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I haven't posted anything in awhile, so here is my Marina "cubis" that I've been working on. I've had it sitting around and I've wanted to make a miniature aquascape with it. And I finally got around to it. I'm using the dry start method to get the fissidens foreground to attach to the substrate. I added the other plants since I've had them growing emersed. It has a 13w 5,000k pc bulb over it right now until I get the LEDs I ordered.

Tank: Marina "cubis" 6" cube
Filter: Deep Blue mini HOB
Substrate: activflora black
Lights: to be determined

Plants: Rotala najenshan,micro swords,HC,fissidens,Hygro pinnatifida

Let me know what you think
 

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very nice! i like it, what are the dimensions? .9g cant be big but the way you have scaped it makes it seem begger htan it it lol nice job.

has using the dsm to attach fissiden to substarte work in the past for you?
ive been trying to get fissiden to attach to some lava rock in my dsm tank, checked one rock after 2 weeks and the fissiden floated away in water :/...
 

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very nice! i like it, what are the dimensions? .9g cant be big but the way you have scaped it makes it seem begger htan it it lol nice job.:/...
Thanks for noticing that. It's a 6" cube so 6"x6"x6". And my idea for the scape was to make it look like a larger tank by scaling down the hardscape and plants.
I've only tried the dsm with the fissidens once before with a piece of driftwood and after a couple weeks some held and some didn't. This one is 2 weeks today and I just added the HC a few days ago. So I'm going to wait at least 2 more weeks to fill it. Then we'll see what happens.
 

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So after 28 days of DSM I finally filled this tank! Also I added 2 very small Hygrophila pinnatifida for a little color and a small node of Ranunculus Inundatus because it's one my favorite plants. Everything looks great so far, and none of the fissidens floated!! I wish I had planted a little more HC just because I am impatient and, I expect there will be some melt on the crypt eventually. But I am really happy with how it turned out. I haven't put the filter on yet because I'm really nervous that the fissidens will pull off with the current. But I will start it in a day or two with my fingers crossed. Well enough of my rambling. Here are the pics. Let me know what you think





 

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That looks good. I've setup a few cubus and smaller tanks. Have you considered not even using the filter. You could probably get by fine with just changing the water twice weekly.
 

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Here's a little update. The scape is doing well. It's hard to tell but the fissidens and HC are starting to stand up. But the crypts have pretty much completely melted. Which I expected. But because I'm so impatient I'm considering removing them and replacing them with some kind of rotala maybe. Rather than waiting for the to grow back. I would love to hear some opinions. I've also seen a little bit of pearling which is cool. But I also found a few tiny pieces of riccia in the fissidens. Which is not cool. IMO riccia is like the herpes of aquariums. Any way here's the update pics


 

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These pics are from a couple weeks ago. This little scape has come a looong way in a short time. And has really exceeded my expectations. The HC is filling in well and the microswords are spreading. I had just trimmed the rotala before these pics so they will grow back nice and bushy. I added a couple of sparkling licorice gouramis,2x microcrabs,and an orange neo shrimp. I removed the co2 diffuser for the pics because the tank is so small it blocks the view of some of the plants. Ignore the dirty glass. I'm going to take some new pics later tonight with clean glass and something to show scale.


this is a terrestrial moss i collect locally and wanted to see how it'd grow submerged. So far looks cool

Little gourami

HC pearling

and some bonus shots

 
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