Day 38 (November 21, 2013) Update
Pardon the photo quality of the submerged portion— hard to shield the lighting from the Kessils. Updated the riparium specs which you can find on the right-hand side of this tumblr.
Tested the water parameters:
Things look good.
Added fauna Corydoras pygmaeus and Hemigrammus rhodostomus (Rummy-nose tetra). Both are pretty shy. They usually hang in the back of the tank amongst the plants.
Riparium portion is doing well. Pinched plants already have new shoots going. Basketgrass is looking really good. A small portion of Joseph’s coat is getting droopy.
Planted a cup of glosso as best I could a few weeks ago and it’s growing. Did a trim of it today because it was growing vertically. Hopefully this encourages more horizontal/creeping growth. Might have to lower the height on the lighting to make it more intense.
November 13, 2013: Pre-pinch and post-pinch!
Day 172 Update (May 17, 2013)
Final picture update has come, guys! (Pardon the reflections on the glass. Kessils are beast!)
Video post is being worked on. A text post will follow.
I miss it!
And I can’t believe how expensive and rare Taiwan Moss (taxiphyllum alternans) and crystalwort (riccia fluitans) are now!!!
A shot of the tank lights off and with an extra piece of DW (just to see how it would look). Added amanos today hence the filter guards.
Was flipping through my Takashi Amano Nature Aquarium Complete Works to decide on a complete or mix foreground of staurogyne/glosso/eleocharis. Saw many beautiful scapes using bolbitis heudelotii in African scapes and a lot of rotala in countless others.
And oh goodness. I keep wanting to go bigger and bigger (in terms of that extra piece of DW and a few more plants— especially rotala) with my current tank. The riparium planters/trellis rafts definitely impede my grander schemes for the submerged portion of the tank (in terms of inadequate lighting/space).
Have to tell myself to stop and to simmer down.
[Kind of feeling this way because I was looking at photos/videos of my previous scape]
@housebatbetta The layout looks good if it’s going to fill in to be a “hill” visually, with the driftwood as the bones of the hill. Once it’s wet enough to sink, though, maybe you should take it out and tie some moss to it if you like moss.
If you have photoshop, maybe sketching over a picture of the tank would help you decide?
Yeah, I’m trying to have the background stem plants form a hill around the driftwood. I would like to tie moss to the driftwood… but we’ll see!
I do have PS but my PS skills are non-existent, haha.
Thanks for your suggestions :)
@peaceypanic I really love the cups the plants are in, are they bought or DIY?
I got the cups from Devin at riparium supply
Simple shots of my riparium
Rescaped using redcherryshrimp’s suggestion of position the driftwood back-to-front as opposed to the original front-to-back (thanks for the idea!).
Have A LOT more foreground space to work with now. Hoping to fill the area in front of the driftwood with staurogyne repens. Gonna try for a glosso carpet in front… though I might need to get more glosso to try that.
Pretty happy with how this turned out.
What do you guys think? And do you think I should install a black background or leave the clear vinyl background?