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Fallen branch; regrowth.

Ady34

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Hello scapers :)
I thought I would create another journal after missing out my last scape.
A few months ago we made the decision to take down my sons aquariums as they unfortunately were showing little interest in maintaining them themselves and it was left to me.
So with two tanks down upstairs I got slightly itchy to have another for myself, and after a visit from George Farmer who publically suggested another, I got the go ahead from the Mrs. :cool:

The tank is an ADA 45p and fits in a nice little space at the base of my stairs in the hallway.
Due to space limitations I opted for the slightly narrower dimensions of the Ada tank, and chose an open fronted ‘woody’ cabinet from wio. This allows easy access and has no doors that need opening into the narrow hallway space.
The aesthetic of the woody cabinet also fits well in the hallway, although a coat of stain was required to colour suit it.

The raw wio woody cabinet:

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Stained with the tank added:
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Recently I have been inspired by fallen trees and branches so the scape was to be based loosely around this theme…..

Cheerio for now,
Ady.
 

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Looking forward to seeing how it develops! All your tanks are really gorgeous, especially LOVED the one you scaped for Horizon Aquatics so can't wait to see what you do with this one
 

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I think I preferred the stand before stain but I have notoriously bad taste.

My next scape is around the same theme so I’m waiting with anticipation to see where you go.
 

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Looking forward to seeing it, in name and description at least we seem to have similar inspirations :)
 

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Looking forward to seeing how it develops! All your tanks are really gorgeous, especially LOVED the one you scaped for Horizon Aquatics so can't wait to see what you do with this one
Thanks, yeah another scape with the same inspiration, I have a few scapes in mind as a series.
That scape at @Horizon Aquatics i named ‘the fallen branch’. I had already purchased the hardscape a while ago from @Scaped Nature to rescape my 1500 in the future with ‘the fallen tree’ and this little scape is ‘the fallen branch; regrowth’.

Horizon scape:
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Here’s a link to the video build of ‘the fallen branch’ at Horizon Aquatics:


I feel privileged to have been offered the opportunity to create scapes in their gallery. I did a ryoboku one a while ago also in a 45p with hornwood which has matured nicely:
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I think I preferred the stand before stain but I have notoriously bad taste.

My next scape is around the same theme so I’m waiting with anticipation to see where you go.
That’s the beauty of those cabinets, you can leave them or stain to suit.
They are nice raw and are treated but I felt it was too light compared to the surroundings.

Looking forward to seeing it, in name and description at least we seem to have similar inspirations :)
Awesome, I took it walking the dog. Some fallen branches over a stream that then sprouted new growth.
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With this in mind I purchased a rather uninspiring but correctly shaped piece of Talawa wood, some nano detailing wood and some ice age stone to weigh it all down and set to epoxying a bespoke hardscape piece……
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Cheerio,
 

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I wanted to make the hardscape for this tank as finding a single wood piece which would offer the look I wanted would have been impossible. Building the more complicated hardscape I wanted in a small tank would also make maintenance difficult so I wanted to ensure everything was solid and would stand up to a few knocks from hands in the tank.

To construct the hardscape I first bonded the largest ice age stone to the Talawa wood. This will hold the whole construction down in the initial stages before the wood is waterlogged.
The Talawa wood has large areas still covered in bark. To make bonding more successful I scored and removed any bark from these areas…
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I added a couple of pieces each night over the course of three nights. This was to ensure full curing of the epoxy so I could add the hardscape to the tank and check where I wanted to add the next pieces without knocking them off. I also used small amounts of faster drying superglue to hold the branches in place while the slower epoxy cured.
I crumbled little pieces of detailing roots and shavings over any visible joins to give a more natural look.
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I added detailing roots once all the nano wood was attached to finish it off….
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I eventually ended up with this single piece hardscape:
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And in the tank:
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Next was choosing lighting and equipment and finalising a plant list and substrate choice. I had an initial vision of how I wanted the scape but there seemed to be a lot of potential options with this one…..
 
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Lighting was the next big decision.
I wanted a different aesthetic to what I have on my other tanks. This alongside protruding wood and limited access lead me down a hanging unit. This had the benefit of fitting the surroundings also with the vertical element from the staircase balustrade behind the tank.
I wanted something that was a little subtle also so opted for the Aqua Illumination prime freshwater in white. It is a small hanging unit which blends into the space nicely but plenty powerful enough for this tank.

I used a plum line and the tank centre point to ensure I hung the light in the correct place:
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Once the light was sorted I could think more about planting and substrates as it gave me a better idea of shadowing.

I did have an initial plan for substrate but I have umm’d and ahhh’d about it for a while.
This layout lends itself to so many styles so I’ve been backwards and forwards between full soil and sand and shale and back again.
I was unsure whether to keep the ‘bridge’ formation or not 🤷🏼‍♂️ There is a ‘look through’ with the wood so that maintains an interest in that respect.
In the end I went with my original plan of a little sand with a heavy shale look and separate foreground and background areas for ease of construction. The tank hardscape lends itself to a hands out of the tank approach so I stuck with that philosophy 😃
The substrates used are:
Active: Tropica soil (normal topped with powder) over ADA power sand with additional supplements of tourmaline bc, Bacter 100 and clear super - magic powders to mature and stabilise the substrate - :nailbiting: not necessary but I have them and feel they do help.
Inactive: Ada Colorado sand, dennerle plantahunter rio xingu, river, and Ada aqua gravel.

Adding the sand, one shot at a time….a perfect tool for small tanks or limited access….
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Power sand added to the rear, keeping away from the visible edges of the tank:
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Adding the supplements:
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And all substrate added.
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This is now the journal up to date, I added substrate last night and am finalising plant choices.
I do enjoy the hardscaping phase and don’t mind taking time to enjoy the scape in its empty state.

Cheerio,
 

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Looking forward to this one i was at horizon yesterday admiring your scapes, i was actually going to PM you and ask what stones you used around the bottom of the frodo on the fallen branch, i also seen the wio stand at horizon and they look great but looks even better stained to match your interior decor.

Cant wait to see planted 👍
 

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Looking forward to this one i was at horizon yesterday admiring your scapes, i was actually going to PM you and ask what stones you used around the bottom of the frodo on the fallen branch, i also seen the wio stand at horizon and they look great but looks even better stained to match your interior decor.

Cant wait to see planted 👍
Cheers Dean, the new one at horizon is going through the ‘ugly duckling’ phase at the moment but is showing signs of life now so won’t be long until it blossoms into a swan :)
The graded gravel is dennerle plantahunter rio xingu, same as what I’ve used in this little 45p.
The wio stands are basic but fit in certain situations perfectly. I really like it but have now removed the two lower shelves to allow space for the superjet filter and co2 bottle :cool:
With the open stand it seemed fitting to utilise an Ada filter again as it looks so nice :)
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Cheerio,
 

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Very nice 👌 and thanks for that I was looking but could match up and James and Nicole wernt there to ask so will get some of that 😁 also filter looks great in there perfect or open cabinet
 

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Very nice 👌 and thanks for that I was looking but could match up and James and Nicole wernt there to ask so will get some of that 😁 also filter looks great in there perfect or open cabinet
There is none of that particular type of graded gravel left at horizon currently :banghead:
 

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Thanks mate will keep eye out and get when they stock back up 😁
 
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