45cm Garden Cube Nature Scape

Beni

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Jul 22, 2017
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This will be my third aquascape, and the first using an open top garden cube. I learnt a lot from my last two attempts and am really excited to have a good quality tank and equipment to scape for the first time (my last tank was makeshift / modified and didn't really work that well).

The equipment used:

45cm cube Aquafire aquarium
Kessil A160 lighting
Tunze CO2 regulator + ADA ceramic diffuser
ADA Powersand Substrate
Cal Aqua labs aqua soil
Eheim classic 350 filter (am awaiting an upgrade to a Eheim Pro 3 250 as the classic doesn't have enough flow for my taste)

2nd
September 2017
The hardscape was complete and tank flooded. I wanted to cycle the tank without plants to get through the initial stage of brown gunk, diatoms etc before planting. Cycling was done completely with lights off.
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30 September 2017

Added 8 Darwin algae shrimp (Aus equivalent to amano shrimp). Aquarium had thin layer of brown gunk, and wood had some white fungus growing. Shrimp made short work of the clean up :)



5th October 2017

Planting day! I ordered the following online:

Utricularia graminifolia for main carpet
Blyxa japonica
Glossostigma elatinoides
Ludwigia repens
Persicaria sp. 'Sao Paulo'
Anubias nana
Native Weeping Moss
Hygrophila corymbosa 'Kompakt'

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11th October 2017

Almost a week in from planting and things are going well. I think cycling the tank before planting was a massive plus as the initial algae from cycling etc doesn't seem to be an issue at all, but I will monitor this.

So far I'm happy with results and the general layout, I look forward to hearing what you guys think :)

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Junior Poster
Jul 14, 2008
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Looking good, give it some time and your tank is going to look great. I have 2 A160 on my 90 P and really dig them.