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    Default Crystal Canyon [10l]

    Hi all! Sharing my recent nano project. Started this about 3 months ago.

    Specifications


    Dimensions: 27x20x20cm or 11x8x8" (10 liters) - Optiwhite
    Lighting: Chihiros C-Series C301 14W
    Filtration: Eden 501 (sponge, ceramic rings, Purolite)
    CO2: Pressurised 1bps thru glass/ceramic diffuser
    Substrate: ADA Aquasoil Amazonia, Quartz sand
    Hardscape: Glimmer wood rocks
    Fertilization: PPS pro, Easy carbo
    Water parameters: Temp. 23C, pH 6.5, KH 3, GH 6, TDS 180
    Plants: Fissidens sp. 'Philippines', Fissidens sp. 'Khao sok', Fissidens sp. 'Vietnam', Riccardia graeffei, Anubias sp. 'Pangolino', Crepidomanes sp. 'Calicut', Rotala sp. 'Wayanad', Rotala macrandra 'Mini Butterfly', Rotala sp.'Needle leaf', Hottonia palustris, Hemianthus sp. 'Amano pearl grass'
    Fish/shrimps: Crystal Red shrimps, Ramshorn snails


    Building a hardscape


    Here are some photos of creating process;

    First I have made scapebox of styrofoam boards. Hardscape base is egg crate panel cutted to the size - about 2-3mm smaller than inner dimensions of the tank:



    Cutting stones:



    All pieces are glued with epoxy putty to the egg crate. This way you can have permanent design without worry to move something when doing maintenance. Also, you can see there are smaller stones glued to the main boulders - I wanted some texture and character on the these quite flat surface stones:




    Next step - making canyon bottom (with creek). First I needed a base for gluing smaller stones. Piece of plastic net cutted down to fit:



    And glued with super glue to the egg crate:



    Then I cut out piece of paper to act as creek:



    Now when I have a vision how it will look like it is time to make a shore - gluing stones next to the paper.

    A little bit of grinding to fit better:







    And here it is, almost finished hardscape from the top...



    Next step is moss application by yogurt method.



    Now at least 2 weeks of DSM and then flooding.


    Day 1:




    Day 60:

    Added 40-50 CRS. Everything growing slowly especially Fissidens. CO2 is at 10-15ppm (needed to decreased it due to shrimps).




    Day 80:

    Stem plants at the back needs trimming.



    After trimming:



    CRS:




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    Wow. This is incredible!!

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    Great detail! nicely done

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    Masterful! The scale is bewildering.

    Please continue to update... Hope you submit to IAPLC next year. Maybe the smallest tank to get into top 100?

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    Thanks guys! @Rebel - Maybe I submit it. That is hard, but not impossible.

    Day 104:

    Last edited by Rastaman; 11-12-18 at 03:07 AM.

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    Happy New Year!

    The tank developing great!

    Day 127:


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    This tank is definitely my inspiration! The scale is insane looks way larger than it actually is.

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    Hey Rasta, are the shrimp breeding in it?

    Happy new year!

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    I see one with eggs. Hope they will hatch. Cheers!

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    Day 150:


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    Insane scale dude. Take a bow.

    Did they breed?

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    Still looking great dude

    Any issues with the tank such as algae? Or is it smooth sailing?

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    Some say that Chuck Norris gets algae advice from Rastaman.

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    Hehe Still no juniors. Algae have no chance in the tanks where I keep my CRS hogs http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showt...gae-assassins!

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    This little guys are also great cleaners - Leopard Ramshorn:


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