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    Sony A7RII and its 90mm Macro lens.
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    Thanks for the camera info!

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    It took about 2 weeks but we cleared out the ADA 90p and rescaped it with a new hardscape layout that is wayyyy more aggressive than the last. This new main rock is HUGE!!! If we let it stand up straight with no tilt, it would stick out the top of the tank. The plans for now are just a low lawn of a mix of HC, Monte Carlo, and Elatine Hydropiper. We'll also be dry starting this tank since we've had great success with the ADA 45f. Plants will also be added before we fill the tank with water on the plateaus of the rocks to create a layered look thereby creating more depth to the scape itself. Might consider throwing in some e. tenellus micro to break up the rocks a bit when the lawn grows in... we just have to see. The hills in the back will be higher once we get to planting.







    lol....

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    Looks great, will look even better with a mixed texture carpet. Kame-ame-ha!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Gorgeous! Those rocks are killer!


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    Thanks all! Will update soon
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    We had some free time to do a Quick Scape in one of our empty tanks. Its about a 10g tank with 2 pieces of spider wood and 4 pieces of Ryuoh stone to hold the scape together. It looks really nice and can work for high tech stem plants or low light ferns and anubias/buce. Let us know what you think! the scape took about 20mins to put together.









    Here's finally an update on our ADA 45f dry start thats closing in on 3 months now. The UG is doing great and we added a second LED stripe thats not shown in the photos to speed up growth which also means more misting. Sorry for the lack of updates on this tank because you'll notice that it's been moved to our dining table where the duel nano used to be. So things like napkins get in the way of the tank for photos.

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    All outstanding tanks!!! Very beautiful....really like this thread.......Love the dog at the end too!!!!!!! Thank you for posting...always cool to see the work of SCAPE'S OG members.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bongox3 View Post
    All outstanding tanks!!! Very beautiful....really like this thread.......Love the dog at the end too!!!!!!! Thank you for posting...always cool to see the work of SCAPE'S OG members.....
    Thanks! Just getting back into the hobby so we still feel like noobs!
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    Hey guys, we're back at it again with another 36CM tank because the lady decided to buy yet another Betta which I don't mind at all. We decided to use all wood only and chose 4 Manzanita twigs which we pre-soaked and boiled for about 3 days and nights.



    We secured them together as one piece with metal ties so that it wouldn't fall apart during planting, maintenance or from the flow of the filters.




    Next we tied Taiwan Mini Moss along with Anubias Nana Pangolino to the wood to fill in the unnatural looking gaps and cuts. Pangolino is even smaller than Petite and was available in tissue culture!




    All the tissue culture plants we got which includes: LUDWIGIA REPENS 'SUPER RED' , ROTALA SP 'PINK' , MYRIOPHYLLUM SP MINI GUYANA, HYDROCOTYLE TRIPARTITA , ALTERANTHERA REINECKII "MINI" , ELEOCHARIS BELEM , MICRANTHEMUM UMBROSUM , and the Anubias



    We set the wood and ADA substrate layers in place and decide how to plant around it



    The background was planted first with LUDWIGIA REPENS 'SUPER RED' as the main background plant for... well, super red.



    Then the mid ground for reds and a splash of lighter green from HYDROCOTYLE TRIPARTITA and ALTERANTHERA REINECKII "MINI" as accent




    Finally the foreground of feathery ELEOCHARIS BELEM to soften the overall look of this planted nano tank.



    A little cloudy after we set it up along with the temporary filter. We'll have clear photos soon.



    Here's the Betta it houses and his name is Butter.


    A preview of our next Quick Scape with Manzanita Wood and Ryuoh Stone



    Stay Tuned!
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    Loving that 10g scape! great photos too. I would like to see a shallower sandbed touching the glass but that's just my preference. What kind of sand are you using? And do you have a link to buy the tool set you have?

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    Just gorgeous! Love the layout, and while I am not normally a Betta fan, Butter is beautiful!


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    Quote Originally Posted by geektom View Post
    Just gorgeous! Love the layout, and while I am not normally a Betta fan, Butter is beautiful!


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    Thanks! He is a beaut!

