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post #196 of 220 (permalink) Old 05-16-2020, 05:55 PM
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I remember scaping with riccia once.. It's crazy how not a single soul uses it anymore, rip riccia.

It's awesome, but it was such a nightmare to keep trimmed. It's fun as an accent plant still, but I wouldn't use it in a whole tank. I can't even keep the little one I have maintained.
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15 days growth on the tissue culture glosso, lightning fast compared to the litorella.







Green is my favourite colour..

I may not have much crazy colouration going on in this tank but the different shades of green and the different leaf sizes/textures are very appealing to me.



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Beautiful green tones 😄

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love the texture!
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Might be the nicest smaller scape I've seen. Great work! Now I have of reading to do here!
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So I finally got around to doing my lighting experiment..

The contenders include:

AI Prime Freshwater


Chihiros A-Series Plus 45cm + Chihiros RGB 45cm


Chihiros RGB 45cm


Chihiros A-Series Plus 45cm


I tried my best to have all the photo settings the same and adjusted for different levels of brightness. Sorry for window reflections..

The prime destroys them all in coverage, controllability, functionality, power, looks, etc. but it is a much more expensive piece of equipment. Colour-wise, the prime is still king, the two fixture combination comes close, the a series plus comes last although I do very much like the tones that the RGB brings out. What do you guys think?
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The Prime and Chihiros RGB are my fav! Though honestly from those pictures I feel like I was kinda splittin hairs, the tank looks really good regardless of which light haha!

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Honestly I really can't tell enough difference to decide based on the light produced.

I will say I really dig the cleanliness of just the center mount.


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Having had/have many epiphyte style tanks I can really appreciate the shades of green. I mean the green from the pogo to the moss are worlds apart. I guess if you ever wanted a "splash" of color other than the fish you could always try to color up the pinnatifida, but that would probably require you going pretty lean on no3.

As far as lighting, I like the crispness of the AI as opposed to the warmer look of the Chir RGB (I think from the photo), for form I like the minimal look of the AI. For a cube it's perfect.
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Teaser for the next project, coming soon..





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Super rad macro shots. What do you shoot with?


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Looking forward to this one!
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Super rad macro shots. What do you shoot with?
I shoot with a Canon 6D and the lens was a 50mm. All I own lens wise is a 50mm and a 17-40mm, mainly for travel/landscape but it's still effective for aquarium photography. The crop tool is your best friend in this case..


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I shoot with a Canon 6D and the lens was a 50mm. All I own lens wise is a 50mm and a 17-40mm, mainly for travel/landscape but it's still effective for aquarium photography. The crop tool is your best friend in this case..

“The lens was a 50ml” that explains the quality of those photos. They are striking photos. A great tease for what is to come.


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Scape is just over 3 months old..

It's been around 1 month since planting the glosso/rotala colorata/ranunculus tissue cultures. Everything is filling in and we're pretty much at full glosso coverage. The plan tonight includes cleaning glass, water change, doing a large trim of everything and ripping out the Araguaia to be replaced with two varieties of erio to try out for the first time. I have a tissue culture cup of Eriocaulon King Crimson and one Eriocaulon Cinereum from a fellow hobbyist.







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