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Looking very nice!



I've got pinnatifada growing under some pretty high lights planted in substrate but most leaning against hardscape in the hope they'll attach.

I've only had them in for about a week and a half now but for me it seems that the new shoots are much more copper colored then the older leaves. It also grows more and more compact as it gets settled so high light does the job I'd say..



Frrok have you entered scapes in contests before?

mind taking a look at mine giving me some pointers?

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Thank you. I have some pretty intense lighting also but it ramps up and down on a controller. Even the plants up closet to the light source don't appear to red. Definitely very lush though. I was considering extending the high light time. Jut to see what happens but I don't want to deal with algae. No algae right now.

I have entered the iaplc contest before. I'll check out your tanks.
 

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Equipment:
LEDZEAL Malibu S200 LED Light Fixture with multiple colored 3w LED diodes. Controller ramps up then down over a 10 hour photoperiod
120 degree lenses
Color ratio: (6)430nm : (6)470nm : (6)510nm : (6)630nm : (6)660nm : (6)W4300k : (36)W6500k
Eheim Pro 3 2073
Up Aqua inline diffuser
10 lb CO2 with a custom brass dual stage regulator
CO2.art.uk brass bubble counter
Eheim 350 skimmer
co2.art.uk 17mm outflow lily pipe
chihiros 17mm SS inflow
Hydor 200w inline heater

 

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Cheers, ever got into the, what is it they show, top 2k?
They show some pretty impressive winning works on the ada website

Looks very organised, wish i could say the same, not enough space and time.

You say you've got a 10hour ramping light schedule, ever tried the afternoon break?
I've been into keeping fish and plants for 2 years now and learning by trial and error.
So far it's working out for me, you have any thoughts on the matter?

Sorry for straining you, it's very inviting to pluck someones brain that's a lot further.
 

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Nice reg. Airgas y12?

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Cheers, ever got into the, what is it they show, top 2k?
They show some pretty impressive winning works on the ada website

Looks very organised, wish i could say the same, not enough space and time.

You say you've got a 10hour ramping light schedule, ever tried the afternoon break?
I've been into keeping fish and plants for 2 years now and learning by trial and error.
So far it's working out for me, you have any thoughts on the matter?

Sorry for straining you, it's very inviting to pluck someones brain that's a lot further.
Sorry havent had the chance to reply to your Queries.

Yes, i have broken the top 2k in the iaplc and last year i did better than when i first entered(only entered twice;))

Yes, My lights are controlled by a controller, its around 10 hours, they ramp up from 0%, peak at around 60%(whites only) then back down to 0%. My lights are very powerful 3w LEDS. at 100% it would be waaaay too much light. So as to know deal with the algae issues, I am running them low-medium light for now. I may experiment later with higher percentages and raise the light. I have done the afternoon break but only with a lo-tech non-co2 tank. Otherwise I don't see the point. You run the risk of burning out your solenoid shutting on and off frequently through out the day. When would you shut down the lights and co2, during the peak of the photoperiod when the plants are photosynthesizing heavily!?? Not worth it, IMO.

Trial and Error, the only way you get better is by failing and learning from your mistakes(just try not to kill any fish in the process). I've made tons of mistakes. But i am much more experienced now because of it.
 

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nice! congrats i suppose ;)
do they give you any critique or explain why you get rated the way you do?
no worries no obligations here, we all have enough of those..

what you're saying about the lighting schedule makes sense. My initial goal with having a pause in my lighting was to enjoy the tank most myself. On in the afternoon to enjoy it when my afternoon is off and the same goes for the evening.

Doing it 4,2,4 was to stay closest to natural lighting, I've got led installed that I use for dimmer effects and is on full blast in the pause as to simulate a shade dropping over the whole thing midday.
There's 2 t5 39 watt purple and yellow bulbs that go for the full 4 n 4 and are also to create a sunrise set effect and there are 2 t5 45 watt 6k white bulbs for midday blast that go for 2 hours in the middle of each run.
Would you consider this too much light for my setup?

I never thought of the fact that now that I've got led in this tank I can enjoy it any time of the day anyway with the appropriate lighting.. I might switch this tank over to a single cycle a day and see how that goes with pearling etc. cos this does seem to happen most at the end of each 4hour run.
Will post a '3 week in' update soon, shall include the matter.

