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Old 03-20-2013, 03:54 PM   #991
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nice rainbows! i love those guys! super playful and when they defend/court, they are beautiful. one of my favorite fish.

but i was curious, seems like a lot of fish in there. how many is in there exactly? haha
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:16 PM   #992
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nice rainbows! i love those guys! super playful and when they defend/court, they are beautiful. one of my favorite fish.

but i was curious, seems like a lot of fish in there. how many is in there exactly? haha
Honestly, I have no idea, there are like 14 furcata's and 6 kubotai with two oto's.

I tend to heavily stock fish in planted aquariums - mostly because you can way bend the rules for stock levels and make excellent fish displays with optimal health.

Within minutes of being added to the aquarium, two pairs of the furcata's started courting in a pretty awesome display. I think I got a small video of it. All the fish are displaying great coloration and mating behavior. In the case of the Furcata's though, I'll probably remove any that get too large for the scale of the aquarium.

I have something like 250 Boraras maculata in one of my 60-p's as well, but that's also an extremely densely planted 'farm' tank with lush stems covering it.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:09 PM   #993
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What's Frank been up to?

It's been quite the season and I'm happy to say that it seems the planted aquarium continues to grow excellently in the USA. More and more I'm seeing excellent layouts from other Americans and hobbyists on this forums and nothing pleases me more than to browse the forums and go "that's a cool looking tank."

Mini M's have been especially popular among you all. Gotta love some of these awesome tanks:

Drew's first go at the Mini M is growing in nicely with a classic simple design.

Definitely interested in seeing how John's Mini M progresses over the next few months. Great execution of a non-literal translation of inspiration from a landscape!

I'm a fan of Philip's Mini M, particularly the stone placement and choice of plants. Help me pester him for an update or two.

ad3hybrid, well, what can I say. This layout makes me want to elevate my nano game execution again. Big props here!

Jonathan's Mini is still rockin' but I admire his dedication for perfecting his aquascapes in the Mini M.

As you know, these are only a couple of the dozens out there, if ya haven't checked these guys out, go on over and give them some props.

On other notes, the original layout from here:


San Marcos River Summer by Francis Wazeter, on Flickr

Has finished up it's segment on TFH. Part 3 and 4 are particularly good - about wabi sabi and finalizing layout tips, they're in the March and April issues respectively.

Finale and Part 4 (April)

Part 3, the Wabi Sabi segment (March)

Each of the 4 segments covered material that I did not cover here, so it's worth a read if you want some more in depth material based on that layout.

If you're a subscriber to ADA's Aqua Journal, then you'll see another, different wabi sabi segment written in the latest issue - unfortunately it's all in Japanese. But, pretty pictures none-the-less.

More Recent Events

Believe it or not, I do have two layouts running at the moment, one of which you're already familiar with, the Mini M version 3 layout...But I actually took an updated photograph last night for you:


Wazeter Mini Iwagumi Version 3 by Francis Wazeter, on Flickr

You may have noticed the Rainbow Furcata's are gone - they were doing fine, but their size with the way I was feeding them was throwing off the scale of the aquarium.

So I replaced them with 26 of these excellently awesome little guys:


Wazeter Mini Class N Lime Green Endlers by Francis Wazeter, on Flickr

The good news is they breed consistently. The bad news is there is only 5 males to 21 females (sounds like the males are having a good time, no?).

That said, I've immensely enjoyed this tank, as I can completely neglect it (even at one point, I left this one without co2 for 5-6 days), and it doesn't really affect the layout.

Once I get this version to a "complete" point, I'll add more plants and show the flexibility of a theme and the change of a layout over time. So, this is definitely a "long haul" relationship this go around.

Something You Haven't Seen Yet

Day One, 60-P


Wazeter Cube Garden Superior by Francis Wazeter, on Flickr

Day Two, 60-P


Wazeter Cube Garden Superior by Francis Wazeter, on Flickr

Week Two, 60-P


Wazeter Cube Garden Superior by Francis Wazeter, on Flickr

You'll notice where the Furcata ended up.

