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10 Gallon Iwagumi Style - First Aquascape

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

  1. J Art

    J Art Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Good call on the large rock in front. I think I'm trying too hard to use all the rocks and not looking at it more honestly. The substrate should be in the next couple of days and will start taking some proper photos. Just trying to work out some design thoughts. Thanks for input!
     

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    J Art

    Keep posting your ideas its the best way to learn.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  3. J Art

    J Art Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Well, I've changed the title of the post again. I'm back to an Iwagumi style aquascape.

    Keep in mind, I'm definitely still in the planning stages here...painted the background with black latex paint (on the outside of course), installed the DIY LED's, and simplified the hardscape. I promise I'll take some proper photos once the substrate is in....

    After positioning my rocks a million different ways, it seems a simple 3 rock layout might work best.

    For plants I'm thinking:
    Dwarf Hairgrass
    Limnophila hippuridoides
    Penthorum sedoides
    Rotala 'Bonsai'

    These plant ideas are coming right out of George Farmer's 'Layout 100' on the Tropica Website. (seen here)

    What are your thoughts on plant selection? Should I go for the multi plant layout, or stick to simply Dwarf Hairgrass?

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    This is what I replied on the 29th Jan

    Nothing has changed. I could say WOW it looks fantastic but that would not help you at all.

    Keep referring to that Video.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  5. J Art

    J Art Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Stopped by my local fish store on the way home today and was able to trade in my other rocks for store credit and got these lava rocks. Thanks @lucasgg for that suggestion. I really wanted those first rocks to work, but it may have been my stubbornness holding me back. Thanks @keithgh for your persistence and pushing me in the right direction.

    Here's a proper photo of the tank as of today....

    As always, suggestions welcome....

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    What happened it looks like you took a cold shower in the snow and came back completely refreshed, a great effort.

    I should say thank you for listening now you realize I do not give up easily.

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    Now lets finally get down to serious Aquascaping.

    With the aid of Photoshop I stretched your main rock to a better focal point previously it was too low.

    I also removed the narrow rock RH of the big rock for a better eye flow.

    Next step buy one more rock longer and slightly not as with with plenty of character like every other rock.

    Its think about planting time very soon under no circumstances start buying plants until you get the expert help from the experienced growers.

    Research is a must now.

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...z8iOLKAhWDo5QKHXyvAjcQsAQILA&biw=1312&bih=671

    http://www.thegreenmachineonline.com/blog/iwagumi-aquascapes-introduction/

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    What happened it looks like you took a cold shower in the snow and came back completely refreshed, a great effort.

    I should say thank you for listening now you realize I do not give up easily.

    [​IMG]

    Now lets finally get down to serious Aquascaping.

    With the aid of Photoshop I stretched your main rock to a better focal point previously it was too low.

    I also removed the narrow rock RH of the big rock for a better eye flow.

    Next step buy one more rock longer and slightly not as with with plenty of character like every other rock.

    Its think about planting time very soon under no circumstances start buying plants until you get the expert help from the experienced growers.

    Research is a must now.

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...z8iOLKAhWDo5QKHXyvAjcQsAQILA&biw=1312&bih=671

    http://www.thegreenmachineonline.com/blog/iwagumi-aquascapes-introduction/

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  8. J Art

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    I did do a lot of shoveling yesterday...could account for it...

    Wow....thanks for making those tweaks. I totally see what you did there. I'll be making those adjustments for sure.

    [QUOTE="Next step buy one more rock longer and slightly not as with with plenty of character like every other rock."[/QUOTE]

    I actually have about 5 or 6 more rocks that I didn't use, I'm going to see if any fit the bill. Thanks again.

    PS - Love the green machine!
     
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    This is a massive improvement on the earlier attempt. Your going in the right direction for sure (y)
     
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    Yes its a massive improvement, I am very glad I pushed the button very hard and often.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Ok, update. Keith, made some of the changes you had mentioned (at least I think I did). Still not 100%, but think I'm ready to switch out my "play sand" (flourite) for the Eco-Complete and start thinking about plants.

    I'm going to run it flooded for a few weeks before planting and let the biology stabilize itself a bit by adding some of the biomedia from my other tank under this substrate and in the filter. Probably a good idea to soak in the design and leave time for changes anyways...

    As always, would appreciate some hardscape tweaks and some plant suggestions.

    Thanks!
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    The scape looks good, and imo it will look better without the single rock at the back.
     
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    I am having the same feeling. Thanks for feedback.
     
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    J Art Aspiring Aquascaper

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    @sushant here is is without that rock, smaller one in place pointed towards main...

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    The large rock position and size OK but shape its too square.

    The smaller replacement rock not required plus its too small.

    The two round rocks ???? confusing in comparison to the other rocks.

    The LH side is looking great its the RH side is not looking good at all.

    Keith :cat: :cat:
     
  17. lucasgg

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    @keithgh Could the squareness be countered by extra round leaves? I'm a big fan of the raw character of this setup, it looks very harsh and well structured. Looks good.

    I'd agree the right side is weak.
     
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  18. J Art

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    Thanks for feedback @lucasgg . I'm going to swap out gravel for Eco-Complete this week and see where I can take it. I'd imagine the plants will help mend some of the shortcomings of my first hardscape attempt.

    Plant suggestions anyone?

    As of right now, I'm debating between dwarf hairgrass and Monte Carlo for carpet based on reviews ...
     
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    Get a little of both and see which one grows best. If they both grow well then keep your favorite and give away the lesser. Get more of your favorite afterwards. By doing this, you gain experience in predicting what plants will look like grown in and in judging what plant will work best for you.

    I'm curious what keith will say about my comment.

    @J Art What you did with the left side's small rocks is great. They are tightly clustered with adequate space in between, and are smaller than the main rock. Try doing this on the right side.
     
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    Good advice. Thank you.
     

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