Posted 12 April 2013 - 05:07 AM
I am going to use rocks for this scape, a first for me. I don't want to call it an iwagumi; I am more after recreating a landscape in one of my favourite countries Vietnam. In the north of Vietnam, there are landscapes in which you find single mountains/rock formations surrounded by rice fields. At the base of the elevation in the landscape you will find some trees/bushes and then the rock towers majestically over what is further a rather flat landscape.
For this scape I will use a 6 gallon rimless
DSC00301 by Biulu, on Flickr
with some of the following rocks:
DSC00303 by Biulu, on Flickr
I brought these rocks from Vietnam, so they are authentic! I am only not sure whether I will be able to create enough height with the rocks I have.
I will be using Caribsea Voodoo river substrate, topped up with Tahitian moon sand. The Voodoo river I will mix with laterite to add some nutrients to the substrate.
Fish wise I have planned the following: B. brigittae, shrimp and maybe 1 betta. I am not sure about the latter because he might snack on the shrimp.
For plants I am a bit limited here unfortunately, but my current thinking is to use anubia barteri 'petite' around the base of the rocks to represent the trees/shrubs, and c. tenellus for the rice fields. I also want to try glosso on the 'lower slopes'. Another possibility is staurogyne.
For the lighting I am thinking of some puck led lights. I like the Ikea ones, but unfortunately they only come in 2700 K , which is too yellow for my liking. I want a LED light between 6500 and 10,000 K. I will be going to home depot tomorrow to see if they have day light LEDs.
I will be doing dosing EI and liquid carbon.
Any suggestions, especially plantwise are welcome. After the lights, I will start playing with some possible hard scapes.
Posted 12 April 2013 - 01:12 PM
Lido 120.(Nano reef) Tetratec ex 700. Deltec MCE 300. kessil A350.
Posted 12 April 2013 - 04:34 PM
Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:11 PM
DSC00307 by Biulu, on Flickr
In terms of small plants, the smallest I could find was blyxa:
DSC00304 by Biulu, on Flickr
Nice, but I think it will grow too tall for my purpose. It might almost reach the same height as the rock!
Luckily we have some plant freaks in the Ottawa club so I posted a request for plants there. I hope to be able to get some on April 28 when there is a large auction here in Montreal where several Ottawa members attend.
Regarding the lights: no luck... I had called several stores beforehand only to find out that they didn't have anything of 6000 K or above. I went to another one, Reno depot, and I will not advise anybody to go there; they did not even know what Kelvin means! So that was pretty disappointing.
I will now expand my search to internet. In the worst case scenario, I can always use a screw on lamp I have. It is good for plants, but it is 220V and I would need to use a converter with it. I have this lamp still in Mexico so this would delay the project.
Posted 15 April 2013 - 05:05 PM
I know it is not meant to be used for growing plants, but it gives nice bright white light and I could easily install it above the tank. What do you guys think? Would it be overkill? Would it serve the purpose?
Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:53 PM
Posted 15 April 2013 - 10:18 PM
The only problem might be on how to attach it as it seems to be more for submersible application with sucker cups...
This one doesn't look bad and I could buy 2 of these and simply stick them on the under side of the shelf above:
Edited by Biulu, 15 April 2013 - 10:22 PM.
Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:59 PM
Posted 16 April 2013 - 04:00 PM
Here is a 'before and after'
FTS by David Raynham, on Flickr
Trial and Error by David Raynham, on Flickr
Edited by minnnt, 16 April 2013 - 04:03 PM.
Posted 16 April 2013 - 04:06 PM
Posted 18 April 2013 - 07:35 PM
Regarding the plants: I have contacted some fellow hobbyists in Ottawa that are very much into plants and have much more than the average stores here. According to them tenellus and staurogyne look very similar which surprises me. Anyway, they sent me some pictures and in the pictures they do look surprisingly similar:
tenellus by Biulu, on Flickr
This is supposed to be tenellus, but it looks large and more like dwarf sagittaria to me. He calls it dwarf chainsword, and isn't that the common name for the sagittaria?
staurogyne by Biulu, on Flickr
This is his staurogyne. I find the leaves to be very long for staurogyne: the ones I have seen are much shorter and seem to be more oval with a small point at the end.
So I am now a bit at a loss of what to do. The anubia petite I can get but it looks like I should change the choice of my other 2 plants. What if I would take glosso instead of the staurogyne? I am afraid though that it will stay lower than the tenellus and it should be a bit longer otherwise it will look like the rice grows higher than the bushes on the hill below the rock formation!
Can anybody confirm me whether this is indeed staurogyne repens and e. tenellus?
Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:12 AM
Edited by Biulu, 25 April 2013 - 03:13 AM.
Posted 25 April 2013 - 04:42 AM
And e. tenellus can grow way bigger than dwarf sagittaria.
Here is my dwarf sagittaria. It's a very low tech tank so it doesn't grow fast at all but it's about 4-5 months old probably and it spreads but doesn't grow big:
Posted 27 April 2013 - 02:42 AM
Posted 29 April 2013 - 02:04 AM
DSC00332 by Biulu, on Flickr This is Ammania sp 'bonsai
DSC00333 by Biulu, on Flickr Staurogyne
DSC00334 by Biulu, on Flickr And my favourite: barteri 'petite'