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#1 Bostave

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Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:04 PM

30/6/2016
 
Hi all, I have decided to participate in this year's PCS aquascaping competition. I am setting up my tank with things won at the PCS raffle and plants, rocks, accessories from my storage and my other tanks. I love Cryptocoryne and Aponogetons but for the obvious reasons the latter won't be in this aquascape. I will include few varieties of crypts.
 
Tank: ADA Cube Garden Mini - 36x22x26cm / 4mm optiwhite glass
Hardscape: rocks, driftwood
Co2: daily addition of carbonated water (50 ml) 
Lighting: ADA Aquasky 361
Filtration: Tetra whisper 10i internal filter. 
Heating: Eheim Jager 25 watts
Substrate: ADA Amazon - Penac P & W and tourmaline 
Ferts per day: Seachem trace, Seachem NPK, 
Critters: High grade carbon rili with blue genes, otocinclus, may get some Chocolate Gourami later.
plants to include - Cryptocoryne varieties ( to be named after deciding which ones will actually be used in the aquascape), Bolbitis heudelotii, Microsorum pteropus, Eriocaulon sp., Blyxa japonica, few other stem plants (to be decided)

 
Tank 
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Tank with the light on
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Plants, shrimps and the otocinclus will mostly come from these two tanks
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Since there is lot of debris and bit of small sticks, I lightly wash my ADA soil and keep the soil in a bucket of water until ammonia is neutralized.
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This makes it easy to change the water in the bucket with ada soil more frequently and reduce the waiting time required to lower the ammonia level.
 
That's it for now, more to follow after the soil goes into the tank. Thank you.
 


Edited by Bostave, 18 July 2016 - 02:20 PM.


#2 Bostave

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 04:22 PM

8/7/2013

Hi all,
A few changes to the aquascape;
Utricularia graminiflora to be used a fore ground carpet plant.
Ista water fertiliser 10c to replace seachem NPK.
Crystal red shrimp to replace high grade carbon rilis.

Still waiting for the ada soil to stop releasing ammonia.
I have been playing with driftwood and the rock for a better composition and placement in the tank.

Thanks for reading.


Edited by Bostave, 18 July 2016 - 02:22 PM.


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Posted 18 July 2016 - 02:16 PM

18/7/2016

 

The Ammonia reading for the Ada Amazonia is 1 ppm.

 

I have a few days off so decided to lay the foundation.

 

This was how the tank was left in the earlier post.Attached File  1 (Custom).JPG   34.26KB   11 downloads

 

The washed Ada soil was placed in the tank. I forgot to take a photograph of the tank sprinkled with  Penac P & W and tourmaline. Attached File  2 (Custom).JPG   44.22KB   12 downloads

 

The Ada soil was leveled. Attached File  3 (Custom).JPG   40.19KB   12 downloads

The soil mountain in the middle was intentional. The driftwood with Bolbitis heudelotti would be placed to the left of the soil mountain and the rock structure to it's right.

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These are the rocks that would constitute the rocky hardscape. I wanted to embed these horizontally into the soil but that have left hardly any room for the plants that I intended to plant in this aquascape.Attached File  5 (Custom).JPG   61.82KB   11 downloads The rocks  placed in the aquarium. Attached File  6 (Custom).JPG   44.83KB   11 downloads

 

The driftwood with Bolbitis heudelotii take out from my other tank. The plant was trimmed, washed and then placed in the aquarium.Attached File  7 (Custom).JPG   82.13KB   16 downloadsAttached File  8 (Custom).JPG   44.9KB   15 downloadsAttached File  9 (Custom).JPG   41.15KB   14 downloads

 

The tank was then filled with water and left for the turbidity to clear.Attached File  10 (Custom).JPG   37.6KB   14 downloadsAttached File  11 (Custom).JPG   41.29KB   16 downloadsAttached File  12 (Custom).JPG   41.38KB   15 downloads

 

I will installed the heater and filter later today. Once the temperature is 26 degree Celsius, I will start planting the crypts. 

 

Thank you for reading.


Edited by Bostave, 18 July 2016 - 02:44 PM.


#4 Bostave

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 07:27 PM

18/7/2016

 

Hi again,

 

So as per the previous entry of this journal, I have installed a 25 watt Eheim heater and Tetra whisper 10i filter. The filter was bought from US and hence required a step-down transformer to be used with it. The heater and the filter were switched on this evening and hopefully the water will be crystal clear with a few hours. 

 

The photographs attached below show the installed heater and filter as well as illuminated tank. The last photograph shows the filter in operation. I am considering buying a ADA canister filter and lily pipes. 

