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  1. MarcoB

    Keep it simple scape getting out of hand

    Here's a quickpic to give you an idea of the scale. Pics of the CDM's from the inside will follow. I don't have them available.
  2. MarcoB

    Keep it simple scape getting out of hand

    Thanks guys! You're right. It's Hydrocotyle leucocephala. On the foreground H. tripartata. If anyone want cuttings, no problem.... I'm considering to change the right side. Changing this tank is a bit hard. The natural growth of this tank makes it hard to change the scape easily. Specially...
  3. MarcoB

    Keep it simple scape getting out of hand

    :thumbdown: I absolutely love the shades. I must be honest. On pics it's much darker as for real because of the high lux output of the bright sun's I always have to adjust the diafragma. Fish love shady spots also. I have less stressy fish and those CMD lights give a very natural sun effect.
  4. MarcoB

    Keep it simple scape getting out of hand

    Gday folks, Need some tips and tricks from you guys how to make this scape even better. Don't hesitate to break it down completely :mrgreen:
  5. MarcoB

    hillstream ideas needed

    Wim is a friend of mine. I helped him with the build! This Palu is an inspiration. surely but with a depth of just 50cm it's hard to realize the same effect! I'll check the loachessite. Thanks for that tip!
  6. MarcoB

    hillstream ideas needed

    Yeah, that's a nice one but a littlebit to boring for me to have that for a showtank in the office on 2meter size. It doesnt have to be a heavily planted tank and I tend to an asian fastflowing river is a biotopedirection.
  7. MarcoB

    hillstream ideas needed

    Hi Guys, I'm searching for nice pics for inspiration. The goal is to create a hillstream tank with a bit of iwagumi flavour in a 200x50x50 tank. Biggest issue is the background of the tank. This tank needs a background because of the sorry state of the glass. Any ideas?
  8. MarcoB

    The UKAPS massive, invade Holland! Vivarium 2011

    Talking about massive: Here's the background we made during the 2 day fair. Now installed in the 3 meters tank. It looks a bit silly now, a fresh background with no water in the tank. Anyway within a few weeks this background will look stunning hopefully.
  9. MarcoB

    The UKAPS massive, invade Holland! Vivarium 2011

    lots of photo's! http://series.peterdehoog.nl/vivarium2011/
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    The UKAPS massive, invade Holland! Vivarium 2011

    Well, it was great to see you guys again! Although it was way to short and way to busy to really talk for a longer period of time and share info. Hopefully we will see you again next year! I'll try to visit the UK in fall and surely will offer more UK rare plants on the forum when available. I...
  11. MarcoB

    treetrunktank

    here's our second try. This time in a small jewel metertank. Color of the wood is much better this time.
  12. MarcoB

    turtletank quickfix

    I will ask for updatephoto's. check vivariumbackground.com Maybe it's an idea to import a few pots from vivarium 2011 to the UK. I know some guys overhere are coming to the fair. With a bit of organising they can take some with them for you.
  13. MarcoB

    shof off pic

    Well, a lot has changed the last months. Again I had KH problems due to the rocks I added. I lost a lot of species again but new are added to the scene! H. costata, V, americana var. natans for example. Except of the ferns the herbarium now is pretty much guinea/australia orientated as possible...
  14. MarcoB

    treetrunktank

    Now with the first plants and fish and the renewed lights.
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    treetrunktank

    Try to speak the subjecttitle repeatitaly very fast! You can't! Anyway: here's the result of a few weeks of hard work: A tutorial of this creation will be shown on vivariumbackground.com What do you think about this? IMHO a great result for showing all kinds of echino's. We will try to...
  16. MarcoB

    shof off pic

    thanks, I like a more natural scape but a jungle.... :? Hopefully this jungle will evolve into a nicely scaped Sahul herbarium. At least thats my goal. This setup is the basic scape. Now finetuning! To start off: I got rid of the giant Val and replaced it with a nice big B. aubertii. Other...
  17. MarcoB

    Workshop backgroundbuilding Vivarium2010 - the result

    will be released soon! We are picking the photo's right now....
  18. MarcoB

    shof off pic

    Not up to standard yet but I'm getting there. Photo isn't sharp, pitty, but I'm a proud tankowner today after pruning! This will become a pretty one! For the plantenthousiast: M. hirstuta B. monnieri V. gigantae marmor (must leave soon, hate it) V. nana C. ciliata P. perfoliatus P. wrightii E...
  19. MarcoB

