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25 Oct 2014 19:29 - 05 Nov 2014 08:34 #1 by Lauris (Lauris)
ok. this project was born ages ago.
So the start of it I will quote form one of my first Topics in
this forum ( www.irishfishkeepers.com/index.php?optio...start=120&Itemid=200 ) :

Lauris wrote: hi there.
Just a quick update on my planted tank diary on next project.
so as it all starts with.. I have an idea :whistle:

So.. my little Nano may turn into a slow grower as I don't really know if I will be able to
afford another Co2 system, but will see..

so this will be hi tech set-up and planned to start again with DSM (dry start method)

So about new project -

-Cabinet: IKEA (not purchased yet, but with this I will start, next weekend)
assembled this cabinet for my mothers aquarium. I'd say it is a beautiful and stylish piece of furniture.
Simple, inexpensive and about the size I'm looking for. IKEA 51.00 quit. 1 door, adjustable level shelves.
in size of H64cm, L60cm and W40cm. Available in white, wooden, black, gloss white and few more
combinations. If someone is looking for something in these measures - I can only recommend.
I'll go for white (glossy one is 25EU more expensive and it's just because doors are in gloss, so I see no
reason to overpay). also it has a tiny screw-in "legs" with adjustable levels for each. so it is easy to get
this thing in level.

BESTÃ… series Vara White


www.ikea.com/ie/en/catalog/products/S19000000/#/S19012946

-Tank: 60cmx40cmx40cm 6mm optiwhite, clear-seal, 90L. Got a great price of Rainbow aquatics. so it will meet
the cabinet (this should be sorted by the end of April.)

-Light: this is a painful for me (I need to start a fundraising for lights. lol). I think I will stay with LED as chap Beamswork
LED's proved with a great results in my Nano tank. No algae whatsoever and decent growth. I will go for a overhead light unit
and more likely will install some brackets in my wall. but in terms of expenses - I will say - this will give me a plenty of time to
work on design in my new scape. lol.

I have no clue what fish or inverts will go in..
For scape I will use ADA amazonia (plenty left over since my Iwagumi failed), some mini aqua-scape rock (still have about 17kg's of this)
and will mix up with some roots. As I failed on HC but I love the carpet - Defo I will try this time with Monte Carlo (Micrantherum umbrosum)
and will add some Micro-Swords (Lilaeopsis brasiliensis).. will try with some moss on stones (yogurt method) and some mosses on roots..

So this is just at the very early stage of my next tank. I'd say - idea and plan is there.. everything else depends of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
But I will try to keep this in detail and up-to date as much as possible..


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25 Oct 2014 19:34 - 25 Oct 2014 19:35 #2 by Lauris (Lauris)
23rd of March was the date when project idea came up to me.
Id say it was a long time til I found tank to match my cabinet (LOL)

now... things finally does move forward..

Santa arrived early. LOL
To be honest - could not resist the price.
Will try and play with it.




and grabbed today new piece of wood for the project
will need to chop it there and there. but great potential.
My tank will be only 60cm in Length and ths piece is about 70cm
(thanks Darren)





also I got about 5kg's nice natural substrate for path to create
it is light goldish color. should be in nice contrast with ADA amazonia
and plants



(thanks Darren)

Another thing I could not resist - got first plant for new project
as it is in jelly should be fine for a week to keep it in pot





My tank is ready for collection (thanks Kev). So I think early next week I will have my hands on hardscape
will keep this one updated

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25 Oct 2014 19:46 #3 by Eric (Eric Corcoran)
Looking forward to this. If your other tanks are anything to go by this one should be a cracker. Best of luck

Eric

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25 Oct 2014 19:49 #4 by Lauris (Lauris)
Thanks Eric!

I'm in the middle of moving to smaller house.
So I won't be able to afford keep more than one tank.
Rocky will be give to my mother with 19L fluval tank

I hope this one fill finally be my baby. So it means
I will try to keep this scape for a year or so :)

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25 Oct 2014 19:52 #5 by Gonefishy (Brian oneill)
Can't wait to see it too....if the last is anything to go by this one should be stunning...

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25 Oct 2014 21:12 #6 by Esoxluciouss (denis goulding)
Looking forward to it.

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25 Oct 2014 21:15 #7 by blade (Michael G)
Looking good Lauris .

Michael

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26 Oct 2014 05:13 #8 by meleftone (Kevin Usher)
Good luck with it, I have liked your past tanks.

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26 Oct 2014 09:53 #9 by Q_Comets (Declan Chambers)
Looking forward to seeing this progress.

Thanks for sharing.

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26 Oct 2014 20:09 #10 by Lauris (Lauris)
Ok. Let the trip begin...

Managed to get the tank today.
Dedicated this eve to fit in the tree.. but..


I'm looking for some opinions.. came up with few different variations.
Would be nice to hear what others have to say. If you do, can you
please pick up your version or suggest your vision? Thanks a mill!
Any opinions welcome













Thank you in advance!

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26 Oct 2014 20:30 #11 by Dihanio (Paulie Hanlon)
V6 for me

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26 Oct 2014 21:02 #12 by Q_Comets (Declan Chambers)
V5 gets my vote

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26 Oct 2014 21:34 #13 by swai (Simon)
I think if its an open top tank, some of the root above the water line would look the best. Is there no way you could adjust the very first pic for it to fit nicely?