 

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I will be using Ista water plant fertilizer which I won at the recent PCS raffle. Urea, Magnesium sulphate,  Ammonium sulphate, Monoammonium phosphate, Monopotassium phosphate are the ingredients in this product and will provide the the tank with the necessary N-P-K requirements while Seachem trace will provide the trace nutrients.

 

The carbon dioxide will be added through the addition of carbonated water until I get my hands on some Utricularia  graminiflora. After which, I will install a nano CO2 unit. The reason being the crypts and ferns are slow growing plants with low or no nutrient and CO2 requirement.

 

I am now reconsidering the shrimps in the tank and might keep blue velvet shrimps as they are more hardy than the crystal shrimps especially in summer months.

 

I will add the crypts tomorrow

 

Thank you.

 

 



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Posted 19 July 2016 - 07:14 PM

19/07/2016

 

Hi,

The tank cleared nicely this morning. Attached File  1 (Custom).JPG   67.78KB   9 downloadsAttached File  2 (Custom).JPG   66.98KB   9 downloads

 

I commenced planting this afternoon.The plants were washed, old leaves and roots were removed. Photographs of the plants prior to planting.Attached File  a (Custom).JPG   125.49KB   10 downloadsAttached File  b (Custom).JPG   92.91KB   9 downloadsAttached File  c (Custom).JPG   90.1KB   10 downloadsAttached File  d (Custom).JPG   109.3KB   9 downloads

 

The photograph below show the final lay-out of the planted aquascape.

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Once I was satisfied with the lay-out, I added 20 ml of Ista water plant fertilizer, 10 ml of seachem trace and 500 ml of carbonated water.

 

I will wait for a few weeks for the plants to established themselves and then I may change or add a few more plants.

 

I have been looking at nano canister filters this morning and once I have the funds for it, I will plant more plants in the location of current filter.

 

A short video

 

Please comment on my aquascape in the comment threads so I can improve on my aquascape.

 

Thank you.


Edited by Bostave, 19 July 2016 - 07:47 PM.


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Posted 04 August 2016 - 03:34 PM

4/8/16

 

Hi,

Just a update of my tank, the cryptocoryne plants melted after four days. I waited for few days for the melt to cease and then removed the dead plant tissues. 

So this is what it looked this morning,

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I should have limited the number of crypts in the tank but since I just love them I went a bit far. So, I decided to get some stem plants namely, Syngonanthus sp belem, S. sp manaus, S. sp madeira, Tonina fluviatlis, Rotala sp.colourata, Ludigia arcuata and a few more which I will name if they make it into the aquascape. I also finally got Utricularia graminiflora (UG).Attached File  4 (Large).JPG   28.06KB   9 downloads

 

UG was removed from the mesh, segregated and then planted in smaller groups in the front and sides of the tank.

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Later 30 ml of the Ista water plant fertiliser and 10 mls of the Seachem trace were pored into the tank. This was followed by 500 ml of carbonated water. I will be adding  fertilisers and CO2  more frequently until UG gets established. After that the stem plants mentioned in this post will be added to the aquascape. The plants have been selected on the intensities of green colours, shapes and a few to add red colour to the aquascape.

 

 Thank you for reading and looking forward for comments.



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Posted 17 August 2016 - 08:14 PM

17/08/16

 

Hi All, 

The mini garden aquascape was redone this evening.

The Cryptocoryne species were removed and replaced with stem plants. I wanted to adopt the Dutch style of aquascaping.

 

The plants came from a tank that had snails in it. Hence the plants were rinsed and soaked in water to which snail-rid was added.

 

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Prior to planting

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Plant rinse and snail-rid station

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Plants during the rinse

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Rinsed plants after planting in the mini garden

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Final layout

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I will add the names of the plants in this post tomorrow and attach a video as well.

 

30 mls of Ista water pant fertilizer was added along with CO2. 

 

Thank you for reading, Cheers

 

A special thanks to Mattia for bringing my CO2  cylinder to the meeting.

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Posted 19 August 2016 - 04:41 PM

19/08/2016

 

Hi,

 

Sorry for the delay in naming the plants and uploading the video.

 

The plants that made into the tank are  Hygrophila corymbosa 'Kompakt', Hygrophila corymbosa 'Anustifolia', Murdannia sp 'red', Persicaria sp ' Sal Paulo', Tonina fluviatilis, Syngnognanthus sp (Belem, Madeira and Manaus), Ludwigia arcuata, Bolbitis heudolitii, Utricularia graminiflora, Blyxa japonica and Alternanthera reineckii.

 

The video

 

 

I am going to wait until the plant grow. The fertilization regime 20mls of Ista water plant fertilizer and 5 mls of seachem trace. CO2 for 3-4 hours and light 8 hours each day.

