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Old 06-19-2013, 03:51 AM   #1
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The Unnamed Oasis-7.5g rimless


I took a short hiatus during volleyball and school season, but I'm back! I started working on this yesterday morning, my day included tearing down two tanks and cleaning everything up; I boiled manzanita and bleached seiryu stones. Today I started on the real fun!

Hardscape set


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Aquasoil added, sand added, and Anubias bartia V. 'Micro' placed


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Everyone loves a good Fissidens shake!


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Fissidens shake painted on


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Aerial view


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Sprayed and covered


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For the dry start I'm using two 23 watt (100 watt equivalent) compact fluorescent light bulbs each in a dome reflector hanging pendantly over the tank. Once I flood this baby, I think I'll go with one 13 watt CFL in the larger dome reflector hanging a few inches above the tank.

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Equipment
-Mr. Aqua 7.5 gallon bowfront
-Two 23w CFL's in Walmart dome reflectors; once flooded one 13 watt CFL will be used.
-Hydor Theo 25w heater
-Eheim 2213 with acrylic lily pipes
-NO CO2

Materials
-ADA Aquasoil
-ADA La Plata sand
-Seiryu Stones
-Manzanita wood

Flora
-Microsorum pteropus Var. 'Needle 'Leaf
-Cryptocoryne undulatus
-Hydrocotyl sibthorpioides
-Anubias barteri Var. 'Micro' (syn. Anubias 'Micro')
-Fissidens fontanus

Fauna
-Otocinclus affinis
-Schooling micro-fish, I haven't decided which maybe Chili Rasboras; depends on what Rachel has at the time.

Fissidens Shake Method
-This is what I'll be calling it

Step 1-Blend Fissidens with 1 part plain yogurt and 10 parts water; creating a Fissidens Shake

Step 2-Paint Fissidens Shake onto surfaces where you want Fissidens to grow and attach

Step 3-Spray tank thoroughly with aquarium-safe water and cover the tank with clear plastic wrap

Step 4-Blast the tank with light

Step 5-mist daily keeping humidity up and Fissidens bits moist

Step 6-Forget about is, aside from misting, for a few weeks

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Old 06-19-2013, 07:32 AM   #2
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nice layout. how do you fix the manzanita on the substrate?
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:28 AM   #3
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Keep me updated with the 'fissidens shake' growth on the branches. Would love to try it if it looks good.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:53 AM   #4
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Gorgeous hardscape. Keeping it simple is going to be awesome.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:24 PM   #5
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Is that shake the standard gardening trick of moss+buttermilk+blender? I was thinking about that recently and wondering if it would work for a dry start.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:26 PM   #6
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Beautiful! I have to say, i was shocked when i scrolled down and saw this was only a 7 gallon! Cant wait to see this one progress
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:35 PM   #7
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nice layout. how do you fix the manzanita on the substrate?
Thanks! Um, not very easily If you look closely at the first picture, you'll see what I did. I started by arranging a ring of tones to set the borders. Then I added more stone to inside the borders, and basically wedged all my manzanita in and under the stones, then covered with Aquasoil, the slopes are 80% stone.

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Keep me updated with the 'fissidens shake' growth on the branches. Would love to try it if it looks good.
Thanks! I've seen it used by many other aquascapers who have all been successful, but not one had a detailed instructions about it, so I put everything I learned here in this thread; it is by no means my invention. I'll let you know! Day 1 progress consists of a foul smell when the plastic wrap was lifted to spray

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Gorgeous hardscape. Keeping it simple is going to be awesome.
Thanks Jake!

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Is that shake the standard gardening trick of moss+buttermilk+blender? I was thinking about that recently and wondering if it would work for a dry start.
An adaptation of such! As I said above, it's not my method, but I borrowed it from other much for skilled aquascapers. I used George Farmer's recipe of 1 part yogurt, 10 parts water, handful of moss. It's a similar concept, but here it has to have a lot of water, it's a watery blend and not as thick as buttermilk would be. But the concept is the same.

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Beautiful! I have to say, i was shocked when i scrolled down and saw this was only a 7 gallon! Can't wait to see this one progress
Thanks!! I can't wait to see it progress either, now is the hardest part-waiting patiently before flooding!
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Here's a closeup of one of the Anubias!


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Love the scape. The manzy branches have some nice girth to them.
I've always wondered why the Mr. Aqua bowfronts had that beveled edge, but I kinda like it.
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Love the scape. The manzy branches have some nice girth to them.
I've always wondered why the Mr. Aqua bowfronts had that beveled edge, but I kinda like it.
Thanks! I think that people often times under-size their hardscape, I wanted big pieces for a big impact

The beveled edge isn't as noticeable in real life as it is in the photos. I think I'd prefer it without the bevel, but I don't mind that it has it.
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Great hardscape. The beginning is always the most fun IMO. This should turn out great.
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Thanks! I think that people often times under-size their hardscape, I wanted big pieces for a big impact
+1 on big pieces; it makes a small tank look a lot bigger, but on the flip side can make it look more cluttered. I just have a giant piece of driftwood the entire length of the tank in my Mini-M.

I do like your branch layout alot, it looks very balanced and right to the eye.
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Great hardscape. The beginning is always the most fun IMO. This should turn out great.
Sure is! the Not-so-fun part is the excruciating wait! It's nly been one day and I'm itching for something to happen!

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+1 on big pieces; it makes a small tank look a lot bigger, but on the flip side can make it look more cluttered. I just have a giant piece of driftwood the entire length of the tank in my Mini-M.

I do like your branch layout alot, it looks very balanced and right to the eye.
True! Both can be nice, but both can also be done terribly wrong

THank you very much! It took me a few hours! I had to place the stones then walk away for a while and come back, to make sure they were balanced.
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Wow! Very nice! This is one of the best scapes I've seen recently. I always wanted to try the yogurt n moss trick but thought the smell would be really bad (Just like the time I left my son's bottle in the car). Hehe I can't wait to see the tank progress!
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Wow! Very nice! This is one of the best scapes I've seen recently. I always wanted to try the yogurt n moss trick but thought the smell would be really bad (Just like the time I left my son's bottle in the car). Hehe I can't wait to see the tank progress!
Thank you very much! It certainly doesn't smell great!! But the I only smell it when I lift up the cover to mist, otherwise it doesn't permeate the room or anything; it's pretty well contained.
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