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1024p: http://www.flickr.com/photos/defdac/3383345388/sizes/l/
1920p: http://www.flickr.com/photos/defdac/3383345388/sizes/o/

This is my lastest scape and I call it "A name where you will be left contemplating all the mysteries in life".

Aquaium size: 60 x 32 x 35cm (60 Litre)
Lighting: 2 x 24W T5 (1 Philips Aquarelle back, 1 Deltec Midday front)
CO2: 1 bubble per second
Ferts: PMDD 10 ppm NO3, 1 ppm PO4, 0,2 ppm Fe after wc. GH-boost so I get 40 ppm Ca and 10 ppm Mg. When I feed the fish I also fertilize with 5 drops of Mikro+
Water change: 50% once a week
Plants: See picture
Fish: Galaxy rasbora, guppies, chocolate gourami

Your comments would be greatly appreciated.

Daniel.


Some more pictures from the tank:


1024p: http://www.flickr.com/photos/defdac/3316725161/sizes/l/
1920p: http://www.flickr.com/photos/defdac/3316725161/sizes/o/


1024p: http://www.flickr.com/photos/defdac/3317549122/sizes/l/
1920p: http://www.flickr.com/photos/defdac/3317549122/sizes/o/


1024p: http://www.flickr.com/photos/defdac/3351309833/sizes/l/
1920p: http://www.flickr.com/photos/defdac/3351309833/sizes/o/
 

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nice scape! do you have a front shot to share?
 

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The thread title had me expecting a joke, but this tank is no joke. Simply done and looks great! Nice photography, too, thanks for the high res links, that CPD will make a nice desktop for the next moth. :thumbsup:
 

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Another 3-4 weeks and one good trim ought to do it.
I'd let those red stems over grow another 10 cm along the surface before hacking them back. Then a good thick bunch and another week or so, it should be ready.

By then the HC should have filled in well.

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Wow that's awesome! Especially the HC and Downoi:thumbsup:

And your photos seem so crisp! What camera are you using?
 

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60L! It really looks SO much larger in your pictures. Your layout is great, and I am very impressed by your plant selection. I wish I had the camera that you've got. These pictures are absolutely amazing! Great work! I can't wait to see this tank progress.
 

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I'd let those red stems over grow another 10 cm along the surface before hacking them back. Then a good thick bunch and another week or so, it should be ready.
Yupp, they usually cover almost the whole surface at the end of week so I need to hack them down. Often I uproot them and only keep the best looking and thickest stems. When the plain L. inclinata reaches the surface it's growth rate is incredible.

How did you tie the Anubias?
I didn't, I try to find cracks/places where I can squeeze/pin the roots in. Often it looks more realistic since they fit in places where they might have got stuck in real life so to say.

Wow, I pulled up the 1920p of each of your photos. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!
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And your photos seem so crisp! What camera are you using?
Thanks =) It's a Canon 40d. The overview pictures of the tank I use the Sigma 10-20mm. It distorts the perspective if used at 10mm but the tank looks much bigger. For the macros I use the very sharp Canon 100mm f2,8 USM Macro without flash. I usually like a bit of noise/grain in photographs so I can use like ISO 400-800 and keep relatively fast shutter speeds.
But the 40d 6 fps helps alot also when trying to catch fast fish like the CPD. I can in just a matter of minutes produce dozens of pictures and even if the shutter sometimes hit very long shutterspeeds I can get one or two very sharp pictures anyway.

I attribute most of the sharpness to Adobe Camera RAW (ACR). I've only been shooting RAW for a year or so. Before I thought it was basically a failed photo if you had to sharpen the photo, but I had to reassess that notion. Canon uses quite heavy antialising to avaid moire. That means photos "out of the box" isn't pixelsharp. They actually most often feels all to soft/unsharp. When I started to raise the sharpness to almost 100 in ACR and also raised the detail to 60-90 the pictures all of a sudden popped with all kinds of cool details you couldn't see without raiseing these parameters.

It's still considered "not good" to add sharpness as the first thing you do when developing pictures but for those having trouble getting the razor sharp pictures I can really recommend it. When I'm finished in ACR I size down the original picture with sharper bicubic filtering keeping the details.

You all can see exactly *everything* I have done while developing each of the above pictures by exchanging ../size/.. at the end of the URL:s with ../meta The information about the first picture for example looks like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/defdac/3383345388/meta/
Wierd things you will notice is hue-adjustments per color, negative vibrance levels and so on. Canon have, what I think, a completely ugly take on greens. Canon greens is most often yellowish compared to Nikon that has much more vibrant greens. You can fix this by shiften the green hue:s up a bit.

You will probably be a bit stumped how slow shutter speeds I have. I'm quite steady-handed but I also always fire away at least 3 consecutive shots where one in the series often is sharp.
 

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Here you can see the differences between the Nikon d300 and Canon 40d in color reproduction in the Gregtag Macbeth chart:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond300/page21.asp?color_compare=canon_eos40d/0
What is good is that if you select 5d mkII in the dropdown you will see that Canon have noticed their ugly yellowish greens and rectified it in their latest model! The differences you might think is all too subtle, but I assure you that to develop a green aquascape in ACR from a Canon will give you a yellowish aquascape..

Without sharpness and green hue correction:

Full resoultion to see the sharpness: http://www.flickr.com/photos/defdac/3391663479/sizes/o/

With sharpness to 101 and detail to 69 and green hue correction (+11):

Full resolution to see the sharpness: http://www.flickr.com/photos/defdac/3392474280/sizes/o/

I have tried googling the greens of Canon but havn't found anything. Hope this will stir up some questions.
 

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Yes the pictures are the same RAW-file but developed differentin Adobe Camera RAW. Look closely on the green colors you will notice yellower greens in the first picture.

The parameters is around 2,5 KH 3 GH and pH around 20-30 ppm CO2.
 

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Great set-up all around defdac. So crisp and healthy. Congrats on a beautiful tank and great photography. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
 
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