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ophiophagus 11-16-2012 01:06 AM

0.9gal "Emerald City" 6" rimless cube *update w/ pics 2/13*
 
I haven't posted anything in awhile, so here is my Marina "cubis" that I've been working on. I've had it sitting around and I've wanted to make a miniature aquascape with it. And I finally got around to it. I'm using the dry start method to get the fissidens foreground to attach to the substrate. I added the other plants since I've had them growing emersed. It has a 13w 5,000k pc bulb over it right now until I get the LEDs I ordered.

Tank: Marina "cubis" 6" cube
Filter: Deep Blue mini HOB
Substrate: activflora black
Lights: to be determined

Plants: Rotala najenshan,micro swords,HC,fissidens,Hygro pinnatifida

Let me know what you think
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f9...n/DSCF0577.jpg

AwkwardShrimp 11-16-2012 01:53 AM

very nice! i like it, what are the dimensions? .9g cant be big but the way you have scaped it makes it seem begger htan it it lol nice job.

has using the dsm to attach fissiden to substarte work in the past for you?
ive been trying to get fissiden to attach to some lava rock in my dsm tank, checked one rock after 2 weeks and the fissiden floated away in water :/...

ophiophagus 11-16-2012 03:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AwkwardShrimp (Post 2080170)
very nice! i like it, what are the dimensions? .9g cant be big but the way you have scaped it makes it seem begger htan it it lol nice job.:/...

Thanks for noticing that. It's a 6" cube so 6"x6"x6". And my idea for the scape was to make it look like a larger tank by scaling down the hardscape and plants.
I've only tried the dsm with the fissidens once before with a piece of driftwood and after a couple weeks some held and some didn't. This one is 2 weeks today and I just added the HC a few days ago. So I'm going to wait at least 2 more weeks to fill it. Then we'll see what happens.

andrewss 11-16-2012 04:18 AM

great work! cant wait to see it flooded

amphirion 11-16-2012 04:20 AM

the scape definitely has potential. looking forward to see everything growing out.

ophiophagus 11-16-2012 06:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by andrewss (Post 2080366)
great work! cant wait to see it flooded

Quote:

Originally Posted by amphirion (Post 2080369)
the scape definitely has potential. looking forward to see everything growing out.

Thank you both :) I'm also really really looking forward to seeing it filled and grown in some

GMYukonon24s 11-24-2012 06:55 PM

I like the rocks and wood.

golfer_d 11-24-2012 11:09 PM

these always look so spacious and then I see one at the store and wonder how you got so much into it :D

nice setup

bluestems 11-25-2012 12:32 AM

This really looks amazing, especially for the size! Any update pics? Will you be flooding it soon?

ophiophagus 11-30-2012 01:25 AM

So after 28 days of DSM I finally filled this tank! Also I added 2 very small Hygrophila pinnatifida for a little color and a small node of Ranunculus Inundatus because it's one my favorite plants. Everything looks great so far, and none of the fissidens floated!! I wish I had planted a little more HC just because I am impatient and, I expect there will be some melt on the crypt eventually. But I am really happy with how it turned out. I haven't put the filter on yet because I'm really nervous that the fissidens will pull off with the current. But I will start it in a day or two with my fingers crossed. Well enough of my rambling. Here are the pics. Let me know what you think

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f9...n/DSCF0617.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f9...n/DSCF0618.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f9...n/DSCF0619.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f9...n/DSCF0620.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f9...n/DSCF0621.jpg

houseofcards 11-30-2012 01:29 AM

That looks good. I've setup a few cubus and smaller tanks. Have you considered not even using the filter. You could probably get by fine with just changing the water twice weekly.

ophiophagus 11-30-2012 01:57 AM

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Originally Posted by houseofcards (Post 2093868)
That looks good. I've setup a few cubus and smaller tanks. Have you considered not even using the filter. You could probably get by fine with just changing the water twice weekly.

I might I just know that I'm lazy LOL

MABJ 11-30-2012 03:07 AM

Love it! I've got a .5g marina tank that I've uber slowly been working on.


MABJ's iDevice used for this message :p

ophiophagus 12-04-2012 12:20 AM

Here's a little update. The scape is doing well. It's hard to tell but the fissidens and HC are starting to stand up. But the crypts have pretty much completely melted. Which I expected. But because I'm so impatient I'm considering removing them and replacing them with some kind of rotala maybe. Rather than waiting for the to grow back. I would love to hear some opinions. I've also seen a little bit of pearling which is cool. But I also found a few tiny pieces of riccia in the fissidens. Which is not cool. IMO riccia is like the herpes of aquariums. Any way here's the update pics

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f9...n/DSCF0637.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f9...n/DSCF0638.jpg

ophiophagus 12-11-2012 12:06 AM

This scape is doing really well. I made some small changes mostly the angle of the driftwood. Was going to post new pics but my camera batteries are dead. So I'll post some new pics soon


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