A couple of weeks ago i had my first co2 accident, this was with a diy set though, they are quite hard to regulate I've found.. Came home to find about 15 fish nearly unconscious on the surface. Lost a angelfish sadly but was in time to save the rest.
 

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Been awhile since my last update. I just wanted to follow up on this thread and post what's been up with the aquascape. I've been so busy at work and home. My wife is 8.5 months pregnant and we've been preparing for the new addition. I wouldn't say my tank has been neglected just haven't really been able to stop and write a post. Some issues I'm having right now in the layout. My trident Java fern is suffering from some form of melting. The leaves start to trim brown and melt. This is on old and young leaves. I've posted a photo for example. I dose EI, so I'm pretty sure it's not a deficiency. Ivebeen trimming away most of the affect leaves and hoping some healthy growth comes back quickly. But they taken a hit. I'm guessing the metabolism is so high that it's lifespan is very short. That's just a theory. Also, with the overall composition and my backround stems. I mentioned it in my last post. I'm having a tough time with the different growth rates of the stems. And I'm trying to get things to look more full. It's finally starting to happen on the left side of the tank. My vision for this layout was it to be a little more wild and not as organized. Sort of a jungle on a beach type of thing. Anyway, I probably shouldn't post any more photos of the final layout. Since I would like to enter it into iaplc. I have a buddy who is a photographer so I'm hoping to get a really good photo this year.

I want to freshen up the foreground sand as well and was hoping to get some ideas from other folks. Should I just replace all of it. Or can I just take out half? It's tough to clean. Never really looks clean even after vacuuming.

 

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I thought maybe I would post another shot. I read up on the rules for IAPLC and it said that only the entry photo that you submit to them is subject to disqualification if it is published online. And of course the final shot will be quite different than these that I am sharing.
Some thoughts. I added Rotala H'ra due to a suggestion from a fellow hobbyist. I want to create a little more fullness with smaller leaved plants. I realized that I have too many broad leaf plants(note for next time). I am hoping I will have enough time to create a nice bush effect before the deadline. and that the hra becomes a little more orange. I know that the background seems a little slim, especially on the right side. Some of the plants have grown since I took this shot that was closer to when I trimmed. I am still working on the background. Its a work in progress obviously. Also, I am planning on purchasing a new camera to take better photos and not rely so heavily on my iphone 6.

Let me know what you think,


heres a nice shot of my apisto who has colored up and matured quite nicely.
 

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I love the scape. Seeing everyone who can scape a tank makes me so jealous. How long have you been doing this? My tanks always become a jungle mess. I wish I could make your picture bigger though. Do you host them anywhere or just attach them here? I use imgur to host and scale down when I post here, but have them linked to the full resolution.

And the apisto is gorgeous. It's nice seeing a different colored apisto. I just got harem of cacatuoides super reds and am really enjoying watching them color up. Makes me wish I went with something different. I'm hoping to get some fry at some point.
 

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I love the scape. Seeing everyone who can scape a tank makes me so jealous. How long have you been doing this? My tanks always become a jungle mess. I wish I could make your picture bigger though. Do you host them anywhere or just attach them here? I use imgur to host and scale down when I post here, but have them linked to the full resolution.

And the apisto is gorgeous. It's nice seeing a different colored apisto. I just got harem of cacatuoides super reds and am really enjoying watching them color up. Makes me wish I went with something different. I'm hoping to get some fry at some point.
Yes, check out my flikr page.
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This tank really looks great. Only two criticisims I have is that central mound of plants is somewhat distracting, and I wonder whether just leaving the driftwood bare or with moss would work better. Also, not sure if the Ludwigia on the right quite fits. But, all in all the tank is really quite wonderful.


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This tank really looks great. Only two criticisims I have is that central mound of plants is somewhat distracting, and I wonder whether just leaving the driftwood bare or with moss would work better. Also, not sure if the Ludwigia on the right quite fits. But, all in all the tank is really quite wonderful.


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Thanks for the critique! I've considered those things you mentioned... Sometimes if you let the plants grow wild it may not look like what you intended. That's what I did in this case.
 
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