• Welcome to ScapeCrunch!

    We are a friendly, online community of people interested in planted aquariums. We support and help each other learn and grow. It is our sincere hope that you will join us and find our tight-knit community valuable and fun!

    ScapeCrunch is different than Facebook Groups. Here's how:

    • It is a place where you can make long-term friends in the planted aquarium hobby and have long, multi-day talks on specific subjects.
    • Unlike social media, online communities like ScapeCrunch are much better at curating collective knowledge and in fostering deeper relationships.
    • They lend themselves better at long-form discussions.
    • You can maintain a thread on your personal aquarium with pictures and details. Other members can comment, help and ask questions. You can do the same with their Member Tank threads.

    Where Facebook is more like a large city-wide party, ScapeCrunch is more like your neighborhood bar "where everybody knows your name. And they're always glad you came." It's always fun to go to large parties but it's at the local bar that you feel people really know you. The great part is that you can and should go to both!

    Please consider joining to become a full fledged member of our growing community of planted aquarium obsessed enthusiasts. Let's grow together!

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Introduce yourself


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    Once you get added to the group, please introduce yourself by posting here!
    Hello ladies, nice to see that there are four of us (and counting, hopefully!). This is from my initial ScapeCrunch Introductory post, which is also my build thread:
    Hello, my name is Ci (pronounced ‘see’) and I am glad to have found this forum. A lot of well respected names here and perhaps a bit less drama. This post is my introduction, as well as a tank journal for both of my current planted aquariums.

    My background is of various low tech community tanks back in the 70’s and 80’s in my teens and early adulthood, followed by a long hiatus, and then a couple of low tech tanks (including a 125g planted goldfish tank) about 15 years ago with another hiatus when I retired, and started travelling more. I focused on ponds that could be left on their own more often.
    A source of pride is my 2500g outdoor koi “tank” and it’s thriving occupants!
    In 2020 we made the decision to stop going south for the winters and therefore I could start keeping indoor aquariums again. I wanted to delve into high tech this time and invested in a beautiful Fluval Osaka 260 (68g) tank, Current Satellite Pro+ LEDS plus the stock t5ho fixture on the tank, a co2 system and 2 Oase Biomaster Thermo 350 filters, ADA Aquasoil and EI dosing dry fert regime.

    And so the hobby begins anew …
    For some further introduction in this special forum that Art has so kindly created just for our, somewhat unique, group of women aquascape enthusiasts:
    I am a 65 year old, married, retired dog groomer, but also have worked (and still am) as a Laboratory Supervisor for the Canadian Dept. of Fisheries Herring Biological Sampling Program, and am co-owner of the independent contracting company that carries out the work for the government.
    I have always loved caring for living creatures, and my childhood and subsequent homes over the decades have always been filled with pets and plants. Dogs, cats, cockatiels, budgies, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, snakes, lizards, horses, chickens, peacocks, “pet” cows, goats, sheep, ponies, parrots, canaries, myna birds, turtles, salamanders, axolotls, iguanas, turkeys, ferrets, hedgehogs, guinea pigs, tarantulas, houseplants, vegetable gardens, carnivorous plant bogs, bonsai trees, goldfish, koi and AQUARIUMS!
    Whew … I just relived my entire life in one flash!

    I know I take after my father in my love of animals and one of my earliest memories is of creeping down to the basement rec room (early 1960’s) where he had an aquarium built into the wall. It was out of sight and mind and subsequently a mess, and it both scared and fascinated me with it’s gloomy waters and skeletons of dead fishes …
    I was rarely without a fish tank of one sort or another for the rest of my life, other than the hiatus’s mentioned above.
    However, none of them compare in beauty, gloriousness, joy and utter satisfaction to the tanks I have built for myself now. I feel like I am living in a renaissance time of knowledge, equipment, variety of flora and fauna, and just general accessibility to a successful endeavour. A big part of it, of course is being semi-retired and having the funds to do things right. I am so very grateful to be alive in such times as these ~•🖤•~

    I will be very interested to hear your stories and experiences
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