Thank you all for your nice comments!!!
Originally Posted by Livebearer101
Stunning, thats amazing for a first try. I love that sort of scape. Your tetra look awesome too. Well done, nice growth!
CO2? Ferts? Plants?
Thanks so much Livebearer101!!! As far as stats....
The tank is a 46 bowfront with a fluval canister filter and a DIY reactor inline with pressurized co2 and a controller. There is a 2x55watt PC light over top of it.
As Jdinh04 stated (btw, thank for the nice comment jD), I went through a bunch of different approaches of fertilizations till I finally came up with one that worked best from me. That particular method happend to be PPS.
My water is pretty hard.....
Eleocharis acicularis - forground
Lobelia cardinalis 'Small'
Pogostemon stellatus Broad
The tank is getting emptied this week and I am going to restart and move to no controller and a diffusor instead of reactor.
Originally Posted by scolley
Nice 'scape Jason! I love that open look too! It's a lot harder to make an open tank look nice IMO, than one jammed full of plants. And you have done a very good job of that. Congrats!
Thank you very much scolley. It was indeed a bit of a challenge in a couple ways....
The plants are not fast growers so ferts became an issue. I had to really play with my dosing. I had gsa in that tank for almost a year before i was able to find out what was best for the tank and the types of plants.
Also, taking a photo of the tank was difficult because the background really became part of the overall look. So i had a very tough time making that happen in the photo session. Plus, this was my first attempt to really take a picture so there are really a lot of things that i would change, i just dont know how. HAHAHA
Originally Posted by gbhil
...this is the best tank I've seen on this site IMO.
Two questions if I may -
1. Is that a lens filter or software effect for the lighting, or a true representation of the bulb color? (9325K I assume)
2. Is the substrate deep in the front right or just shaded from the foreground plants being thicker?
gbhil, that is a very generous compliment and it is awesome that you would consider this tank among the numerous masters around these parts.
1)There is no lens filter on the cam. The cam is a nikon d70 using the jpeg setting. The color of the bulbs is actually two 6700k's. I used a remote flash in the back that projected onto a white board behind the tank. I used some color gels on the flash to create the color on the board. Then in photoshop i used a Cooling Filter(blue) to wash out some of the excess reds.
2)The substrate is fairly uniform from front to back. This is one of the weak points of this scape. The hairgrass in the from grew higher then i would have liked and almost erases the background short plants. This was my first attempt at a scape as i said, so next time i will make more of an effort to make sure the substrate has a better slope. You live and you learn