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10 Gallon Iwagumi Style - First Aquascape

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by J Art, Jan 27, 2016.

  1. Ed Villagracia

    Ed Villagracia Active Aquascaper

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    J Art, mine is just a suggestion. before doing it you have to check others aquascape using HG.
    how the scape look with long tall grass and one with nicely trim grass.
     

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  2. J Art

    J Art Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Ok, maintenance day. I pulled out quite a bit of that algae. I didn't realize I had so much because it mixes in with the grass. I'm going to pull back on lighting again.

    Have a few diatoms creeping in a few spots, we'll see in a couple weeks after the lights are backed off again if anything fixes.

    Cut a lot of the grass down, but maybe next time do more? My trimming wasn't very neat this go around it seems after taking a photo, but next week I'll refine it and try to shape it more evenly. Since it grows so fast, I am tempted to trim almost all of it down to a fine carpet and only leave a smaller area in back to grow tall.

    @Ed Villagracia I think you are right to trim up considerably. Even after this heavy trimming, I'm still feeling as if I should do more on the next go.

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  3. keithgh

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    J Art

    Its still got that natural ruggered look about it which makes it totally different to any regimental Aquascape.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  4. J Art

    J Art Aspiring Aquascaper

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    73 days in.

    Working towards getting a more uniform trimming up front. Will give another go next week.

    Cut back to my original 6 hours of lighting and haven't noticed much more of that algae, although I'm still working on removing the original crop.

    No really much more to update. Did some quick photoshopping to remove my equipment so pardon the semi-fake background edges.

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  5. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    so green :mad: I love the scale/shape relationship between the tall grass and stones.
     
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  6. J Art

    J Art Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I've got some brown creeping in on the left side a tad. Keeping an eye on it....
     
  7. keithgh

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    See if you can get more very strong Red Cherry Shrimp they would work in fantastically with the rocks and greenery.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  8. Ed Villagracia

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    thank you for the take.....nice looking tank you have there esp. the last posted photo (y)
     
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  9. keithgh

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    Until you establish the height you know would be best to trim a little at a time instead of one big cut other wise it could easily look like a big "Bad hair day"

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  10. Ed Villagracia

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    your rocks need maintenance too. you can use an old too brush to remove the algae.
    if your rock are not buried in the substrate you can pull one by one and bush it using steel brush
    just remember the original location of each rock. just my opinion.
     
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  11. J Art

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    Good idea @keithgh . I'm working up to the final image for this aquascape. I am estimated about another 2 months before I tear down and start the next one. Am thinking about adding a few neon tetras as well...they might go nicely with the scape and the shrimp.

    @Ed Villagracia , was thinking about cleaning the rocks as well. The main rock can easily be removed, the others I don't want to disturb too much. My only fear is that if I clean the main stone more than the others, it will be noticeably different.
     
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    Thats pretty...the RCS look like fire ant ready for colonizing new spot

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  13. J Art

    J Art Aspiring Aquascaper

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    This is a 10 gallon aquarium, which is about a 38 Liter.
     
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    Ok got it. I wish i can get rid that post, make me look ignorant

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  15. J Art

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    Haha, no it doesn't. I still have to keep checking my conversion app. The US is the weird one for using gallons.
     
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    Thanks keith, i'll bookmark it

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    Glad I could help you.

    Keith :cat::cat:
     
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  19. J Art

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    Well it's been a while since my last post, and honestly I've let things sort of go crazy and grow out a bit. I stopped chasing that low cut manicured look and have just enjoyed the plant for what it is lately. I'm at the point in my aquascaping journey where I feel the hardscape plays the minor role and the greenery is where the heart and soul lies. This scape is creeping up on its final weeks so I figured I should at least post a couple of photos.

    The Eleocharis Acicularis in this tank will be transferred into a larger aquascape and incorporated in with other plants.

    It's been a fun journey and will have fond memories of this little guy.

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  20. keithgh

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    That tank would make an excellent for Shrimp breeding or a Hospital tank.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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