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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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So in my last post I asked about finding some nice large rocks for this scape. Turns out that my LFS was able to get some awesome dragon stone pieces from his distributor. My initial plan was to do an island style but he also wanted to incorporate some sand into the scape. Then we thought about the fact that this scape had to look nice from at least 3 sides and i also wanted to incorporate a carpet so his clients could see that. I ended up with a plan for a hybrid island/triangular scape that went from upper left down towards lower right. He also got some really amazing spiderwood pieces so I was very excited to work with that.

This is going to be a somewhat high tech tank due to how deep it is so 4 Fluval Plant 3.0, CO2 and liquid ferts. We used a humic substrate that he had in the store and I also did a base layer of Brightwell laterite powder and Fine.

For plants I chose lilaeopsis brasilensis (also wanted to mix in helanthium tennelum but it never came), H. aragauia, Crypt Undulatus red, C petchii, C wendtii bronze and green, Rotala rotundifolia, Ludwigia arcuata, Ludwigia peruensis and Myriophyllum sp Guyana. Nana petite and Buce wavy green are in there as accents and I added some trident Java Fern on the wood. We will also be adding pilo moss on the lower branches and rocks. Eventually I want to add some H. Pinnatifida as accents too but that also did not come in the shipment. I will also be adding some more trident on the left side of scape.

Please let me know what you think.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 10:18 PM
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I like what you did with the rocks in the final version. Much nicer to look at than the initial test setup.

I think you managed to hit your hybrid idea of a triangle island as well.
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Two Week Update

So I had been trying to get that initial post in for a while now but I with life and travel for work I only got it up ysterday. We are now two weeks in from the initial planting and aquascaping and there have been some issues.

1. A majority of the crypts that I put in have melted completely so I only have about 25% of the initial crypts left and they don't look too hot. The only positive is that many od those are just starting to put out some new leaves. These were potted plants from a local distributor so I figured they would gor through a melt but I did not think they would go completely.

2. The enitre 4 tissue culture containers of Myrio sp Guyana I put in completely melted and are gone. Luckily I had two more containers of these and just replanted yesterday as you see in the pics below. I am hoping that these will do better.

3. About half of the H sp Araguaia also melted but several are doing very well and I replanted some more of that too. These were also tissue culture containers.

4. Some of the buces are showing melting that I had not seen before but they are all showing new growth so that is good.

On the bright side, the rotala rotundifolia, Ludwigia arcuata and Ludwigia peruensis bunch plants we put in are all doing amazingly. Colors on the arcuata are just starting to really show and the peruensis is a dark burgundy that I have never seen in person. The Lileaopsis is also starting to spread and looking healthy. Also new growth sprouting on the trident so I am looking forward to eventually removing the big ugly leaves on it now.

I went ahead and added a few more stems of the peruensis, replanted the myrio and added in some more Araguaia. Lets see how it goes in the coming weeks.
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Looks very nice. I really love the design.
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I really like this, excellent job.
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that is truly stunning.
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That type of aquascape usually isn't my style, with the rock-driftwood mixture but you make it look good. You should apply at one of those aquascaping contests. Seriously.
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That type of aquascape usually isn't my style, with the rock-driftwood mixture but you make it look good. You should apply at one of those aquascaping contests. Seriously.
Thank you very much! I hope that it grows in like I envision in the coming months.
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It will look much less bare once the plants grow in.

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Here is a quick update. Plants have been growing well but there is definitely some new tank algae creeping up. The lilaeopsis hasn't really started to take off yet but I have never worked with it could be that it needs more time.
I also trimmed away all of the old and tattered trident leaves and replanted the tips that were growing baby plants. I think it looks a lot better this way and will have all nice new growth soon. FYI, it looks cloudy due to having just done a water change and adding Equilibrium to remineralized RO.

Pilo moss has also really taken off and will probably be adding fissidens and mini Christmas moss from my tank after my next trim at home.

The owner has also gone a bit crazy with the fish in here but we are doing 50% water changes a couple times a week and ammonia and nitrite are 0.

We have also been having some issues with the regulator and it has been giving us unstable co2. Hopefully the CO2 will be more consistent but I have talked him about getting a better quality dual stage reg.

Just started with Thrive to get some better ferts going and will be monitoring levels and algae just in case. We are currently running the Plant 3.0's at 100% red and 85% everything else 6 hours a day.

Please let me know your thoughts on any of the above and in general.
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