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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    Reminds me a TGM scape from the famous JF. Are you going to have some emersed action?
    Yeah most likely have some emersed bits of wood, should be able to attached some plants to lava rock set and sit them up high on the wood/rock to let them grow emersed.

    I will have to google TGM scape by JF, I got no idea who / what scape you are referring too? If you have a link send it over! my inspiration is from this scape, tho all the images are lost to the photobucket gods - http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/12...phalandia.html


    EDIT- On i see TGM JF = The green machine, James Findley

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    Yes; crimson sky by james Findley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    Yes; crimson sky by james Findley.
    arr yes very nice scape, mine will have a less plants that require any maintenance!

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    Never been a fan of jf. His scapes always look artificial to me.
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    Hi Doyle, good to see your not plonking some rocks in a lawn again!!.....hahaha
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    Quote Originally Posted by PiL View Post
    Never been a fan of jf. His scapes always look artificial to me.
    I kind of agree, never really liked many of this scapes

    Quote Originally Posted by bolsy View Post
    Hi Doyle, good to see your not plonking some rocks in a lawn again!!.....hahaha
    Hi mate, cheers yes thought I should try something different and also want to wind down the maintenance a bit, 5 tanks is just too much, really only one of them (45p iguwami) needs regular trimming.

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    I’m in the same boat. Have a new 4ft tank which I’m in the process of setting up now and it will still have co2, but Be much easier to maintain. I want to spend more time looking at it, then working on it.
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    So finally found time to teardown the previous scape and clean the bookshelf tank out, decided to remove the aquasoil and use a gravel, the soil was full of junk and there was no real need for it, also the tank had a lot of algae on the glass so needed a good clean.

    The hardscape didnt turn out how I had planed, in the end when for the tried and tested triangle style scape, didnt use half the wood and or any rocks :P
    I managed to tear down the old scape, catch all the fish and shrimp, clean the tank, go get gravel and set up the new scape all in the day... I am pooped now and my house is a mess !


    IMG_0891 by Colm Doyle, on Flickr

    The water isnt very brown at the moment but the wood as only been in for about 5 hours before I took this photo. Didn't use any of the lava rock so I have two boxes full and no need for it... along with a heap of seiryu stone, I should try move it all on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doylecolmdoyle View Post
    The water isnt very brown at the moment but the wood as only been in for about 5 hours before I took this photo.
    Good work there Colm to get it all done in a day.
    I saw you start this journal and had a thought to give you a PM but that went with the next click of the mouse. If you think there is an issue with keeping the water as dark as you want it then i have some wood that leaches a ton of tannins. I just cut a bit about 40cm x 10cm that was hollowed out to use as a cave for a BN and put it in the 6 footer. Looks like i'm running a black water tank now and i have already done 2 massive WC. The original wood in that tank took all winter, with rain water flushing, to calm down on the leaching. Free to good AL aquascapers..Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madmerv View Post
    Good work there Colm to get it all done in a day.
    I saw you start this journal and had a thought to give you a PM but that went with the next click of the mouse. If you think there is an issue with keeping the water as dark as you want it then i have some wood that leaches a ton of tannins. I just cut a bit about 40cm x 10cm that was hollowed out to use as a cave for a BN and put it in the 6 footer. Looks like i'm running a black water tank now and i have already done 2 massive WC. The original wood in that tank took all winter, with rain water flushing, to calm down on the leaching. Free to good AL aquascapers..Lol
    Cheers merv, I think I am good for wood, if the tannins slow down I will add more leaf litter etc, or maybe even the indian almond leave tea bags things in the filter, have seen them at aquotix.

    I think the water is a bit more tinted this morning, will take a new photo tonight.

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    i have toyed with the idea of a blackwater tank for years. whenever the time comes though, i can never do it and go ultra clear.
    if i could have a second tank maybe i would... if that day happens, it will be a tank for choc gouramis...

    lookin good so far.
    do you have a top down and end on photo ?

    any plans for more plants?
    im having great success with UG at the top of my tank near the surface.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PiL View Post
    i have toyed with the idea of a blackwater tank for years. whenever the time comes though, i can never do it and go ultra clear.
    if i could have a second tank maybe i would... if that day happens, it will be a tank for choc gouramis...

    lookin good so far.
    do you have a top down and end on photo ?

    any plans for more plants?
    im having great success with UG at the top of my tank near the surface.
    Cheers, yeah ive always liked the look of blackwater, just something different, could probably clear it up pretty quickly with purigen, we will see how it goes, I didnt add a fine filter pad so the water is also a bit murky...

    Didn't take any other photos, doesn't look good directly from the side, being only 20cm deep not to much I can do, there is space at the back right, today i added a few crypt parva plants I had in that space, tho they are very small, dont hold to much hope for them, they have always melted on me.

    Will probably add a few more buce and anubias plants, none of them are actually secured, just wedged in and around the wood so its all pretty flexible at the moment.

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    why not put the parva up front where it can be seen? it looks like you have the room. just need to thicken a small section of the substrate.
    maybe use some of your rocks to make a small elevated terrace. it will create some interest and give you an elevated section for roots whilst keeping the thin layer everywhere else?
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    Hey,
    I was wondering where did you purchase the hanging fixture for the pro aqua?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiL View Post
    why not put the parva up front where it can be seen? it looks like you have the room. just need to thicken a small section of the substrate.
    maybe use some of your rocks to make a small elevated terrace. it will create some interest and give you an elevated section for roots whilst keeping the thin layer everywhere else?
    Yeah would be best to use it somewhere it can be seen but I couldnt be stuffed mucking around with the thickness of the gravel, will see how it grows in the current spot.

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyCHOO View Post
    Hey,
    I was wondering where did you purchase the hanging fixture for the pro aqua?
    The hanging kit was from hinterfeld, I actually scored it for free as I ordered just the cheap a-series stainless legs and they sent this by mistake, I got them to send the stainless legs also as at the time I didnt have use for the stand, its a bit big for this tank but helps keep the light level low.

    Here are some photos from today, they are a bit grainy full size but look good small! The water is a bit more tinted but is still murky, hard to tell with the front on photos, I guess because the tank is so narrow / shallow, side on it looks nice and dark, probably should add some fine filter pads to clear up the murkyness.


    IMG_0923 by Colm Doyle, on Flickr


    IMG_0909 by Colm Doyle, on Flickr


    IMG_0912 by Colm Doyle, on Flickr


    IMG_0944 by Colm Doyle, on Flickr


    IMG_0942 by Colm Doyle, on Flickr


    IMG_0948 by Colm Doyle, on Flickr


    IMG_0938 by Colm Doyle, on Flickr


    IMG_0934 by Colm Doyle, on Flickr

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