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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-10-2006, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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This isn't my first planted 'scape. Originally I had lots of fast growing stems, but decided to swap them out, and turn to some lower maintenance, slower growing plants. Still some work to do on this. Pretty much verything on the right of the wood will be out, and replaced with some of the H. corymbosa from the left corner. (In fact, I've already taken it out, just don't have an updated pic) Waiting for a couple of crypts to fill in (primarily left mid ground). Some patchy holes in the foreground need to be filled, and uhh... just general growth filling in.



















1 - Hygrophila corymbosa
2 - Blyxa japonica
3 - Elatine triandra
4 - Cryptocoryne wenditii
5 - Cyperus helferi
6 - Lobelia cardinalis
7 - Nymphea Zenkeri
8 - Anubias nana
9 - Vallisneria Spiralis
10 - Anubias Nana var petite
11 - Weeping moss (I think.. can't remember.)

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Very nice layout - fauna?
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2 x Angel
1 x Pearl Gourami
10 x Flame Tetra (Von Rio Tetra)
12 x Neon Tetra
6 x Otocinclus
Pair of German Blues
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Great tank! Your 'scape is a perfect example of a lesson I'm learning the hard way: limit yourself to 10 species, use them sparingly! You've done a great job, IMO. BTW, I've never seen the Elatine Triandra foreground before . . . . looks neat, something different. Will it fill in better?
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Man, that's pretty.
Beautiful pics too.
Surprised your angels don't show up in any of the shots.
What size is that tank?
Eager to see the updated shots.
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Great tank! Your 'scape is a perfect example of a lesson I'm learning the hard way: limit yourself to 10 species, use them sparingly! You've done a great job, IMO. BTW, I've never seen the Elatine Triandra foreground before . . . . looks neat, something different. Will it fill in better?
Yeah, I learned the hard way too... sometimes, more isn't better. Having fewer species often helps lend the tank a cohesive appearance.

The E. triandra will fill in more, yeah. In fact, since I've been doing a better job with my diy co2 it's really starting to boom. I like it as an alternative to glosso and HC.
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Man, that's pretty.
Beautiful pics too.
Surprised your angels don't show up in any of the shots.
What size is that tank?
Eager to see the updated shots.
Thanks! If you look real carefully at hte top of the first shot, you can see them. It's a 55 gallon, diy co2, 130w, flourite/sand substrate, NO3 ~ 20ppm, PO4 1-2ppm, dosing Traces every other day.

Will post more pics this weekend.
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How have you built up the foreground and floor of the tank? It looks awesome.
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How have you built up the foreground and floor of the tank? It looks awesome.
Thank you, but I'm not sure what you mean?

Do you mean how did I build up the E. triandra foreground? Slowly lol. A process of pruning when it grows tall and replanting in the gaps where it didn't quite spread too.. and then repeat... and repeat.. over a series of weeks.
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I would try and remove the Cyperus helferi (Awsome plant though) i thinks it disturbing the picture a lot.
see it without :

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Hmmm... I dunno about that. I don't think it disturbs it too much, and I think once the far left side grows some it will fit in just fine.

Nice photoshop btw!
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Here's a shot of what Pseud's ET will soon look like.



Damn fine shopping there, A-P.
My initial thought was the C.h. looked mighty fine, and worked as a secondary focal point to the wood.
But that shopped image looks awfully sharp.
And I can easily convince myself that the C.h. is a little too large, a little too distracting, makes the mood a little too busy.
Probably no "right" answer - just personal taste.
Definitely something to keep in mind as the scape matures.
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No Photo Shop - i'm the MS paint master

But of cource, i cant see Pseuds plan - and after some time, the layout may look totally different. It was just my first thought (after "WOW that looks awsome!!")
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That was with MS paint? Damn, nice work!

Eds put nicely into words how I couldn't express it... except, if I did remove the C. helferi, I think I'd definitely have to place some wood in that general area... Where I can see the C. helferi being distracting, I can also see a little too much wide open space detracting from the presentation....

we'll see how it goes, I guess!
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Nice lookin', Pseud! I like the CH, because it add some different texture. But, I could see how it might be distracting. Perhaps, if the left corner doesn't fill in, just move it more to the left so it blend in there better. Though, I, too, would just let it ride for a bit.

As to the numbering shot, how was that done? Just change the shot to greyscale and add numbers via photoshop? I've got the freeware irfanview program. I wonder if I could do the same with that. I'd like to try that for my next posting!

Good stuff!
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