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So I tore my aquascape apart completely.

Last picture of the old scape, not so hot I know. The Java Ferns just got out of control.





I finally made the leap to pressure Co2! yay, I installed a GLA Co2 system last week and am still dialing it in. I think I'm getting more Co2 in the water then I “ever” have before with the 4 bottle DIY set-up. Everyday I turn it up just a pitch higher. Right now it’s at about 4 bubbles per second.





The weeds,

Ludwigia Repens (new for me)
Ludwigia Glandulosa
Java Moss
Java Fern (I saved just one teeny tiny baby plant) see if you can find it.
Cryptocoryne “green”
Cryptocoryne “Tropica”
Dwarf Lobelia Cardinalis

The only somewhat difficult plant is the Glandulosa, it seems to need alot of Co2. Every time my DIY would run on the slower side the tips of the leaves would twist.

Some numbers,

1.8 watts T-5 NO (10,000K x 2 and 7,600K x 2)
EI dosing (at half)
4bps GLA Co2 (into a external reactor)
Nitrate 10-20ppm
Phosphate 2-5ppm

The new, I cleaned both filters (2217, 2215), one right after the rescape and the other a week later. Water's pretty clean




Tropica Crypts are on the right, two plants placed in front of the Repens. Green Crypts are left front with glandulosa in back and Lobelia to the left. Some java moss on the wood. With one teeny-tiny Java fern stuck to the wood as well. I was going to toss all the Java Fern out but just couldn't rid myself of it. Java Fern is the very first plant I ever bought and that tiny little 3 leaved plant is related to that first plant I bought some 6-7 years ago.


Comments? I am hoping this set up when it grows in will have better depth and be more "balanced"?
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Latest pic, 2 weeks.

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I really like the first scape, but the second scape is very nice too. Needs more plants though!

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I really like the first scape, but the second scape is very nice too. Needs more plants though!

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I have added dwarf hairgrass all around the rocks. I am hoping this tank will grow in really nice.

I bought a new bag of Flourite and am considering using some more wood to layer the substrate up towards the back near the base of the "tree". I wont to use the wood as roots coming off the tree flat to the substrate and then fill in the gaps with Flourate greating a step look. I am hoping it will step from the back left down to the front right.

I'm still thinking about it.
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I really like the layout of the wood better in the latest scape. It does look like a tree.

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i think some more plants would look good


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I really like the look of this set up!

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I really like the layout of the wood better in the latest scape. It does look like a tree.


Thanks you very much, I am going to try and add another piece as a root running along the bottom away from the ďtreeĒ.


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i think some more plants would look good


I agree, I am going to clip and trim and replant until it starts to look much bushier. Iíve only just rescaped it and itís already growing so fast!


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I really like the look of this set up!


Thank you very much, that means a lot to me. I am hoping after just a few more changes and it grows in more it will look even better.
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Another 'root' would look good, you are right. Good eye for detail!

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Here is on full months growth. I'm going to scape the lower part of the "tree" and possibly move a few plants around. The Glandulosa has 6 new stems growing out of the base. I'm going to cut the two long stems down to the substrate and let the new stems grow out.


Day one right after rescape,



One month to the day,

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So six weeks in,

I modified just about everything a little bit. The Glandulosa has 5 new stems growing in so I cut the 2 large ones to let the new baby stems get more light on them.

I modified the rocks lightly, rearranged and added a few more to improve the balance and added grass all around them. I'm hoping the grass will completely fill in the whole rock area.

I added a new tree "root" and used a whole bag of fluorite in order to "step" the roots towards the back and upwards in an attempt to add some depth to the seen. I think it was moderately successful.

First day,



Six weeks in,



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8th week, I tried killing some weird white hair on the Java Moss by shooting Excel on it with all pumps off and letting it sit for 5 minutes but this just killed the Java Moss and the white hair is still there?!??!! I can't find any help. Lots of people online have the same issue but no one seems to know what it is and Excel does nothing to it. One person said it could be "freshwater creatures"?

The only other algae is a slight bloom of GSA after I started using Purigen for a slight cloudiness, which it cleared up very nicely by the way.


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