Tuesday, November 19, 2019

"27L The Jungle Cube"- Contest Results

It has been a remark for "The Jungle Cube"tank in the year of 2019.

This tank had been participated 3 Aquascaping Contest this year. Personally, I like to send the tank to contest not for the ranking purpose but to put it as a milestone of achievement. Nevertheless, it has always been a special feeling of awaiting for the result though. Haha.

Firstly is the IIAC (ISTA International Aquascaping Contest) which is open for application from 1 Feb to 30 Jun yearly. I got ranked 255 out of 535 participants. Very happy with the result. Yay!

IIAC 2019 Result

The second contest is AGA Aquascaping Contest 2019 (by Aquatic Gardeners Association). This contest only shows ranking for the Top 10 of each category and The Jungle Cube is not in the Top 10 in less than 28L category. The good thing about this contest is all of the participants's works will be shown on the website. Here is the capture of "The Jungle Cube"one. And the link can be found at: https://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/2019/show182.html

AGA Aquascaping Contest 2019 result

The third contest is Brazilian Aquascaping Contest. The result has been out recently and this tank got ranked 24 for "The Best Foreign Aquarium 2019" category (https://www.cbap.com.br/en/inscricao/the-jungle-cube/). I am happy with the result and especially got a positive comment from the famous Aquascaper Takayuki Fukada. :)

And for now, here are the photos of the final shots of "The Jungle Cube". I hope you enjoy the journey of this cube tank as much as I do. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

"The Tiny Mighty Cave"- Dry Start Method (DSM)

Have you ever heard about DSM before? That is not "Dover Street Market" as what you can see from the first Google Search. If you search the keywords "DSM Aquarium", probably you will get the right results for "Dry Start Method" for the planted tank.

This method starts with the emersed growth of plants in a high humidity environment. Once the plant root system is developed and plant healthy growth, water can be introduced into the tank and the submersed form started. It is quite similar to the nature of the river bank where water raises up and down and aquatic plants need to adapt to that. Emersed planting setup was mentioned in my other post on a small scale.

I finally decided to go for a super low tech tank in my outdoor corridor garden by using DSM. 

Since I already got a metal aquarium stand which is very sturdy, I just needed to hunt for the tank itself. It was no rushing at all. I normally enjoy the period of gather the equipment one-by-one. It is the joy of this hobby in my view. J I really enjoy the process of making something old/rusty/ antique becomes more aesthetic. It is like bringing a brand new life to it. 

And the chance came on Facebook Market. I found the aquarium size of 90cmLx40cmWx22cmH was perfect for my plan. I wanted to have a low-profile tank which I can enjoy it as an aquarium as well as a pond. J With this low profile tank, I can have a good view from the top and the fish still got benefits from the wide surface plus long tank to swim about. :) So I quickly arranged with the seller and the deal inclusive of delivery to my block with a reasonable price.

I bought a white foam matt from a LFS in Serangoon North as a cushion below the tank and it was ready for setup.
Low profile tank is just nice for my outdoor plan :)