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    Re: 3Ft Mound scape

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    Yes. It is an inspiration for beginners like me.

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    Re: 3Ft Mound scape

    Quote Originally Posted by Xiaozhuang View Post
    New layout for 3ft tank, playing with driftwood selection

    started from the top and moved through a few permutations:








    Main pieces should be fixed, will add smaller details later

    Beautiful..! may i ask what is the substrate used?

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    heh thanks guys... the substrate is dirt, capped with sand. Aquasoil is used at the back later on

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    Some other details of the moss





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    Re: 3Ft Mound scape

    Hi Xiaozhuang,

    are you able to share what type of dirt are you using?

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    Great looking tank, bro! I was about to ask what kind of moss you are using, then I saw your last photo!
    Did you use glue to attach them to the wood?
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    A school of gold laser or adolfo will be interesting.

    Awesome scape, by the way Pinna is left there on purpose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by magpie View Post
    Hi Xiaozhuang,

    are you able to share what type of dirt are you using?
    I use soil from garden shops; far east/Ji mei etc. They are typically the cheapest $2 or $1.5o packets


    Quote Originally Posted by jackychun View Post
    Great looking tank, bro! I was about to ask what kind of moss you are using, then I saw your last photo!
    Did you use glue to attach them to the wood?
    Yep, superglue... Fishy B sells the larger 20ml tubes that are more economical if doing alot of glue work

    Quote Originally Posted by skytan View Post
    A school of gold laser or adolfo will be interesting.

    Awesome scape, by the way Pinna is left there on purpose?
    Thanks man... yep the pinna is covered the chopped off ends of the wood; could replace with moss I guess. I'm still considering options

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    Re: 3Ft Mound scape

    when using dirt, do you need to cover it with a layer of sand?
    so every rescape you will change your gravels?

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    Re: 3Ft Mound scape

    Quote Originally Posted by fireblade View Post
    when using dirt, do you need to cover it with a layer of sand?
    so every rescape you will change your gravels?
    Still quite economical with larger tanks i assume?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xiaozhuang View Post
    thank you~

    I don't have my own PAR meter, but BML has very accurate PAR sheets. I dose Mg with MgSO4, you can buy them from horiculture shops or guardian pharmarcy as Epsom salts. In my case, I had about 10-15% of new growth on the hemianthus glomeratus appearing with dead shoot tips. This symptom is quite specific to either Ca/Mg issues or severe trace deficiency in HG/HM in a fast growth stage (for slower growing plants/conditions Mg deficiency manifests as yellowing of leaves instead, as Mg is mobile in the plant). Given the limestone and high calcium content in the water, mostly likely culprit is Mg; I tripled the dose or so and no longer see the issue anymore.
    This is extremely useful information.. I am having the same issue in my tank but amongst all the plants only Rotala species show twisted tips. Increasing Mg to 5ppm solved the necrotic growth but not for some reason some of the rotala stalks have very small leaves and extremely small tips with internode distance getting reduced. What causes this?

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    Re: 3Ft Mound scape

    Hi Xiaozhuang where do you get the iron rich clay? i can't seem to find any. thank you

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    Insane. Your scapes for all of your tanks are amazing. The last one is just awesome! Sorry I haven't had the time to read each post as of yet, but do you have a chiller to grow the mini pelia? Have always wanted to try this one moss out but I reckon, no chiller means little to no hope. Also your videos on YouTube are very detailed and informative as well, if I haven't mentioned that already (i'm pretty sure I posted something in here somewhere previously).

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireblade View Post
    when using dirt, do you need to cover it with a layer of sand?
    so every rescape you will change your gravels?
    Yep, I reuse the soils & aquasoils sometimes, but generally to keep the sand look very clean I may replace the sand layer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ciaossu View Post
    Hi Xiaozhuang where do you get the iron rich clay? i can't seem to find any. thank you
    Try the garden nurseries ? Far east flora/ Jimei etc

    Quote Originally Posted by Donut the Donkey View Post
    Insane. Your scapes for all of your tanks are amazing. The last one is just awesome! Sorry I haven't had the time to read each post as of yet, but do you have a chiller to grow the mini pelia? Have always wanted to try this one moss out but I reckon, no chiller means little to no hope. Also your videos on YouTube are very detailed and informative as well, if I haven't mentioned that already (i'm pretty sure I posted something in here somewhere previously).
    Hey thanks... I still don't own a chiller, but the tanks are in a room that gets air con for most part of the day, so the water is cool 24-26 degrees. Some mosses can survive warmer temps, but their coloration may be lighter


    Quote Originally Posted by aquanick View Post
    This is extremely useful information.. I am having the same issue in my tank but amongst all the plants only Rotala species show twisted tips. Increasing Mg to 5ppm solved the necrotic growth but not for some reason some of the rotala stalks have very small leaves and extremely small tips with internode distance getting reduced. What causes this?
    Hmm maybe post a pic or link to your journal I can take a look

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    Re: 3Ft Mound scape

    Hi thread starter i want to start a dirt tank what do i know other than


    1. Gardon soil
    2. Compost
    3. Root tabs
    4. ????

    TIA

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    Nice tank. Do you experience high casualty rate on the axelrodi? I've bought few times in different tanks but most don't survive beyond few weeks while my other fishes are still ok!! Seems very fragile to me. I like their colours especially the blue ones....would be better if they school!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChenYW View Post
    Hi thread starter i want to start a dirt tank what do i know other than


    1. Gardon soil
    2. Compost
    3. Root tabs
    4. ????

    TIA
    I think better to use plain soil and not compost... compost can be too labile for some plants, burn delicate roots

    Quote Originally Posted by Goalkeeper View Post
    Nice tank. Do you experience high casualty rate on the axelrodi? I've bought few times in different tanks but most don't survive beyond few weeks while my other fishes are still ok!! Seems very fragile to me. I like their colours especially the blue ones....would be better if they school!
    Yea I heard that they're delicate fish. I bought mine from AA, only added after tank stabilized, and so far it seems alright ~


    Minor update; changed/trimmed background, still working on adding additional tree trunks at rear, plan to change the front left also to give more definition

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    Re: 3Ft Mound scape

    some moss shots





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    Re: 3Ft Mound scape

    Hi Xiaozhuang, your tanks are truly amazing. My tank has ludwigia sp. guinea, AR mini and a couple green stem plants. I dose Lushgro aqua, Lushgro micros and Kh2Po4. I dose lean daily instead of weekly. Do you think i shd add fe separately because my reds is nowhere near yours. Thx


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