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30L "cube" - beginner

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Cip, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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  2. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    So guys, after 2 years I managed to put it together.

    Please any advice is very appreciated. I will do some changes next week in the layout so I'd like to know your opinion. Thanks!

    IMG_0525.JPG picture (1).jpg picture.jpg
     
  3. keithgh

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    At first glance it looks good but not great.

    DW and planting seem to be OK as the plants get established it should look a lot better.

    Rocks big, bulky and not blending in with each other, they are taking up a lot of water and planting space.

    Either have all brown or all black rocks.

    Size at the moment the big rock LH side is just that too big compared to the others.

    I would remove it completely and replace it with the small rock in front of it.

    Just a few things for you to think about.

    Keith:):)
     
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  4. Cip

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    Hey @keithgh thanks alot for the feedback.

    Immediately after I set it up I got the same feeling that the rock on the LH side is to big for this tank :), to remove it got on my list of changes instantly, that rock looks great but not in this tank maybe in my next tank which will definitely be much bigger.

    I placed the black rock there to keep the DW in place because it still floats. The other side of it is brown but if I turn it around it looks strange because it has a triangular shape. I was planning on removing that one too, or maybe moving it where the big rock is right now, after the DW is saturated with water.

    So, what I will do I will remove the big red rock on the LH side ( I'll have to do it when my gf is not around because she's loving that rock :)) ) and replace it with another stone. I'm in between the one that you've mentioned or the one on the RH side that sits in the front, what do you think ?

    Thanks again for your feedback, I'll make the changes and get back with a picture.
     
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    You can hide that black rock by growing a plant on it or in front of it.

    Or leave it and remove/replace all the brown rocks.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Can I hide it with some microsorum pteropus ? I'm planning on adding some anubias nana 'petite' and some microsorum pteropus later on.
    The other option is to cover it with some moss, the shrimps will love it for sure :).
     
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    True A nana petite would take many years to cover that and be a very expensive way of doing it where as the Java Fern is a quick and far cheaper way to do it.

    Keith:):)
     
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    I agree :).

    Quick question @keithgh, what do you think if I use brown substrate like this one here: [​IMG]

    It will look strange with the brown rocks ?

    I want to change the gravel because it's too big, my mistake when I bought it, I thought it will be fine.

    Thanks!
     
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    will look ok ( for me )
     
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    Thanks for the reply, I have two options brown or black, I like black more but I will give it a thought. This weekend I will change the gravel, because the one that I got is a pain when it comes to planting.
     
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    Hi Cip, The substrate looks like JBL Manado??

    I have use it before in my scapes:) Bit light but grows plants well needs fert tabs added though.

    It will go with the redish rocks you have ;)
     
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    Yes man it's JBL Manado. I already have a first layer of JBL Aquabasis Pro under the existing gravel. Do I really need to add fert tabs ?
    I've heard that it's light and it's hard to clean.
     
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    It will blend in with your rocks I have never used it, Roy is the best person to listen to.

    Black would also work as a contrast for your plants.

    Keith:):)
     
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    The same reason I had in mind to choose black substrate was to be in contrast with the plants, my idea was to be focused on plants not hardscape, but using those rocks, mainly the big LH side rock, I involuntarily changed the focus right ? I'm trying to understand what I've done wrong with the layout that's why I'm asking these "stupid" questions :).
     
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    This in my opinion where the problems started.

    A Plants or Hardscape only would look completely uninteresting.

    They must complement each other you can either do an Aquascape working from a particular type of DW or rocks with plenty of character or suit the DW.

    There is no such thing as a Stupid Question only the Stupid person who does not ask the question.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Cool now that you've identified my problem I can take action. This weekend I will do the substrate change and make the modifications that you've suggested and some things that I had in mind, like moving the background plants.

    Do you think the anubias will look better on the LH side and rotala with bacopa on the RH side ? I want also to add some narrow leaf java fern and some anubias nana petit, also I want to leave some room in the background for some Ceratopteris thalictroides.

    Thanks again for your good advices.
     
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    That answer I will leave for the plant experts like Roy as he is one of the best to help you.

    With Aquascaping it's best to have an "Eye flow" by that I mean your eye wanders over the Aquascape slowly no sudden stops it must be smooth and stopping at points of interest, then moving on to the next interest point/s.

    Keith:):)
     
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    I'll keep that in mind.
     
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    Hey guys,

    Is that algea or dead leafs ? on the bottom.
    bacopa.jpg

    Thnaks
     
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    look algae , dead leaves look whit"ish ...
     

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