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Old 06-09-2014, 02:21 AM   #226
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:01 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, 03:46 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, 03:56 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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Good idea!
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Old 06-09-2014, 05:56 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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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, 04:20 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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