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Old 08-22-2006, 08:48 PM   #31
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Jeff, with the bunches so thick and the bunches so close, do you have any problems with the lower leaves droping or stems rotting? I guess with that much light it may not be a problem and you have that wonderful foreground to hide it if it does happen
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:57 PM   #32
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It's all about having a really effective midground. That's a big part of the layout when using so many stemmed plants-- you got to have that barrier for the trim line.
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:59 PM   #33
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Was Green Gain used in this tank?
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Old 08-23-2006, 11:52 PM   #34
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Yes, I only used Green Gain after a major trimming . Once I noticed new growth from the trimmed stem plants I would continue Green Gain for another 4 to 5 days . Then I would back off the Green Gain and increase my dosage of Green Brighty Special Lights . 4 to 5 days before a photo shoot I would back off the GBSL and dose a little more than normal with ECA . This helped bring out the red pigment of the stem plants . Everyday dosing of Brighty K and Step 2 still took place .
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Old 08-24-2006, 03:31 AM   #35
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Yes, I only used Green Gain after a major trimming . Once I noticed new growth from the trimmed stem plants I would continue Green Gain for another 4 to 5 days . Then I would back off the Green Gain and increase my dosage of Green Brighty Special Lights . 4 to 5 days before a photo shoot I would back off the GBSL and dose a little more than normal with ECA . This helped bring out the red pigment of the stem plants . Everyday dosing of Brighty K and Step 2 still took place .
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Old 08-24-2006, 04:27 PM   #36
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The rocks are from here in Texas. They sell is as "fossil rock" because it does contain a lot of shell fossils and the like. It ages really nicely.
I'm in Texas and I'd like a little more info on the rocks. If they are sold as 'fossil rocks' that implies limestone. I've also seen what I would call 'brown river rocks' in the area landscaping/masonry supply yards. Can you give a little more info on what these are and how they affect the water?
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Old 08-26-2006, 03:05 AM   #37
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The rocks come from far west Texas-- absolutely no limstone whatsoever. My goo dfriend Luis Navarro performed that test long ago with the vinegar (?) to determine if it was oK to use in aquariums. Both him and ADG has used this rock in many many tanks over the past few years. No effect on pH at all.

The place we get this rock acquires it from a single source-- a west TX rancher who clears it off his land. I have never seen it anywhere else. This particular rockyard is pretty unique in terms of some of the variety they carry.
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Old 08-28-2006, 07:51 PM   #38
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Come on J....hook me up with the rocks!
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Old 08-28-2006, 08:58 PM   #39
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That's a spectacular look! I really need to figure out how to prune so as to get those stem plant 'bushes' happening. I just realized that in my recurring topping and replanting a single stem, I'm never gonna get there.

I'll be doing some searches to see if the details are already posted, but if you could comment on how you get such a nice "bush" effect with the background stems, I'd appreciate it. [Found the following thread with a quick search...I'm betting this is pretty darned similar to your technique http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...tml#post298695 ]

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Old 09-05-2006, 08:19 PM   #40
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Few questions, i may know the answer to this first one but how does he get the background so raised up?

Also what are the main plants used in background and midground.

Fabulous design.
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:34 PM   #41
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That is fabulous.

Noticed y'all used Danio choprai. I just purchase a small school for my 12 gallon tank. They are one of the prettiest and unusual fresh water fish I've seen.

Keep up the good work. def
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:45 PM   #42
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This scape has blown me away. A truely magneficent combination of styles that can only be summed up as wonderfully unique in its own right.

Huge respect to Mike. I'm more familiar with Jeff's work (who is also very talented) but this has to be in my top three aquascapes ever.

Thanks for sharing guys.
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Old 09-07-2006, 12:34 AM   #43
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looks awsome!

this scape is awsome! i really like the rocks in the midground making a very easy transition from forground to background

i love your gallery over on your sight! the powder blue discs look awsome! i also like the tank with the vals and the golden vail angles with pearlscale those are awsome! (mind telling us where those came from?) too many awsome tanks on your sight! im just waiting for new pictures!



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Old 06-06-2007, 02:10 AM   #44
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Jeff, is this tank still setup? Love to see some updates!
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gosh, this is absolutely superb. I learn a lot from experts here.
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