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Jasons Lower Tech Scape

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

  1. fablau

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    Love it Jason! For some reason I forgot about this fantastic thread! I back now!
     
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    Quick update ;) tanks doing good especially the Emersed plants since I changed over from the t5s to led, originally I had a problem with certain areas drying out too quick and for the first time I think I might have a orchid flower coming :D

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    Just a reminder that I'm only dosing ei light once a week after the water change.
     
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    lookin' good :D
     
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    It's hard to look at this and think lower tech..........

    Very nice scape Jason!
     
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  5. Jason King

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    Thanks :) its deff low tech, the plants used were all chosen for that reason. Microsurum, Bucephalandra, Cryptocoryne, The Pelia has taken six months to start showing signs of growth on the rocks but it's getting there.

    100% Tap water, weekly 50% water change and weekly ferts..

    I probably don't need to do so many water changes but it's not hurting so I'll stick to my routine.
     
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    Yeah I'm sure the cooler operation of the leds is helping keep the moisture in your emmersed beauties. You know, a little fog machine that they normally sell for like tree frog setups would look SICK in the emmersed area. Like just enough to spread across the surface but not enough to effect the light penetrating the water. Just a thought I've always wanted to do something like that.
     
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    Looking great Jason. Looking forward for the orchid blooming!

    One question about your weekly fertilization: do you fertilize macros and micros on different days? Different times?


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
     
  8. Jason King

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    Just testing the macro on my new phone..

    Random shots

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    Wow, a phone camera?

    Amazing quality.
     
  10. Jason King

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    Yes note 8, it's pretty impressive, better than my point and shoot. Canon 70d+ 100mm macro still wins for me but for quick shots I'm impressed.
     
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    Yeah very nice, still waiting on the fog machine though :D
     
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    Amazing phone indeed. I have never seen such macros images with a phone. Critters also look great ;)
     
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    :) If it was a sealed top I would certainly do this as I've used them for over ten years.

    I kept dart frogs and pygmy chameleons for years, terrariums were my thing and still are in a small way. But not live stock

    Using a fogger produces a lot of condensation and will caused damp on the walls and ceiling, also reduce the water level quickly unless it's a sealed tank, vivarium.

    Some very old photos..

    Pygmy Chameleon - Rhampholeon Viridis aka green dragon
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    Pygmy Chameleon - Rieppeleon Brevicaudatus
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    Dart Frog - Dendrobates auratus 'El Cope'
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    Dart Frog - Dendrobates leucomelas - Bumblebee
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    All these must be 8+ years ago
     
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    I agree Fab but I've not used any other phone camera since the note 3,4 and now 8
     
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    O and newts :)

    Japanese fire belly newts (Cynops pyrrhogaster)
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    Their paludarium..
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    I'm also working on new paludarium.. but not rushing it, it's one that will take a while.
     
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    Read the entire thread and glad to learn that it's possible to get lush green with medium light, inert sand and no CO2.

    As for low light level : 0-30 PAR implies that one can grow plants with 0 PAR. Shouldn't there be a threshold, say 5 or 10 above before any plant can grow.
     
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    I've since changed the light on this setup to a cheap Chinese led, 26w £49.99 from Amazon.

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    Daytime image.. lots of reflections from TV :)
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    I've been using this light for six months+

    The ATI is on the garage Dutch tank.

    As for par etc I have no idea to honest.
     
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    Wow, what fantastic pictures and awesome creatures! I have never seen dwarf chameleons. So cute! How hard is to keep a paludarium like that? My son has been asking for a Chameleon in a long time, but I always told him that we'd need a big tank or cage to keep it... but I didn't know about those tiny ones.

    The Chinese light yiou use is the same I got for a small 2-gl tank I put in the garage recently, and it works great. So far so good!
     
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    Thanks Fab :) yes the paludariums are no harder than keeping a low tech aquarium, obviously you can take this further by using harder plants, co2, orchids etc.. as long as the emersed half has humidity and some air flow it's good. Humidity from the heated water below was fine for that tank.

    Chameleons depend on what species, you want.

    Size means bigger vivarium etc.. the pygmy chameleons I had were in a 18x12x12 exo Terra, large enough for a pair.


    This was day one of a exo terra I setup with drainage, substrate etc..
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    Prices also vary from $50 for brevicaudatus to $200 for the viridis, brooksia maybe more etc << these prices are from 8+ years ago.

    They are from Tanzania and Madagascar and need a vivarium similar to a dart frog setup, humidity, air flow,foliage, leaf litter, bioactive substrate etc..fruit flies, small crickets..

    Like anything daily care and husbandry is needed

    And most importantly read up first :)

    I can go into lots more detail if you want but for now it's the basics.
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    Yes the light I have is the 4ft version and a little flimsy tbh but it's certainly doing its job for this setup, for the cost I'm really happy.
     
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