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The Green Machine’s 1800 Litre Aquascape ‘Bones of the Earth’

The Green Machine's 1800 litre display tank by The Green Machine - 'Bones of the Earth' - photograph

It is not often in the entire world that an 1800 litre freshwater tropical aquarium is set up and it is rarer still that one is on public display. That is why it is with great pleasure that we at The Green Machine are publishing this journal to document the re-scape of one of our main in store display tanks.

After the big strip down all that is left is the messy substrate and lots of work ahead.

The Green Machine's 1800 litre display tank by The Green Machine - 'Bones of the Earth' - photographOnce the existing gravel has been sorted and piled up within the aquarium, the enormity of the project normally hits home!

The Green Machine's 1800 litre display tank by The Green Machine - 'Bones of the Earth' - photographHalf of the substrate was left in the aquarium for us to bed the main stones on. Here the first stone weighs in excess of 50KG.

The Green Machine's 1800 litre display tank by The Green Machine - 'Bones of the Earth' - photographThe main stone formation is starting to take place. Scaping the aquarium from the inside can be quite surreal as it is not an every day occurence.

The Green Machine's 1800 litre display tank by The Green Machine - 'Bones of the Earth' - photograph 

The Green Machine's 1800 litre display tank by The Green Machine - 'Bones of the Earth' - photographWe chose to use ADA aquasoil Malaya as the planing medium. We chose the Malaya soil as it complements the soft tones of the fossilised wood and decorative sand. It creates a much more harmonious and natural display.

The Green Machine's 1800 litre display tank by The Green Machine - 'Bones of the Earth' - photographHere we use a two inch paint brush to work the sand into the gaps in the rock.

The Green Machine's 1800 litre display tank by The Green Machine - 'Bones of the Earth' - photographADA Sarawak sand is added to the unplanted foreground.

The Green Machine's 1800 litre display tank by The Green Machine - 'Bones of the Earth' - photographThe hardscaping is complete.

The Green Machine's 1800 litre display tank by The Green Machine - 'Bones of the Earth' - photograph 

The Green Machine's 1800 litre display tank by The Green Machine - 'Bones of the Earth' - photograph 

The Green Machine's 1800 litre display tank by The Green Machine - 'Bones of the Earth' - photograph 

The Green Machine's 1800 litre display tank by The Green Machine - 'Bones of the Earth' - photographThe planting is complete.

The Green Machine's 1800 litre display tank by The Green Machine - 'Bones of the Earth' - photograph 

The Green Machine's 1800 litre display tank by The Green Machine - 'Bones of the Earth' - photograph 

The Green Machine's 1800 litre display tank by The Green Machine - 'Bones of the Earth' - photograph 

The Green Machine's 1800 litre display tank by The Green Machine - 'Bones of the Earth' - photographPhotograph taken April 2010 by Tony Swinney

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