 

No shrimps or fish still.

 

Thank you.

 

 



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Posted 14 September 2016 - 05:26 PM

14/09/16

 

Hi,

 

Just an update on my mini garden aquascape.

 

I introduced two pairs of high grade carbon rili shrimps in the aquascape. Also three Otocinclus were introduced. They cleaned the tanks surfaces, driftwood and the rocks of algae on the first night. 

 

The Utricularia graminiflora is doing really well and has established to my expectations. Actually all the plants are doing really well. 

 

I am happy with the layout . The Bolbitis in the middle is spreading nicely with the red plants in the backgrounds. Tonina and Sygnognanthus varietis are in the midground and break the flat layout of the carpet plants in the midground of the tank. 

 

I will be planting more taller red plants in the background after more powdered ADA substrate  is added in the front and normal ADA substrate is added in the back. 

 

The plants start pearling within 30 minutes of CO2 injection. 

 

I also have attached a small clump of Phoenix moss on the driftwood. 

 

My partner and a few friends who came over have said the the tank looks over-crowded. I cannot see that. So I am looking for your advice/opinions in the comments section.

 

I may not put any fish in there as I promised my partner to get permission to buy the altum angelfish that I won't buy a fish until we buy a house. Unfortunately, she remembers this.

 

I was unable to photograph the Otos as they hide behind the driftwood. Thank you for reading.

 

Photographs

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Video



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Posted 11 October 2016 - 02:32 PM

11/10/2016

 

Hi,

 

Update

 

Photos of the setup prior to changes. 

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Utricularia graminiflora has been growing well and had started to rise at certain intervals. So I sprinkled some Amazonia powder over it to push it in the gravel. A small amount of the powder (10 grams) was used to achieve this. Not worried about the ammonia spike from it.

 

The Bolbiltis was trimmed to keep it growing from centre and to prevent it from pushing the Persicaria  towards the filter.

 

Ludwigia berviceps was replaced with Rotala colourata. I like the red on the right hand side of the tank and wanted to balance with some red colour on the left. The different shades of green are in the center and in front of the red plants.

 

Photos

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The fertilization has been via the aqua-pic solution which I won at recent PCS raffle.

 

Thank you for reading. 

 

Cheers, 

Bostave



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Posted 07 November 2016 - 08:35 PM

7/11/16

 

Just an update. I have been trimming the stem plants, performing weekly water exchanges, fertilizing (weekly) and adding CO2 (daily).

 

Photographs

Complete tank

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Bit closer

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Utricularia graminiflora is growing well and has formed a dense carpet in the front

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More will follow in the next couple of weeks.

 

Thank you



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Posted 17 November 2016 - 02:46 PM

17/11/2016.

Hi,
A short video after a trim!
https://youtu.be/qX5Ofe0_cpc

 

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 08:37 PM

30/11/2016

 

Hi all,

 

Not much to report. 

 

The tank has matured well.

 

The foreground looks lush with UG. Tonina and Sygnonathus are doing well so are other plants.

 

Some crypts that were planted and melted are growing back.

 

The leftside of background was planted with Persicaria but it is growing slower than the ones planted near the filter. 

 

I had to introduce a common bristlenose catfish to remove the algae and he is doing much better job than the three Otocinclus (now back in with the shrimps). 

 

A short video of the aquascape

 

Thank you



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Posted 27 December 2016 - 12:24 PM

27/12/2016

 

Last entry of the competition and year.

 

Firstly, a big thank you to PCS for holding this competition. It was an excellent excuse for me to convince the Mrs to bring this tank from storage and use it. I have created aquascapes in the past but they have been in three feet tanks and over. So this was a challenge and a learning experience. The limitation of the tank volume restricted the placement of hardscape. The initial idea of keeping crypts seemed good as the pruning would be minimum (or none) as the older crypt leaves melt to nothing but the small volume of the water meant some variation of temperature enough for the whole crypts to melt.

 

The expense for the project was hardly anything. The tank, light (donated by Fishroom) and the ferts came from the PCS auctions (all sponsors), plants and shrimps and the two catfish species from my existing tanks, COrefill ($30) at Aquotix but it has been used on all tanks. 

 

About the  aquascape

It has matured well. I like the contrast between the different shades of green and the red on the sides in the back. Tonina and Sygnonathus offer brightly coloured and structurally beautiful plants in the front. The shrimps are thriving in the 'jungle'.

 

A video of the aquascape showing differnt sides of the aquarium and the growth of the plants.

 

 

I enjoyed being a part of this year's competition and it would have been great to have more entrants. I want to congratulate PCS for this competition and hope they continue to hold such competitions next year. 

 

Thank you. 






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