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TGM Aquascape by Andrew Mack

From time to time one of the large acrylic display tanks in the Green Machine’s store is re-scaped. On this occasion the job was given to Andrew Mack.

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photograph

The above image shows the finished aquascape shortly after the livestock were added. (photo by Stu Worrall)

“It is 3 weeks since Mark first said ‘how do you fancy doing one of the big tanks?’ It turned out to be my favourite of the three – ‘wide screen’ and 3D format!

A big thanks to Jim and Mark for giving me the rare opportunity to design and build an aquarium of this size.

Thanks to the boys for all the technical help on planting.

For the hardscaping skips have been raided, rockeries re-cycled and the large piece of slate I acquired from a Welsh farmer 25 years ago has finally found a ‘stage’ big enough to do it justice. It had been rotting in my back garden (frost acts quickly on slate) and I am delighted it has finally found a good home.

Sincere thanks also to George Farmer for the ‘jewel in the crown’ piece of wood which graces the upper part of the composition. That was a sublime piece of opportunism after my own heart. At risk of drowning George bravely threw himself into a lake to retrieve this beautiful piece of wood! I’ve seen the video of the wood emerging excalibur like from the lake but with a frogman on the end of it! It’s cleaned up nicely (stainless wire pan scrubbers are brill for this) and we hope it will sink any week soon! then we can position it properly. Well done George.

TGM asked us to keep a picture diary of progress (and set-backs) and what follows is almost a blow-by-blow account as events unfolded.

We have done all we can and now it’s up to nature. We’ll keep you posted, or why not drop in to TGM and see for yourselves.”

The 1st Day Begins

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photograph5 x 5ltr bags of Tropica Plant Substrate

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographAndy & Graeme mind meld

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographHave a re-think

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographEndlessly re-arranging

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photograph 

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photograph 

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographGetting somewhere

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographThe Physical Impossibility of Being a Fish

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographEnd of 1st day – Monday 12/10/09

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographEnd of 1st day end view

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographDeep Pockets of ADA Aqua Soil Malaya

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographDamping Down

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographUnder Halogen Light. Saturday 17/10/09

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographThe Crypts have Arrived

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographThe Wendtii Green Go in First

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographBalansae are planted

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographJim & Gaz knitting moss

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographMore Crypts go in

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographCardinals go in for a Swim

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographWOW Wendtii or What!

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographRainbow Bridge

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photograph 

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographEnd view 31/10/09

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographEnd of day 6th Saturday 31/10/09

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photographAfter livestock have been added

An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photograph
An aquascape created by Andrew Mack at The Green Machine in Wrexham, UK - photograph
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