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Lonely Tree In A Summer Meadow

Discussion in 'Journals' started by aibcarpentry, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. aibcarpentry

    aibcarpentry Member

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    Here's my latest attempt at a planted aquarium; started to plant on 28/11/18

    Tank:
    Aquascaper 900

    Lighting:
    Twinstar 900S

    Filtration:
    2x Oase biomaster thermo 600

    Co2:
    Fire extinguisher to an inline diffuser

    Fertiliser:
    All in one EI

    Hardscape:
    Manzanita fixed to a piece of slate

    Substrate:
    JBL Volcano mineral
    JBL Volcano powder
    ADA Amazonia

    Planting:
    Hemianthus Callitrichoides Cuba
    Eleocharis mini
    Bucephalandra

    The idea is to try a dry start with just the HC and Eleocharis, see firstly how it looks and how the 2 plants grow together. Hopefully the HC will take over most of the tank and I can just have a bit of Eleocharis appearing here and there with certain areas having more than others and end up with an almost 'one chop' carpet. Depending on how this goes will help me decide what, if anything else will be added into the carpet.
    Just before flooding I plan to add some Buces to the tree.

    How it looks as of 28/11/18 just after planting, undecided whether to add anymore Eleocharis or not.

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  2. rajkm

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    Looks great
     
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    Is it flooded?
     
  4. aibcarpentry

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    No, I am looking to try a dry start.

    I very foolishly forgot to soak my Manzanita before I scaped the aquarium and as a result have started to have problems with fungus appearing on the wood and now started to creep its way towards the soil. After scraping it off the last couple of days I knew I would need to do something else and after I considered a few options I've decided to try using cinnamon after a suggestion as a first step and see if/how that helps. I couldn't get to the overhanging pieces from above so have mixed myself some with water to try and get at with a pipette if I need to. Also after suggestion my soil is too wet I've left things open this morning and I've also added a thermo-hygrometer to keep track of humidity which is obviously lower than I would normally expect due to the top being open.

    As always I welcome opinions, suggestions and ideas. :)

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    Well the cinnamon method was a failure so I decided to remove the wood; give it a scrub then just fill the tank....................

    A bit of shuttering to try and stop it all completely falling in
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    Scrubbed, volcano mineral back on top
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    Soil added and roughly back how it was before
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    Very slowly started to add water; I had a great fear it was all going to go everywhere. I added some tape to the glass so I could keep a rough eye on where the soil moved
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    Just after filling; surprisingly the soil stayed in place
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    A week later and a few more plants added back in the soil has stayed in place so far.
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    Quick update; now 1 month since planting.

    28/11/18
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    29/12/18
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