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40 Breeder #1 - rescape journal - new pics 10/27/08

After weeks of soaking top soil over and over again, I finally got to the point of adding the clay and I have now completed the mineralized top soil process. Anyway, here's some pics of my wood placement. I'd like to hear some comments before I fill the tank.




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I plan on filling the tank with Rotalas (vietnam, nanjenshen, macrandra red, wallichii), maybe some Blyxa next to the wood to hide the rocks holding the wood up. I'd also like to put in some Hygrophila corymbosa 'angustifolia' in part of the background. For the foreground I was thinking Hygro sp 'Porto Vehlo'.
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if you slope your substrate you would get a lot more depth out of your layout. i got this little "chart" from clwatkins. where 5 is the highest and 2 is the lowest

5 4 3 4 5 <- background
4 3 2 3 4 <-foreground
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Thanks, I may try that first thing in the morning. It's been a long day and I'm done for the night.
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Definitely slope the substrate, it makes a huge difference. The wood is pretty symmetrical, but it could work very well if the layout of the plants gives it some asymmetry.


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I love the wood

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wow looks cool


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if you slope your substrate you would get a lot more depth out of your layout. i got this little "chart" from clwatkins. where 5 is the highest and 2 is the lowest

5 4 3 4 5 <- background
4 3 2 3 4 <-foreground
Hey, lol, thanks

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It looks really nice, great start. Keep us updated.
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OK, put a slope in. I tried to make the slope a little uneven so the view is not as symetrical. The right side has a more pronounced slope than the left, not sure if it really shows in the pics but you can definately see it in person. I also repositioned the wood on the right to point more toward the front.



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I like the driftwood sculpting. Do you plan to tie moss to it? I'm not a fan of the slope in the middle though. The "V" look divides the tank too much. You could slope from front to back; however, you can provide depth by using plant rows.
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I agree with the slope. I used a little more gravel and brought the back up about a 2". The Hygro sp. 'Porto Vehlo' will probably fill in the bowl shape and make it less pronounced anyway. I haven't decided about moss yet. This tank's substrate uses the mineralized soil method so I don't plan on dosing any ferts in the water column. Any ideas on what to put in the center background?



Here's a few up close pics of the sides

Left flora (front to back) Hygro sp low grow, Hygro sp. 'Porto Vehlo', Rotala macrandra 'red', Crypt wendtii 'green gecko', Blyxa japonica, Rotala sp. 'Vietnam'


Right flora (front to back) Hygro sp. 'Porto Vehlo', Didiplis diandra, Blyxa japonica, Rotala wallichii, Rotala sp. 'nanjenshen', Java fern (on branch), Limnophila sp. 'Mini', Limnophila aromatica, Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata 'Cuba'
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Cant wait to see some growth

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Looking good

Whats this green fuzzy stuff thats growing in my tank.
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I added some HM and Pogostemon yatabeanus in the center background. I'm waiting on some Nesaea pedicellata to put behind the Pogostemon. Hopefully it will show up next week. I would like to try and trim/train the HM into a thick bush in front of the Pogostemon & Nesaea to hide the bottom part of the stems. The Rotala 'Vietnam' in the back has already grown a couple inches and I'm seeing some new growth on the Hygro 'Porto Vehlo' also. Here's some new pics-



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