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50 gallon Oceanic 'Fern Scape'



This aquarium was started April 2008, and these pictures were taken July 2008.
I will keep this thread updated when something significant changes. Enjoy.

Setup: 50 gallon Oceanic aquarium, cherry finish
Lighting: 96W 6700K + 39W 6500K retrofit with reflectors
Supplementation: 20lb tank with Milwaukee regulator and controller, rhinox diffuser 20 ppm + Greg Watson fertilizer
Filtration: Eheim 2213
Flora: java fern & java fern narrow, bolbitis, crypto
Fauna: rasbora, cherry shrimp, amano shrimp, zebra loach
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Very nice setup. I imagine the maintenance is pretty easy going.


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Great looking tank!

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I have not trimmed the ferns yet. I only spend 2 hours on it every 2 weeks, now that it's setup how I like it.
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update 10-15-08


This is an update on my tank. The java fern is really filling in thanks to the co2.
I added some cardinals the other day. Iím brainstorming ideas on where to take the tank next, any ideas?
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Iím brainstorming ideas on where to take the tank next, any ideas?
If that is one piece of wood, saw it in half (at the tip of the "v"). Angle the two halves from the front corners to the back-middle of the aquarium - placing the recently sawed ends against the back. Plant a midground in the back rear "v", and a foreground ahead of that. To avoid making the aquascape look too symetrical, plant your midgorund more heavily to one side (the side with the larger piece of wood). You can also place a tall growing plant, such as eleocharis vivipara, in the rear corner/middle of the dominantly planted side.

How's that for a suggestion? A bit over the top, maybe, but that is because I have experience with giant, dominating java ferns . April 15, 2005

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It's a very good suggestion. I need to do something radical. Instead of using the same wood I should get some new wood because now it's completely covered looks aren't that important. And I would like to find one that doesn't leach as much. The main thing I want to change is the java fern in the foreground, it doesn't allow for any depth. I agree I need a tall background plant.
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What about using a piece that touches the water's surface, and using a moss on the top so that the moss climbs very slightly out of the water and sort of clouds out around where it is anchored on the wood?

Does that make sense?
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That's some gorgeous fernage!

My only suggestion would be to find a way to add angles to your tank, like unirdna suggested. Propping the wood against the back of the tank or on some rocks would be a good start. As it is, the aquascape is too horizontally dominated.
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wschalle, I've had my fair share of moss tanks and I'm reluctant to do moss.

Phil Edwards, Yes it is, and I've recently rescaped my tank and just sold it to the wonderful people on this forum.
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update, my goal is to make it look like this last picture.
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Looking great, plants looking nice and healthy. As for a background plant maybe some vals?
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If you want to keep with the thinner foliage, I'd put some Hygro. 'angustifolia' in the background. Vals are nice, but with CO2 they will be hard to control IME.

Great looking tank, by the way. Have you thought about foreground plants yet?

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Hygrophila angustifolia is new to me, it's a beautiful plant. It does look a lot like narrow leaf java fern. My vals are just starting to take off. Im innately not a big foreground or background guy but I do need both to accomplish my goal. It takes a lot longer to grow my middle ground so Im going to focus on that for now. for foreground I want something low with variety.
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I added a black background today, the stick on type. I don't recommend it because I got all kinds of air bubbles in it and I tried very hard to avoid that. You can't really see it in the picture but from the side or any other angle they stand out. I'm going to get the regular black background next. I'm also planning on getting some new wood hopefully from central Texas. All the wood around here is very dark and leaches like crazy. The new wood will give more height in the hard-scape. Plus some hair grass in the left foreground to soften things up.

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