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Forum: Tank Journals 09-01-2009, 08:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 589
Posted By Alastair
Off to a good start.. that's some interesting...

Off to a good start.. that's some interesting looking rock on the right, nicely textured.
Forum: Tank Journals 08-28-2009, 03:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,355
Posted By Alastair
Thanks.. it sold up my reef to focus more on...

Thanks.. it sold up my reef to focus more on photography, and this tank was planned from the start for practicing photography on.

Plant wise.. since the first post.. the Vallis had to come out, it...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-28-2009, 12:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,355
Posted By Alastair
Cross-lit (as above) and with some work in post...

Cross-lit (as above) and with some work in post to warm the colour and deepen the shadows..

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3480/3864094905_e724d85b21.jpg...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-27-2009, 05:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,355
Posted By Alastair
Cardboard snoods are next on the list.. This...

Cardboard snoods are next on the list..

This was a set-up shot to explain how the flashes were rigged, normally they wouldn't be in the frame.. It's amazing the difference that they make to...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-27-2009, 03:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,355
Posted By Alastair
Been far too long since the last update.. I've...

Been far too long since the last update.. I've given up waiting on the T6s.. growth is good with the T8s.. a minor equipment failure has seen the DIY CO2 taken out of commission temporarily and the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-30-2009, 06:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,987
Posted By Alastair
Looks nice.. I think the "constant air...

Looks nice..

I think the "constant air curtain" is the bubble curtain you can see at the rear of the tank.
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 05-26-2009, 09:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,396
Posted By Alastair
Defintely the last one.. two reasons.. the...

Defintely the last one.. two reasons.. the dead-tree look and the isolated stons at the front right. Very interesting arrangement.

The second-to-last could also be interesting - I like the...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 05-24-2009, 11:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,635
Posted By Alastair
It struck me this morning.. am I doing immersed...

It struck me this morning.. am I doing immersed the hard way to get HC established as a carpet? Wouldn't it be easier to grow the HC emersed in a seed tray(s) on the windowsill and then cut and lay...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 05-22-2009, 10:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,635
Posted By Alastair
If I can find the piece that might work well. ...

If I can find the piece that might work well. Thanks.
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 05-22-2009, 07:40 PM
Replies: 765
Views: 85,186
Posted By Alastair
Tunze magnets.. I wouldn't be surprised if...

Tunze magnets..

I wouldn't be surprised if you couldn't cantilever that whole branch off one or two of the Tunze powerhead magnets if you embedded them in the end of the branch. And it would...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 05-22-2009, 06:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,635
Posted By Alastair
Yup.. fog will be good.. as a sign of humidity.....

Yup.. fog will be good.. as a sign of humidity.. and that problem will eventually disapear anyway. Unless someone wants to make any suggestions about a permanently emersed tank?
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 05-22-2009, 10:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,635
Posted By Alastair
7.5G stream bed

I have too many odd little tanks lying around the house.. and despite a terrible shortage of storage space in my home office there's always room to set-up one more.

This is an 18"x10"x10" glass...
Forum: Substrate 05-18-2009, 10:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,065
Posted By Alastair
I used playsand for years.. providing you rinse...

I used playsand for years.. providing you rinse it you shouldn't get any dust or fines.. it's the easiest substrate to hoover I've ever tried (after rinsing out the fines.. mulm just sits on the...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 05-08-2009, 09:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,432
Posted By Alastair
Stunning aquascape.. inspirational..

Stunning aquascape.. inspirational..
Forum: Tank Journals 05-01-2009, 12:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,071
Posted By Alastair
Beautiful.. stunning!

Beautiful.. stunning!
Forum: Tank Journals 04-30-2009, 08:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,355
Posted By Alastair
I've just ordered a pair of 24" T6 tubes to...

I've just ordered a pair of 24" T6 tubes to replace the T8s.. is this going to push me into CO2 territory with this tank?
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 04-30-2009, 08:54 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,847
Posted By Alastair
great looking tank, can't wait to see this fill...

great looking tank, can't wait to see this fill out
Forum: Aquascaping 04-23-2009, 03:36 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 14,486
Posted By Alastair
The only reason reefers use gel is that it's nigh...

The only reason reefers use gel is that it's nigh on impossible to use the liquid on wet and porous substances. The liquid soaks in and sets in an instant on contact with moisture. Using gel buys...
Forum: Tank Journals 04-23-2009, 03:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,355
Posted By Alastair
My local LFS had its fortnightly plant shipment...

My local LFS had its fortnightly plant shipment in.. now I have to admit to not being too fussy about plants at this stage.. I just want to get some greenery in there.. I can prune, trim, remove,...
Forum: Aquascaping 04-22-2009, 08:54 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 14,486
Posted By Alastair
I've used superglue successfully for sticking...

I've used superglue successfully for sticking fragged corals, it's been accepted as "reef safe" for many years. As mentioned above, it cures almost instantly on contact with moisture.

To use...
Forum: Tank Journals 04-22-2009, 07:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,507
Posted By Alastair
A very crude diagram.. see how on the right the...

A very crude diagram.. see how on the right the wall starts double height then seperates.. you did this in the original aquascape with a more sinuous curve.
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Forum: Tank Journals 04-22-2009, 07:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,507
Posted By Alastair
At the right you have the wall double-height, as...

At the right you have the wall double-height, as it sweeps to the left of the tank it flows in a gentle curve.. the bottom course takes a wider curve than the top course and leaves a flat shelf of...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-22-2009, 08:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,993
Posted By Alastair
Vallis and Cryptocorne both do very well in sand...

Vallis and Cryptocorne both do very well in sand in my experience..
Forum: Tank Journals 04-22-2009, 08:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,507
Posted By Alastair
Interesting style of aquascaping.. I like it.. I...

Interesting style of aquascaping.. I like it.. I can see some possibilities in the lava rock walling you did.. in picture 10 of the first post I can imagime how using it as flowing terracing might...
Forum: Tank Journals 04-21-2009, 11:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,355
Posted By Alastair
Rio125 - aquatic shrubbery

Hi, I'm new to the forum (been lurking a while) and returning to FW planted after an excursion to the salty-side of things.. Having too many hobbies the saltwater tanks have gone to allow me to...
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