Archive for August, 2009

“Mountains of the Monsoon”

Posted in 10 Gallon on August 14, 2009 by Bhushan Dalvi

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The inspiration for this scape came from the beautiful Western Ghats in India. The rain soaked slopes of these mountains covered in rain forest is a sight to behold. This scape has been my attempt to replicate a fraction of this beauty.  This scape was ranked 445th in the International Aquatic Plant Layout Contesst 2009.

Here are the tank specs.

Tank: 10G with trim removed

Substrate : ADA Aquasoil II, Power Sand special and Tourmalin BC

Light: 65 W PC with 6700 K

Filter: Eheim 2213

Fertilizer: ADA Brighty K
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Brighty Special Lights
Florish Iron
ECA
Green Gain
Green Bacter

Co2: 1bubble/sec diffused with a nano diffuser

Hardscape: Local Texas rock called Iron rock.

Plants: Hemianthus callitrichoides
Hemianthus micranthemoides
Staurogyne sp. ‘Porto Velho’
Rotala rotundifolia
Rotala wallichii
Rotala sp. ‘Colorata’
Rotala sp. ‘Nanjenshan’
Fissiden fontanus
Taxiphyllum barbieri
Vesicularia montagnei
Cryptocoryne x willisii
Echinodorus tenellus var ‘Micro’
Eleocharis acicularis
Hydrocotyle verticillata

Fish : Celestichthys margaritatus
Microrasbora erythromicron
Ottocinclus sp.

Shrimp:Cardinia japonica
Neocaridina heteropoda var. ‘Red’

This set up was started in the last week of September 2008 after I took down my previous set-up “Boraras Dream”. I used the same ADA Aquasoil for this set up without taking it out of the tank.

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I know the rock do not follow the basic iwagumi/rock placement rule. But I added the 4th stone to the set up as the three rocks where just not anchoring the placement for me.

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I could not find all the plants I wanted for this scape from the get go so had to start off with what I could find. This shot was taken just after planting and filling up the tank.

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This is how it looked approximately one month from the start.

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Approximately 1.5 months after setting up this tank the plant growth was just amazing.

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The stem plants had taken over this scape within a span of 50 days. This is how it looked after the first trim.

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These pics are taken roughly 70 days after the set up. I was playing around with the background trying to decide which looked better.

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This was taken about 110 days after setting up this scape.

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