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    SCAPE Member Sr. SCAPEr jem_xxiii's Avatar
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    Awesome to see one of my favorite IG accounts is also a SCAPE member! Love what you are doing John, your tanks and inspirations are always awesome!
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    My favorite is the last tank


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    Betta person who JUST discovered dwarf shrimp (but have time and space for only very very low maintenance stuff these days!)

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    We'll be attending the SCAPE meet at CK next month so hope to see everyone there!
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    What is your IG handle? Is Senso stone neutral in its impact to water conditions? When do you anticipate it being readily available?


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    It's @glassaqua and also Senso Stone is already available
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    Quote Originally Posted by geektom View Post
    What is your IG handle? Is Senso stone neutral in its impact to water conditions? When do you anticipate it being readily available?
    lots of good inspiration happens on the glassaqua IG account.
    [BuceFiend x ShrimpKiller]

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    Quote Originally Posted by turtlehead View Post
    It's @glassaqua and also Senso Stone is already available
    Awesome! So is it neutral?
    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    From our own tank experiences with it, it is neutral.
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    Back for another round of updates!

    Here's a 2 week update on the lady's mom's Betta Ultum Nature Systems 20C Cube Tank. No algae issues whatsoever after 2+ weeks. We gave her mom an Azoo 150 Mignon which is rated for tanks 2-3 times the size of this tank so it would compensate for us not being around every weekend to do a water change. We gave it, its first water change in 2 weeks and there was literally nothing to clean. The water was crystal clear! The plants are perking up and the Betta, Klaus is brightening up in color too. There's no CO2 injection and excel/ferts are only dosed once a week along with water topoffs.



    Next up we setup this very nice Ultum Nature Systems 60U 20.5G for her mom. Given her budget and free time we decided to go for yet another low tech setup for her.

    Tip : Save the lids that come with your tank. They’re super handy and we use them all the time, especially for pre-scaping. Let’s you play around as much as you want while making sure the scape will fit without scratching your tank.



    We had over 30 Anubias Petite .5” bunches wrapped on small porous Lava Rocks that grew to 2” bunches in 5 months for this tank. Even the slowest growing plants benefit from CO2. Before placing them in this scape, we split and wrapped 4 golf ball portions of Java Moss to them to avoid the mismatching of rocks for a much more natural look.



    Since N’s mom had given us a budget to stick to, most of the extraneous equipment/accessories that were used to setup this tank were from our personal stash or storage. This included:

    - Purigen 100ml with bag that’s doing a great job taking care of the tannins in the water from the heavy leeching Horn Wood
    - Hikari mix of fish feed
    - ADA Vitamix which will be good for stress relief and conditioning of new fish that we’re going to add
    - ADA Multi-Bottom which are just like root tabs that will help the Crypt Lucens grow in this sand-only layout
    - ADA Gain Green which helps new plants in tanks establish quickly - ADA Moss Cotton which we used to secure the Java Moss onto the wood and will dissolve on its own in about 2 months time
    - Toothbrush
    - UNS tools that will be released soon



    Before slowly filling with RO water. We included a total of each of the following plants:

    6 handfuls of Microsorium pteropus sp. Trident
    1 pot of Cryptocoryne Lucens
    30 bunches of Anubias 'Petite'
    6 pots of Bolbitis ‘Mini’
    12 golf ball portions of Java Moss
    1 bulb of Nymphaea Nouchali



    Adding additional bacteria and established water after a 50% water change on the second day. The tank specs are as follows:

    UNS 60U Standard Tank
    Current USA Satellite LED Plus
    Eheim 2215/350 Classic Filter
    Stainless Steel Inflow and Outflow Pipes
    Eheim Jager 150w Heater
    8 Horn Wood
    30+ Ryuoh Stones
    Full Seachem line of liquids

    John

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    20c Ultum Nature

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    Quote Originally Posted by turtlehead View Post
    Back for another round of updates!

    Here's a 2 week update on the lady's mom's Betta Ultum Nature Systems 20C Cube Tank. No algae issues whatsoever after 2+ weeks. We gave her mom an Azoo 150 Mignon which is rated for tanks 2-3 times the size of this tank so it would compensate for us not being around every weekend to do a water change. We gave it, its first water change in 2 weeks and there was literally nothing to clean. The water was crystal clear! The plants are perking up and the Betta, Klaus is brightening up in color too. There's no CO2 injection and excel/ferts are only dosed once a week along with water topoffs.



    Next up we setup this very nice Ultum Nature Systems 60U 20.5G for her mom. Given her budget and free time we decided to go for yet another low tech setup for her.

    Tip : Save the lids that come with your tank. They’re super handy and we use them all the time, especially for pre-scaping. Let’s you play around as much as you want while making sure the scape will fit without scratching your tank.



    We had over 30 Anubias Petite .5” bunches wrapped on small porous Lava Rocks that grew to 2” bunches in 5 months for this tank. Even the slowest growing plants benefit from CO2. Before placing them in this scape, we split and wrapped 4 golf ball portions of Java Moss to them to avoid the mismatching of rocks for a much more natural look.



