My Photography

My Photography
Off topic post, recently a bit active in photo shooting more than aquascape. The reason why I do that is to understand the nature, like Mr Takashi Amano does. So is a helpful skill to develop our aquascaping and some nature behaviour. The place I am staying has such a limited stone scape, but worth for deep in study of the formation. If you like my photography, please drop a 'LIKE' on my link. Thank you very much.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fianlly! new generation of apple snail

After the last "Woo~hoo" of the snails, now can see some youngs crawling in the tank. Hopefully it grows in a healthy manner and seeing more and more young generation. It is very cute with a tiny round and transparent shell, and very hard working eating those algae day & night. It's size getting bigger just in a week and can't really imagine how fast it grows. Anyway, what can we do is waiting them to grow.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

ADA International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC) 2008 winners' photo

Finally some of the ADA International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC) 2008 photo can be found online, here are the winners' photos. Ranking from #1~27, they have done an amazing job. Congrats to all of them!!



1 Cheng Siu Wai HONG KONG

2 Yutaka Kanno JAPAN

3 Hsu Yung Lin TAIWAN

4 Cliff Hui HONG KONG

5 Long Tran Hoang VIET NAM

6 Lee Do Jae KOREA

7 A.J. Judy Prajitno Putra INDONESIA

8 Lee Chun Ho KOREA

9 Yuji Yoshinaga JAPAN

10 Hiroyuki Yamabe JAPAN

11 Fumio Hara JAPAN

12 Weerayut Soemphornphoemsuk THAILAND

13 Toshiharu Ishiwata JAPAN

14 Masashi Ono JAPAN

15 Peter Kirwan IRELAND

16 Ichiro Hamano JAPAN

17 Wong Wai Hung HONG KONG

18 Huu Lan Nguyen VIET NAM

19 Su Kun Cheng TAIWAN

20 George Lo U.S.A.

21 Junichi Itakura JAPAN

22 Xuanthuy Nguyenthi VIET NAM

23 Koji Nakamura JAPAN

24 Takehiko Honoki JAPAN

25 Truong Thinh Ngo VIET NAM

26 Takeshi Kato JAPAN

27 Chen Tse Hsin TAIWAN

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Pogostemon & Hemianthus Callitrichoides pearling


HEMIANTHUS CALLITRICHOIDES
Hardiness: Moderate
Light Needs: High
Plant Structure: Stem
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Genus: Hemianthus
Region: Central/South America
Location: Cuba
Size: Individual stem width: 0.5cm (0.25in)
Growth Rate: Medium
Grown Emersed: Yes






POGOSTEMON HELFERI
Hardiness: Moderate
Light Needs: Medium
Plant Structure: Stem
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Pogostemon
Region: Asia
Location: Thailand
Size: Stem width: 2-5cm (1-2 in)
Growth Rate: Medium
Grown Emersed: Yes

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Apple snails' happy hour!!


Woooo...hoo! What were these 2 lovely snails doing? Hold in that position almost half an hour and climb on each other....I think 2 of it crossover, do hope to see baby snails in my tank soon.....

Specification For 20" Tank

Tank size : L20" x D13" x H13"

Light system : Aqua Zonic Super Bright double tube 24W T5 lamp with 12000K brightness

Filter system : "DIA" 502 Canister filter with ADA Bio Rio, JBL Symec, JBL PhosEx plus and bamboo charcoal insides.

Substrate : JBL Floralpol, JBL AquaBasis plus
layer 2 - ADA Aqua Soil (Amazonia II)

C O 2 : DIY type, 2 x 1 litre bottle, 35~40 bubbles/min.

Airation : after lights off, approx. 11 hours.

Water : Changed 1/3 tank water Once a week, dosing Stress Zyme(benificial bacteria).

Fertilizer : ADA Brighty K, Seachem Flourish Trace & Excel


Old Tank Specification:

Tank size : L33" x D15" x H16" custom made clear glass tank (8mm thick)7425 cubic inch, 32.1 gallons, 121.6 litres (based on H15" water)

Light system : Normal light with electronic ballast
32W 8000K NEC circline light x 3nos.
22W 6200K Philips circline light x 2 nos.
9W Red Aqua PL double tube x 2nos.
a total of 158W = 1.3W/litre = 4.9W/gallon

Filter system : "DIA" 502 Canister filter with ADA Bio Rio, JBL Symec, JBL PhosEx plus and bamboo charcoal insides.

Substrate : JBL Floralpol, JBL AquaBasis plus
layer 2 - ADA Aqua Soil (Amazonia)
layer 3 - size of 5mm pebble stones (front)

C O 2 : DIY type, 2 x 1 litre bottle, 35~40 bubbles/min.

Airation : after lights off, approx. 11 hours.

Water : Changed 1/3 tank water twice a week, dosing Stress Zyme(benificial bacteria).

Fertilizer : JBL Ferropol, ADA Brighty K, JBL the 7+13 balls, PMDD - KNO3, KH2PO4, K2CO3, CaCl2 & MgSO4.