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Old 10-02-2012, 10:43 AM   #16
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looking good i am wating for my 60-f to arrive so looking forward to it and will be watching ur scape, i need to know what size of lilly pipes etc i will require as some are huge, what size are your lilly pipes etc ?

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Old 10-02-2012, 12:27 PM   #17
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Looking great! Did the stone come in that white box?
Thanks! The stone came in the larger box. The glassware came in the white one.
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Will you be raising your outflow pipe for more surface movement?
Yep. With hoses attached I should be able to.
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That's awesome. Looks likeso much fun. Beautiful demensions
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looking good i am wating for my 60-f to arrive so looking forward to it and will be watching ur scape, i need to know what size of lilly pipes etc i will require as some are huge, what size are your lilly pipes etc ?

thanks Dean
My lily pipes are the Do!Aqua Mp-1 Mini Outflow (10mm) and Mv-1 Mini Inflow (13mm). These are designed to fit on the Eheim 2211, if you are using a 2213 or something I believe you will need both to be 13mm.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=122232 -I would recommend looking to this thread for inspiration/information as well.
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Old 10-02-2012, 02:23 PM   #18
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Scape Teaser! (While I try to get a decent FTS without glare.)
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:34 PM   #19
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Step Three-Scaping

This scape came to me relatively quickly, I was expecting it to take longer but I'm really happy with what I came up with so I'll stick with it. What do you guys think? Any suggestions?




Now I need to decide on plants. I'm going to be using HC as a foreground plant, but I am undecided as what to use as a background plant. I want something with compact growth so it doesn't overpower the stones, but ideally I'd get something with some color. So plants such as Rotala Colorata wouldn't be ideal because they would quickly grow over the stones, but something like S. Repens might get a bit boring. What do you guys think?
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:23 PM   #20
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Love the light, maybe you can show us how did you made it
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:47 PM   #21
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Looks gorgeous.

The only thing I could recommend is moving the smaller stones to the front and the larger stones to the back. Otherwise, your expensive stones will be hidden.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:07 PM   #22
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One idea I had for background plants was Riccia and Eleocharis Acicularis, using E. Acicularis in the extreme back kind of interweaved with Riccia.
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Thanks! I should have photo documented it. It was pretty simple, with a basic knowledge of LED's and some soldering skill. Really the hardest part was deciding exactly what to get (PM me for details). It didn't cost more than $100.
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Looks gorgeous.

The only thing I could recommend is moving the smaller stones to the front and the larger stones to the back. Otherwise, your expensive stones will be hidden.
Thanks! I may have to raise those smaller stones as my carpet grows, but I like the perspective they give to the tank.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:20 PM   #23
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I mean you have several smaller stones blocked from view by the larger stones. The small ones will be completely hidden once your plants grow in - even short ones.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:35 PM   #24
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you should get some powdered aquasoil. it totally changes the whole aesthetic of a scape and makes everything look so much cleaner. it looks great so far though

*and IME it holds plants better
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:25 AM   #25
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you should get some powdered aquasoil. it totally changes the whole aesthetic of a scape and makes everything look so much cleaner. it looks great so far though

*and IME it holds plants better
I agree with this. A top layer of powder type (1/4 of your total substrate depth) is very aesthetically pleasing and aids plants with finer roots (like HC) in rooting and spreading.

I hope your tank turns out as well as you envisioned it and that you took a wealth of knowledge away from Khoa's setup that you used as inspiration. I'm looking forward to seeing this develop. The stones look great!
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My GLA Co2 System arrived today!! Thanks Finzz!
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I mean you have several smaller stones blocked from view by the larger stones. The small ones will be completely hidden once your plants grow in - even short ones.
Ok I understand, and I do anticipate that. Each stone is at least partially buried, allowing me the option of raising them as my carpet progresses, hopefully.
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you should get some powdered aquasoil. it totally changes the whole aesthetic of a scape and makes everything look so much cleaner. it looks great so far though

*and IME it holds plants better
I agree with you, however it seems like a minuscule issue at this point, as I hope to be flooding as soon as I can get plants. Don't get me wrong I'm sure it makes a difference, but not one that would justify the money/time it would take.
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I hope your tank turns out as well as you envisioned it and that you took a wealth of knowledge away from Khoa's setup that you used as inspiration. I'm looking forward to seeing this develop. The stones look great!
Thanks! Your tank is another I'm very familiar with
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:46 AM   #27
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My GLA Co2 System arrived today!! Thanks Finzz!

Ok I understand, and I do anticipate that. Each stone is at least partially buried, allowing me the option of raising them as my carpet progresses, hopefully.

I agree with you, however it seems like a minuscule issue at this point, as I hope to be flooding as soon as I can get plants. Don't get me wrong I'm sure it makes a difference, but not one that would justify the money/time it would take.

Thanks! Your tank is another I'm very familiar with
I'm flattered! I still think you'd enjoy a top dressing (3L bag is fine for your tank) of powder type more than you think...it's well worth the investment. I have a 9L bag just for top dressing in my 20L and for setting up my Mini. Worth every penny!

As far as the red coloring, given that your tank is so short I would suggest using some H. tenellum 'micro'. I gets a very nice shade of red to it when provided with high light and will give the tank a little bit of height. Stems would just look weird in this tank imo since it's so shallow. You'd have to do good maintenance on them to keep them in form in such a short tank but it wouldn't provide the effect it would in a taller tank.
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:08 AM   #28
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I just don't really see the point, once my carpet fills in I'll never see it. True it will look a bit better until then, but not enough to really justify it. Maybe on a future tank.
I think for plants I've basically chosen a background of a mixed Riccia and DHG carpet. I love the fact that I will be able to manipulate the Riccia's shape very precisely. Now my problem is I can't find anywhere to buy these plants! Any suggestions?
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I just don't really see the point, once my carpet fills in I'll never see it. True it will look a bit better until then, but not enough to really justify it. Maybe on a future tank.
I think for plants I've basically chosen a background of a mixed Riccia and DHG carpet. I love the fact that I will be able to manipulate the Riccia's shape very precisely. Now my problem is I can't find anywhere to buy these plants! Any suggestions?
Frank has some really good Riccia...I'd suggest you get up with him and see if he has any trimmings for sell. He's very generous with his portions and it's very healthy.
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:50 PM   #30
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I definetly will do that if I can't find any around here locally. Your right the riccia in his tank does look amazing. That's actually where I got the idea from.
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