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Old 03-09-2012, 01:32 AM   #16
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I like the new sand "pools" that you put in. That's like a signature feature in your scapes. This tank will be awesome when you're done with it!
Thanks! The trick I guess it getting them to look good long term. This tank needs one more sand pool somewhere to even out the tank because it already has two focal points. I can only sort of break those rules because there is so much focal point (Like a jungle tank but with rocks), and because I now have that rock foreground. ... but two sand pools as well is just too even. It needs a third I think.
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Thanks! The trick I guess it getting them to look good long term. This tank needs one more sand pool somewhere to even out the tank because it already has two focal points. I can only sort of break those rules because there is so much focal point (Like a jungle tank but with rocks), and because I now have that rock foreground. ... but two sand pools as well is just too even. It needs a third I think.
You're right. The flow of the branches pulls my eyes left to right. Maybe you can make another one in the lower right hand corner. A big one the covers the right lower side could look good or a small one that you would have to make with more rocks.
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:45 AM   #18
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You're right. The flow of the branches pulls my eyes left to right. Maybe you can make another one in the lower right hand corner. A big one the covers the right lower side could look good or a small one that you would have to make with more rocks.
Wow. You are thinking exactly what I was thinking. I mean, to the word. I could have wrote your sentences. My debate was between making a the whole bottom right another, larger sand pool, or else just making one smaller one at the bottom right.
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:19 AM   #19
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Wow. You are thinking exactly what I was thinking. I mean, to the word. I could have wrote your sentences. My debate was between making a the whole bottom right another, larger sand pool, or else just making one smaller one at the bottom right.
lol...great minds...

Since the sand pools represent water...the larger pool might look better...right below the smaller pool...with the elevation change it'll look HOT!
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I am LOVING this hardscape! It looks amazing!
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:34 PM   #21
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lol...great minds...

Since the sand pools represent water...the larger pool might look better...right below the smaller pool...with the elevation change it'll look HOT!
Ok, here is the update...

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i like the scape
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That looks really good. I think you can go even bigger with the new pool so it seems like the upper pool flows into a larger lower pool. That's just my $.02. Its your scape and it looks good either way. Dang those are some nice rock features for sure!
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:35 PM   #24
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That looks really good. I think you can go even bigger with the new pool so it seems like the upper pool flows into a larger lower pool. That's just my $.02. Its your scape and it looks good either way. Dang those are some nice rock features for sure!
I like the idea a lot. I may experiment with that.
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:22 AM   #25
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Mini pelia carpet coming along...

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Old 03-27-2012, 04:38 AM   #27
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Added fauna:

Anubias nana petite
Golden Nesaea
Hydro tripartita

Time for a new journal entry. The flood may be as soon as a week away because I don't really know how much more I can accomplish emersed.

Here is a semi-overhead shot. You can see how much the mini pellia has taken off from when it was just little bits.


Here is another overhead. The difference in MP texture here is dramatic. I love them both, but sometimes it's hard to believe they are the same moss. Hate that this turned out blurry. Will take a do-over.


Speaking of "hard to believe", this is also MP. This is, by far, the closest to the light. Unlike lots of other plants, MP, at least when grown emersed, tends to get more leggy the more light it receives. You can see some hydro tripartita in the background on the right.


Here is some MP that is on a rock, dropped right on the substrate. It's uber-compact, and a nice contrast shot to the one prior that got so leggy. You can also see the green slime algae having it's way on that rock. This is the only rock that's been affected, and it's one I pulled out of my other 90p. I definitely had a too much light/too much moisture thing going on. The MH has since been shut down.


I honestly don't know how these branches will turn out in the end, but it will be fun to see what happens. With as well as this stuff sticks emersed, it has me realizing that someone with patience could make an entire MP wall on the rear glass if they chose that route.


Here is a line of fissidens on the rear rock that will grow vertically. I have it strategically placed throughout the scape. In my other 90p, I have two 2x2 meshes with fissidens. In one the leaves are tiny and immaculate. In the other they are leggy and rather large. This has me thinking they are different species.


You can see some of the nana petite here as well as 3 rocks draped in MP that was originally in my other tank and not doing well at all (Guessing it didn't care for the 850 tds all that much). Now growing emersed, it as first melted away, and now it's rebounding with delicate new "leaves".
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I am so close to a flood now. All I need is media.
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:06 AM   #28
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everything's lookin good!
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In one the leaves are tiny and immaculate. In the other they are leggy and rather large. This has me thinking they are different species.
i don't know anything about fissidens specifically, but i do know that a good number of aquatic/semi-aquatic plants have different leaves depending on whether they're emersed or submersed... could it be the same way with the fissidens?

EDIT: assuming your 90P is currently submersed. i read it that way.
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i don't know anything about fissidens specifically, but i do know that a good number of aquatic/semi-aquatic plants have different leaves depending on whether they're emersed or submersed... could it be the same way with the fissidens?

EDIT: assuming your 90P is currently submersed. i read it that way.
Right, most definitely they report different growth. I have 2 90ps, the emersed setup in this thread and a submersed 90p that I've had going for quite some time now. In the submersed tank, I have two swatches of fissidens, and up until now, I thought them both fontanus. However, although they are right next to each other on the substrate, one exhibits tiny, rather dainty structure while the other is much larger and also more leggy. The difference is quite distinct.

Similarly. In this tank, the emersed one, I am pretty surprised how different mini pellia can look. Close to high light it's a completely different plant. Actually, if one didn't know better, it looks like I actually have 3 different types of emersed pelia, but I know them all to be the same species.
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