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45cm Garden Cube Nature Scape

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Beni, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. Beni

    Beni Member
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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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  2. Beni

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    I love seeing this when I first get home, is it too much to want to get another setup in the space to the right? :)

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  3. jsarrow

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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.
     
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