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Old 03-29-2009, 02:26 PM   #1
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55 Gal Aquascape #2 [56k stay away]


55 Gal Aquascape #2

Introduction

First, I would like to thank PTF for providing a place I could share this project and form of art. I hope everyone enjoys this thread.
And thank you for taking the time to read and view this long thread!

Background
This aquarium was rescaped for a time laps photo project I wanted to do and learn from.
The idea was to experiment and evaluate camera position, settings, lighting, time of day to take photo, what is distracting and so on.
With the picture archive I will be selecting the best and creating a 60 day or longer time laps movie.
All pics below were random selections from each date taken, cropped and sized for web viewing
Also this system was set up with equipment identical to another aquarium I have posted on this forum.
All plant material will be from other or previous systems and are acclimated to this environment and level or type of care, so I expect it to grow well with few if any problems.

No fish were added during the first 60 days I found them distracting on a previous photo project
All pictures were taken with an olympus stylus 300 digital point and shoot camera. No high tech gear yet!
No water parameter testing of any kind was performed.
Notation below pictures
Example 2n,3k,0.5p,1fe = 2 ml of n, 3 ml k , 0.5 ml p, 1 ml fe
c02 = replaced - sugar 1 cup, yeast 1 tsp and 0.5 liter water mixed
fc= pleated filter change
wc = water change, about 20-40%
power clean = magnum 350 canister filter used to blow around plants and substrate to clean whatever is loose
Exact dosing is noted below each picture in this format along with short notes

Specifications
• 55 gallon glass aquarium 48x12x19 high
• Marineland magnum 350 canister filter with pleated filter insert only.
• Changed and cleaned as required ”no carbon or bio filters used”
• Sun systems new wave 48” 2 bulb 6500k ho t5 light fixture with a 11 hour photo period
• Light is modified for aquarium use
• Flourite Substrate
• Laterite Substrate additive
• CoCo Gro Plugs or Peat plates “mostly for rocks to set on”
• C02 applied at filter intake. “diy. For best results use ph controlled c02 dosing”
• Custom 12 watt rear lights, 2 each , for dawn and dusk light effect.
• Black aquarium background board
• Coral life power strip and timers
• Small power head for added water flow.
• Aquarium heater Hydor inline unit on filter return line. only used if required
• U.V Inline on filter return line. in place of heater
• All plant nutrients will be Seachem products
• All water changes will be done with tap water
• Glass is cleaned as needed for photos “about every 3 days”
Plant types
• Glossostigma gelatinoids
• Cryptocoryne walkeri (lutea)

Setup
Date 01.22.2k9



Install Canister filter including supply and return lines


Substrate material ready for install

Added Latrite additive and coco gro plugs for rocks to set on
Add about half inch flourite Substrate and mix with latrite.

Graded out substrate and placed rocks as desired

Planted large rooted Cryptocoryne walkeri (lutea)
Glossostigma gelatinoids will be added after water is in display

Slowly Fill with water
Filter system is started and co2 is applied at filter intake

