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Jasons Lower Tech Scape

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Jason King, Feb 24, 2017.

  1. Jason King

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    Due to me being busy with personal things in life i have decided to go lower tech for now.


    The whole idea of this scape is for it to be lowish tech hense the plants used, co2 will not hurt but no daily trimming etc, once a week ferts


    For fauna I have, cherry shrimp, Amano Shrimp, Ottos, SAEs, Bristlenose plecos, Assassin snails, tiger shrimp..


    Planned fish are 50+ cardinal tetras and maybe? my black phantom tetras


    Here are some images to give you an idea :)


    Behind the scenes, making of the aquascape..


    Rocks, wood, sand and hygrolon.


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    Dry start for two weeks for the mini pelia on the rocks


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    Yesterday i planted the tank.


    Plants being used below water..


    Microsorum pteropus "Green Gnome"


    Bucephalandra sp. "Mini Needle Leaf"


    Fontinalis antipyretica


    Microsorum pteropus 'Trident'


    Hygrophila pinnatifida


    Microsorum pteropus 'Petit'


    Eleocharis sp. 'Mini'


    Lilaeopsis brasiliensis


    Lilaeopsis mauritiana


    Glossostigma elatinoides


    Riccardia sp. 'Coral moss'


    Microsorum pteropus


    Floating plant Hygroryza aristata


    Plants being used above water.


    Neoregelia Akeso Mini Bromeliads


    Pleurothallis grobyi Mini Orchids


    Pleurothallis yucatanensis Mini Orchids


    Stelis species Peru Mini Orchids


    Button peperomia 'Peperomia prostrata'


    Ficus Panama


    Eleocharis sp. 'Mini'


    Some phone camera shots


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    Above water


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    Great tank...good way to grow some of those difficult orchids, rare ferns, etc. Been planning a low tech myself since I realized many of these co2 needy aquatics will grow well without it, although slower, if I stick to the same housekeeping rules, etc I use for co2 tanks. ADA AS in the planted areas is a definitely beneficial. I'll be following this one...thanks.
     
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    Looking good Jason :)
     
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    Wow. Looks incredible!
     
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  5. Jason King

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    Thanks guys, it's will develop a lot slower than normal but that comes with lower maintenance, lower tech setups :)


    Also added a Vriesea correia-araujoi Bromeliad.
     
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    Looks great! People want lots of lush growth but don't realize that means much more attention and maintenance. I like the low tech myself. More enjoyment with less work.
     
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    Looks great man. Are you planning any additional fish? All those holes and crevices would be perfect for some Rams or dwarf cichlids
     
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    It looking good.


    If u want to make it litle beter , resize the islands..


    Keep one big and other smaller, now its the same.
     
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    Thanks burr


    On top of the clean up crew, I now have 60 Cardinal tetras but I've been thinking of a few slightly larger compatible fish, pair, trio?


    Recommendations are welcome as I'm undecided, Rams are nice.
     
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    Thanks Nic


    It was my thought to have a 1/3 2/3 island scape originally but in the end I decided on the 1/2 1/2 scape, the only reason I was a lot happier with the 1/2 1/2 after playing around I felt the depth seemed better this way.
     
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    I've now added mini Xmas moss to the Emersed wood eventually it should cover the sphagnum moss I used as a orchid substrate,


    The sphagnum moss and hygrolon act as a sponge allowing the water from the tank to reach the orchids, Bromeliads, ficus etc.


    The end result should be.. greener fresher looking.


    As this tank is already cycled I've also added all my clean up crew and Cardinal tetras.


    3x Bristlenose Plecs


    5x SAE


    10x Ottos


    4x Peppered Cory


    20+ Amano Shrimp


    10+ Tiger Shrimp


    20+ RCS


    60 Cardinal Tetras


    And maybe 3 Rams later..


    Fully stocked? :) Including the sump its +-450 Litres.


    Some clean up crew will be moved to another tank in the future when things here are back to normal and time allows me to work on another tank.
     
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    This is fantastic Jason, you really have talent with scaping man!


    Quick question: where did you get those fantastic rocks and wood?


    Subscribed of course :)
     
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    Thanks Fab :)


    The rock was sold as Galapagos rock it's very similar to black lava rock in texture and looks almost the same but much heavier in weight, I got them from Germany a while back.


    The wood is Californian manzanita from some guy called Tom Barr ;)
     
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    Wow, very. Ice rocks indeed... And for the wood, I didn't know Tom can ship that stuff over sea! Fantastic indeed :)


    I am wondering if you had to "cure" it to avoid having it floating...
     
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    I had it sitting in a large bucket for a few weeks but most of it is glued/siliconed into position.
     
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    Oh, ok, good to know. I have never handled it, this helps in case I wanna go that way. Thank you Jason!
     
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    I have seen similar rock at my LFS but I went with lava rock.


    Love how you have your wood wrapped around the rocks. Going to do something similar when I have a large tank.
     
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    My man.


    Top shots look exceptional.


    mid ground needs some filling in, you plan? if so, choices of plants?
     
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    Thanks Dennis,


    At the moment I'm just going to wait and see currently the crypt minima, dhg, Lilaeopsis etc are growing there and will fill in, slowly as it's lower tech setup.


    Ok the dhg will look abit wilder than a high tech but that the plan as it's​ not a golf course Scape ;)
     
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    Some updated phone images and great progress with the emersed Growth :)


    Ficus is showing new leaves, orchids are showing new leaves, moss is spreading and much more.


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    Need to add some more moss to the Emersed branches but everything seems good so far :)
     
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