Update 11/04/20! Looking more mature.
I started dosing TNC complete and carbon 1ml a day, plants have really responded well and the small amount of algae has disappeared.
P.s Hello lily pipe! She’s back. No more black plastic pipes. Ew.
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The way the water and the light works make it seem there is a mirror effect. For example, the bottom of the tank looks like a mirror however when viewed from the top, you can see the brown paper mat on the bottom of the glass and there is no mirror effect. Raise your hand if...
More Java Ferns, Anubias and Java Moss added on the rocks!
Used Juris method of superglue and chopping the moss into tiny pieces, a great way to fix the moss and hopefully provides some nice bushy growth.
Thanks matey, it means a lot!
I since tried the recommended dosage of 6ml every week so I dose that during a WC and never looked back haha.
Yeah just lots of BBA like I’ve mentioned, definitely from the wood, I think it needs chucking in the bin. I'm think of starting a new rock only scape...
I discovered that using maybe 2ml a week of specialised fertiliser and dosing liquid carbon into the water column has gotten rid of all the algae apart from BBA. My light is dimmed to 60% also. The wood used in the scape was shop brought out an existing tank so may have had some...
Thanks cookies always great to hear from you mate [emoji1303]
I will try to direct the flow from the skimmer more toward the bottom for better CO2 distribution. My lily pipe broke about a month ago haha, my heart sunk. I will buy another soon!
Plants are doing OK, I have a staghorn algae...
The hot temperatures in the UK right now means my tank is around 27°C, not sure how to cool it down, anyone else got this issue at the moment?
My Buce has melted and algae is having a party. Woohoo.
One week of growth.
Eleocharis is struggling like the MC, might swap this out and have a full foreground of Parva?
I've since started dosing Tropica Premium only, plants are responding well. (8ml a day). After watching a recent green aqua video I'm now trying to aim for a constant 120TDS by...
Each pump is 2ml, I double checked by using a syringe. So that makes for 6ml Specialised and 4ml Premium along with 2ml TNC carbon everyday. I saw someone using both fertilisers together with great success so I thought I would try it :)
I dose tropica specialised 3 pumps a day and premium 2 pumps a day, along with 2ml TNC carbon. My lights are on 75% power (twinstar 600ea) and co2 24/7 always lime green.
Look forward to hearing from you,
Removed the MC and replaced with Crypt Parva, the dying MC would have caused alage issues so had to go. Added another fern to the left too which I think helps to breakup the largest piece of wood. Here's a before and after for you guys.
WC done but my MC is suffering again unfortunately. Never been able to grow it well in this scape, it's probably down to not having enough light. I'd rather have less algae haha! Everything else is growing well, I'm doing so much more maintence now than before, WC every 3-4 days compared to...
The rummies where bought from Maidenhead aquatics, to be honest I've never been asked my tank size etc when purchasing livestock which is surprising.
I agree, the colours stand out with black but the depth is much better when frosted.
Any tips on trimming stems? I'll be doing this...
4 days seeing growth already which is great, very little algae! I have moved the skimmer to the right hand side. Looks to give a better flow all around the tank. Trimming the stems tomorrow so they grow the same time as the h'ra, the 1-2 pots are growing pretty well, around 1.5" of new growth...
And we're back!
2 and a half months have passed since my last update and boy has the tank been through some rough patches.
The tank went through a stage of a bad algae problems (22/06/19) down to lack of maintence and CO2 running out. I have...
Quick time lapse video for you all! I'll be adding some red plants soon, and some cardinals or neons to add some more colour to the tank. Unfortunately all of my zebra danios ended up jumping. I won't be housing them again in an open top aquarium that's for sure. Rummies and Shrimps are doing...
The valley in the middle was planned! It does create a nice sense of depth, probably my most favourite part of the scape :) Its great to watch the rummys swim out from there when they know I'm near by, begging for food haha!
I've seen Stu's work, unreal. I can only dream to achieve...
The scape went through a period of neglect recently, been doing lots of overtime at work. Had to deal with a staghorn algae problem due to fluctuating CO2 levels. After a big trim of all the algae ridden plants and maintenance yesterday here's how she looks!
Lots of trimming has been done. Hygrophila Pinniftida growing well. Started dosing Seachem Iron a few weeks back. New growth looks better! Still keeping on top of 50/50 RO/Tap water changes.
Now the tank has matured I need to start experimenting and solve the aquascapers dream...
Thankyou for the kind comments, it's great to know that you didn't mean to be negative, I just felt the comments from yourself and others were an attack on my inexperience haha! Don't get me wrong though, I appreciate criticism as it helps us aquscapers realise what is going wrong and...
Thanks for all your input guys.
I'm aware Aquarium Gardens, George Farmer and all the rest of us aquascapers have success using purely tap water. I will still give RO a go, it's a learning process after all!
The RO unit will be good piece of equipment to have where I can gain better...
Thank you for the detailed explanation Darrel, I now understand things much better!
My filter consists of only coarse media, purigen and Seachem Matrix.
The matrix has a brown colour to it (previously white). Based on what you say, adding the chihiros should improve things, by adding more...
Thanks for the reply cookies :)
Here are pictures of the algae:
I use Seachem matrix in my filter, I had a look at it the other week during maintenance seems to be building up a good colony (I hope haha!)
I also use Seachem matrix as my dechlorinator with tap water. The tap water in my...
Beginning to see more and more brown alage in the tank. I've began more frequent WCs, turned the light down a notch and increased the CO2.
