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240L "in lucem sanctam"

here is a new tank i started recently ,some of you must have seen it on another site ,anyways ,hope you like it .










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Woooooooooo !!!
It seems to be one planted tank of "the master" Takeshi Amano

T'es trop fort, Nico
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super nice tank! i get goosebumps when i see these tanks!
i wish i had the money
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That glosso looks awesome... If only you could keep it looking that way.
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why cant you?
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IME Glosso's beauty is fleeting. Once it fills in, it just start growing in layers - with the lower layers rotting away. You can either do large and frequent trimmings or uproot and replant every few months to try and keep it nice and tidy like that, but somehow it never looks as good as when it first fills in - like pictured above.

Of course if you know something I don't - please let me know! I ended up removing it from all of my tanks because it was growing "too well"...

That side shot of the river of glosso is spectacular.
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do you have a broken lily pipe ?
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thank you for your comments.

retoid ,ada products are quite cheap in japan ,and i have 30% off ,the tank was actually 50% off ....from the japanese price

dapellegrini ,i dont have any special trick with the glosso ,i am not even going to uproot and replant everything ,the tank is now about 1 month old and it is not going to last ,an iwagumi is only something i wanted to do for the style of it ,but that is not what i like the most ,so the tank should be completly re-done in 2 or 3 weeks ,to some kind of jungle

chippie ,the lilly pipe looks weird on that picture ,it must have moved when i adjusted the position of the lights for the picture ,it is not broken
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Ya - it looks really nice - when glosso fills in at first like that it is beautiful... Just disappointing if you think you are going to maintain that look for a longer period of time - a problem that it doesn't sound like you will have.

Many folks who have not had this plant maintain the false assumption that it will continue to look like that. It was a big realization for me when I discovered that many of these setups that I drooled over were small, unsustainable snap shots in time... Once you understand that though - your appreciation for them changes - for me I realized just how much work the artist put into the composition for a short photo shoot and then tear down. I am a lazy bum in comparison!

Good job!

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Good job, Nico.

Is that Eleocharis vivapari? It looks a little messy to me. Is that the intention? I guess we're not seeing the final shoot yet.....

Kudos anyways. Iwagumi is enjoying a surge in popularity and this is a superb example.
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Dapellegrini ,to be honest ,it is the first time that i use glosso ,so the maintenance part was worring me a lot as my friends told me the work that was needed to maintain it .i didn't know though that it would look nice only the first time (and it is a good thing to know ,thank you) ,but it is a beautiful plant and i really wanted to use it ,i think that it was the most appropriate plant for this lay-out that i wanted to keep simple .

George ,thank you for your comment ,it is eleocharis vivipara ,it looks a bit weird on this shot as it has not been trimmed yet ,i am trying to grow it on all of the back of the tank but it takes time compared to the other varieties .i was thinking about 3 sets of pictures for the final shot ,1 with the vivipara going to the surface and covering it as more as possible ,it might look weird but i feel like the effect could be interesting ,another shots with the vivipara cleanly trimmed in a V shape ,and the last series of shots without any vivipara .
as you said iwagumi is enjoying a surge in popularity , so i guess i wanted to make one as a "style exercise" but i dont feel so satisfied with it as i dont feel it is something personnal but i really feel like i just did a copy of some amano's tank ,i really want to move quickly to the next lay-out as i want both to do something personnal and as i need to get busy on my tank ,i need to trim ,to move plants ,and unhappilly iwagumi doesn't satisfy my needs concerning this point .
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here are the final pictures

"in lucem sanctam"




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Crikey , wat a beaut she is wats the name of those tall grass like plants
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on the backgroung is vivipara ,in the middle section (grass like) is tennellus
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nice..like it alot!
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