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Hello Everyone,

I want to introduce you to my new aquascape (IAPLC 2011 ranked 29th). I have a group for aquascaping in Turkey by the name of "ADist" (Aquarium Design İstanbul). We all close friends and usually help each others setups. For this setup, they helped me too (for some steps) . So, first of all, i want to send my thanks to them



"Shiratani Ravine"
A low-tech forest concept inspired by Shiratani ravine from Yakushima Island/Japan










For more photographs, please visit our website: www.adist.org


Tank Dimensions (cm): 70*40*35 (h)

Substrate: Silica sand, fertilizer tabs

Filtration: 680 l/h external filter

Lightning: 2*18W T8, 10 hours/day (5 - 4 - 5)

CO2: None (no CO2 injection)

Water Change: %15 per week

Fertilization: Liquid fertilization (micro elements + NPK) after water change.

Plants: Blyxa aubertii, Ceratopteris thalictroides, Anubias barteri var. nana "petite", Myriophyllum mattogrossense, Mirosorum pteropus, Cardamina lyrata, Eleocharis parvula, Echinodorus quadricostatus, Vesicularia sp.

Fish& Invertebrates: Neocaridina denticulata

Setup date: March 2011
Photography date: May 2011

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Setup



Hardscape. Becouse of low plant conditions, hardscape is more important in low-techs for visual quality and impression (IMO). I used some rules such as golden rule and triangles for a good composition and benefited from forest photograps to make good natural athmosphere using stones and driftwoods. I used some natural glass rocks to make a water effect underwater.

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My friends came and helped me about some small modifications on hardscape. Then i made waterfall and ripples by using filter wool.

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View after planting. My firends helped a little about plant choice too.

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Progress



2nd Week

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4th Week: I had to renew filter wool because of dirt and some diatome. Fortunately diatome disapeared quickly.

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6th Week: Almost done


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7th week photos are at top of the page
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Your comments are important for me and my group.

Thanks,
 

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Your tank is one of my favorites from this year's contest. You have some SERIOUS scaping skills. That is the coolest waterfall ever. Do you have to replace the floss as it turns color? I would think the floss would turn brown after a month or so.

Congrats on the high ranking!
 

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Your tank is one of my favorites from this year's contest. You have some SERIOUS scaping skills. That is the coolest waterfall ever. Do you have to replace the floss as it turns color? I would think the floss would turn brown after a month or so.

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Thanks! :D Yes, unfortunately i had to replace it every month. Actually i haven't been using it for some time :)
 

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I could say this is the BEST scape I've seen using those round river rocks. You just gave me some inspiration just now :). Great job on the placement too! I would've never known you used filter floss for the water effect if you didn't mention it. It don't look tacky at all. Looks very real actually.
 

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I think your scaping skills are fabulous! I actually prefer it without the filter floss, but I can see why you wanted the visual effect for the competition. I especially like the illusion created by the clear glass.
Wonderful!
(very good photography, too!)
 

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Your web link is mind-boggling! I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw the tanks. I felt like a kid again looking at the Hobbit home one, because I've been thinking about doing something very similar - lol. While I was gasping at the Pandora one, I hit the back button by mistake & now I have to start all over again. What an extremely talented group you have!
 

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Amazing!!! and the natural glass used as the pool at the bottom of the falls is super realistic..There is a lottt going on in the scape also (but not in a bad way). The more i look at it the more i see. Great attention to detail.
 

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