30g Full Rescape

Discussion in 'Aquarium Aquascaping' started by Florian Pellet, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    Hey all,
    The algae in my 30 long got a bit out of control (I was a little too preoccupied by non-fish related things) and I decided to take that opportunity to do a full rescape of my tank.

    Here it is before:

    Looking for inspiration in the sandpit with aquascaping champion Gregoire Wolinsky:

    Hardscape done, water still a bit cloudy:

    I'll update you as things progress.
  2. AradesValued MemberMember

    Looks good!

  3. dcutl002Well Known MemberMember

    I like both Aquascapes, but I think the new scape is going to look awesome!

  4. r15u5Valued MemberMember

    Looks great!

  5. Heather LValued MemberMember

    Both are gorgeous! I wish I had your eye and talent!
  6. Jocelyn AdelmanFishlore VIPMember

    Update? Super curious for the plantings...
  7. KimberelyNew MemberMember

    Very nice tank BTW!
  8. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    Here are some pictures. I'm obviously no done planting and the plants aren't done growing
  9. Heather LValued MemberMember

  10. Mike AValued MemberMember

  11. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    That would be a good idea actually. I'll do that tomorrow when I can take a proper picture. Right now the lights are dimmed for the night.
  12. Jocelyn AdelmanFishlore VIPMember

    Anxiously awaiting :)
  13. -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    Following, this looks amazing!
  14. Jocelyn AdelmanFishlore VIPMember

    Still no update?!?! You're keeping us hanging :)
  15. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    Here a long overdue update on this tank :emoji_grin::emoji_thumbsup:
    I have taken a few pictures but I only have my low quality cellphone camera... I might borrow a friend's proper camera to try and get something worth your patience some day soon.
    The tank has been planted for 2 months, here it is: :emoji_camera_with_flash:



    Sunny afternoon

    Now let's get into it and talk plants. :emoji_shamrock:
    Here's a list of all the plants in this tank, more or less from left to right:
    • Rotala Bonsai (tall one on the left, unkept otherwise it develops dense and tiny leaves),
    • Taxiphyllum 'flame' (moss in front of the big rock, usually points upwards but it was recently rearranged),
    • Monoselenium Tenerum (green bush around the bottom of the rocks),
    • Anubia Nana (amongst the roots),
    • Reinickii 'mini' (small red in front),
    • blue green algae (on top of the roots on the right),
    • Bolbitis Heudelotii (in the back, still needs to grow but will fill the back),
    • Reinickii Rosanervig (red plant in the back, longer leaves than Reinickii 'mini'),
    • Staurogyne Repens (all the way back in the bottom right corner, will grow and carpet),
    • Nyphaea Zenkeri (big brown leaves on the right).
    There are also patches of Fissidens Fontanus 'phoenix' here and there, just growing out for now, and I'll arrange it properly later. There's also a Bucephalandra sp. 'brownie' still in its pot on the right. It'll get planted someday.

    And because I'm sure some of you are dying to know, the carpet:
    • Marsilea Hirsuta (most of the tank)
    • Hemianthus Callitrichoides 'cuba' (still growing, on the left)
    The Marsilea is starting to climb up the rocks and should be able to be partially emersed at some point.

    Now for the filtering setup: :emoji_tools:
    • Lily pipes (chinese knockoffs),
    • Eheim 2217 canister (seachem matrix, polishing pads, activated carbon),
    • Hydor inline heater,
    • CO2 injection (inline),
    • Drip system (inline) with custom glass overflow,
    • secondary pump
    All this equipment is in a separate room for a fully silent bedroom! Except for the canister, everything is mounted on a piece of plywood, which makes for a pretty tidy setup.

    The lights are 2 Finnex planted + 24/7, set a couple hours apart to get a better sunrise / sunset effect (different color in the back).

    I am also using a Eheim automatic feeder.

    And now the stock! :emoji_fish:
    • Harlequin rasboras
    • Celestial pearl danios
    • False bandit corydoras
    • Chocolate gouramis
    • Betta splendens
    • Sakura red neocaridinas (RCS)
    • Caridina multidentatas (Amanos)
    • Ramshorn snails
    This is probably overstocked according to standards BUT there are a few things that make it work:
    • the drip system constantly changes the water, providing pristine clean water and extremely stable conditions
    • the rasboras like open water VS. the CPDs that prefer to stay close to the hard scape
    • similarly, each species has its own area (betta and gouramis on top VS. cories on the bottom, snails on the rocks VS. shrimps on the carpet...)
    • the Betta was 'tested' beforehand to make sure it was both peaceful and not stressed by the presence of other fish
    • the cleaning crew vastly outnumbers the rest of the stock
    • everything is automated (feeding, light, co2, WCs)
    • there is redundancy (lights, pumps)
    So that's about it. :emoji_monkey_face:

    Thank you for reading and following this build and encouraging me to do an update. I'll gladly welcome any comment or criticism as well as any question.
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2017
  16. Jocelyn AdelmanFishlore VIPMember

    Looks amazing! Which marsilea did you use?
  17. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    I just finished editing my update. You'll find all your answers in there :)
  18. -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    Quite a bit of progress, it's looking great :)
  19. Bdriver55Valued MemberMember

    Great scape and stocking
  20. barandemir09Valued MemberMember

    I'm debating on marsilea hirsuta and crenata... I don't know what to do...

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