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New nano scape for a live contest (Vivarium) in November.



Have a look at my Youtube channel :)
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Specs planted tank aquarium
Tank
40x30x30 cm
36 litre / 9.5 gal

Lighting
Aqualighter 1 30cm

Hardscape
Dragon stone

Substrate
Ada la plata
Lava split

Plants
Fissidens mini
Riccardia chamedryfolia
Flame moss
Eleocharis acicularis mini
Buce mini coin


Co2
Pressurized CO2 with a diffusor

Filter
Eheim classic 150




hardscape progress mountain 40cm by Nigel Aquascaping, on Flickr

Hardscape

Yoghurt method moss dsm

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Really well done. Was this all attached together and then dropped in as a single piece or is it free standing?

Thnx


Nope they are all free standing but once the hardscape is finished I will glue the rocks together so I can transport it more easy to the contest.
 

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All the dragon stone I've ever seen or had is very orange/yellow. Where did you get this dark variety?

Looks amazing btw


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Very nice. You've set the bar high for yourself now you have to keep topping it each time LOL. Good luck in contest!

Thanks man.


Haha true :D





All the dragon stone I've ever seen or had is very orange/yellow. Where did you get this dark variety?

Looks amazing btw


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Well I just buy them at LFS. One on the left is actually pretty reddish. I don't think they will be very dark once flooded.



And thanks :)
 

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Top view of the mountain hardscape. Almost everywhere in the crevices I put some cig filters to make the hardscape strong as possible so I can transport it to the live contest.
mountain hardscape top view by Nigel Aquascaping, on Flickr

Decided to try some fine leaved stems in the back. If it doesn't work out I can always go back to flame moss.
 

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wrong post please delete
 

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14 days in dry start now. One week before flooding! I will add dhg mini, rotala wallichi, hemianthus micranthemoides to the scape right before flooding. When tank is stable/cycled I will add some HC and buce mini coin.

riccardia fiss macro day 14 dsm detail by Nigel Aquascaping, on Flickr
fissidens riccardia day 14 detail shot by Nigel Aquascaping, on Flickr
day 14 dsm top view by Nigel Aquascaping, on Flickr

Strange thing is for my eye it looks more rocks are covered in moss since 14 days of dry start! But when comparing photos it even looks like some moss has fallen off due spraying the tank daily. Weird haha!

day 1 vs day 14 dsm by Nigel Aquascaping, on Flickr
 

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Room shot of the 40cm mountain scape (dry start) for Aquaflora Vivarium contest. Added a desk lamp to make sure everywhere will reach light. Also with more light I hope mosses will attach faster. Spraying twice a day with RO water to prevent buildup of lime on the glass. Two small openings for ventilation to prevent mold.

40 cm mountain dry start setup by Nigel Aquascaping, on Flickr
 

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Tank is flooded! Let's go.

 

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chunky loads of HC

cant wait to see your vision

love the details

I decided not to go for HC. It is a tricky plant w/o aquasoil. I decided to go for monte carlo in front and in the back some pearlweed and wallichi. Monte carlo leaves can also stay small with enough light and lots of trimming.



Keep you updated!
 
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Does the blender + moss thing work with any moss? Like java moss for example?
 

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Would love to try a mountain scape similar to that some day.
Looking awesome. Can’t wait to see it completely planted


Thanks I will keep this thread updated :)



Does the blender + moss thing work with any moss? Like java moss for example?

I think can work short term. But long term when moss gets bigger it can detach.



I recommend this for following species: riccardia chamedryfolia, fissidens mini, fissidens fox, fissidens fontanus. But fontanus grows a little bit big. I prefer a mix of riccardia chameryfolia and fissidens mini/fox. I heard fissidens nobilis doesn't work with this. General rule is the larger the leaves the harder it is to do this method long term.
 
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