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I started trying to tie the plants, screw that.










I spent a long time attaching the plants to the wood. I would have spent much longer if I'd used string. About 4 hours at least. I'll plant the Gloss and the White Anubias tomorrow night perhaps, then work on the emergent aspects thereafter.
It looks pretty good and gives a very different feel than the past scapes I've done for myself, I've done somewhat similar things for clients, but not for myself and certainly not with Buce's, Riccardia and nice lawn foreground.
I was pondering belem hair grass for the foreground again. It would do well and would contrast well with the Buce's. I'm going with Gloss 1st. Then see.
 

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I have to finish planting and also add a few other details still, but the fish/shrimp are back in the tank and it'll clear up and get running well in a couple of days.
 

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Im definitely excited to see what this tank will look like in a few months!!

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Since I know nothin about that plant, I hope you know this is a question and not any type of criticism. Aren't those plants rather close to the surface on the uppermost limbs ?
Looks like you made that driftwood by planting it under the edge of the house and waiting till it grew out from under it to cut it down. Even when I go "collecting" I find
only evenly spread branches, nothing like that...awesome.
 

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Will the buces grow roots like Anubias on wood where they hang down under the wood? Or will they stay contained in the holes you drilled


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Will the buces grow roots like Anubias on wood where they hang down under the wood? Or will they stay contained in the holes you drilled


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They will hang down like Anubias.
Gives an old over grown jungle feel with vines etc.
 

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New scape looks great bud, love those long leaved buces. What fish do you keep in there, just the plecos?
Been holding off till I finished the new scape.

I will go back to the Celestial pearl Danios I think and some CRS SS-SSS grades once things settle in a bit. There's also a large colony of isopods in this tank. They are about the size of adult brine shrimp.
 

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Added the Gloss and belem grass as a transition today, will add the Emergent growth and moss later tonight, then ponder how I will hide the filter outflow and weir box. I've got a few different methods to do this, there's no rush on that.
Still need to figure where and how to use the White Anubias effectively. Will add the Riccardia a bit tonight also. Then some pics.
 

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I'm still messing with the scape and will make some changes as things grow in a bit more. For now, I'm just getting some plant species mixed in that I want to grow in some more and not languish in a bucket or in the Quarantine tanks.
I likely will add another emergent branch in the back and have the moss come up on it. After about 2-3 weeks, the moss and other plants will adapt well to the emergent growth and will start to look decent.
As the Riccardia grows out, it will wedge itself in between the plants and form new clusters better. Some are just sort of loose and I'll need to replant and put some things back in, but that's easier than really securing everything.
I'll add more to the density and may remove the belem grass or I might accept that instead of the Gloss for the foreground. If I add the extra wood on the right side in the back, those Buce's will go up on the branches, and back towards the rear middle more.
This will allow more of the foreground plants to sweep around and give a better focus on the wood and Buce tree epiphtyes.
But for now...........

I'll pick and do minor things for the next month or two.

The only really major thing will be hiding the weir overflow box, pump and return.
I have 3-4 plans for this and I'll experiment with each to see what I prefer.

This will lead into doing this for all/most of my tanks' prefilter weir boxes and returns.
I have a very stepwise approach to experimentation to improve overall aesthetics.

This scape design lends well to hiding all the equipment. So it makes sense to do it for this tank.
I still need to work on hiding the inflow and returns, need to plant the 15 or so smaller Anubias whites, wait a bit and then add the wood for the rear Right side.
Need to add more Fish(next Monday I suppose) and get some CRS SS or SSS grades, maybe 30-40. The ADA AS is aged now, so it's good for them, temps are nice and low, CPD do not prey on shrimp(at least the RCS).
The rest is just picking a little picking and making sure the plants are staying in place, doing 2x a week water changes etc.
















 
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