I'll talk to you more later, but for now I'm all worded out.

Have a good one'

-Frank

P.S. Oh, and by the way, there's a new video from the original Mini M layout, which you can watch over here:

http://www.tfhmagazine.com/blogs/cat...n-aquascaping/

P.P.S. My next project is to get another Mini S and Mini M going, as well as some of the cool 25cm cubes we have laying around, some of which are still available. The brain is swirling with new ideas!

P.P.P.S. I forgot to add - IAPLC is coming up, make sure you get your entries ready!

P.P.P.P.S. One more thing, I promise - one of our gun-for-hire IT guys got a Sphero at Austin's SXSW festival, and well, sphero + 180P Planted aquarium = Frank goofing off for a minute. Sometimes, I have a quirky sense of humor - I laughed for hours. Check the video out below:

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Old 03-27-2013, 09:15 PM   #994
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Reminds me, I need to update my Mini M journal sometime by the end of this year. Oops. Can't wait to see more from that 60P!
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:23 PM   #995
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That 60-P looks great. Also, thank you for sharing some other people's journals on the board, I would have missed some great looking tanks.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:28 PM   #996
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That Cube Garden Superior is making me very very jealous!
Why you no mention my Mini-M?
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:44 PM   #997
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Yay I made it onto Franks page!! This journal has been so much help to me and to others as well. Now if I could just get rid of these diatoms
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:18 PM   #998
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That Cube Garden Superior is making me very very jealous!
Why you no mention my Mini-M?
It's the kind of tank you never want to see since you'll never look at "normal" high quality tanks the same again.

As for the mini m, patience young padawan! Keep curating it!
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:06 PM   #999
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Just a small update for today;

Took a short video of my holding tank yesterday for my private fish collection, and thought you'd enjoy seeing it (best in 720 HD) :


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Old 03-28-2013, 09:19 PM   #1000
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Thank you Master Obi-Wan.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:15 AM   #1001
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Default Frank's Planted Tank How-To Mini Novel - It's the Season for Updates!

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Dang! It was 1001...
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:29 AM   #1002
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Very cool Frank! I want to see all the new tanks you are going to set up.
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:09 PM   #1003
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Happy Friday / Good Friday / Paycheck Day / Party Night / Movie Night / Entertain the Spouse Evening / Event Night / Night at the Opera

Did I miss any? Oh, yeah, maybe planted tank maintenance day?!


As I enhance my video skills with the iPhone, I've got an unprecedented 3rd video in three days for you!


You can actually view this one in 1080p HD too!

But, what I wanted to show in this tank is the subtle beauties - as for an aquascape, technically speaking it's just moss and some staurogyne porto velho.

However, it's the small things that make this layout great, which only video can really show if you're not seeing it in person. Ultimately, that's because it is the interaction of the fish within the scene.

Watch the video and you can see what I mean!

The way the Class N Lime Green Endlers in particular interact with the moss gives an excellent sense of relaxation while watching it in person. Particularly, the 'drab,' females provide the most entertainment, as you witness them nesting in the moss, in fact, the shoal of 20 or so females have claimed various spots on the moss-covered stone to inhabit as a nest.

This interactivity with the layout itself is one of the most spectacular displays of fish harmony within the layout. Contrarily, on the surface level, the Kubotai in the aquarium add an extra sense of color and activity to the scene as a whole, versus the endlers being more of a tiny detail in the scope of the layout.

What this creates is an eye-catching first look, and then a suck-you-into-the-layout second look as you notice the tiny endlers nesting.

You can kind of see what I mean with this snippet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...64570265#t=29s

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Old 03-29-2013, 05:13 PM   #1004
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Now that you've read the previous post, watch this video again:


and you will notice a lot of excellent little details of fish interaction with their aquarium. See how the Honey Gourami kind of saunters through as the Maculata are obsessed with inspecting little details of the plants and the Amano's in the background are just kind of crawling all over the place, up and down over leaves.

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Old 03-30-2013, 08:19 PM   #1005
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the shot seems a bit backlit.
but i love the gourami. im a sucker for anabantoids.
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