    Quote Originally Posted by ir0nma1den View Post
    Loving that 10g scape! great photos too. I would like to see a shallower sandbed touching the glass but that's just my preference. What kind of sand are you using? And do you have a link to buy the tool set you have?
    We've had them for years, they are ADA.
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    Continuing on our updates... here's a few photos of the new TV stand nano tank. We added more plants to it yesterday and today but we'll have those to post for another day.




    Beautiful tissue culture Buce that was added to this tank:


    And stem plant growth is doing great!



    After seeing our planted tanks, a good friend of ours asked us to scape one for her so we put together a nano 2g low tech.





    Plants include Bolbitus, Java Fern narrow leaf, Java Moss, Anubias Petite.

    As a bonus, we used Alder Cones as part of the scape and also to lower the PH of her tap for her betta.

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    Continuing along our scaping spree, here's our friend's tank after doing maintenance on it...






    Also added more plants in our latest 5g TV stand setup during a water change...




    Happy plants




    Also just used the opportunity to rescape out living room console table too!



    Quick Scape video here: https://youtu.be/yIeBwzSdZVI
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    Sorry for the lack of updates, but we've been busy! Since I don't want to violate any forum rules, a simple Google search will let you all in on what even been up to for the past few months. A lot has changed and there's a lot to cover so here it goes....

    We've been doing a lot more Quick Scapes as a proof of concept. Not only are they scape practice for us but they also serve as inspiration and "bigger picture" pieces as in they illustrate how tanks can look if incorporated into an interior design. We figured many people make the inside of their tanks look nice, but what about the overall home? Here are a few examples:

    A simple 2 gallon Ultum Nature Systems 20C cube tank using Flat Bottom Seiryu Stone. The flat bottoms make it super easy to scape with



    Next up is a 20 gallon Ultum Nature Systems 60U standard tank using a really new and awesome rock to the hobby, Senso Stone. It's best described as an evolved version of the very common Dragon Stone. The stone comes super sharp with many layers of color from charcoal grey to rust red.


    Another Ultum Nature Systems 20C cube tank with Manzanita Twig Wood and Ryuoh Stone. When soaked in water and in submerged in a tank, Manzanita has a red tint to it, unlike other common aquarium driftwoods.


    Yet another Ultum Nature Systems 20C cube with Flat Bottom Seiryu Stones. It's just that easy!


    Then we upsized and scaped a 4 gallon Ultum Nature Systems 25C cube with Ryuoh Stone. Even for us, it's sometimes extremely difficult to tell the difference between Seiryu and Ryuoh. Ryuoh Stone is naturally darker than Seiryu and has very apparent white marbling.


    Finally, we scaped a 5 gallon Ultum Nature Systems 5N nano tank with the new Senso Stone along with Manzanita Twig Wood in order to go for that orange to red almost Arizona-looking scape. The great thing about Senso Stone is that some of the pieces come flat-top which makes it also a great base rock in nano size tanks.


    You can view all of these Quick Scapes being put together on our Youtube channel here (we update weekly): https://www.youtube.com/c/glassaqua
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    Somewhere in between all that scaping we ventured up north to visit Aqua Forest Aquarium in San Francisco. This is ADA heaven and lots has changed since the last time I visited nearly 12 years ago.

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    Here's an update on our nightstand Ultum Nature Systems 5N nano tank



    In addition to that 5N, here's our TV stand update now at a month in. The background plants have already been trimmed a handful of times and now it's just a waiting game for the hairgrass to fill in 100%. It's currently our newest tank and fastest growing tank in the house.



    We also planted 2 micro tanks that come in at 400ml and 600ml respectively. It's currently a dry start and we're hoping to fill them soon.



    As soon as Game of Thrones season 7 ended my lady decided we did not even need a TV anymore so now the TV stand has both our 5N nanos sitting on it for 'entertainment' lol

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    And finally.... here's an Ultum Nature Systems 20C cube that we setup this past weekend for the lady's mom. It's super low maintenance and houses Anubias Petite, Marimo, and various Buce sp. The Betta's name is Klaus lol

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    You really have a fantastic eye for aesthetics. Every single tank looks fantastic and are framed so well in your photos. Thanks for sharing with us.
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