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Old 06-09-2014, 03:21 AM   #226
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I love this tank!


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Old 06-09-2014, 04:01 AM   #227
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Damn awesome tank, love the old photos in the first post (especially when it was anubias heavy.. huge fan of that plant) very cool scape!
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:46 PM   #228
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Nice job!

The headdress on the statue cracks me up.

Just curious- with all that petrified wood in there, have you monitored your kH/gH/TDS over time? A friend of mine who used to be active on here did a scape once with petrified wood and had a hard time keeping those from building up even with 50% weekly water changes, so ended up re-doing the scape.
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:56 PM   #229
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Nice job!

The headdress on the statue cracks me up.

Just curious- with all that petrified wood in there, have you monitored your kH/gH/TDS over time? A friend of mine who used to be active on here did a scape once with petrified wood and had a hard time keeping those from building up even with 50% weekly water changes, so ended up re-doing the scape.
If they still have the wood, they can dip/coat it in a few layers of clear polyurethane (let dry between each coat) Let sit a 3 weeks + after last coating to fully cure then do a water test (bucket of water + petrified wood).
I am at the water test stage right now for some 'shrimp rock' my husband polyurethane, it since my gh is already high and the rocks sent it off the charts (hoping it works).
If they missed a spot with coating, (test shows raised gh) let dry, recoat and cure, then try again.
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Old 06-09-2014, 05:16 PM   #230
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Good idea!
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Old 06-09-2014, 06:56 PM   #231
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Nice job!

The headdress on the statue cracks me up.

Just curious- with all that petrified wood in there, have you monitored your kH/gH/TDS over time? A friend of mine who used to be active on here did a scape once with petrified wood and had a hard time keeping those from building up even with 50% weekly water changes, so ended up re-doing the scape.
Theres no question its high BUT after 3.5 years its better than it was. The rock leeched some EXTRA crap into the water for the first year at least. I had to pull one petrified piece out because it was melting in a section... Probably red clay or something...

Its hard on the plants, but the fish and cherry shrimp do well.

I knew going in it was gonna be fussy. The reason petrified wood looks so cool is all the crap in the rock LOL. Its going to leech out but its worth it.

I think the proof is in the pictures and the fact the tank is 3.5 years old!

I will admit, when I started, I considered converting it to a cichlid tank because of the inevitable leeching (and use it to my advantage)... But Im glad I didn't!
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Old 06-15-2014, 02:07 AM   #232
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I always catch this topic weeks after it's been bumped and I feel bad for putting it at the top when there's no update but I just have to say, this is perhaps my all time favorite tank. It's not quite as technically impressive or stunning as the good Amano type tanks but it has soooo much depth and intricacy, I always see something new to admire in it. Crucially, the way you've designed it to grow and change over time rather than forcing the plants to conform to your initial idea is absolutely stunning. The Amano tanks look great in pictures and displays but I'd prefer this tank in my home any day of the week. This is more than art, it's an ecosystem. In many years when I have the money for a large setup, this will absolutely be my primary inspiration. Beautiful
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Old 06-15-2014, 05:20 AM   #233
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Wow, that is an awesome scape. Really original. Great work. Everything goes together so well. It definitely carries me into the scene of an ancient world overgrown by time. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-22-2014, 11:26 PM   #234
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I always catch this topic weeks after it's been bumped and I feel bad for putting it at the top when there's no update but I just have to say, this is perhaps my all time favorite tank. It's not quite as technically impressive or stunning as the good Amano type tanks but it has soooo much depth and intricacy, I always see something new to admire in it. Crucially, the way you've designed it to grow and change over time rather than forcing the plants to conform to your initial idea is absolutely stunning. The Amano tanks look great in pictures and displays but I'd prefer this tank in my home any day of the week. This is more than art, it's an ecosystem. In many years when I have the money for a large setup, this will absolutely be my primary inspiration. Beautiful
I appreciate the kind words! I just saw this today!

Update-

The tank is undergoing a big change.

I pulled the bust out as the Java fern rhizomes that attached it to the head/bust were starting to die and the whole head dress was coming loose. One if the realities of living things lol.

I'm on the fence on what to do so for now it sits in my 60 gallon trash tank waiting.

That did create a large beach which the coreys and Chinese hillstream loaches love! And I love it too- what a delimma!!!!!

I pulled most of the anubias coffeefolia out as it just fights the hard water. I had never used this much rock before and I'm letting the plants that do well take over to manage the BBA. Don't get me wrong- i always had lots of rock (lace rock mostly) but the petrified wood is easily 3x what I normally use.

I love the Java moss as its spreading and getting very jungley!!! I also have a bunch of another plant doing well so I'm going to let it take over the right side. I forget the name but it's a slow grower.

The petite is doing well but I moved most to the left.

The chiller kept everyone extremely happy this summer except me as it up'ed the temp in the room a few degrees lol. It's set to 79.

I'll post pics this week but be prepared for a tank in transition! I'm super excited though and I can always see the future a bit with my tanks- it's gonna be a good change!

The nice thing is maintenance is still almost zero!

I also love my 4 bumblebee gobies- i never feed them but they look INSANE!!! CRAZY BRIGHT orange and yellow stripes... that would be the results of a 100% live cherry shrimp diet! I've never seen any this healthy before- highly recommended!

The only reason this post has no pics is I did tank maintenance on all 3 tanks today for the first time in 2 months... I need to really hit the front and clean the algae off the acrylic!!!!

Lazy... lol!

Oh and my farlowella is just awesome- man I love those fish! My clams are doing well too! such a great summer of life for once!!! Especially considering it gets to be 90+ degrees in my place! And my rummies have held strong!
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Old 10-22-2014, 11:32 PM   #235
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Amazing, I love tanks where Anubias is the star, it's my favorite plant.
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Old 10-23-2014, 01:35 AM   #236
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Wow. Great scape! If you end up redoing it, you could totally rock a Mayan pyramid, that would be amazing, too.
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Old 10-23-2014, 02:17 AM   #237
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What do you plan to do with the coffeefolia? Sell it maybe (hint)?
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Old 10-23-2014, 05:26 AM   #238
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What do you plan to do with the coffeefolia? Sell it maybe (hint)?
I put it in my trash tank as it has BBA. Even if you can't see any it's there! I don't sell any plants for just that reason.

It goes away once in my trash tank but comes back if I put it back in the main tank.

The worst part is I intentionally introduced it thinking I could beat it as usual. This time with the hard water I was wrong!

What i wouldn't give to go back in time lol!

The petite has it too but never as bad as the larger anubias types.

My trash tank is 60 gallons so that's where I put the over growth. It doesn't get co2 so the plants don't go nuts.
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Old 10-23-2014, 05:43 AM   #239
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I think it is really cool,well done.
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Old 10-25-2014, 03:46 AM   #240
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Update pics-

Tank- (I will never understand why the computer smushes the panoramics to look shorter... The tank is LONGER but the images always come out squished...


New plant on right side-


If anyone can ID this plant I would appreciate it- I forgot what its called! I actually purchased it for the refugium on this tank but all the sudden one day it was growing on the SIDE of the petrified wood shown in the pic. Its doing KILLER and I love it! Ive been pulling chunks off the rock and placing them around the right side!

The java moss is allowed to go crazy then I pull it all off only leaving the small pieces attached to the rock to get the matting effect.

And notice the killer beach where the bust was... Man Im having trouble wanting to put the bust back in LOL! I guess thats the nature of living things and a natural human disposition to screw with things LOL!

Can't wait till the right fills in!
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