    Workshop backgroundbuilding Vivarium2010 - the result

    Last saturday I did a workshop at the local aquariumclub in Den Helder. Here's the endresult! We will be back at Vivarium2011 also!
  20. MarcoB

    shof off pic

    thanks for the tip. My flow is pretty low. I'll have to add an extra pump to raise it. I'll give it a try.
  21. MarcoB

    Scapetips needed

    I changed the scape drastically because the tender plants died again during the holiday. This scape is less "dutch", less natural but more in balance with the tank. At least, i hope........... What do you guys think?
  22. MarcoB

    shof off pic

    Well, at least for me it's a show off! Only critics I have is that irritating claudofora. It seems I can't get rid of it anyhow. I tried shrimp already but they are food for the fish!
  23. MarcoB

    turtletank quickfix

    Sometimes there's a "quickfix" needed. Don't know why that happens but in this case a turtletank was needed within a few days. We tried to make a more natural looking scape without getting compromises with the usages of the tank. Important for a tank like this is practicality because the...
  24. MarcoB

    Workshop backgroundbuilding Vivarium2010 - the result

    thanks for the reply. Suitable materials is a good tip. I will add some comments in the FAQ section. For now: not all the foamtypes can be melted. Polystyreen normally is metable. PU foam like roofmate is usable. Mostly the yellow coloured foamtypes aren't meltable. Of course it's a choice if...
  25. MarcoB

    Workshop backgroundbuilding Vivarium2010 - the result

    first tutorials almost ready! It takes a lot of time organising it but within a few months the complete site is ready Take a look at part one of the nanoscape. comments are more then welcome http://www.vivariumbackground.com
  26. MarcoB

    Scapetips needed

    Gday folks, I need some scapetips for this thank. measurements: 100x40x53cm Not all the plants are doing well but I have to prune those plants every two weeks now. The otellia on the right is positioned there just for trial. Anyway. You guys can scape as the best. How about this tank with...
  27. MarcoB

    90 dg's scissor?

    heating it redhot first of course!
  28. MarcoB

    90 dg's scissor?

    Still the angle isn't right. Maybe I'll try to bend a straight scissor to create a "lawn" cutter
  29. MarcoB

    90 dg's scissor?

    Its pretty hard to prune back plants in front of the tank without a soaked armpit...... So im looking for a kinda scissor to prune plants horizontally. Does anyone know where to get one? I can't find a proper tool for that type of pruning...
  30. MarcoB

    Workshop backgroundbuilding Vivarium2010 - the result

    It's just the sunset Garuf. I've got 4 of those spots above the tank. Excepts the sunsets there are always 2 or 3 lamps on. So every section get enough light. The assimilation of the plants is pretty ok so im not worried about growth. I have to harvest glosso every 4 weeks with only 2 lamps on...
  31. MarcoB

    Workshop backgroundbuilding Vivarium2010 - the result

    Connected all the CDM lamps today. This is sunset in the morning. Little bit to much light but it takes 15 minutes to get this. Nice shadows, nicely yellow (830) and the fish like it.
  32. MarcoB

    Workshop backgroundbuilding Vivarium2010 - the result

    Background's in! I lost a lot of plants though so scapewise it's not that much now. Aussie plantowners abroad australia please feel free to donate a cutting :friends: ..... Pics arent the best quality but within a few days I guess everything straightens out again.
  33. MarcoB

    George's 120cm - Nature's Reflection v2

    Gee, it's always the brits who are able to keep their lawn straight, even and green! Amazing growth. Still looking for 90 degrees scissors to mowe my lawn and bacopa. How curved is your scissor?
  34. MarcoB

    Workshop backgroundbuilding Vivarium2010 - the result

    yeah, its the "spiderwood" but used in a natural way. The gravel is normal aquagravel but it's mixed with laterite (red clay) ,large gravel on top and light gravel on the bottompart mixed extra. We will start a website for DIY builders within the next couple of months with a step by step...
  35. MarcoB

    Workshop backgroundbuilding Vivarium2010 - the result

    Gday folks, I helped the Ukaps guys during the vivarium2010 a bit as one of the crew. Our workshopstand was towards the ukaps stand. This year we repeated the backgroundDIY workshop again maybe because we have some skills. :shh: For those who don't know our fair: We like to show the visitors...
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