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Tank Journal: The Virgin Mountains - 3.5 gallon Pico

Set-up:
3.5 gallon cube tank
LED unit of 16.5 watts
Hang-on-back filter with 160L/ hr capacity



For hardscape & substrate planned on using:

- Okho Stone for rock formation
- ADA Amazonia as planting substrate
- White Sand as alternative inert substrate to be used in non-planted areas and to create contrast.


First step: Making the hardscape
Date - 05. 06. 2017 -

This is how my hardscape looked from all sides with just rock and ADA Amazonia in place. Yet to finalize the finer aspects of the layout, and the use of sand/ finer substrate except the planting substrate -





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Things done on 11. 06. 2017:

Second Step - Completion of the hardscape with sand and small fragments of Okho stone + used the Amazonia soil to cover some more surface areas of the tank, to give the scape a more lush look when complete. Used some plants here just to get some idea of contrast beforee finally planting everything.





Third Step - Used tissue culture Dwarf hairgrass, tissue culture Monte Carlo as the carpet in 2 areas, separated by rocks of the hardscape. Added some flame moss for crevices of the rocks and comparatively shady areas. Going for a dry start, so fingers crossed for next few weeks.


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