March 5, 2012
June 13, 2011
March 5, 2012
Thank you, Matt!
Depends upon what you mean by long term. The top scape ran for about a year and a half before I moved and took everything down. I entered it into the IAPLC and ranked 574 (pretty good for a small tank). I've only recently gotten both tanks back up and running (2 months or so) after my move this summer. The scapes can last as long I would like them to with regular care. Due to the fast growing stems they get trimmed every 3-4 weeks. If things get really overgrown I can do a massive trim and let it grow in all over.
If everything runs smoothly it takes about 4-6 months for a scape to mature. I probably have two more trims in the 90 cm tank to get the stems to line up and bush out. After that mark a good low trim helps freshen up everything with new growth. Everything will bounce back when that happens. They will have had a strong root structure established. When I took down the 30 cm tank the back literally came up as a clump of sod the roots were so thick. The stems held it all together...well except for the stones of course.
I plan to run these for a year or so depending on how much I like them and if I get the bug to rescape. I'm REALLY enjoying the 90 cm, everything is so healthy so that may get a 2 year lifespan. The apisto borelli blue are great fish as are the axelrodi riesei. I'm hoping the apistos will spawn in there. If not, I may turn an old 20 gallon into a biotope and see if I can get a pair to spawn in there. I haven't taken a stab at raising fry yet, I don't think the killi fish count.
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