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“Spring Colors”

Posted in 10 Gallon on October 17, 2009 by Bhushan Dalvi

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10G “Spring Colors”

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Every year March brings beautiful colors of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Wild flowers in all possible colors start popping up through meadows and fields everywhere putting an end to the drab gray winter. I started this scape just around the advent of spring this year. This scape is my feeble attempt to capture the beauty of spring in this small glass box.

Here are the tank specs.

Tank: 10G with trim removed

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

Light: 65 W PC with 9325K

Filter: Eheim 2213

Fertilizer:  ADA Brighty K
                     Step 1
                     Step 2
                     Brighty Special Lights
                     Florish Iron
                     ECA
                     Green Gain
                     Green Bacter

Co2: 1bubble/sec diffused with a nano diffuser

Hardscape: Manzanita wood

Plants:  Hemianthus callitrichoides
               Utricularia graminifolia
               Hemianthus micranthemoides
               Micranthemum umbarosum
               Staurogyne sp. ‘Porto Velho’
               Staurogyne stolonifera
               Limnophila repens ‘Mini’
               Blyxa japonica
               Anubias barteri var. nana ‘Petite’
              Rotala rotundifolia
              Rotala wallichii
              Rotala sp. ‘Colorata’
              Rotala sp. ‘Nanjenshan’
              Rotala sp. ‘Butterfly’
              Nesaea sp. ‘Red Leaved’
              Fissiden fontanus
              Taxiphyllum barbieri
              Vesicularia montagnei
              Cryptocoryne x willisii
              Cryptocoryne parva

Fish :   Hemigrammus rodwayi
             Ottocinclus sp.
             Hisonotus leucofrenatus

Shrimp:Cardinia japonica
               Neocaridina heteropoda var. ‘Red’

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Day 1 of the set-up.

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Day 3 of the set-up.

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Day 41 of the set up.

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Day 65 of the set-up.

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Day 70 of the set-up.

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“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
Step 1
Step 2
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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“Boraras Dream”

Posted in 10 Gallon on September 20, 2008 by Bhushan Dalvi

“Boraras Dream” seems an unlikely name for an aquascape. It does not stand for a scene from nature like a mountain range or a river, but it definitely depicts one. My inspiration when I started with this scape was to create a small cozy corner scene from a pond or a river with vivid under water life. I wanted to create a scape which would be a play ground for one of my favorite fish species which I had been trying to find for a long time. Every time I tried to find some Boraras sp. around town, they used to be some really emaciated specimens at an exorbitant price. Finally after looking around for a year I found some from an online retailer. My dream to own these dainty beauties finally came true and thus started the “Boraras Dream”.

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These  pictures were taken exactly 180 days after set up.

These pictures were taken exactly 180 days after set up.

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Planting Scheme Diagram

Planting Scheme Diagram

Now the tank specs.
Tank: 10G with trim removed
Substrate : ADA Aquasoil II , Power Sand special and Tourmalin BC
Light: 65 W PC with 6700K
Filter: Aquaclear 30
Fertilizer: ADA Brighty K
Step 1
Step 2
Brighty Special Lights
Florish Iron
ECA
Green Gain
Green Bacter
Co2: ADA CO2 System 74-YA/ver.2 at 1 bubble/sec
Hardscape: ADA Blackwood and locally collected wood
Plants:

1.Riccia Fluitans

2.Hemianthus callitrichoides “cuba”

3.Hemianthus micranthemoides

4.Hydrocotyle verticillata

5.Cryptocoryne Wendtii “ Brown”

6.Cryptocoryne Wendtii “Green Gecko”

7.Microsorium pteropus “Needle”

8. Rotala rotundifolia

9.Christmas Moss (Vesicularia montagnei)

10. Marsilea minuta

11.Cryptocoryne Willisii x Lucens

12. Echinodorus tenellus

Fish :

Boraras sp.
Celestichthys margaritatus
Ottocinclus sp.
Hisonotus leucofrenatus

Shrimp:

Cardinia japonica
Neocaridina denticulata sinensis “red”(Red Cherry shrimp)