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Old 08-05-2014, 03:59 AM   #1
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"Kopje" 60F


Won a ADA 60F @ a local planted tank contest hosted by LFS "Aquascapes". All I've got right now is the tank and the stand (Closetmaid 9 cube storage unit). Will be doing another DSM in AquaSoil w/Monte Carlo this time and using smooth river stones from a local stream to form a mini kopje rock formation. Equipment line-up:

lighting: Finnex 24" Fugeray/DIY acrylic leg extensions
filtration: Ehiem 2211/Do Aqua mini violet pipes
CO2: paintball 24oz cylinder/Aquatek mini regulator/UpAqua 12/16mm inline atomizer
substrate: AquaSoil Amazonia normal
hardscape: smooth river stones (local)
flora: Micrantherum umbrosum
fauna: wild Neocardina davidi & school of fish?

Going stone collecting this week. Pics to follow.
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Came back from local stream last week w/7 lava river stones which have been disinfected.

Picked up today:
Finnex 24" Fugeray
ADA AquaSoil Amazonia
DoAqua mini violet intake & output glass pipes

Will probably p/u more smaller river stones tomorrow and start playing with the hardscape. Soon I'll be hitting up TPT members for some Monte Carlo!
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Old 08-21-2014, 03:23 PM   #3
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I'd reconsider the Closetmaid unit as a stand - I had one of those (for office storage) a while back and it was a total piece of junk... alright for storing paperwork, etc. but wobbly from the start, definitely would not trust it to hold a tank.
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Old 08-21-2014, 07:35 PM   #5
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I'd reconsider the Closetmaid unit as a stand - I had one of those (for office storage) a while back and it was a total piece of junk... alright for storing paperwork, etc. but wobbly from the start, definitely would not trust it to hold a tank.
I would as well. I am usually the type to say anything can hold a 5 gallon tank but I don't really trust that particular thing freestanding, it's much weaker than the Ikea ones.
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I'd reconsider the Closetmaid unit as a stand - I had one of those (for office storage) a while back and it was a total piece of junk... alright for storing paperwork, etc. but wobbly from the start, definitely would not trust it to hold a tank.


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I would as well. I am usually the type to say anything can hold a 5 gallon tank but I don't really trust that particular thing freestanding, it's much weaker than the Ikea ones.

Appreciate the concerns. The only thing I can say in defense is all my project indoor tanks except my 60P (on a night stand) have been on Closetmaid storage units from the start. So far so good, have been very careful w/H2O exposure & storage units are selected for support members being in strategic position.

Played with hardscape today & this is my 1st iteration. Feels good but want to let it sink in.





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Enter a planted tank contest w/ a unique display & hope for the best. Good luck!

Want to say that this scape is inspired by a fellow TPT member & owner of the LFS "Aquasapes". This much Pa Hai stone would have put this scape out of my budget range but luckily, Hawaii's local streams have lots of similar rock type to choose from.

Tightened up some groupings, elevated some of the stones & back filled some of the areas w/ AquaSoil. I'm pretty sure of this edition so, am ready to plant. Got lots of trimming in a couple of other tanks so may plant w/ HC instead of Monte Carlo.

What does everybody think? Does it resemble a Kopje rock formation in an African savanna?





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Old 08-23-2014, 11:41 PM   #9
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Went ahead and ordered Monte Carlo for this project. While I'm waiting for it to arrive, tinkered around w/ the hardscape some more. Will post final hardscape pics just before I start planting.


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Looks awesome, I had to do a quick wikipedia search on Kopje (I found out that they are about the same as what I know as a monadnock) and it does look like one!
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Looks awesome, I had to do a quick wikipedia search on Kopje (I found out that they are about the same as what I know as a monadnock) and it does look like one!
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Thanks man. I had to google monadnock. Just waiting on Monte Carlo so I can start DSM.

Just a little more shifting, a little more lifting, tightening up some of the groupings.
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This is it! This is the final hardscape layout. Started out w/ 5 large focal stones of which 2 were oriented vertically, the others positioned horizontally. 13 complimentary medium sized stones were placed in close proximity to the focal stones to link them together. Finally 10 small filler stones were added to gaps left by complimentary stones. The focal stones and a majority of the complimentary stones are anchored in the AquaSoil to maintain the slope elevations. Waiting for the Monte Carlo to start DSM. Comments?



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Its cool getting to see your constant adjustments. Latest photos make the scape reminiscent of a path or stream coming down from the back/upper area.
Awesome looking rocks btw. Did you test them to see if they effect hardness?
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Its cool getting to see your constant adjustments. Latest photos make the scape reminiscent of a path or stream coming down from the back/upper area.
Awesome looking rocks btw. Did you test them to see if they effect hardness?

Thanks. During earlier editions, viewing the scape left w/ the feeling of it being incomplete. The addition of the smaller filler stones to me, gave it a finished boulder strewn look. I know it's kind of anal but, needed the three stone sizes to complete the scape.

The stones are basalt w/some iron content. Not too concerned w/effects on water hardness (AquaSoil substrate provides a good buffer). Thanks for looking!


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The Monte Carlo arrived today (thx H4N) so cut up nodes & planted. A 2"x4" section was just enough to provide needed coverage. A back right elevated section was left uncovered for a different yet undetermined planting.

Day 1 of DSM. Based on my past experience w/ HC going thru Dry Start, will attempt to keep this substrate drier by not fully sealing the top w/ cellophane, misting w/ tap water only as needed.



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