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    Re: 3Ft Mound scape

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    Thanks man Its light by an Ikea desk lamp, easy for adjusting height to vary light intensity:

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    Re: 3Ft Mound scape

    Where did you get the peat/clay substrate from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltsai View Post
    Where did you get the peat/clay substrate from?
    DIY ? Peat is from peat moss/horti moss, clay is supplied by burnt earth Both are available at most garden shops.

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    Re: 3Ft Mound scape

    Very nice setup. Clean and well maintained. What are the plants in there and is there co2 injection?
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    For the small tank, no co2 injection, regular excel usage though. Mostly just hairgrass and hemianthus glomeratus, with some AR cardinalis at the back

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    Re: 3Ft Mound scape

    Quote Originally Posted by Xiaozhuang View Post
    DIY ? Peat is from peat moss/horti moss, clay is supplied by burnt earth Both are available at most garden shops.
    hi, may i know where you got your horti moss from? i'm trying to find horti soil to for some emersed planting!

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    I bought mine from the garden shop at AMK central. Where it's sold as peat moss. I think you may be able to find it in larger NTUCs at the gardening sections as horti moss, it's the same thing. Far east flora or other large garden shops should have it as well.

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    Rare to see folks keep a log, 30day log?
    Good job on that.
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    Re: 3Ft Mound scape

    Quote Originally Posted by felix_fx2 View Post
    Rare to see folks keep a log, 30day log?
    Good job on that.
    Thanks man... ha its a habit that I found useful over the years for doing diagnostics. All tanks have their own log sheet... updated daily, it makes observing trends, tracking changes easier. Slower stable scapes with little algae or growth issues usually won't warrant such record keeping, but tanks with high light/CO2/nutrient dosing where small changes can have an outsized effect it's helpful

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    Re: 3Ft Mound scape

    Your's is probably one of my favourites! Plants look lush and healthy and all the colours POP. Awesome job!

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    Re: 3Ft Mound scape

    I saw your post in I think TPT recently. There were a wealth of info you posted, especially on trimming bushes. Let us have it here in AQ too please. And I am eagerly waiting your second instalment of the trimming video.

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    Thanks guys I'll copy the posts here;

    On trimming the background bushes; its done by a combination of trimming off the tops to a height that I want, and pre-emptively pinching/cutting off tips that start to grow towards a direction that I don't want it spreading to. For L. sp red, the rooted stem is quite strong if its healthy, and the top can be trimmed off repeated; side shoots sprout fast. The whole bunch in the 47g are branches that come off from about 4 mother stems that root into the substrate. I felt that the trimming for the L. sp red is actually poorly done in the pics compared to the L. Arcuata; it can be contoured in a very exact manner, but I must have missed it when I took this set of pics.

    About every 4 months I allow the current batch to grow longer, then do a replanting of tops (where the top node to bottom has no branching).

    I think that trimming and allowing side shoots to sprout allows more self-organization (because the plant will grow in a way that doesn't shade itself that much), it makes for a neater, denser bush. Replanting tops kinda resets the plant form to be competitive against surrounding plants. In the search for neater tanks I've been doing alot more pruning and almost no replanting for tops (until after many months). Just a theory based on observation though. It seems to apply to other plants as well. The effect is most apparent in the Ludwigia arcuata (orange background bush); where the dense bush must be achieved through trimming and allowing the side shoots to self-organize to fill up the space. If I just grabbed a bunch of them and planted them side by side, they'll grow in a vertical competitive manner instead of spreading out. I've been wanting to do a video to demonstrate this (because people don't seem to talk about it much) , so I've replanted the entire middle of the tank (start from scratch with sparse stems) and pruned it into a bush like in the pics over the past few weeks. The bushes have grown back in over the past month though, so in a week or so I'll finish my video.

    Using an older set of pics to illustrate:
    When background stems are planted individually, abeit densely... they each struggle to outgrow the neighbour:


    After allowing it to grow out further, before doing a very aggressive trim:


    After it has grown out; with self-organization with respect to neighbouring plants:


    I did a video on youtube that illustrates this using a more recent tank;

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSngM7OVpPc

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    Re: 3Ft Mound scape

    You put lots of effort on the video
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    Re: 3Ft Mound scape

    Well explained vid..awesome

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    Just out of words. Really stunning. Very detailed explanation both here and on the video. Kudos! Subbed to your channel bro. Looking forward to more.

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    Thanks for sharing bro. Really beautifully done. A stress relieving piece of art

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    Bravo bravo thank you so much for the effort and sharing!!! Can't wait for your second video installment.

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    Great and informative video! Thank you for sharing this tip!!

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    Thanks for the support guys~ I really appreciate it...

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