I'm thinking of buying the Chihiros doctor, leaving the CO2 on 24/7 and getting a couple Otos and 5 more Amanos to help battle this.
Yeah it's good to see more stone in the tank, it provides a much better viewing experience. Plus it has created some small caves/tunnels for livestock to swim through, very entertaining to watch :D
I know the lilaeopsis will reign terror on the foreground but I don't mind a jungle/mixed feel...
I've added some more Seiryu stone to the scape, adds more depth to the valley though the middle. What do you think guys think?
The tank is currently going through a diatoms stage. Should clear up in no time.
Unfortunately I have lost 3 zebra danios due to jumping. RIP.
Thoughts on adding...
Few zebra danios added yesterday to give the rummies more confidence, it's worked a treat! All fish now happily swimming together and feeding really well. Plant growth is picking up, MC has really done well after the large melt previously. Still keeping up with WCs, 2 or 3 50% per...
Wow look at them!!
I’d love a few of those beauties.
As for the plant pot technique, I tried that the other day and my skimmer floating portion was sucked under the water :( I’ve gone back to mesh.
Tank looks great as always!
The skimmer is positioned so it distributes the co2 from back right to the front, the lily then circulates it round further. Thanks for the kind comment, this tank has now taken a jungle turn which I'm enjoying, I've always been a fan of a Nature aquarium style scape.
Thanks for the tips dude, my plan for tomorrow was to get some tropica floating plants (Salvinia Auriculata) from Pets at Home (I was shocked to find they stock these!). This will reduce the light level and provide vital cover for my shy rummies. Hopefully they have Siamensis 53B in stock too...
I have a feeling my dosing wasn't enough for the aquarium, noticed some holes on maybe 5 or so leaves and slight yellowing. I was only dosing 5ml a day as per the bottle but that was for 50L. I've upped the dosing to 7ml a day to see if plant health improves, fingers crossed! I did some reading...
11 Rummynose Tetra added today, they’re being shy and hiding under the wood. I’ll post some pictures tomorrow. The employees at Maidenhead Aquatics mentioned it would take a day or two for them to be comfortable in the tank.
I’ll keep you posted.
I have made some improvements to the tank. I finally managed to get some mesh in the skimmer how Tim mentioned without it sinking, this solution is much less of an eye sore and plus the top portion is nice and boyant unlike before (I have no idea why it didn't work before haha!).
Not saw many shrimp the past few days. But today all of a sudden they've all showed up! Upon further inspection I found some molt, they must have been hiding.
Fish tomorrow. I'll keep the species a secret until then.
Hmm I will think about it.
Just had a huge maintenance session, cleaned everything and removed nearly all the melting plants.
Hopefully things improve with the new CO2 and water change regime.
So sorry to hear that cookies :( The skimmers are death traps!
Glad to see you using the mesh technique, I take no credit however, I first saw the technique used by George Farmer and Dave at Aquarium Gardens :D
I don't know how you manage to keep the floating part afloat? Evertime I try what...
Okay some self diagnosis time...
I have reduced the light by two steps on the dimmer to slow down growth and melt. I have also changed the CO2 so it comes on 3hrs before lights and off 2hrs before lights off.
I've done some deep reading and discovered the drop checker needs to read lime green...
I'm glad my creativity has inspired you cookies!
In regards to the MC melt... It seems to be spreading to whatever it touches, the crypts and the hairgrass are now showing signs of melt. Ideas?
The timer idea would be great but the skimmer is my main source of flow for the co2 distribution as demonstrated by Fillipe Oliveira.
Reflecting on this morning, I never want to see a shrimp in there again.. They looked almost frightened. And boy was they happy to be out, I've never saw shrimp...
Theyre okay now! Lucky the flow on my skimmer is on the lowest setting. Make sure to take extra precautions with the Skimmer if you get shrimp, I've learnt my lesson. This method with the gauze works well so far :D
That's what I did before and they climbed over it haha! I can't make the mesh any taller either or the whole top portion would just sink under water even on the lowest setting.
I don't mind the eye sore as long as the shrimp are okay :D
Woke up this morning to no shrimp in the tank. I panicked!
Upon checking the skimmer I found them all there. I have got mesh blocking the inlets but somehow they have climbed over it and dropped into the skimmer.
Any suggestions for a better method of keeping them out?
Thanks for the kind words guys!
Cookies, yes I do try to keep the water temp as close as possible to the norm, your right, must be a transitional thing :)
Chuffed with the plant growth.
Should have a few Amanos this weekend. I'll keep you updated as always.
Sent from my...
Before and after maintenance. Bottom is before.
Small bit of melt on the MC bottom right. This is the side where I top up after a water change. Could this have something to do with it?
I promised some close ups..
Different angles and current FTS
Thanks cookies, your help is always appreciated!
So a day into week 3, top picture is today and bottom the day after setup.
Good growth all around!
The Pogestemon is finally growing, the Rotala is also growing fast and adapting nicely. The Pinnifitida’s older leaves have melted away making...
Cheers for the kind words Dave, took ages to plan! I’m glad the plants are looking healthy and growing, I have a question for you guys however...
My drop checker looks like this 5 minutes before lights off. The co2 comes on 2hrs before lights come on and off 1 hour before the lights go off.
Rock removed that held the wood down. Can’t wait till this grows in.
If anyone has plant suggestions for the blank space in the middle towards the back that would be appreciated as I can’t decide myself, cheers!