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60cube with fissidens and bolbitus

Discussion in 'Aquatic Plant Species' started by Tom Barr, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. Tom Barr

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    [​IMG]

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    Dwarf belem hairgrass is a good choice here.

    Needs to grow in towards the rear more still.
    Likely ought to hack the fissidens back some too.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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    Nice! Especially inspiring in that iI've only seen this style -- vertical hardscape, mountainous moss/fissidens -- done so strickingly in what seem to be tanks by folks in the East. L-o-v-e the level of maintenance. I do not favor the foreground: I get this sense it is too tidy for the magic that comes above it, but overall still one of my favorites from many favorites of your tanks. Dare I say it: completely unexpected. More pics!
     
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    Nice tank. You have my vote for Aquascaper of the month October ;)

    regards,
    dutchy
     
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    Tom, what substrate do you use in this tank?
     
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    I chose belem hairgrass because, well, I can sell it easily, and it only gets 1-2cm tall.
    It has a nice color contrast.

    The Fissidens is a weed that got loose really, but it looks okay in there.
    I'll move the rest of the Hygro porto velho out of the rear and allow the grass to grow around the back and trim the bolbitus up some.

    It's not much work.

    It has black flourite sand.

    You cannot see them, but there's a dozen leopard frog plecos in here.
    I have about 15 caves drilled into the wood and in the grotto in the back.

    There's also a lot of RCS, maybe 200 in here.
    Without more light, no way to get the Brass tetras in focus, they are very active.'

    Regards,
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    I chose belem hairgrass because, well, I can sell it easily, and it only gets 1-2cm tall.
    It has a nice color contrast.

    The Fissidens is a weed that got loose really, but it looks okay in there.
    I'll move the rest of the Hygro porto velho out of the rear and allow the grass to grow around the back and trim the bolbitus up some.

    It's not much work.

    It has black flourite sand.

    You cannot see them, but there's a dozen leopard frog plecos in here.
    I have about 15 caves drilled into the wood and in the grotto in the back.

    There's also a lot of RCS, maybe 200 in here.
    Without more light, no way to get the Brass tetras in focus, they are very active.'

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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    Beautifully done! [​IMG]

    Tom, I have an ADA 45-C that will be up and running pretty soon, I'm working on the stand now. If you don't mind I'll be pm'ing you about some of your trimmings.

    I'm not surprised about your tank... you always have something up your sleeves :cool:

    Dan
     
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    Awful. Awful. ;-)

    Hey Tom, I assume you have a DIY needle wheel (RIO) tucked down in the back left-hand corner? And the power head at the top left is just for a bit of movement and surface ripple?

    I love the foreground, looks awesome.
     
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    Ah...I think I've just spotted a disc diffuser!
     
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    No needle wheel in this tank.
    Just the one disc(AM 50mm)

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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    Are they shorter than Japanese Hairgrass or are they identical plants ? Please advise. TIA.
     
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    How do you get the CO2 evenly distributed with the HOB filter? Do you have to inject a high amount?
    I LOVE the hardscape on this one, very natural!
     
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    I suppose they are the same, if they curve back and only get 2-3cm max, then yes.

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    I use a Wet/dry filter not a HOB filter.

    There is about 300gph through the filter, then another 200 gph running through the powerhead near the top.

    Unfortunately, the moss and the tiny bit of Riccia has infested this tank.
    I think I'll have to tear the entire tank down and pick and clean everything that goes back in it.

    No way to remove it from the grass.
    I can knock it back and live with it, but it will be a weedy mess.

    I hate weeds that infest other weeds:)
     
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    Very Nice!
     
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    Great looking tank, love the different textures....
     
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    Tom

    Could you provide some pix and tech details of the w/d filters you've been using lately?

    Thanks

    Jim
     
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    Very nice tank.
     
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    I removed the Hairgrass and added C parva now.

    The Riccia and moss infested the grass way too much to handle.

    I also removed the brass tetras and now have coral ark pencils which do nicely in here.

    I will sell the tank shortly and replace it and the other 60 Cube with a 70 Gal rimless starfire tank like the 120 ADA like tank and the 60p ADA.

    These tanks will be 36L x 24D x 18H. Same filters and all, ADA AS, I likely will DIY some LED's for these though, but for now, I'll use the 4x 24W Tek lights.
     
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