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Old 02-27-2013, 12:04 AM   #16
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See above. They originated from a landscape supplier.
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:38 PM   #17
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Anything new going on with this?
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:07 PM   #18
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Gonna take three or four more weeks to finish "cycling" and a while for Fissidens to grow in. Will also trim the Fissidens that's already in there and glue it in other areas.

Just a waiting game for bacteria to do their thing.
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:37 AM   #19
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Things are finally progressing. Had to add more ammonia for the first time. Also chucked in half a bottle of Safe Start for the heck of it.

Here's hoping I can move Tigers in by early April.

There are already a couple Pond Snails doing their thing in the tank and I've been spending a lot of time staring at the nooks and crannies. May not be the most beautiful scape I've done but it's one of my favorites. Simple and natural.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:52 AM   #20
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The "cycle" completion is probably about a week away.

An updated cell phone shot:



Fissidens is growing, needs a trim and re-gluing soon.

Ended up trading a bunch of my Tigers for some aluminum c-channel, so I think I'll order some more wild Tigers from Rachel.

Any thoughts on plants I could add that won't totally ruin the aesthetic? I'm at a loss.

Maybe some moss glued to smaller lava rock behind the current scape.
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:12 AM   #21
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I saw a really nice shrimp scape on another site a while back that had some monosolenium tenerum (subwassertang?) growing over the back of their lava rock. It gives a nice, soft feathery touch to the scape, contrasting nicely with the coarseness of the rocks. And if you trim it right you can get a little height off it easily without it taking over the space like a stem would.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:28 AM   #22
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Tank is eating 22 drops of ammonia in roughly 16 hours. Nitrites are dropping super-fast. Excitement!
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:34 AM   #23
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I like it. I'm looking forward to seeing it completed. I'd like to do something similar in my office when time permits.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:02 AM   #24
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I dig that hardscape! The shrimps will love it!
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:10 PM   #25
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It's official. This "cycle" is never going to finish. Never ever ever.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:25 PM   #26
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haha patience. it will happen it looks great tho!!
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:35 AM   #27
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Another great tank, my friend.

You're an excellent aquascaper, so I think you'll know exactly what and where I'm thinking when I say I could see roughly 2-3 small crypts in here.

Two more adult of a smaller species of crypt, one less aged of that species.

I think it'll look excellent regardless of what you do.
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I've tried forever to find chunks of black lava rock like that. No place local and even on the internet it's not easy. Couple places I found it wanted a fortune.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:12 AM   #29
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MABJ: Thanks. Hoping it turns out nice.

Nubster: Took me forever. It's worth calling professional landscapers.
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:37 AM   #30
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Only place I could find willing to send a small amount was out of FL I think but it was going to cost me around $50. No place local has anything other than the small stuff people use in plant beds or gas grills. I can't even remember where in FL it was, this was about 6-8 months ago. Maybe I'll try again, I'd love to have some for this new tank I'm doing, but not sure I have the patience to track it down and wait for it to be shipped...lol...I might head out tomorrow on a rock collecting trip and just use local stuff. May lava rock for the next tank.
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