    Since N’s mom had given us a budget to stick to, most of the extraneous equipment/accessories that were used to setup this tank were from our personal stash or storage. This included:

    - Purigen 100ml with bag that’s doing a great job taking care of the tannins in the water from the heavy leeching Horn Wood
    - Hikari mix of fish feed
    - ADA Vitamix which will be good for stress relief and conditioning of new fish that we’re going to add
    - ADA Multi-Bottom which are just like root tabs that will help the Crypt Lucens grow in this sand-only layout
    - ADA Gain Green which helps new plants in tanks establish quickly - ADA Moss Cotton which we used to secure the Java Moss onto the wood and will dissolve on its own in about 2 months time
    - Toothbrush
    - UNS tools that will be released soon



    Before slowly filling with RO water. We included a total of each of the following plants:

    6 handfuls of Microsorium pteropus sp. Trident
    1 pot of Cryptocoryne Lucens
    30 bunches of Anubias 'Petite'
    6 pots of Bolbitis ‘Mini’
    12 golf ball portions of Java Moss
    1 bulb of Nymphaea Nouchali



    Adding additional bacteria and established water after a 50% water change on the second day. The tank specs are as follows:

    UNS 60U Standard Tank
    Current USA Satellite LED Plus
    Eheim 2215/350 Classic Filter
    Stainless Steel Inflow and Outflow Pipes
    Eheim Jager 150w Heater
    8 Horn Wood
    30+ Ryuoh Stones
    Full Seachem line of liquids

    Wow, looks awesome! Beautiful scape

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    Unbelievable! Every picture looks like a high end advertisement. Your scapes are so clean and artistic. Amazing!!!

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    Always making it look so easy... Great looking tanks
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    thank you all! More photos of the tank now filled with fish to come!
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    are those blue tetras in the tank? Boehlkea fredcochui
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    Yep!
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    So here's the final look of the tank on the last day we saw it



    Tank Specifications:
    TANK: Ultum Nature Systems 60U 20.5 Gallons
    LIGHTING: Current USA Satellite LED Plus
    FILTRATION: Eheim 2215 / 250 Classic with Stainless Steel Pipes and Seachem Purigen media
    CO2: Seachem Flourish Excel
    PLANTS: 6 handfuls of Microsorium pteropus sp. Trident, 1 pot of Cryptocoryne Lucens, 30 bunches of Anubias 'Petite', 6 pots of Bolbitis ‘Mini’
    12 golf ball portions of Java Moss
    1 bulb of Nymphaea Nouchali
    SUBSTRATE: Natural Sand
    FERTILIZATION: Seachem Flourish
    HARDSCAPE: Ryuoh Stone and Horn Wood
    LIVESTOCK: 21 Boehlkea fredcochui, 3 Otocinclus affinis, 6 Corydoras pygmaeus, 1 Crossocheilus siamensis

    Here's a video of the tank during feeding time after they were added: https://youtu.be/xh2YpV7bvA0

    Now that we're back home, here's how we tried to make cinder blocks look pretty lol with a Quick Scape




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    Updates, updates, updates! Here's our newest TV stand Ultum Nature Systems 5N (4.6 gallon) nano tank at 2 months. It's been a battle to keep it balanced correctly since the Twinstar 360E LED we're using is A LOT of light for such a small tank. However, once it was balanced, there's been great growth. Right now we're concentrated on getting the background stems to get bushier by trimming at least twice a week and waiting for the hairgrass to fill 100%. Also, we've been working on dosing more Iron for deeper reds. Really suprised at how colorful this tank has turned out thus far.







    Next we used classic Dragon Ohko Stones for a concave Quick Scape.




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    Back again with new updates!

    It's been a while since we posted any updates on our longest running tank at almost 11 months. It seems now is the time for a rescape or at least a replant. We don't trim this tank anymore and are only performing water changes and fertilizer dosing.





    We took a break from tanks and created another Quick Scape with Manzanita Twig Wood and the European exclusive, Frodo Stone




    Shortly afterwards, we visited a long time friend and helped her setup a new Betta Fish tank. The tank is an Ultum Nature Systems 2C cube that holds a little over 2 gallons. The only "plant" we used was a tennis ball sized Marimo Moss Ball that we split and attached to the Seiryu Stones with super glue. She has a hard time keeping any sort of plant alive so we made it as simple and low maintenance for her as possible.




    Her Betta, Reddington seems to love his new Beachside home




    Next up we visited and did some maintenance on another Ultum Nature Systems 2C cube. This is an update on Klaus' tank that we setup nearly a month ago. All the plants are perking up nicely, even the slow-growing Buce! Even the Betta is getting bigger and more colorful by the day.





    Here's our newest Ultum Nature Systems 5N nano tank, approaching 3 months. All the plants are doing well and responding to consistent trimmings. We're going for that bushy looking as opposed to the long stringy stem plant look.









    And finally, here's our 5 month long dry start method ADA 45-F tank. Looking back, we should have filled it at month 3 or 4 but due to our hectic scheduling it was left neglected and we decided to fill it anyway to see how it would grow out if it even does. We probably misted it 10 times during the 5 month period and forgot to even lift the wrap for CO2 exchange on occasion. Also the summer heat did kill some of the utricularia graminifolia off but it recovered on its own pretty nicely. All the equipment that is being used on this tank is just used equipment we had laying around so ignore the horrible frankenfilter setup. We just set this up temporarily since we didn't know if the UG would survive during this transitional phase since it's such a tricky plant. This was our 4th and most "successful" time with this plant. Fingers crossed for this one!



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