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Old 12-23-2012, 04:45 PM   #16
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thanks a lot angelsword.. well it was tough to scape something so small..took me 3.5 hours to get what I wanted to be honest..

@speedie408 - thanks man!
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:52 PM   #17
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Nice work

Would love to know the specs behind "Hills by the morning".
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:01 PM   #18
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Hey Jonathan..here are the specs for you:

tank - 24''X15"X15" (glass 6mm all sides, base 8mm)
light - 4*6500K 36W PLL
substrate - controsoil + vermicompost as base layer
filter - Ehiem 2213+sunsun 301 HOB
Plants - HC 'Cuba', E. Parvula, Glosso Elantoides, Xmas moss,flame moss, anubias nana 'petit', H. tripartita, s. repens, M.Hirsuta, Fissidens fontanus,mini pelia
Fauna - 2 oto's and few Sakura red as of now, getting Indian natives next month ir, P.balitora,P.gelius and cardinia 'zebra'
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:28 PM   #19
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one more project done this year. This time for a friend who stays near my home. He wasn't entirely happy with his tank..this was his first planted tank and was struggling a bit scape-wise and plant heath wise. I tried helping a bit in rescaping the tank with exactly same materials he had already. So here are the pics:

pic1: His scape
pic 2: My rescape - and pic taken after 4 weeks. Since this is his first tank and was running on a HOB so flow issue resulted in quite a bit of algae..what I last know that issue has been sorted after he bought a canister filter+excel dosing.
Pic 3: after 2.5 months (shot taken 01.05/2013)
Pic 4: One of the inhabitants

Scape name - Rebirth
BTW this one runs on DIY CO2
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:16 PM   #20
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Any one looking for an update on my 2ft'r? here it is (added pic). The tank is finally taking shape the way I want it to be..a few trims here and there should do the trick. But then again I do need the FG to fill up. BTW tried a new style of HC planting and by far it's a super success. I will explain it in the long run after the carpet is complete..it's an easy alternate to/for people who cannot get hands on any powder type soil for growing cuba
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:50 PM   #21
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Very niiice. Looking forward to hearing about the cuba technique.
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:24 AM   #22
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Thanks again jonathan! i'll post it by today..if I get time at office or else once i'm bak..it's really simple yet super effective that I can say.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:23 AM   #23
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As promised this is the new technique which I have used to grow cuba- Please be adviced, this applies mostly for who buy cuba in it's mat form.

1) Take the thinnest green coarse type dishwasher you can find.
2) Cut it into size smaller than the placement areas where the cuba planting is intended.
3) Take a small amount of the tank soil you are using, add a small bit of water and make it into a muck (thick one thought)
4) Take non-bio De-gradable toothpicks and pierce the base pad before hand.
5) put the muck as created in step 3 and put it over the pad on top of which put the cuba and simply tie with a thread/fishing line and with the help of the toothpicks just shove it into the ground substrate to keep it fixed.

That's it done. The reason of such is -> Cuba has the smallest roots as known - so the point of the muck is to give it a soft base to catch hold on to the ground as fast as possible. The reason of the dishwasher is to provide a base so that the muck does not get released in the weaterline+provide porosity for water movement. With this method I have noticed that the cuba instantly gets attached via roots in less than 3 days and starts spreading. Now one might ask me - but what about the rest of the substrate - I will say see - since the initial root development is the most important I concentrated in it more, once settled the root system will automatically try an adjust to the substrate in and around it. Yes you do need high light+High CO2 for the first few days post planting..after which just lay back and enjoy the growth. Hope people gets benefited out of this simple idea to an alternative to non-availablity/non-fundability of powder type aquarium soil.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:24 PM   #24
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When you have time, I think you should make a new searchable/tagged thread complete with pictures.

I'm still a little confused. What is a dishwasher ? How thick is the sandwich and what does the tie off look like ?
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:59 PM   #25
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well I do not have pics at the moment..but i'll make one for sure..dishwasher is like - http://www.google.co.in/imgres?imgur...ed=0CEoQ9QEwAw

the sandwich thickness should be as thin as possible and tied like simply how one would tie moss to a rock.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:54 AM   #26
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beautiful tanks! a delight to see and enjoy. thankyou
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:47 AM   #27
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Thank you..Meganne
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:31 PM   #28
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well I do not have pics at the moment..but i'll make one for sure..dishwasher is like - http://www.google.co.in/imgres?imgur...ed=0CEoQ9QEwAw

the sandwich thickness should be as thin as possible and tied like simply how one would tie moss to a rock.
Ah I see, thank you. How long do you suppose toothpics are necessary ? You say 3 days to catch roots. Do you ever have a problem removing the toothpic or does the HC really feel good in there ?
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:33 PM   #29
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Also, what was your friends substrate you managed to carpet. Do you use root tabs or anything like that ?
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:36 PM   #30
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Love the 3rd one in your original post. Looks so effortless!
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