my modified drift wood

nytowl83

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I joined two DW to create the look i want. Using epoxy and covering the bond seam with wood shavings from a small wood i sawed off one of the DW.

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The picture below shows the extra branch i wanted to have on the lighter DW
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Here is the seam covered with wood shavings, once submerged they will all be more or less the same color.... i hope
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My very own mini wood working/DIY area!
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Cheers!

Ben
 

nytowl83

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finally got my windelovs and java ferns!!


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so i guess i dont have to worry about the joined DW having different colors weeee

The DW is pretty neat. There were alot of crevices where i just stuck the fern in instead of tying them in. Of course i still had to do it with a couple of stuffs

after a couple of days of straightening up and water clearing i might decide to add more plants..
 

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Nice look, you can drill holes etc for fish caves etc, and to add plantlets to.
You can also use stainless steel screws to fuse wood together, often glue is much harder.

Regards,
Tom Barr
 

nytowl83

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Thanks Tom

I was gonna grab my power drill when i noticed the DW already had a lot of crevices on it already :)

I will give the SS screws a go and have my compact power screwdriver a run for its money when i setup my 6 footer (once my wife approves the aquarium stand/cabinet design)

here is a perspective when i lie down on bed

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gives a misleading mirage of dense carpeted foreground.
 

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Do lots of water changes and add Excel till things grow in well.

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nytowl83

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HI Gerryd,

I will take weekly pics.. but most likely will post the fortnightly pics to see a difference



Thanks Tom,

I am a lazy bum when it comes to WC, but i shall force myself 30% a week for a month. I am dosing Excel alternative . then will slow down once everything establishes itself
 

nytowl83

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added a rock and an amazon sword from my 5 gallon... i didnt realize the sword grew that much .

I got bored of the look:)
 

KentCurtis

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That is a pretty neat project. I like ow the upper portion of the driftwood kinda forms an overhang if you will.
 

nytowl83

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update

The Brazilian MircoSwords are shooting a fair bit of shoots on a daily basis, I noticed that by this time (3 weeks) all the old roots have been changed to a pure white more tensile roots. I also supplemented phosphate the past week and a half (due to green spot algae)

So iam not sure which one boosted the new shoots coming out.

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I also added 4 platys (with black rear fins) and 50 endemic dwarf shrimps found here in the Philippines. I dont know the species yet though, so i am reluctant to add cherry shrimps, i wouldnt want to hybridize.

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Cheers!

Ben
 

nytowl83

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update

The Brazilian MircoSwords are shooting a fair bit of shoots on a daily basis, I noticed that by this time (3 weeks) all the old roots have been changed to a pure white more tensile roots. I also supplemented phosphate the past week and a half (due to green spot algae)

So iam not sure which one boosted the new shoots coming out.

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I also added 4 platys (with black rear fins) and 50 endemic dwarf shrimps found here in the Philippines. I dont know the species yet though, so i am reluctant to add cherry shrimps, i wouldnt want to hybridize.

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added an internal canister filter, my HOB isn't hacking it... i dont know why

Cheers!

Ben
 

shoggoth43

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Given the overall shape/size of the shrimp I wouldn't throw the cherry shrimp in there either. They look very much like cherry shrimp otherwise so cross breeding is a distinct possibility.

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nytowl83

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I agree Shoggoth, seperate tanks for future cherries!

These shrimps are a cocktail of different colors, no one has tried to selectively breed them to isolate the pigments. The guy who breeds these in mass quantities saw blacks, whites, blue, green and the brownish color you see in the photo. But it also may mean that individual shrimps can change their pigmentation too depending on how they feel and the environment or feeds..

The blue and green is something i would like :)
 

nytowl83

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update! got some lotus and added it and took out the amazon sword and rock. I am still having some water sprites float. also added some drift wood so the left most part isnt too boring

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I have got so much windelovs its not funny... hehehe so much plantlets too. I also saw some bbaby dwarf (tanay) shrimps! so I guess not all of the new born babies are getting eaten yehey!