259L bookcase rebirth

Discussion in 'Journals' started by greenink, 26 Dec 2011.

  1. greenink

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    Re: 259L bookcase tank - rescape...

    have tested it lots! there's a few rocks lodging it in place you can't really see. If amano can do it...

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    looking at the photo, is really interesting how much flatter my tank looks than in real life. really should angle the rocks (like the big one on the far right of my tank, which is actually at quite an extreme pitch) much less subtly.

    or just scape through live-view on a camera.!

    Because am bored with slow growth, I've upped the lighting and CO2 times:

    Lights were on at 4 and off at 11 – 7 hr photoperiod, moved to on at 2.30 off at 11 – 8.5 hr photoperiod

    C02 was on at 2pm and off at 9.30 – 7.5 hours, moved to on at 12 and off at 9.30 – 9.5 hrs
     
  2. greenink

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    living waters trip

    Day off so popped to living waters in Croydon, which I've never been to before. Really nice shop, quite a few planted tanks (including some algae tanks, which were surprisingly nice.) Great prices too, so picked up some HC pots that had lots of growth and long roots, some rotala roundifolia and blyxa japonica (75p each!) to replace the crypts which just look totally wrong now.

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    (Plus four lovely little dwarf honey Gouramis).

    Good chat with the owner. He said this rotala problem, which I've still got a bit is either an infection or a boron deficiency. So am going to up the traces a lot. Here are some better photos of the problem - basically, old leaves have black discolouration:

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    New leaves are fine for a bit...

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    ..but then get the same discolouration. Anyone got any ideas? Don't think it can be CO2 as have everything else growing fine (limnophila aromatic, etc). And it's not algae on the leaves.

    :?

    Am a bit concerned in general that the molar clay substrate is too inert. (If I was starting again I'd put a layer of slow release miracle gro / osmocote under it). So the other thing I did today was make some DIY root tabs from miracle gro, by putting a little bit in a frozen fish food tray with a bit of water...

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    Freezing it...

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    And then breaking them up... easy to pop under the substrate where needed.

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    Will release a bit of ammonia, but hopefully not too much, and it will be far enough down for the bacteria to deal with it.

    Photos of the tank when it's dark enough outside, and I'm not doing something else :clap: Have made a few alterations and it's much improved.
     
  3. Antipofish

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    LW is great isnt it !? Will you be joining us on the UKAPS group trip there ? I have not checked the thread today. It would be nice to put a name to a face :) Blyxa at 75p ! How did I miss that on Saturday ! LOL. I got some Rotala too and had a similar conversation about upping the frequency of trace addition. (Which reminds me I must do todays dose ! DUH).

    Did you know you can buy the pill capsules to put that miracle grow in ?
     
  4. greenink

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    proper photos

    So have finally got the tripod out and done some proper shots with the new Canon 600D. Here's a detail.

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    Here's how it was looking a week ago

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    And here's how it's looking now - the white balance is much better here - this is how it actually looks! (Ok, so this is a bit darker than in the flesh, but there you go o_O. If Mark Evans is allowed big black patches in his FTS then so am I.)

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    Some tweaks to hardscape: the rock in the middle, most obviously, and have angled the one on the right.

    Plant wise, have replaced the crypts with blyxa round the base of the big rock, though these were only tiny and need a lot of growth. More HC has come in, and is weighted on to the rocks with metal plant weights through the rock wool (worth a try). There's Christmas moss on the rocks, and then a bit more rotala - getting there... Some more blyxa and rotala arriving in the post, then just to let it grow!

    Have taken some videos too - just need to edit them properly. Love the new camera!
     
  5. greenink

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    The moss (detail)

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  6. greenink

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    Rocks

    Just been in Devon for a while. Couldn't help noticing the beach I was on had pretty amazing rocks. (Am clearly going slightly mad!)

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    Re: 259L bookcase tank - rescape...

    Now that's what I call inspiration!

    Great photos Mike!
     
  9. Antipofish

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    Awesome stuff Mike. How much of that rock did you bring home with you ? 8)
     
  10. greenink

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    None! But I am seriously tempted to go back in a year or two (when I get utterly bored of the purple schist stone I've got now). Was mountains of it everywhere. Love those white-veined rocks.

    Here's the tank after a week away.

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    As per usual, grabbed some random plant samples from streams to see if they grow. Am determined to discover something new.

    This is I think Sea Blite

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    A marsh plant that I'm sure will die as it needs salt. But we'll see.

    This I don't know what it is, but was growing submerged sometimes in streams. Though with the weather we've had, maybe it's not usually a stream. Anyone know what it is?

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  11. Antipofish

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    I have no idea what the second pic is but if it grows can I have some cuttings please? Its a lovely structural plant.

    PS did you see my question to you on someone elses thread about your external pump setup ? :)
     
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    Was that my thread? I wanted to know more about it too! Sounds interesting.
     
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    The plant in the last photo sure looks to be some relation to ammania sp. 'Bonsai' or Bacopa Caroliniana don't you think?
     
  14. sarahtermite

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    The Devon pics looked great! What beach was it? I've never really considered nabbing plants from the countryside - wouldn't they need temperate conditions to thrive? I like the idea, though!
     
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    Hi there, can you direct me to the above discussion? Many thanks, nice tank, will you cover the whole large rock in moss, some more around the base might look good
     
  16. Antipofish

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    Yes it was Rob :)
     
  17. faizal

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    Yeah,... :D I was thinking the same thing. And Mike,...the tank is really taking shape now especially with the mosses in their place.If you don't mind me saying (the fact is I just couldn't help myself after seeing your latest pics as these were the first train of thoughts that came into mind) ,....I think if you plant large rosette plant like an echinodorus bleheri at the rear left corner there,..it would really look kinda cool. The mosses are rendering your entire scaping style a very mystifying look now.

    And maybe raise the substrate at the rear right to create a nice little hillock effect rear to the other rock at the right midground.

    You can tell me to shut up anytime. :shifty:
     
  18. greenink

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    Eheim 3000 compact pump. Seems to work well. There’s no clogging at all.

    Fingers crossed – would be great if it works!

    No idea. Not telling which beach until I’ve won some competitions with stones from it!

    Thanks – am pretty pleased with it. The rear left has pogostemon stellata (recovering but now looking quite healthy) and limnophila aromatica, so those should bush out nicely with bigger leaves. Totally agree about the substrate on the right. Seems to have settled down lower than I'd thought. Just want to see if the stauro growing up might compensate for that.
     
  19. greenink

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    AM1000 sorted!!!!

    Have finally sorted out the AM1000. See earlier in this thread for trials and tribulations. Have been using an UP atomiser for a while, but find the CO2 rate does change as the bottle loses pressure, so you need to keep adjusting the regulator. Is also hard to see how much you're using. What I like about the AM1000 is the bubbles are large out of the tube, so you can easily keep a very regular track, and it doesn't rely on pressure.

    After trying lots of combinations (no media, media it comes with, shower scrunchies) have found that pebbles - yup, pebbles - are actually perfect. They slow down the gas diffusing up perfectly, are heavy enough not to rattle or jog, so are completely silent, and even look cool.

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    So now have perfect diffusion, crystal clear water, no noise, and no reductions in flow to my filter, as is on the other loop with just a pump driving it. Sorted! :clap: :clap:
     
  20. Antipofish

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    Glad you got it sorted Mike. Now I want my AM1000 back (having sold it a while back due to loss of flow :rolleyes: ) Lol.

    So that Eheim pump... is it as quiet as all other Eheim stuff ? Any vibration issues ?
     

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