Nice job with the tank and great post. It's so easy to get down on ourselves and forget that essentially everything is a work in progress and a learning experience.
I have the same tank and it will be my next project when it's done being a nursery tank. Thanks for the inspiration!
They are crazy hard to hardscape, like building a ship in a bottle, and the more complex your scape gets the more difficult it becomes to conduct maintenance work. All that said, however, I find them to be absolutely worth the added work. Even now, after owning a few ADA setups, I still find the Fluval Edge to be the most interestingly designed, stunning, and beautiful
of any aquariums out there. I have 3 of them, one of which (a 6 gallon) I've kept low tech: No Co2, stock lighting (It's running the unit that comes stock on 12 gallon model though), etc... it actually may still be one of my favorites lol. Fluval has been stringing me along for years with teasers that a 19 gallon model will be released but it never comes to pass
Beautiful tank - and a great sentiment. It can be daunting to see all these perfect tanks. It's like social media - people post themselves at their best, which can lead to a skewed vision.
I have been feeling down about my tank this week (lost a few newly introduced habrosus cories for reasons I can't figure out...can't get my lights tuned in where I want them...pesky algae on stauro...etc...etc...etc). But this is a good reminder to take a step back and realize that, overall, I've learned SO much from this forum and my tank, plants, and fish are better off for it.
Exactly! It's what inspired me to post this. This hobby can be a lot of work. And that's part of the love but sometimes I've felt I'm putting in a lot of work and still coming up with a mess. This forum has been great in helping me at those moments. I think the vast majority, not all but most, of us are willing to put in the time and effort it takes but just need some solid direction or even just a bit of encouragement. I hope your cory situation improves! Most of what I've read about cories says they can be a sensitive bunch. I ordered 6 salt and pepper cories over a year ago (for another tank-not the one photoed). 2 of them "disappeared" within the first week. The other 4 have been happily with me ever since. They are really an adorable pick and one I've been glad I selected.
Very salient thread. It's important to remember that everyone struggles. Amano had many failures along with his successes. I was at ADG yesterday, and even they had a tank with BGA and hair algae issues (mainly from fluctuating hardness caused by the tank's Seiryu stone). The difference between the master and the novice is that the former can roll along with the punches and knows how to recover things before they get too out of hand.
I just checked out their website, having not known of it before, and they have some stunning tanks! I too wish I would have known more about Seiryu Stone before I jumped all in onto that band wagon. Not that I wouldn't have used it, it's still a beautiful stone, but that I might have been prepared for it. My tap water is only 3º KH and GH. However because of my liberal use of Seiryu Stone in the tank photoed, I finally resorted to purchasing an RODI system and only buffer my change water for the pH. The fluctuations can be seen in the photo I'll attach (I really am not as good as I was in logging these things....need to make an effort to get back into the habit of it)
That's the same algae I'd see in my pond in full sun... You have a little version of the sun there.
Mistergreen loves me because I can supply all the photos for any deficiency he wishes to illustrate. Name it; I've got it or can make it happen. That's an accomplishment right?!?