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'Eruption'

Gary Nelson

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Well I thought I had best put some up to date photos on, they are not the best quality and CO2 was on at the time I took them. I have a few days holiday now so will concentrate on getting some better quality ones added this week.

I did a 2.5hr maintenance session on Friday after work and decided to remove the moss from around the front rock areas and tweak the smaller pieces of wood - I think it looks allot better and a bit more natural looking too. Overall I am a little bit more happier about this scape now... it is in no way perfect though! I feel I am still learning allot with this set up, along with the lighting system, it is completely different to what I learnt on my old corner scapes.... and a little bit out of my comfort zone. I already have a few ideas whizzing around my head for another scape, but I will let this run a while longer yet and see if I can learn a bit more before moving on.

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Croaking Gourami - I added 6 of these and love um! I have heard them croaking and its quite a fascinating sound coming from such a tiny fish.
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5 Banded Barb.
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Stunning scape, love this one, reminds me of the one Edis did for the first Aquatics Live, this is something I would love top try in the future also :) congrats :clap: :clap:
 

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Stunning scape, love this one, reminds me of the one Edis did for the first Aquatics Live, this is something I would love top try in the future also :) congrats :clap: :clap:
Thanks Paulo :thumbup:
Really looks the biz Gary, well done...nice to see a Crinum making an appearance!
Cheers Ian, yeah I thought I would give the Crinum a go, I wanted to try one in the Trigon, but was not able to get a decent one at the time.... it will probably get to big for this scape though! :(
 

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amazing scape love the pics keem em coming, what maintenance do you do Gary water chance wipe glass with clock and stones and wood etc with brush and trim ?

Dean
 

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amazing scape love the pics keem em coming, what maintenance do you do Gary water chance wipe glass with clock and stones and wood etc with brush and trim ?

Dean
Cheers Dean, yes I'm hoping to get some better ones taken this week now that I've a bit more time to play about with my camera.
My maintenance is nothing really special, I do a 50% water change once a week and as it's draining I use an old credit card to wave around the bottom to create a gentle current to dislodge any waste and hover it up, along with a glass clean... I check the plants are ok and remove anything that does not look so good. Only recently I used a hard bristle tooth brush on the rocks.... I think this will be a monthly task though, rather than weekly though. I tend to leave the wood alone as I prefer it to have a few bits of green on as I think it looks more natural and gives it the aged look.
Moss on the wood is tidied up every 2 weeks were it needs it, again siphoning up trimmings. I normally clean my filter weekly the day before all the above happens, so when I do the tank clean the filter is all done and good to go - it's all a bit regimented and the mrs looks at me gone out sometimes, but it works and only takes me around 45 - 60 minutes.
 

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Cheers Dean, yes I'm hoping to get some better ones taken this week now that I've a bit more time to play about with my camera.
My maintenance is nothing really special, I do a 50% water change once a week and as it's draining I use an old credit card to wave around the bottom to create a gentle current to dislodge any waste and hover it up, along with a glass clean... I check the plants are ok and remove anything that does not look so good. Only recently I used a hard bristle tooth brush on the rocks.... I think this will be a monthly task though, rather than weekly though. I tend to leave the wood alone as I prefer it to have a few bits of green on as I think it looks more natural and gives it the aged look.
Moss on the wood is tidied up every 2 weeks were it needs it, again siphoning up trimmings. I normally clean my filter weekly the day before all the above happens, so when I do the tank clean the filter is all done and good to go - it's all a bit regimented and the mrs looks at me gone out sometimes, but it works and only takes me around 45 - 60 minutes.

thanks for that gary very helpful, always curious about what everyone does as no one really mentions it, i think my next scape is going to be similar a island scape i really like them and urs in a beauty, looking forward to pics mate

Dean
 

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such a pedantic look :)
love the scape. I'll keep quite better about y'r
fancy things in cabinet. lol. lovely setup
 

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Hiya
Could you point me where did you get these dosing bottles from? I am looking to buy few of them for my ferts.

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Hiya
Could you point me where did you get these dosing bottles from? I am looking to buy few of them for my ferts.

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Hi Lukasz, I bought them off eBay a while ago now, they came from HK and we're not expensive from what I remember - to be honest they are very similar to the 500ml ADA ones.
 

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Really like the improvements you made, small tweaks but they make a huge difference and add to the natural feeling. Good call to remove the mossy rocks at the front I think as they made it look a bit 'square'.
It's looking really beautiful!
 
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Hey Gary,
Interested to see how this tank is doing?

How are the Maxspect R420R's ( Always takes me ages to write that, as I have to remember what number resembles what letter :lol: ) Performing?
Are you getting good healthy plant Growth? What Colour temperature are your lights? are they the 10k?

Cheers,
Nathaniel
 

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Hey Gary,
Interested to see how this tank is doing?

How are the Maxspect R420R's ( Always takes me ages to write that, as I have to remember what number resembles what letter :lol: ) Performing?
Are you getting good healthy plant Growth? What Colour temperature are your lights? are they the 10k?

Cheers,
Nathaniel

Hi Nath, yes the light is great... the one I have is the 8000K model, which I've found is just right and plants are responding well so far, although I'm not running them at full power - I've a 7hr light period at 60% with a 2hr burst to 80% in the middle of the 7hrs.

The only thing I have noticed is a tiny lack of light spread over my tank, so I'm considering getting a light stand.... Although this still has to be finally approved by the gaffer! (The mrs)
 

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