Completed display

Date 01.23.2k9 2n 1p 3k 1fe, c02

Date 01.24.2k9 3k, 1fe

Date 01.26.2k9 1n, 2k

Date 01.27.2k9 2n, 1p, 3k

Date 01.28.2k9 2n, 3k, 1fe, fc, lutea plant melt down from rough handling

Date 01.29.2k9 1n, 2k, 1Fe, , lutea trim and clean

Date 01.30.2k9 2n, 3k, 2fe, lutea trim and clean

Date 01.31.2k9 2n, 3k, lutea trim and clean

Date 02.03.2k9 Algae and or bacteria bloom on substrate. lutea trim and clean

Date 02.04.2k9 2n 1p 3k , c02, fc

Date 02.05.2k9 2n, 1p, 3k

Date 02.06.2k9 2n, 1p, 3k

Date 02.07.2k9 2n, 1p, 3k, 1fe

Date 02.08.2k9 2n 3k, fc

Date 02.09.2k9 2n, 3k, 2 fe

Date 02.10.2k9 2n, 3k, 2 fe

Date 02.11.2k9 1.5n, .5p, 3k, 2 fe, c02

Date 02.12.2k9 2n, 0.5p, 4k, 2 fe

Date 02.13.2k9 2n, 1p, 4k, 2 fe

Date 02.14.2k9 2n, 1p, 4k, 1 fe

Date 02.15.2k9 wc, fc

Date 02.16.2k9 1.5n, 0.5p, 3k

Date 02.17.2k9 2n, 1p, 4k, small bacteria bloom again on substrate

Date 02.18.2k9 2n, 3k, 1fe , c02, bacteria starter

Date 02.19.2k9 2n, 3k, 1fe

Date 02.20.2k9 2n, 3k, 1p, 1fe

Date 02.21.2k9 1n, 2k, 0.5p, 0.5fe

Date 02.22.2k9 1n, 2k, 0.5p, 0.5fe

Date 02.23.2k9 1n, 2k, 0.5p, 0.5fe

Date 02.24.2k9 1n, 2k, 0.5p, 0.5fe fc

Date 02.25.2k9

Date 02.26.2k9 1n, 2k, 0.5p, 0.5fe, c02

Date 02.27.2k9 1n, 2k, 0.5fe

Date 02.28.2k9 1n, 2k, 0.5p, 0.5fe, fc,

Date 03.01.2k9 1n, 2k, 0.5p, 1fe

Date 03.02.2k9 2n, 3k, 0.5p, 1fe

Date 03.03.2k9 3n, 4k, 1p, 1fe, power filter clean

Date 03.04.2k9 3n, 5k, 1p

Date 03.05.2k9 fc,wc, t5 bulb change, bacteria bloom


Date 03.06.2k9 1n, 2k

Date 03.07.2k9 1n, 2k,

Date 03.08.2k9 1n, 2k,0.5p,1fe,

Date 03.09.2k9 1.5n, 3k,0.5p,1fe

Date 03.10.2k9 1.5n, 3k,0.5p,1fe

Date 03.11.2k9

Date 03.12.2k9

Date 03.13.2k9 1.5n, 3k,0.5p,1fe

Date 03.14.2k9 wc,fc

Date 03.15.2k9 c02,1.5n,3k,0.5p,1fe

Date 03.16.2k9 1.5n,3k,0.5p

Date 03.17.2k9 1.5n,3k,0.5p

Date 03.18.2k9 1.5n,3k,0.5p,1fe

Date 03.19.2k9 1.5n,3k

Date 03.20.2k9 1.5n,3k,0.75p,1fe fc

Date 03.21.2k9 1.5n,3k

Date 03.22.2k9 wc,fc

Date 03.23.2k9 2n,3k,0.75p,1fe

Date 03.24.2k9 2n,3k,0.5p,1fe

60 days later a nice looking, simple planted aquarium display!

Thanks again for viewing this very long thread
And I hope you found it interesting and informative.

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Old 03-29-2009, 02:56 PM   #2
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Very cool! A slide show or movie maker program could make this just a bit cooler
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Old 03-29-2009, 03:04 PM   #3
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Beautiful. Loved the progression of pics.
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Old 03-29-2009, 05:04 PM   #4
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Awesome! Great job. I think I wore out the scroll wheel on my mouse, tho.
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Old 03-29-2009, 05:26 PM   #5
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WOW neatO!
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Old 03-29-2009, 08:47 PM   #6
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That is pretty neat to watch how the plants grow over a certain period of time. To see it everyday, you tend to not notice the plant growth as much until it needs a trim. I would really like to see this in a movie type platform.
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Old 03-29-2009, 08:55 PM   #7
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pretty cool! That large crypt is awesome. I agree, make a slideshow so that the tank looks like it's growing really fast
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roybot,jasa,arn,cah925,clwatkins10
Thank you all for the kind words.
The movie/slideshow is in the works. It is taking time to select and crop 60-100 pics from an archive of a 1000+ pics and meld them into a decent slideshow or movie clip. Maybe another week or so before it's done.
Thanks again for reading this thread!
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Old 03-31-2009, 02:49 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by clwatkins10 View Post
pretty cool! That large crypt is awesome. I agree, make a slideshow so that the tank looks like it's growing really fast
The large crypt took a few years growing in a confined space "between rocks" to end up like that.
btw It was about 2x that size before I pulled it up, trimmed,washed and replanted. And I bet the roots alone fill 50% of this tanks substrate by now.
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Old 03-31-2009, 03:31 PM   #10
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I really like the progression of the pictures. Really cool. Did you say this was DIY co2?? Nice job.
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I really like the progression of the pictures. Really cool. Did you say this was DIY co2?? Nice job.
Thanks!
Yes, diy c02, changed about 1x per week. Not the best way to dose c02 but it works. I do run a power head at all times to provide flow and good surface 02 gas exchange.
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Old 03-31-2009, 03:53 PM   #12
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Well done! a perfect example of how less is more. example...two plant species, a few rocks, and let it grow...
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:28 PM   #13
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that is an awesome scape!!! love the elevation and simplicity, that lutea is beautiful. I gotta subscribe so I can see the slideshow when it's done.
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Now that was an awesome progression!
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very cool

just scroll down really fast with the mouse wheel and you'll see the animation happen.
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