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Viv 45p, whispering nature

CooKieS

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Hi there,

I recently rescaped my Viv 45p, it was very cool to recreate an local river in it with ‘childhood memories’ but I was starting to get bored by it sooo…

Equipment:
Viv 45p sized tank
Led from Frok, model T1M
Filter from sunsun hw602b
Pressurized co2 with planted box regulator

Hardscape:
Juniperus wood roots from south of France
spider wood roots
Ancient stones
Ada gravel, Aquael gravel and unbranded gravel
Unbranded White sand
Tropica powder soil with lava stones under it


Here’s the actual state of the tank,
Day one: blank canvas
Day 2: Hardscape done
Day 3: added soil and sand
Day 4: filled with water and starting the dark start method (running the filter without light, co2 and ferts for approximate 3 to 4 weeks before planting)

Hope you’ll enjoy it!

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Cheers
Thierry
 
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Ady34

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Incredible hardscape.
Looking forward to a few weeks time for planting.
Great job Thierry.
 

Leoki

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Possibly a stupid question, but how do you keep the roots in place?
Do you have to use the jjuniper roots, or can you use the branches?
 

CooKieS

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Incredible hardscape.
Looking forward to a few weeks time for planting.
Great job Thierry.
Thanks Ady! :)
Possibly a stupid question, but how do you keep the roots in place?
Do you have to use the jjuniper roots, or can you use the branches?
They are glued with cyanoacrylate glue and cig filters ;)
You can use both branches and roots as long as it’s ‘dead’, It’s an beautiful wood that doesn’t leach tannins and rot-proof, I think manzanita is very similar 👍
 

CooKieS

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Hello there,

Thanks a lot for your support folks…much appreciated. :)

Updated: the darkstart has been a real pleasure; I only changed 80% of water once in 3 weeks, had some fungus on the wood, I just siphoned it.
I added prodibio bacteria during week 2.
The tank is now ready to be planted, I’m waiting for Dennerle plants to come this week, I’ve selected lots of plants that I haven’t used before. ;)

Pic during the only waterchange and from today, enjoy your Sunday evening folks!

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CooKieS

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Hi there and happy new year 2022!

I’m sorry for the lack of updates on this one, for some reason I had an diatoms outbreak on this one at week 3 until week 5, not sure if that’s related to a new all in one fertilizer that I’m trying and/or lack of co2 and lots of organic detritus coming from the wood.

In order to help I did this:
50% weekly waterchange instead of 30%
Stopped liquid all in one fertilizer
Added more co2

The outbreak is now over and the plants are coming back to good growth! :)

Livestock is in since 2 weeks too, I’ve choosen micro predators in this one;
4 tetraodon travancoricus
3 bumblebee goby

Very amazing fishes to observe and keep!

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Cheers
Thierry
 

Libba

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Hi there and happy new year 2022!

I’m sorry for the lack of updates on this one, for some reason I had an diatoms outbreak on this one at week 3 until week 5, not sure if that’s related to a new all in one fertilizer that I’m trying and/or lack of co2 and lots of organic detritus coming from the wood.

In order to help I did this:
50% weekly waterchange instead of 30%
Stopped liquid all in one fertilizer
Added more co2

The outbreak is now over and the plants are coming back to good growth! :)

Livestock is in since 2 weeks too, I’ve choosen micro predators in this one;
4 tetraodon travancoricus
3 bumblebee goby

Very amazing fishes to observe and keep!

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Cheers
Thierry

Hey Thierry,

From my experience diatoms have nothing to do with nutrients. They just show up until the tanks microbiome is more mature and then they are eventually outcompeted by other micro-organisms and disappear. The process seems to happen more quickly with higher light. With low light tanks they seem to hang around for longer.
 

CooKieS

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Hi,
Yes it’s true, they usually disappear when tank is more mature. Sometimes it can really take some time and sometimes it isn’t really happening, for now I don’t know exactly why. A lots of fast growing plants really seems to help against diatoms in the beginning.

Anyway, the tank is now ‘balanced’, and I’m enjoying the vibrant colors of the plants under the frok led, here’s an shot from my mirrorless cam without any editing ;

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Still hasn’t started the fertilization…

Have a nice week!
Cheers
Thierry
 
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