If not v6 for me.

Marino, Dublin 9

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26 Oct 2014 21:42 #14 by Lauris (Lauris)

swai wrote: I think if its an open top tank, some of the root above the water line would look the best. Is there no way you could adjust the very first pic for it to fit nicely?

If not v6 for me.


this time it will stay closed. I'm sick of loosing fish and shrimps.
Anything sticking out in other V of the root in would be chopped anyway.

Thanks for your input :cool:

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26 Oct 2014 22:24 #15 by Lauris (Lauris)
another question - is there any type of moss someone can suggest?
I may need something to tie up on branches. so it means something
more ok with higher light levels but also not as messy, easy to keep
under control, slow grower ..etc

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27 Oct 2014 09:21 #16 by Joekinsella (joe Kinsella)
Try Riccia for the wood.

Location: Clogherboy Navan.

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27 Oct 2014 09:42 #17 by Lauris (Lauris)
I have it from my other project. but it is too messy. have been suggested fissiden on other forum. still not decided yet

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27 Oct 2014 10:55 #18 by Lauris (Lauris)
so, this might be one of the possible shape it will stay. will see if I can come up with something else..


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27 Oct 2014 14:02 #19 by Homer (Kevin)

Lauris wrote: I have it from my other project. but it is too messy. have been suggested fissiden on other forum. still not decided yet


I have some Fontinalis antipyretica if you want some.

Kev.

The Glass is always greener on the other side.


It's NOT "Chee lick", NOT "Chee Chee Licks"!!! Cichlids is pronounced as "Sick Lids"!!!!!

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27 Oct 2014 22:07 #20 by Aroshni (Lydia Olivera)
I like the wood on the rock one. Have you considered phoenix moss (fissidens fontanus)? Is a advanced and slow growing one and it's very beautiful.
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27 Oct 2014 23:18 #21 by Lauris (Lauris)

Homer wrote:

Lauris wrote: I have it from my other project. but it is too messy. have been suggested fissiden on other forum. still not decided yet


I have some Fontinalis antipyretica if you want some.

Kev.


Thanks Kev! I may grab some of you

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27 Oct 2014 23:19 #22 by Lauris (Lauris)

Aroshni wrote: I like the wood on the rock one. Have you considered phoenix moss (fissidens fontanus)? Is a advanced and slow growing one and it's very beautiful.


this is defo I would like to try.
but I'm too lazy to order and wait, and Seahorse may not have them..
maybe some in private could share?

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27 Oct 2014 23:19 #23 by Lauris (Lauris)
so, I'm at the semi-final stage..
either one or other..





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28 Oct 2014 00:05 #24 by Aroshni (Lydia Olivera)
Got mine from ebay time ago. Maybe you could try with some UK just plants shops.
If I had more I'll give you a bit but since I don't have CO2 mine doesn't grow...

I like the V1 with the three rocks!

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28 Oct 2014 10:30 #25 by Lauris (Lauris)

Aroshni wrote: If I had more I'll give you a bit but since I don't have CO2 mine doesn't grow...


no probs. I can take it all of you :laugh:

..I'll wait til seahorse delivery this week.
then I probably may order a portion at some stage

thanks ;)

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28 Oct 2014 19:43 #26 by Aroshni (Lydia Olivera)

Lauris wrote:

Aroshni wrote: If I had more I'll give you a bit but since I don't have CO2 mine doesn't grow...


no probs. I can take it all of you :laugh:


lol

Looking forward more updates Lauris, btw where is the betta?

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28 Oct 2014 20:21 #27 by swai (Simon)
I'm also changing my mind on open top tanks, I currently have 2 at the moment but will be getting lids made for them.

Looking forward to updates, also what was the substrate you were using for the pathway? Was it in darrens new display tank in seahorse?

Marino, Dublin 9

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29 Oct 2014 12:46 #28 by Lauris (Lauris)

Aroshni wrote:

Lauris wrote:

Aroshni wrote: If I had more I'll give you a bit but since I don't have CO2 mine doesn't grow...


no probs. I can take it all of you :laugh:


lol

Looking forward more updates Lauris, btw where is the betta?


Rocky went to my mothers place. did a nice setup for him in fuval 19l tank. low tech wit few anubias in it and one bogwood.
Lovely pair I took of Kevin will be rehomed to this setup. As they are perfectly fine in community tank.

today installed rail for light. I hope with all my moving I will have some time this eve to work on hardscape. will timelapse it.

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29 Oct 2014 12:49 - 29 Oct 2014 12:49 #29 by Lauris (Lauris)

swai wrote: I'm also changing my mind on open top tanks, I currently have 2 at the moment but will be getting lids made for them.

Looking forward to updates, also what was the substrate you were using for the pathway? Was it in darrens new display tank in seahorse?


I got in BnQ 4mm Polycarbonate (if thats the right name for it) clear plate. will cut ti to adjust it as a cover.

Substrate I got is similar to Darrens display tank. just his is a bit more fine grade. my one is a bit different in colour.

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30 Oct 2014 10:25 #30 by Lauris (Lauris)
moved in. decided not to put in heavy rock. just pieces there and there to
break geometrical line shaping the pathway.






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