45P Nature Aquarium Mountain Aquascape

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  1. Nigel95

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    New project in the ADA 45P Cube Garden.

    A brazilian mountain layout try.. this hardscape really need plants to look better. Sides, middle and background will be planted with mostly stem plants. Some color as well.

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    Tank
    ADA 45P Cube Garden

    Hardscape
    Mini landscape rock

    LED
    Twinstar 450 ES

    Filter
    Eheim classic 150

    Plants
    Stems
    Monte carlo
    H. pinnatifida
    Eleocharis acicularis mini

    Step by step hardscape


    Hardscape
    [​IMG]hardscape aquascape nigel hoevenaar by Nigel Aquascaping, on Flickr
     
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  2. Mikeba

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    Nice job Nigel! Looking sharp :clap:
     
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  3. CooKieS

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    Little bit too symetrical as an hardscape only but can be corrected with plants.

    That's my only concern, very nice rocks and arrangement, your skills are upgrading very quickly! Nice
     
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    Yes symmetrical I agree. Hope to fix it with different stems on the sides.

    Thanks


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    Looks like a lot of plant.. :wideyed:
    Good luck!
     
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    Good lord, there is enough plants for an 90p! Haha
     
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    Plant heavy from start :D

    Most of it fit all in the scape. Only in vitro cups are to much. Some are planted in my bigger tank

    For Aquaflora plants I use a general rule of 1 pot stems for ~5cm diameter. Some plants are very compact / bushy and 10cm diameter is possible.

    On the pic it looks there is not much space but there is quite some space to plant stems heavy from start :)
     
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    Waiting for the planted pictures...
     
  10. Nigel95

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    Video planting this scape. Enjoy :D
     
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  11. CooKieS

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    Nice job but All those plants will grow TALL, especially the rotala, ludwigia and h.pinnitida in the foreground...those will need weekly trimming to achieve your goal.

    Good luck!
     
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    Really well tought out planting with the leave sizes and colors.. Hope it grows out the right way..
     
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    Really well tought out planting with the leave sizes and colors.. Hope it grows out the right way..
     
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    Ha nobody said this layout was going to be maintenance friendly hehe..... atm I quite like to trim and shape plants. And this is probably my last nano tank for the coming years... maybe forever. The 40cm mountain is completed so don't have to maintain 3 tanks atm :). Some lean dosing can also help with color and slowing down speed growth.


    Yes did my best on this! However 45p is still very restricting with plants. Some plants are probably a tad to large for this scape but will try to fix with a lot of trimming and high light.
     
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  16. Nubias

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    Very nice
     
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    It was time to trim some pearlweed. This aquascape is currently 130 days old and adapting to softer water as I recently switched to RO water. My tap water is hard (kh 10+) and with seiryu (limestone) rocks the kh raises a lot. So far the plants seem to respond positive to the softer water. I am aiming for around 6-8 kh now. What KH do you run in your aquascape? It seems I couldn't get away with lean dosing with a kh of ~13,5. Since yesterday I am trying 3,5 ppm NO3 a week in this tank to see if I can boost some color in Rotala Rotundifolia without stunting other plants.

     
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    Stil no front tank shot ..
     
  19. Nigel95

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    Contest scape :)

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