Hi everyone. I've learned so much from this forum, and I want to show some of the progress I've made. Obviously my little 29 gallon can't hold water next to most of the rest of the tanks on this site (ha! did you see what I did there? ZING! err, hmm...)
So I only started my tank a couple months ago, but I take a picture every day at the same time and turn them into time lapse movies. Is anyone else this compulsive? I recommend this...though. It gives me so much joy to watch the plants grow at such a phenomenal rate. Another bonus is the ability to *really* see how injected CO2 and proper lighting make an immediate difference in appearance and growth.
On to the pictures:
Day One: stock kit straight from petsmart. Including one 17W blue/pinkish bulb.
A week later. Some poor choices were made (story of my life). The too-big bone-shaped driftwood in the center is covered in foul smelling fuzz. Aside from the browning grasses and obligatory Anacharis you should notice my attempt to tie some Java Moss to the driftwood. I had been drinking a little, and because I didn't have any fishing line I tied the moss to the wood with dental floss. Unwaxed and minty flavored (true story). LOL.
Three weeks later. Now running 130W PC with pressurized CO2. That small Hygro from the previous picture is an insatiable animal, dominating the tank. Not fertilizing at all here---the lack of nutrients showed up fast as funky withered leaves and brown decay spots almost overnight.
The following pictures were taken this morning. Finally found some balance, although I picked up some BGA that I'm currently battling. The UG took about 3 weeks to acclimate and start putting out shoots (Thanks kotoeloncat!). Sorry about the overexposure, esp. on the riccia. Still working on the camera settings.
EI dosing like the dickens. My nitrates disappear as fast as I can add them---this may have something to do with the BGA fixing nitrogen. Or it may just be the growth. Slowly colonizing my driftwood with Riccia. Now used 5lb test line instead of mint dental floss.
The Ludwigia grows almost 2 inches a day. Ridiculous. I'm so happy.
As you can see I pretty much just stuck plants wherever and let them grow...I had trouble figuring out how to aquascape because each plant grows in differently, so I've been "getting to know the personalities". My favorite tank photos on this site are from imeridian...his tank makes me feel like I'm seeing beautifully controlled chaos. I have no interest in the Iwagami style. My next scape will hopefully reflect some foresight and planning though. I'm just effing ecstatic to watch things grow.
Unfortunately I have to break down my tank in a month or so, as I am moving back to Washington State. The title of this post refers to what I want, not what I currently have. I am interested in a non-natural aquascape, and was hoping someone could point out some success stories. I'm not talking about aquascaping with blue gravel and coke cans. I've always wanted to have a "ruins" tank. Old crumbling columns overgrown with lush green growth, etc. But I want it to look *somewhat* real. None of the chinsy crap you can buy at petsmart. Was thinking about making the columns and ruins myself. Anyone have experience with this? Is it paper mache? Picture Ankor Wat underwater...or if you're a fellow gamer, think Stage 3 of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, back on Sega Genesis. I'd like it to be a high contrast visual, with areas of bright light blasting through dense cover and areas of dark cave-like vegetation.
Thanks for reading all this, and please bash my silly aquascape/spelling.