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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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    Different world with the Eco-Complete in there....

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    You are getting so close to a very good Aquascape keep adjusting and the correct planting you could easily finish up with an excellent Aquascape far from your first effort.

    Now ? the front rock is sloping the wrong way its very distraction to the eye flow.

    Front LH rock also requires a little rotating.

    The main rock can you remove that little piece to give it a good slope in line with your Substrate.

    You might be able to grind it from the back and snap it off.

    Lucas you ask "Could the squareness be countered by extra round leaves?"
    In some cases it might be able to be done but in this Aquascape it can not be done, main reason the rocks and their positioning are the strong feature of this Aquascape.

    Planting is only secondary and should only be there to highlight the Rocks.

    When all the hardscape is completed too perfection not "that will do" then and only then the planting will commence, in the mean time the plant experts will suggest the most suitable plants for that aquascape.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  3. J Art

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    Thanks @keithgh , this has been a lot of help. I appreciate it. Will make those changes and then maybe sit on it for a few days. The dremel should be able to take care of that hump, cutting from the back and snapping the last bit off like you mentioned.
     
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    J Art Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Ok....did some grinding of the main rock, just the tip of that one piece mentioned. Also, I flooded the tank. Mainly because I have some bio-media running in the filter from a pre-established tank. Coming from the traditional fish and silk plant world, I just feel more comfortable running some water and letting the bacteria establish a bit first. Not even sure if that makes a difference, but it's what I know....

    Have to say I'm liking this setup. Can't believe how much it's changed since the beginning...thanks to you guys and pushing me through it.

    Going to let it run for a week or so before planting...

    As of now, thinking Monte Carlo for a carpet on the lower portions and some dwarf hairgrass towards the back.

    As always, feedback and suggestions welcome.

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    Your first attempt "say no more"
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    Finally after a lot of push one word describes it excellent work.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Hi J Art, Looking good (y) You are using Floodlights too :D
     
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  7. J Art

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    Yup! The visual quality of light is great, will see how well it grows dwarf hairgrass...
     
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    I have grown HC Cuba Under these lights So DHG should be ok ;)
     
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    Sweet. I'm excited to start.
     
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    I'd have to say that you have the artistic ability to create some stunning setups. Blow this one out of the water, and start another! I'm excited to see what you come up with next.
     
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    Wow, thanks @lucasgg. Much appreciated. Definitely looking forward to the long haul.
     
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    I fully agree with you but it took a lot of push and shove to convince J Art what he produced at first was far from what could be done with proper research and all the correct materials.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Artist in training.

    @J Art Complete planting plan?
     
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    Put in an order for Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis). Should be here Friday! Almost went with Monte Carlo, but man I just love how dhg looks in every photo I see of it, especially paired with stone hardscapes.
     
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    Any background plants?
     
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    Nope, not yet. I have some ideas for other plants:
    Hydrocotyle tripartita "Japan"
    Baby Tears (Hemianthus micranthemoides)
    Pogostemon Erectus

    But don't know enough yet on making a sound judgement. Baby Tears look great as do the Pogostemon Erectus as background. "Japan" looks amazing as mid ground.

    But I figure I'll get the carpet of dhg going first and then asses at that point.
     
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    More plants at once is better. Lesser chance of breeding algae, and for algae to colonize.

    Do you have substrate supports? You may need them or your substrate will roll down flat and ruin your scape
     
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    I have 5 pots of dhg coming in. Hopefully that's enough to split up and ward off algae in a 10 gallon tank, but I'm sort of expecting an algae bloom, so I won't be disapointed if it happens. I am in no hurry.

    I don't have any supports right now, but I can definitely make a few with some old credit cards I have in a junk drawer....
     
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    Next lesson KIS plenty of plants but not plenty of plant Species.

    You have a very simple rock formation that is excellent do not ruin it with a mixed garden salad.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Well, just spent the last few hours splitting hairs....dwarf hairs that is. Wow, my back kinda hurts. Got the plants from aquariumplants.com. I'm not really sure what to look for as far as health of the plants. There was a mix of green, some brownish, and some yellow. Since I bought more than I needed, I tried to only use green. Split them as small as I could and went at it with tongs. Will start lighting 5-6 hours a day with CO2 and water changes every other day. Next time I think I'll go with tissue culture. Rock wool is a huge pain. Will post a photo hopefully soon.
     

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