Aquascaping inspiration from the internet

Discussion in 'Planted Tanks' started by A new day, Sep 28, 2019.

  1. OP
    A new day

    A new day

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2019
    Messages:
    1,932
    Likes Received:
    1,441
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Wowzers :eek:
    @MariaS is this your next tank? With different inhabitants I’m sure :lol:
     
  2. Guest




  3. fux940510

    fux940510

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2019
    Messages:
    195
    Likes Received:
    164
    Location:
    Strubens Valley
    Found another channel. In German, but thankfully they make it very easy to follow along:


    For discus:
     
    Cale24 and A new day like this.
  4. OP
    A new day

    A new day

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2019
    Messages:
    1,932
    Likes Received:
    1,441
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Very cool, thanks @fux940510 ! Both those tanks look amazing, probably low maintenance, and large! Those huge clumps of mature java fern he uses - would take ages to grow out otherwise, and probably comes with a price tag :)

    Have seen another video of his (some collaboration I think) fairly recently, and is English is actually very good. Suppose he sticks to German as he focuses on installing planted tanks for (mostly german?) clients. I remember him saying how many aquascapes he has done in the past year and it was literally hundreds. Very prolific.

    He posted an update vid on the discus tank (8 months later) where the plants have grown out a lot and he finally added the discus.
     
    fux940510 likes this.
  5. fux940510

    fux940510

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2019
    Messages:
    195
    Likes Received:
    164
    Location:
    Strubens Valley
    I think those big clumps of Java Fern are also grown on hardscape already in an emersed setup, Tropica provide them. Not cheap by any means though. I have absolutely no success with that plant, but i love how it looks. The larger tanks seem to have more focus on large amounts of epiphytes and crypts with very little in the way of stems - I like it. Just need to figure out how to get Java Fern to cooperate...

    I did see that follow up video for the discus, and absolutely love how it looks. If budget and time constraints allowed, that would be my dream tank. Discus have been a pipe dream for me basically since i started the hobby
     
    A new day likes this.
  6. OP
    A new day

    A new day

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2019
    Messages:
    1,932
    Likes Received:
    1,441
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Yep Java fern is such a slow grower... but dependable. Could you post pics of what yours look like or describe the struggles with them? Perhaps folks could help.
    The one thing I’ve noticed with java fern is that they are incredibly sensitive to drying out, so if at any point during the shipping process or afterwards (eg planting) they were exposed to air and not misted frequently, those parts turn black and die off, which can set one back a couple of months! Much more sensitive to that than any other aquatic plant I can think of. And of course the rhizomes shouldn’t be in the substrate, but roots are fine.
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2020
  7. fux940510

    fux940510

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2019
    Messages:
    195
    Likes Received:
    164
    Location:
    Strubens Valley
    I find the leaves almost always develop black spots, which in turn create babies (which sounds great) but these babies invariably end up dying back. The big plants leaves then die off and rot, leaving me with a rhizome that does nothing for months. I had a rhizome on the driftwood in my tank for months without even an attempt at putting out new leaves. I'm not sure if it's a flow or nutrient thing, but i eventually got annoyed by the lack of progress and ripped it out.

    In fairness, i've only had 2 plants and 1 of them grew very well in my brothers nano tank, but as soon as i moved it back to mine it just melted and sulked. It was always transported completely submersed too and attached in a full tank, so no idea what happened there. I think it might have just been weak plants though, so if i can find some healthy looking ones i might end up trying it again.
     
    A new day likes this.
  8. OP
    A new day

    A new day

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2019
    Messages:
    1,932
    Likes Received:
    1,441
    Location:
    Cape Town

    This guy shares the secrets of his low tech, low maintenance tank.
    I see anubias (bonsai?), buces, bolbitis, crypts, swords. Not sure what the small foreground plants are - saggitarius perhaps?
     
  9. OP
    A new day

    A new day

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2019
    Messages:
    1,932
    Likes Received:
    1,441
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Skip to 5mins :eek::thumbup:
     
    Cale24 likes this.
  10. OP
    A new day

    A new day

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2019
    Messages:
    1,932
    Likes Received:
    1,441
    Location:
    Cape Town
  11. Cale24

    Cale24

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2018
    Messages:
    335
    Likes Received:
    270
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Such an epic tank, wish they showed more footage of it!
     
    A new day likes this.
  12. OP
    A new day

    A new day

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2019
    Messages:
    1,932
    Likes Received:
    1,441
    Location:
    Cape Town
  13. OP
    A new day

    A new day

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2019
    Messages:
    1,932
    Likes Received:
    1,441
    Location:
    Cape Town
  14. OP
    A new day

    A new day

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2019
    Messages:
    1,932
    Likes Received:
    1,441
    Location:
    Cape Town
  15. fux940510

    fux940510

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2019
    Messages:
    195
    Likes Received:
    164
    Location:
    Strubens Valley
    I've been so tempted to try a dirted high tech tank when i reboot my current aquarium. Tom Barr has a method for using earthworm castings, and Aquapros did a video with earthworm castings, Akadama cap, and did a dry start for a carpet of Glosso
     
    A new day likes this.
  16. OP
    A new day

    A new day

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2019
    Messages:
    1,932
    Likes Received:
    1,441
    Location:
    Cape Town
    I’d be interested in that project if you decide to do it. Too chicken myself but probably for no good reason!
     
    fux940510 likes this.
  17. fux940510

    fux940510

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2019
    Messages:
    195
    Likes Received:
    164
    Location:
    Strubens Valley
    Lots of reading and prepping to be done...
     
    A new day likes this.
  18. OP
    A new day

    A new day

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2019
    Messages:
    1,932
    Likes Received:
    1,441
    Location:
    Cape Town
    The java fern in my one tank (65L) is also not looking too hot at the moment. Full of holes but there are no plant munchers in the tank and other plants look fine. Think it might have been due to a nutrient deficiency some time ago but because they grow so slowly there’s a lag effect. Reckon I’ll remove the old / damaged leaves and let them float to propagate. Hopefully it pushes out new growth faster. Have been adding Flourish Advance and Excel and will continue to do so...
     
  19. fux940510

    fux940510

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2019
    Messages:
    195
    Likes Received:
    164
    Location:
    Strubens Valley
    Removing the leaves is probably a good idea. More energy on new growth rather than repairing damage
     
    A new day likes this.
  20. fux940510

    fux940510

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2019
    Messages:
    195
    Likes Received:
    164
    Location:
    Strubens Valley
  21. OP
    A new day

    A new day

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2019
    Messages:
    1,932
    Likes Received:
    1,441
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Ooh goodie goodie! Lots of interesting stuff coming up within the next 2 weeks. Collaborations, some cool concepts. Looking forward!
     

Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - Aquascaping inspiration internet Forum Date
Shrimp & AquaScaping Workshop (Pta 2 Feb) General Discussions Jan 30, 2020
Perfect tank height for aquascaping Planted Tanks Aug 31, 2018
Port Elizabeth Aquarium and Aquascaping Club General Discussions Jul 28, 2018
Hallo I am a newbie Shrimp Captain and Aquascaping artist wannabe New members Jan 14, 2018
RSS Feed A basic guide to aquascaping RSS Feeds Jul 30, 2017
The hardest part of Aquascaping? Planted Tanks Jul 14, 2017
My first attempt at aquascaping General Discussions Oct 19, 2016

Share This Page