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Old 03-02-2014, 02:55 AM   #1
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Re Scape Photos, Critique


Hey planted tank, so after much debate I decided to tear down my old scape and redo it completely. The main reason I chose to do this was to make a better habitat for my apisto's. My last scape I think came out really well but it had its flaws. The slopes and amount of rock took up too much room for one. There wasn't a lot of open space for the fish to swim(near the bottom) or many hiding places. Apisto's favor the mid to lower levels. The new scape should make for a better home, I hope. While still looking artistic and manicured the way I like.

I know it's not an original design and this look has been done a million times but what do you guys think? Anything that catches your eye in the hardscape that I should maybe change? Keep in mind I planted this tank last week, so it needs time to fill in.

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Baby Apisto and Mom









Old Scape(5 months growth) 30 gallon tank fyi :

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Old 03-02-2014, 05:10 AM   #2
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Plants I used:

Vesuvius (Echinodorus Angustifolia) So far this plant is not doing anything but adjusting.

Crinum Caliminstratum - New growth immediately, it is going to look awesome entangled with the wood. I think it's my new favorite plant.

Rotala Wallichii
Red Cabomba
Myriophyllum aquaticum (parrot feather) not sure how this will do submerged I don't think it grows as full
Anubias Nana
Red Flame Sword
Dwarf Four Leaf Clover, came immersed grown needs to die back.
Red Tiger Lotus
DGH
S.Repens
Flame Moss
Fissiden
Subwassertang
Blyxa Japonica
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Old 03-02-2014, 06:28 AM   #3
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Good luck with the new scape !
I like ur choice of fish.
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Old 03-02-2014, 06:57 AM   #4
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I think it matters more if you like it rather than if it's not an original design.
I like it better than the old one and it does seem to give them more room in the
lower aria's of the tank.
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:13 AM   #5
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Looks great! What kind of apistos are they?
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Looks great! What kind of apistos are they?
Looks like apistogramma viejita to me. great looking fish.
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:36 AM   #7
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looks great, i think a proper white background would really set it off. the different shades of grey on the white wall behind it ruin it for me. Go to walmart and get a piece of white construction paper for 89 cents and cut it to fit.
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Old 03-02-2014, 12:16 PM   #8
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Looks great! These are apisto macmasteri's often called viejita. There is no true Viejitas in the hobby currently. Only one came in by accident a few years ago.
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Wow. Beautiful. I love this type of scape. Lots of room for swimming and the cluster of rocks/wood/ plants still makes it look full. Gorgeous!
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Love it! my new scape is looking the same. I like the look of your old scape also. Gonna be a great looking tank when everything fills in for sure.
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Old 03-02-2014, 04:37 PM   #11
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Looks great! These are apisto macmasteri's often called viejita. There is no true Viejitas in the hobby currently. Only one came in by accident a few years ago.
I bought this pair labelled, "Apisto Macmasteri Double Red". True macmasteri are not this colorful so they are definitely bred to have brighter colors. After some research on their markings I found people stating that if the very front of the dorsal fin is black its origins are viejita. Mine has the black dorsal fin. But the body shape of viejita is narrow, this fish is bigger and more round so I think it's mixed with macmasteri. Who knows, I'm still confused about it but honestly don't care much. They are really fun to watch and have proven a successful pair having fry hatch several times now without any effort on my end.

PS- If you search apisto viejita form 2 or type 2 the photos that come up look a lot like my male.

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Old 03-02-2014, 04:58 PM   #12
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looks great, i think a proper white background would really set it off. the different shades of grey on the white wall behind it ruin it for me. Go to walmart and get a piece of white construction paper for 89 cents and cut it to fit.

Yup your right about that. I plan on putting "opal" lee filter diffusion on the back. It's used to diffuse lights on film sets, it's the most transparent of the many types of diffusion. I work in that industry so have a bunch on hand. I think the white of card stock will be too white and flat. The light that hits the card stock background will then bounce back into the tank since it has no where to go, filling in some of the shadows created by the wood and rocks. I think because I work in film I tend to lean towards having more contrast as opposed to over lighting which flattens the look. Might not be ideal for plant growth but it's definitely more natural looking.

If your looking to get the most out of your lights and have as little spill of light out of the tank, having a solid white background would work really well.

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Old 03-02-2014, 05:14 PM   #13
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Thanks for the positive feedback everyone! I'm excited to watch it fill in. I'm also excited to not have to deal with keeping aqua soil out of a sand area like the path I had in my last scape. As much as I like that look man what a PITA.

I took the small school of rummy nose and otto's out and put them in my discus tank, they are too frantic when I trim the tank. I'm going keep adding cherry culls for a cleanup crew. The apisto leave the shrimp alone surprisingly, in 3 months time or so the 4 culls I put in tank turned into 30+

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Old 03-03-2014, 08:41 AM   #14
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Beautiful setup you have there!
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Beautiful setup you have there!
Thanks!
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