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Crystal Mountain

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Nuno M., 30 Aug 2016.

  1. Nuno M.

    Nuno M. Member

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    Just done the weekly maintenance on the tank !!! Done some water testing before the 1/3 waterchange !!! Let's see how it will handle the very lean dosage from now on !!!

    NO3 - 1>5ppm
    PO4 - 0,4ppm
    FE - 0,1ppm

    Here's the tank just after filling , the Rasboras are a wonderful schooling fish biggrin.png upload_2017-1-22_12-11-32.gif

    32078902790_79c04e9c5c_k.jpg _MG_3186 by Nuno Matos, on Flickr
     
    Last edited: 22 Jan 2017
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  2. Daveslaney

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    Fantastic.
    Just keeps getting better.
     
  3. alex08

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    That carpet there! :watching:
     
  4. tmiravent

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    It's amazing to watch that tank in live!
    :snaphappy:
     
  5. Nuno M.

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    Thank you Daveslaney :)

    Hard one to keep in check but one of the most beautiful carpeting plants we have in this hobby !!!

    It's getting there Tiago ;)

    We need to try out a photo-shoot with flash to see it's potential !!!
     
  6. Nuno M.

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    Thank you @tmiravent for the patience and for the strobe studio lights :)

    Here's a test for the final ones !!!

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  7. MarkyP

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    that carpet is insane looks stunning - great tank :clap:
     
  8. tmiravent

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    I'm not convinced about the colour of the top wood, maybe too 'burned'...
    still some work with the lights and plants! (almost there)
    Her some details...

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    cheers!
     
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  9. doylecolmdoyle

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    Wow great close up photos, I kind of like the non strobe lit photo posted before the test final shot, has a bit more depth with light drop off towards the back, but I guess everything is nice and sharp and lit well in the strobe lit photo. Great work this tank is stunning!
     
  10. Nuno M.

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    Thank you MarkyP :)

    Thank you for the Macros Tiago,

    Yes there is still good margin for improvement on both cases, but very pleased with the first try !!!


    Thank you doylecolmdoyle,

    The advantage of the strobe light's is exactly that, good uniformity from the light source, and actual real good natural colors at 6000K whitebalance, not saturated in after processing or by colorfull bulbs, what you have is what you get :)
     
  11. Kamiel

    Kamiel Newly Registered

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    That wood is awesome! Great looking scape.
    I'm also curious how you guy's manage to take such clean pictures.
     
  12. Bolota

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    Olá Nuno,
    I think that the left side looks like there is a mirror inside the tank... a bit strange. maybe because the carpet there is kind of bending down. Maybe less trimming on that edge would make a smoother continuity with the reflexion on the left wall...
     
  13. Nuno M.

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    Thank you Kamiel,

    As for the pictures, it's a matter of practice, use a tripod for FTS is really important also !!! This last one was taken with the healp of 2 studio strobe lights, one above the tank and other projected on the back wall !!!

    I know what you meam Bolota, but with carpeting plants, is impossible to disguise, even if I would let it grow more the thickness of the glass will create a line all along the side glass, so for that reason I opted to trim it down and give a bushier look !!! It's also good for maintenance as the scrapper can go all the way to the substrate level !!!
     
  14. doylecolmdoyle

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    Hi Nuno, can you share any tips on how you got you H. Pinnafida nice and bushy and compact, how did you trim the Pinna?

    Your tank is looking amazing as always!
     
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