knife (into many small pieces), place it in the foreground and let it take root itself, I really couldn't be bothered planting each piece individually, and it has always worked for me outside. Growth will be immersed till I am pleased the HC has carpeted thoroughly and I order the other plants.

Thanks for checking out the progress

Lapja 06-30-2012 10:25 PM

Hi, terrific idea! Can we have an update? I 'd like to see how the slope is holding after a couple of months.

Cheers!


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