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Old 04-05-2013, 04:09 PM   #1051
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:04 PM   #1052
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Finely just finished reading the whole thread. I wanted to sincerely thank you for putting this thread together and keeping it updated. Out o all my years reading on forums I don't think I have ever learned so much off of of one thread. You have taught me many lessons that are no doubt going to help me prevent many major disasters from ever occurring. For that I thank you. Keep up the great work.

P.S I really like the new mini s layout. I have always liked scapes that use wood. I am also a epiphyte freak so I can't wait to see it all finished.


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Old 04-05-2013, 06:27 PM   #1053
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Hey Frank, I figured I would post in here! Thnks for helping me out at the shop today! Can't wait to set it up, already trying out some scapes. I should have bought more rock.

Keep the updates coming and ill try to keep my money in my pocket
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:30 PM   #1054
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As always, the first step in a successful planted aquarium is the strength of the soil system behind it. As such, the first step here is to add additives and power sand:


Mini S Driftwood Layout - Step 2, Power Sand & additives by Francis Wazeter, on Flickr

Because I will have the most root-heavy plants in the back, I've focused on putting the power sand there, as opposed to the front, which will have a more minimal amount of substrate.


Mini S Driftwood Layout - Amazonia Aqua Soil by Francis Wazeter, on Flickr

I've kept the Amazonia soil mostly confined to the back and almost allll the way up to the front panel - normally you want to use a divider of some kind to make for ease of separation between sand and soil, but in this case, I will add sand by hand - very slowly.


Completed Substrate System by Francis Wazeter, on Flickr

With sand in place, the soil system is complete - and you can see what I mean by a very minimal amount of soil in the front. This will make planting a challenge, but will ultimately reap long term rewards in scale of the layout. I wouldn't recommend trying this at home until you've gotten a lot of planting experience (or patience) under your belt.

Annnd, the first plant to go in:


Tissue Culture Cryptocoryne Parva Wazeter by Francis Wazeter, on Flickr

Cryptocoryne Parva - sealed in a nice tissue culture vessel and with plenty in the canister, only one will suffice.

For now, that's all folks - keep a look out for the next update that delves into planting and what not, it might be easier for you to subscribe to the thread to get a notification of updates, if you haven't already.

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Finely just finished reading the whole thread. I wanted to sincerely thank you for putting this thread together and keeping it updated. Out o all my years reading on forums I don't think I have ever learned so much off of of one thread. You have taught me many lessons that are no doubt going to help me prevent many major disasters from ever occurring. For that I thank you. Keep up the great work.

P.S I really like the new mini s layout. I have always liked scapes that use wood. I am also a epiphyte freak so I can't wait to see it all finished.


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Thank you for your kind words! I'm glad that this thread (maybe it needs to be renamed to "The Book" at this point) is making an impact in your scaping and planting care! Glad to have another reader for the next layout, it's going to be an epic package in a small scale!

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Old 04-05-2013, 07:58 PM   #1055
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Any special handling/care requirements for tissue culture plants?

Any advantages (beside no hitchhikers)?
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:47 PM   #1056
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Any special handling/care requirements for tissue culture plants?

Any advantages (beside no hitchhikers)?
Better health and faster growth due to no melting etc..

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Old 04-05-2013, 10:38 PM   #1057
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:05 PM   #1058
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:26 AM   #1059
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this is looking really nice frank. im gonna be paying close attention to this layout in particular. i was planning on doing a similar thing (slow growing plants, wood, sand foreground) in the cube i just got from you. hoping to get some ideas or inspiration from you.

question on the tissue culture plants: how long can the plant last in culture? i assume there is a food-source in there, i know thats one of the big hits of in vitro plant growth is that you can give them glucose to get some pretty intense growth. how long can they last in there like that sealed up on just the food and nutrients in the culture?
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:09 AM   #1060
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this is looking really nice frank. im gonna be paying close attention to this layout in particular. i was planning on doing a similar thing (slow growing plants, wood, sand foreground) in the cube i just got from you. hoping to get some ideas or inspiration from you.

question on the tissue culture plants: how long can the plant last in culture? i assume there is a food-source in there, i know thats one of the big hits of in vitro plant growth is that you can give them glucose to get some pretty intense growth. how long can they last in there like that sealed up on just the food and nutrients in the culture?
I'm not so sure on opening them and adding glucose, unless you have a sterile environment - and even then difficult since infection is the number one cause of plant death in these vials. Normally, they will last about 2-4 weeks if kept in cooler conditions. However what we are finding is they do not handle shipping well cause of the nature of shipping - what I mean is any agar based ones will get all tumbled and the plant is healthy but it gets all jumbly. Ones with liquid based agars and not gels, ship much better in terms of aesthetics.

On he inspiration front - thank you, and I mean it. Being told your layout is a base of inspiration for another to do their own interpretation, I consider the highest compliment.

As far this tank - I feel as if it may be my best work to date, or it will when it grows, so I'm excited (and will have to think of a way to trump it on the next layout!).
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:00 PM   #1061
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With mosses, bucephelandra, anubias and bolbitus tied to the driftwood, and the driftwood soundly in place, the first plant to go in the substrate is crypt. parva


Tissue Culture Cryptocoryne Parva Wazeter by Francis Wazeter, on Flickr

The placement of this plant was elected to go first, as it will be an accent plant that determines how the rest of the carpet will be placed.


Mini S planted tank - driftwood layout Wazeter v1 by Francis Wazeter, on Flickr

Cryptocoryne Parva is planted in such a way as to break up the lines of the aquascape, while providing a transition from foreground to background. By planting in a pattern of 3's (left, off center and right) the foreground areas become defined and the overall feel becomes more 'natural,' in the aesthetic sense of being pleasing to the eye - as if it belongs there.

This is an important first step in the determination of the flow of the layout.

-Frank Wazeter

P.S. You should keep up and subscribe to this thread in order to not miss the next crucial phases!

P.P.S. Remember to keep the layout moist by spraying water with a spray bottle set on 'mist,' this prevents the plants from drying out!
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:18 PM   #1062
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I have a question, any reason why you didn't decide to put a few stones around the base of the wood?
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:26 PM   #1063
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I have the driftwood pre soaked to sink, and opted to not use stones aesthetically. This requires a delicate hand in such a small tank, however, to prevent shifting of the arrangement or not knocking over since there are no stones to support it.
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:44 PM   #1064
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Elatine Hydropiper by Francis Wazeter, on Flickr

The primary carpet plant will be Elatine Hydropiper. Using fine tipped pincettes to grip the base of this tiny plant, it becomes easier to form a full carpet in the substrate.


Wazeter Mini S Driftwood Layout v1 by Francis Wazeter, on Flickr

Together, E. hydropiper and C. parva create a dynamic melding of texture via having similar leaf shape, the two pair together well, as does glosso and C. parva, to create a sense of both contrast and similarity that takes the attention off of the carpet and onto the greater scene.

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Old 04-09-2013, 04:11 PM   #1065
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This is looking excellent Frank! I really love how the Mini S is coming along. I was actually planning to do a mixed carpet with C. Parva and HC/E. Hydropiper in my next scape! Can't wait to see it filled.
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