Contact

In need of help for a spectacular hardscape?

Contact us at:

hexi-san [at] kolumbus.fi


15 responses to “Contact

  • Asta ja Tatu Rajala

    Upeita! Esteettinen ja villi maailma.
    Meillä on vain ihan vaatimaton toivomus saada omaa ötökkätarhaa pystyyn. Ensimmäiset yksilöt ja opastusta? Asta ja Tatu, äiti ja poika

  • Belall

    Hi,
    Do you sell 3d Aquarium backgrounds ?

    • hx67

      Hi, Belall.
      I have made many to order.
      However, shipping might prove to be a bit expensive, depending on where you’re located. My shop is in Finland.
      Commuting is no problem to me, in case a project is more convenient to make on location, i.e. large or challenging enough to make it worth the effort.
      Thanks for your message.
      /Hx

  • Belall

    Hey,

    thanks for the response. I am based in London, Not sure about your commuting 🙂 . I have a Juwel Rio fish tank, If you click this link you will see exact measurements. How much do these backgrounds roughly cost? Do you have some examples you can show me of what you did , completed?

    Thanks

    • hx67

      Hi, Belall.
      Link does’n show, so can’t estimate a cost for yours.
      But in general, a background for an average sized tank of, say, 250-300 could be around € 300,- or so.
      Cost depends on how much depth you want for the scape.
      Stone with added wood is naturally more.

      I can also offer a deal: you specify your need and I’ll create my vision of it.
      When it’s ready, you decide if you want to buy it – or not.
      No fee in advance, no cost if you decide not to take it.

      I don’t do moldings, so every piece is carved unique.

      Examples of completed hardscapes should be seen on this page.

      Thanks,
      /Hx

  • Luke

    Hello, I am truly inspired by your work… Although I am not sure what your method is. I’d love to achieve something like yours on my own, do you have in instructions or could you point me in the right direction on how to get started with this kind of building? Thank you so much, have a blessed day.

    • hx67

      Hi, Luke.
      Thanks for your words.
      As to instructions, there’s a lot that can be learned about my process in this blog (and a gazillion others’ elsewhere).
      Materials are explained to an extent and can be found readily everywhere.
      Other than that, I’d say it’s all in your own attitude. Be ready to go through a lot of trial and error to achieve what you desire.
      That being said, the best advice I can give is: get the materials and get your hands dirty! Learn the materials of your choise and try again, after you think you can do better.
      It’s a process of learning. Not so much of teaching.

      Thanks for your message and good luck with your project!
      /Hx

  • William

    Hi
    Your mudskipper habitat is awesome! Im working on a paludarium myself and was wondering if i could get your input?

    • hx67

      Hi, William.

      Congrats on choosing a potentially very satisfying project.

      What can I do for you?

      • William

        I’m using a 30 gallon tank with river sand and planning to plant some hornwort, anubias, and java fern, and possibly a small mangrove (ive read that all these plants can live in brackish water). Once im finished setting it all up I’m hoping to get two mudskippers.
        Does this sound like a good set up?
        Thanks so much

      • hx67

        I’ve had Anubias, java fern along with red and black mangrove growing in low-end brackish, so I know it can be done.
        No experience in hornwort.

        But it all really goes down to which species of mudskippers you’re getting. Some of them seem to need close to mid-level brackish water, 1.010 or so.
        At hat salinity all but mangroves drop out of the picture.

        My advice would be to concentrate on creating a suitable hardscape first, and try planting as you go.
        With any plant you try, always acclimate them very slowly to the salinity of your tank.

        Skippers do regularly climb out of water, but to my experience they all prefer chilling in shallow pools rather than on dry land.
        So, create a bunch of little pools and make sure there’s enough shelter in between them to allow individuals to find rest from each other when they need it.

        And remember to check out the species-specific conditions and their aggressiveness when you get them.
        30 gals is fine for a couple for some of the smaller species, but for the larger, more aggressive species I’d play safe and only house one in it.

        Good luck! Mudskippers are a riot.

  • William

    thanks!! I’m planning for indian mudskippers which are pretty small and fairly docile compared to other breeds. Im really excited.

    thanks again and keep up the good work your tanks are sick

    • hx67

      Thanks again for your feedback.
      Be sure to ping me when you come along with yours!

      • William

        Hey!
        I messaged you a couple months ago about a paludarium I was planning. I just got the animal a couple weeks ago and so far so good! I ended up getting just one african mudskipper. I tried a fresh water plant (java fern) but it ended up dying so I just went with mangroves. I’m using river sand for substrate and keeping the tank (30 gal) at around 86 degrees F.
        What do you feed your fish? I’ve been feeding mine bloodworms; is that a good choice or do reccomend something else?

        Thanks!

      • hx67

        Hi, William,
        and thanks for your follow-up.

        Did you acclimate the Java fern slowly? Plants take a bit of time to get used to salinity. A rate I’ve heard mentioned and have followed, is adding salt 0.001 per week. Java fern should be able to cope somewhere around 1.005 or so.
        But, they don’t always succeed. A combination of many factors.

        My skippers eat about anything I offer.
        Granulates are given by an automatic feeder daily, and other foods by hand irregularly, almost daily.
        Frozen insect larvae, mealworms, cockroach babies and such, I breed them for my lizzards.
        I also make a shrimp-mix by bulk and freeze it. It contains shrimps (with shells), pollock, mussels, banana, carrots, peas, spinach, some beef heart, spirulina, eggs, some multivitamin.
        Everything is ground very fine and then frozen in a thin bag.

        As to bloodworms, they are fine but I’d be careful giving them as the main diet. They are said to be a bit too acidic and poor in nutrients as a basic diet.

        My skippers have learned to find their food both floating and sunk. And as I said, they take about everything I offer.

        Good call on taking just one African in your tank, by the way. They tend to be very aggressive towards each other and take a huge space to live stresslesly in a group.

        Good luck!

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