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1st attempt at aquascaping

Discussion in 'Aquarium & Aquascaping Journals' started by Chris521957, Aug 2, 2019.

  1. Paraguay

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    I thinking on the lines of minimal, as moss manic post,planting and with the very nice hardscape as the moss grows keep trimming and it looks very natural, let it grow too much and it will detract from the look of the scape. Just my thoughts and small leaved varieties of Java Fern common Java tends to grow very large leafs in the right conditions
     
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    This moss doesn't grow very fast, so I think the trimming will be no problem. I have listed my plant choice in the 1st post, but this can change. I do want some tall growing vallis to hide the heater and outlet pipe to my filter. I am also thinking just anubias between the rockwork. I will be placing some more moss on the rock and wood today so will post another pic tonight for comments. I don't want to put too much on the rocks and cover them as I like the effect they give. \Thanks Chris.
     
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    3487551B-3AA0-4D6B-9027-6C205DAB811C. Little bit of a play, comments please.
     
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    It's looking great. Now for the finishing touches.
    The large white pathway is looking very bare and uninteresting. I would like to see a mix of small rocks to pebble size scattered every where then lightle press them in to give that large area a very natural appeal.

    Keith:cathug::wabi-kusa:
     
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    Thanks Kieth, i will try that. The moss on the rocks and wood is not yet attached, i will be doing that at the weekend, then order some plants and hopefully flood it next weekend.
     
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    Take everything slowly now and get perfect the first time.

    Keith:cathug::wabi-kusa:
     
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    45EA7DC3-0309-41B4-86C9-BDCBDCB41B55. This is how the path is looking now. I dont want to hide it as i plan to have some corries in here.
     
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    It's looking good as it ages it will look even better. I would consider a small piece of the same plant as front LH side in front of the front rock RH side.

    Keith :cathug::wabi-kusa:
     
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    Now planted with water in 2F0781A9-548B-4963-BA5E-C727860063C6.
     
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    It's looking great you will start to notice a very slow improvement over the next few months. The foreground might require a little trimming when you trim do it just before you syphon the water out that way you can collect any floating bits and pieces, waving your hands over the plants will lift more up for you to syphon out.

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    Thanks Keith. I have ordered a few floating plants and some hugrophila corymbosa, a red, easy grow plant.
     
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    I would stick to the easy growing plants until you fully understand plant growth.

    Keith:cathug::cathug:
     
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    Yes, that's the plan.
     
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    Looking ahead to fish stocks now. I was thinking something like:-
    6x Nerite snails
    6x Ottos
    4x Amano shrimp
    15x Cardinal tetras
    6x Galaxy rasboras (Celestial Pearl danios)
    6 Checkerboard cichlids, these will be young fish and when they pair off I will trade 4 of them in and just keep the pair.
    Possibly 2x male Endlers, 4 female Endlers.
    I think this will give me a good selection of colours and not be overstocked, any thoughts??
     
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    Its not just a matter of over stocking I always was the difference I had a larger than required filter plus the old Under Ground Filter. You must consider compatibility plus are they plant eaters.

    Use this link as a guide only
    http://www.aqadvisor.com/

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    Done research and they are all compatible, none are plant eaters, and the snails don't reproduce in freshwater so no population explosion.
     
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    I would let the endlers be, they reproduce very fast.... and you have anyway a lot of animals for the beginning in the 80 cm tank.
    And I think, it would be better to take about 10 Galaxies instead of 6, Chris - they feel better in a little school.

    The checkerboards prefer living food, artemia for example. The will like f.e. little galaxy babies as well...
    And they need a very good water quality. Maybe better to wait with them, until the tank is running really stabile, with excellent water quality.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. The shrimp will be ok with everything else in the tank. I have kept endlers before and find that they don't reproduce like guppys, or maybe I just had vasectomised males??. I do intend to feed plenty of live food, with a good quality flake too. This stocking of my tank will be done over about 6 months so as not to overload the biomass. Filter is running at 1000lph, so should be ample. Also any waste that does not get eaten will replenish the nutrients in the soil. I know Walsted recommends not to do water changes, but I don't feel comfortable with that. I wont be doing 50% every week though, maybe 10-20%. The first inhabitants will be Cardinals and the snails, followed by the shrimp, then the ottos, galaxies and finally the cichlids( may replace these with croaking or chocolate gouramies).
     
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    Reviewed my stock list.
    4x Endlers, 1 m/3 f
    12x Ember tetras
    6x Rocket panchax
    6x Ottos
    10 CRS
    Possibly 10 Rasbora Henegli
    These are all nano fish with none growing bigger than 3cm.
    I think this will do for now, any thoughts?
     

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