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    Default Lava re-Scape - 60x45x45

    So, after a year with my current 'scape' (below) I decided to try a new look. This time, I'd go for a concave lava mountain scape. I will try yo keep it simple and with plants that are easy to take care of (mostly mosses, small ferns, buces, etc).

    The reason I want to create something new is to provide better water parameters to the fish I want to keep in it. The old scape was sitting on a GH and KH a bit too hard for fish I want to keep and hopefully breed (apistos and would like to try some gouramis). So I had to get rid of the Seiryu stone and add heaps more soil. Believe it or not, I only used 1 bag of Amazonia in the current/old scape, most of the plants are growing 'floating', including all the emersed!

    Old natural scape - I will miss it! I've been really happy with it, hopefully the new one will look this 'good' (to my eyes at least)
    Old thread: http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showt...hings-60x45x45



    I've been trying to source black lava rock, but it has been rather difficult. I found some smaller pieces for $8kg in one LFS, and another one with beautiful BIG rocks, but asking $15kg...so I ended up ordering Pisces purple lava (dark enough...), 10kg for $50, shipping included. I might still go for 1 or 2 of the bigger pieces from that exxy shop tho...just because they were really nice and with the 10kg of purple I cannot raise the 'mountains' high enough. Luckily, lava stones are not 'too heavy', so I'll come back this weekend to see how how much they end up costing and if worth it or not.

    I quickly drew 2 plans that I had in my head - the vertical black line on the left is the end of the tank and the cardboard at the back and on the right side is 35cm tall, so ideally mountains would go up that high...

    1) Black pen - 2 mountains and a little path in between. Simpler scape.


    2) Red pen - 3 mountains. 2 on the sides and a smaller 1 on the back to give a stronger sense of depth, with 2 paths going along the sides. This might be pushing it too much in only 45cm...so I might just go with option 1.


    This is 10kg of rock...not high enough, but I've got a fair bit of wood to add to the scape too, so might not need much more:


    Alright, I'm late to work. More later!
    Last edited by DDM; 04-10-18 at 08:42 PM.

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    Looking forward to this!

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    Hey dude the old scape looked amazing. I would have just kept it and got another tank

    Looking forward to seeing the new scape. Good luck.

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    Get pics up dude! the revised version of the tank looks spectacular!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monty1089 View Post
    Hey dude the old scape looked amazing. I would have just kept it and got another tank

    Looking forward to seeing the new scape. Good luck.
    You're not the only one who asked me to keep the old scape haha, unfortunately I don't have room fore more tanks!

    Get pics up dude! the revised version of the tank looks spectacular!
    Haha I'm glad you liked it!

    Only a few pictures for now. I had the horrible idea of rescaping without draining the whole tank completely, just because I had no room to do it otherwise...well, it made things heaps more complicated! I haven't shown pictures earlier because the first couple of days the tank was cloudy from the new soil (I got 2 buckets for free of ADA Malaya). After the dust settled, was the turn of a bacteria bloom. I messed with them too much and they had to find their new place, as of today...the water is still a bit whiteish.

    This Thursday will clean the filter again and add Purigen, hopefully that wold clear things up completely and I can take proper pictures by next weekend. Plants have now settled and they seem to be doing alright, funny enough some of the anubias are suffering a bit, but nothing that can't get fixed.

    I love the new look, even at this early stages, I just need to find more small leaves plants...suggestions? I really want to try c.parva I've kept some of the emmersed part, but I moved it to the left side and now the intake is on the right, next to the outflow, which is perfect! I don't need the skimmer to help anymore. I promise more and better pictures!

    Oh...biggest fail of all...it doesn't look like I've managed to lower GH and KH as I wanted too...I guess the ADA Malaya has lost it's properties (since it's 2nd hand...). I would have to think on a Plan B.

    Picture after removing all plants and hardscape (I then drained half of it). I pretty much rescaped everything blinded...


    Plant mass/mess...sorting it out was...fun..



    Sneak peak + bacteria bloom...


    More to come! I will be adding 10 more ember tetras and maybe a couple more things

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    Very dramatic indeed! Looking forward to the water to clear....

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    Well that's quite a sneak peek... it looks like we'll be in for a treat 'when the fog clears'... :P

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    Honestly looked amazing when I was there on the weekend.
    Dont think it was as foggy, did you stir it up again lol?

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    Picture tonight please. Surely fog has cleared... :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by luked View Post
    Honestly looked amazing when I was there on the weekend.
    Dont think it was as foggy, did you stir it up again lol?
    hahaha no, it was really foggy last week. But as of today it's still a bit foggy (filter might need cleaning..)

    Picture tonight please. Surely fog has cleared... :P
    haha fiiine, quick pictures with all the equipment...as I'm still testing some stuff haha
    That rock/cave for the apistos is killing me really...any idea how could I paint it darker? As in..something natural, also keep in mind I'd like it to be covered in moss or similar eventually.





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    You could paint it with black pond sealer
    A litre is $22 though
    Surely the is something else out there in a smaller quantity for you to use

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    Thanks norfs! I was thinking on rub it and stain it on the Fluval soil I've got...might work...For now is getting covered with algae which is not bad will add some moss to it too.

    Alright, picture heavy!

    Just a few of things...I need to trim that montecarlo at the front, and not sure what to do with the cryps (top right) it's going to grow enormous...might hide it even more behind the rocks on the right side.
    Another thing I could put effort on is adding La Plata sand on the path but...I already know it might get algae eventually and can't be bothered adding new, etc...although the light is not strong there so...might be OK. The second option is to add more soil and let the montecarlo cover it, but again, plenty of shade there so not sure if it will ever happen.
    I will probably move plants around a bit, one of the anubias on the front right is way too big and suffered a bit in the transition so it's not looking its best, it's recovering tho. The emmersed part is a bit of a mess, any ideas what I could add? The pinnatifida is going out of hands...time for her to meet mr. chop.

    Other than that, I'm in the look out for a few plants, as you might have seen, just holding back a bit as I need to get paid first...haha

    Regarding fish, I've added a L270, just because I saw it well priced and couldn't resist! hard to see him tho... I've also got buddies for my lonely ember tetra and pygmy cory. Other than that, the trifasciata and the loner rummy nose are still there with the ottos. Everyone's looking happy

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    Let me know what you think! Other than I really have to scratch that algae of the front glass haha
    Last edited by DDM; 06-11-18 at 06:09 PM.

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    Looks great, love all the small details and interesting things going on, well done! nice photos too!!

    I like the cave rock thing, looks interesting now its got some nice green algae on it, to me it doesnt look out of place, looks like a nice home for a fish!

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    Competition level scape: Achievement unlocked!

    For that cave, if it bothers you, just crush some lava and superglue to it to make it jagged. It will blend right in.

    Following for updates and good growth!

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