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Dou's Various Tanks (ADA 60P, Do!Aqua MiniM+Cube, 90x30x36, etc.)

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Doubu, 24 Jul 2016.

  1. CooKieS

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    Awesome landscape , I like the plant sélection!
     
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  2. alex08

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    So, so nice! :wideyed:
     
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  3. zgmarkozg

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    all the tanks looks great!
     
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  4. Doubu

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    75CM Beginning: The feeling and idea that I'm trying to create is that of the edge of a forest and the emergence of an open clearing. It's been freshly planted - with lots of plants originally grown emersed (so I'm expecting some melt... but hopefully not too much). There are also some background plants that you can't see - in a few months hopefully they grow up and fill out to give more of a "covered" feel. Of course... I am bound to change my mind a bit and move things around (along with adding or removing plants), typical me x).

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  5. CooKieS

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    Stone placement can be better overall, especially in the front right.

    Otherwise nice start, I really like the woods!
     
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  6. Doubu

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    Thanks for the feedback. I think I'm gonna remove the majority of the stones there actually, it's a bit too much everywhere after sitting on it. And going to move a couple pieces of wood too.


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  7. Doubu

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    75CM Adjustments - 4 hours later... I think I'm happy for now, may tweak a couple things here and there but I feel that it looks much more natural. I was hesitant to go all in but with a little nudge, I ended up snapping a lot of branches (thanks to a friend for providing feedback)... There's also actually a bunch of crypt balansae planted in the very far back - which I am envisioning to fill the top section and take up space/provide more cover. Still looking for the elusive ferns.

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  8. Doubu

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    I made more changes to the 75cm... but no photo yet. Buying a boom light to see if the photo comes out better..

    In the mean time, updates to the 45P:
    - Added Taiwan Bee Shrimps. I noticed as I was acclimating them they started to scurry like they were trying to escape, I tested the water and there was 0.25ppm ammonia - so I put them into a net and placed them into my Do!Aqua cube to hold. Its parameters were set for CRS/CBS so I wasn't too worried.
    - I'm not sure where the ammonia came from, as my bucket of aged water also had some readings... but my paranoia in making sure they were okay helped me introduce them successfully. After doing a full 90% WC + remineralization + 8 hours later, ammonia levels were 0 and in they went to their new home. Hard to count but I don't think I had too many casualties.
    - I also added an AC20 to the tank. The Eheim 150 that's currently running with it was also running for 3 months or so, so seeing the ammonia was a bit shocking. I read that using prime can also affect this reading, for now I am just being extra careful
    - My foreground plants aren't doing as well as I thought they would, so I am now considering what I should do. I'm thinking that I may add more sand and add anubias petites up front. I am hesitant to make too many changes as I want to make sure its new inhabitants are as happy as can be.

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  9. CooKieS

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    Awesome photography skills! What´s your gear please? :)
     
  10. Doubu

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    Nikon D3200 with standard kit lens (18-55mm)... =D. My background is in graphic design so I know how to add detail back in, fix colours, etc. but no matter what I am still having trouble editing the photo to what I actually see in real life. This is probably because I don't have adequate lighting which I'm trying to fix... The other issue is that the lens causes distortion in the glass shape itself (like turns a square into a convex square) - so I actually warp it back into a square shape (along with fixing skewing, etc.). For the photos of fish and shrimp, I'm usually using a 35mm lens. I don't really know much about cameras themselves, only what I use now (and what my spouse teaches me haha).
     

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