120 x 55 x 55 Journal finished.

Discussion in 'Featured Journals' started by Mark Evans, 10 Oct 2011.

  1. Piece-of-fish

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    10L of moss would retail for around £500 and considering from whos tank it came you can double that :D
    You might want to reevaluate what you do for a living :lol:
     
  2. tim

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    just re read this journal from start to finish long read but so worth it i am in awe this has to be my favourite scape to date :clap:
     
  3. Mark Evans

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    many thanks Tim :thumbup:

    For once, it's up to your standard Ed. Moss has been tricky for me before, but I reckon I've got it sorted now.

    I've got some new wood on which I'm deciding on whether I should use it or not.

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    big-wood by saintly's pics, on Flickr

    The 1-2 Grow! theme, may still happen, but in a smaller tank. It'd be too much work in such a big tank. I'd like to keep this next set up long term.
     
  4. Piece-of-fish

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    Interesting wood. A bit too bulky but i am sure you can make it work. You defo need to step away from Manzi to make your portfolio more interesting ;)
     
  5. plantbrain

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    Or get more interesting manzy :idea:
     
  6. Piece-of-fish

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    Nah, Mark used it I think for the last 2 years? Actually i dont think he ever used other wood :) Boring :thumbdown:
    :D :lol: :crazy:
    :shifty:
     
  7. Mark Evans

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    I have a love affair with manzi. :lol:

    As I recall, I was one of the first to retail the stuff in the uk. If there's anything else better in the uk, let us see it ED :D
     
  8. Antipofish

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    I used to think that Redmoor was the D's B's ....... then I encountered Manzanita !!! I think now, that although some pieces of Redmoor are quite superb, Manzy beats it hands down. It has so many thicknesses and intricate shapes that all you need do is get a different piece rather than search for an alternative.

    I would love to see you do a full on Iwagumi though Mark. I expect you have done several before though. Or maybe something as wacky as Georgi's (aquadream) "Another Day In Paradise" :thumbup:
     
  9. Piece-of-fish

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    No excuses please... :rolleyes: You can make any wood look good 8)
     
  10. somethingfishy

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    Your journal should come with a warning to us mere mortals, at how inadiquate we will feel after reading it :)

    haha or we can get over it and say how inspiring it is, its great to have something to aim at but did you have to set the standards so high.
     
  11. darren636

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    my wonderful wife was commenting about my tank, saying how good it is starting to look. So i showed her marks' journal...... ;)
     
  12. ghostsword

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    I think that there is better than manzy.. have you checked out Water Cypress wood? Big massive pieces.. :) Tom Barr was selling some.
     
  13. Mark Evans

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    I hope she's more accomodating than my wife :?

    Thanks mate. Although, I've been rather quiet of late.

    Nah mate.

    I wont be using any wood in the next scape'

    Just stone. Here's a small part of the layout.

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    layout-ideas by saintly's pics, on Flickr
     
  14. Ian Holdich

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    thats nice that, i prefer that to the wood. Is this in the 90 or the 120?
     
  15. Mark Evans

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    This is a small portion of what's in the 120cm Ian. A low foreground, slightly higher mid, and stems, crypts etc and maybe an echinodorus focal point in the rear.

    I want tonnes of swimming space for fish. I'm a bit bored of 'filling' tanks with plants, leaving no open space.

    BTW, Plants on their way ;)

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    layout-2 by saintly's pics, on Flickr

    And to make life even easier for photography, i've attached wheels to the cabinet. There pretty expensive, but they are designed to take well over a ton. It's so, so simple to now move the tank away from the wall :angelic:

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  16. Ian Holdich

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    great idea with the wheels, that will save your back!

    I reckon you should stick with the stone, and is the substrate gonna be pure gravel?
     
  17. Mark Evans

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    The wheels are a god send. I'm moving this thing around with ease.

    It's going to be part gravel (foreground) and used ADA soil, which I've dried out. (it's also maintained it's shape and not broken down)

    I'm playing around with wood too, It works both ways, but not until it's planted will the whole picture become more clear.
    I've accidently chopped part of the left side off.

    I guess I should start some kind of journal.

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  18. George Farmer

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    Now there's an understatement from the UKAPS King of Journals.
     
  19. Antipofish

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    Well ? We're waiting with baited breath Mark ! Crack on ! :)
     
  20. darren636

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    i have an idea. With those wheels you could create go- kart aquascape championships. take the world by storm.
     

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