Monday, 9 March 2020

Cryptocoryne nurii var. raubensis 'Rosen Maiden'

This beautiful Crypt originates from the Malay Peninsula (Bt. Perah, Raub). In their natural habitat they grow on the stream banks in limestone soil. This is smaller Crypt and has tendency to grow very low, leaves growing horizontally. It is very easy Crypt to grow (both emersed and submerged).

Closed spathe of C. nurii var. raubensis 'Rosen Maiden':

Beautiful pattern on the leaves:

A great article about C. nurii var. raubensis can be found here.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Nano aquascape - "Fire Garden"

Dimensions: 20x15x15cm - 4 liters or 1 gallon
Lighting: LED 9W
Filtration: Azoo Mignon 60l/h (sponge, Purolite) 
CO2: Pressurised 1 bubble every 2 seconds
Substrate: ADA Aquasoil Amazonia (regular and powder)
Hardscape: Lava rocks
Fertilization: PPS pro, Easy carbo
Plants: Eriocaulon sp. 'Sulawesi', Fissidens sp. 'Khao Sok', Rotala mexicana 'Goias'
Fish/shrimps/snails: Crystal Red shrimps, Leopard ramshorn snails

In this tank I wanted to create a carpet with one of the smallest Eriocaulon, E. sp. 'Sulawesi'.
Hardscape was made of lava rock pieces glued together to act as a barrier dividing front and background. In the foreground I have used powder type and at the back is regular ADA Amazonia:

Eriocaulon sp. 'Sulawesi':

Fissidens sp. 'Khao Sok' is applied on the rocks by yogurt method and at the back is planted Rotala mexicana 'Goias'. Dry start for 2 weeks.
Front of the tank is elevated as there is a slope - this way I have leveled soil and water level:

Day 1:

Day 21:

Fissidens sp. 'Khao Sok' 4 weeks after flooding:

Day 37:

Day 48 - Introduced 7 CRS. Plants growing great:

Day 50:

Day 63 - Still without trimming!

Day 73:

First trimming! Rotala mexicana 'Goias' growing in all directions, need to shape it. With spring scissors it is one minute job in such a small tank:

I am changing only 1/2 liters of water (RO + minerals) once a week. Now testing my own all in one fertilizer blend.
After trimming:

Fissidens sp. 'Khao Sok':

Day 90:

Fissidens sp. 'Philippines' - appeared unexpectedly, most likely came over the brush during application of 'Khao Sok':

Day 100:

Rotala mexicana 'Goias':

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Cryptocoryne nurii 'Platinum'

Cryptocoryne nurii 'Platinum' is found on Lingga island in the Riau Archipellago province of Sumatra. It was discovered in 2009 by Mr. Nakamoto.
This beautiful new Cryptocoryne he named Cryptocoryne sp. 'Lingga 19 – Platinum Line' based on its distinct platin-colored leaf nerves. Recently this plant got the status of a cultivar: C. nurii 'Platinum'.

The cultivar ‘Platinum’ differs from the normal form by its bright nerves of the leaf; the name ‘Platinum’ comes from the word for the rare noble metal platinum and its color refers to the nerves. The C. nurii plants from Lingga island have wider leaves compared to these from the mainland (Malay peninsula).

A still closed spathe of C. nurii 'Platinum' showing the typical nurii bulge:

From above:

This crypt growing very well in my High-tech setup. 

Friday, 16 November 2018

Cryptocoryne bangkaensis

A new species from the island of Bangka and Belitung near Sumatra. For a long time C. bangkaensis was considered as C. scurillis. C. bangkaensis is characterized by its limb with a more or less bumped surface with only protuberances on the margin of the limb, a narrow throat and a pronounced collar. The limb is mostly recurved and not fully flattened and is finely dotted.

This crypt growing very well in my High-tech setup. 

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Cryptocoryne x timahensis

Cryptocoryne x timahensis is an unusual and very rare crypt. Found only in a small pool in Bukit Timah national park in Singapore. C. x timahensis grows near the top of the hill in a very tiny stream in an artificial pond which is formed by damming the stream. There are no other localities known, so this plant is extremely vulnerable for any changes in the hydrological situation. Fortunately, this area is protected by a small forest growing on and around the hill. Plants grow in a shallow stream (about 25 cm deep) and water is slightly acidic.

Cryptocoryne x timahensis is believed to be a natural hybrid between Cryptocoryne nurii and Cryptocoryne cordata.

I am growing this crypt in my High-tech setup. 

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Nano aquascape - "Crystal Canyon"

Dimensions: 27x20x20cm or 11x8x8" (10 liters) - Optiwhite
Lighting: Chihiros C-Series C301 14W
Filtration: Eden 501 (sponge, ceramic rings, Purolite)
CO2: Pressurised 1bps thru glass/ceramic diffuser
Substrate: ADA Aquasoil Amazonia, Quartz sand
Hardscape: Glimmer wood rocks
Fertilization: PPS pro, Easy carbo
Water parameters: Temp. 23°C, pH 6.5, KH 3, GH 6, TDS 180
Plants: Fissidens sp. 'Philippines', Fissidens sp. 'Khao sok', Fissidens sp. 'Vietnam', Riccardia graeffei, Anubias sp. 'Pangolino', Crepidomanes sp. 'Calicut', Rotala sp. 'Wayanad', Rotala macrandra 'Mini Butterfly', Rotala sp.'Needle leaf', Hottonia palustris, Hemianthus sp. 'Amano pearl grass'
Fish/shrimps: Crystal Red shrimps, Ramshorn snails

Building a hardscape

Here are some photos of creating process;

First I have made scapebox of styrofoam boards. Hardscape base is egg crate panel cutted to the size - about 2-3mm smaller than inner dimensions of the tank:

Cutting stones:

All pieces are glued with epoxy putty to the egg crate. This way you can have permanent design without worry to move something when doing maintenance. Also, you can see there are smaller stones glued to the main boulders - I wanted some texture and character on the these quite flat surface stones:

Next step - making canyon bottom (with creek). First I needed a base for gluing smaller stones. Piece of plastic net cutted down to fit:

And glued with super glue to the egg crate:

Then I cut out piece of paper to act as creek:

Now when I have a vision how it will look like it is time to make a shore - gluing stones next to the paper.
A little bit of grinding to fit better:

And here it is, almost finished hardscape from the top...

Next step is moss application by yogurt method.

Now at least 2 weeks of DSM and then flooding.

The tank is flooded!

Day 1:

Day 60:

Added 40-50 CRS. Everything growing slowly especially Fissidens. CO2 is at 10-15ppm (needed to decreased it due to shrimps).

Day 80: 

Stem plants at the back needs trimming.

After trimming:


Day 104:

Day 127:

Leopard Ramshorn on R. graeffei:

Day 150:

Crepidomanes sp. 'Calicut':


Day 192:

Day 209 - Final photo:

IIAC 2019 Rank 73 - not bad for such a tiny tank! :)

CIAC 2019 - Category < 120 l - Rank 47