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Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by lucasgg, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Alright it's time. Time to rescape the Ecoscape. Coming into 2018, I want to get more out of my aquarium. And I believe the best way may be to restart.

    The plan is to modify Ecoscape into a dual island style aquarium in order to preserve and lengthen it's live.
    I plan to stay within my physical boundaries, scaping in a 24" x 12" x 12" (61 cm x 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm) and using the same hardware. I do want to keep all current plant species. Dwarf Hairgrass, Hygrophila pinnatifida, java fern, s. repens, bits of wild growing moss. I want to introduce needle leaf java fern, hydrocotyle japan, Bolbitis Heudeloti and maybe Aponogeton Boevinianus. My goal with plants is to create a heavily planted, low maintenance, wild jungle style aquascape

    My main question right now is whether i need to purchase new aquasoil or if I can continue to use the existing aquasoil. My next question is what plants I actually can to introduce both ascetically and biologically. I do have a brief sketch put together but is only a vague idea of what I want and can acheive.

    I have access to some great priced pieces of spiderwood driftwood and can get a piece up to 23" (58.4 cm) long. (Link)
    I don't have access to any abundance of good rock though, might be able to squeeze leftovers into good places.
     

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  2. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Below is a brief idea of thr placement. The tape measure and metal tweezers represent the footprint. And the main idea i want from the drawing is two tall columns of plants and hardscape both sides[​IMG][​IMG]

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    Aquasoil to the best of my knowledge depending on usage could have a life span of about three years. Now that does not mean it will not last a lot longer every thing depends on the tank its self.

    Now in saying if you are going to grow high tech plants and not pull it down for many years I would certainly replace it.

    You Aquascape is a very basic two mounds with an open central area. What you have to keep in mind is you have two areas and a big gap in the middle. If you do not link them up it will look like two completely separate Aquascapes. Another point is get your distance perspective perfect other wise it will look like just an average tank.

    This is not your first tank now the learning curve is going to climb a lot faster.

    Keith :cat::cat:
     
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    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Absoultely agree on the middle gap point. The gap will be eventually "connected" by smaller pieces that I have yet to use or have access to. Question: what do you mean by distance perspective?

    Also, the aquasoil does have some algae in it. That was the main reason I wanted to replace it but I could always wash it gently.

    Leaning curve. Sounds great.

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    [​IMG][​IMG]

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    This is what I was referring to. You have a point in the distance that is where your eye is focusing on to give the illusion its further away.

    I am a bit rusty on it now I started Perspective drawing over sixty years ago and taught it about 50 years ago. Once you know the basics its very easy to follow.

    The Algae will die if you place the soil in the sun to kill it but remember if its not all killed it will regrow again.

    Keith :cat::cat:
     
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    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    It's frequently below freezing right now. Can I bake the aquasoil instead? or maybe put it in an insulated container held at 100 degrees for a couple of days?
     
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    This might warm you up a little in two days time our temperature will be either very high 30c or low 40c.

    If that is the case I would be buying all new Substrate that you know is perfectly clean and ready to use.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Ordered driftwood! Lots of good material to work with for the price. $60 USD
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    I found these on google. Probably will try to incorporate these techniques.
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    Did you notice the height of the horizon its very close on each of those sketches. The vanishing point is a little different the open field it's close to 2/3rd from the left where as the stream VP is more than 1/3rd from the RH end. In saying all that both are very interesting to look at.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    I do see that VP pattern. I dont think i could get that high with substrate, but maybe with rocks.

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    You could shape some foam underneath and this will mean far less weight and Substrate.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Think im getting somewhere with this vanishing point trick[​IMG]

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    That is easy to see, can you try exactly the same idea but move the VP a little more to the right so its somewhere between the centre and 2/3rds from the left.

    Are you sketching to scale as it looks all good if not, a scaled sketch would certainly help.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Its to scale as best i can manage


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    What time is it now for you its close to 4pm for me and I should have closed off ages ago.

    It certainly shows you are thinking and when it comes to actually assembling the aquascape you will be completely surprised how easy it all was.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    10:56 pm. Im 6 hours ahead

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    Setup the holding facility. Will test water before moving fish and plants. Driftwood also shipped. [​IMG]

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    OK thank you I thought it was 10 or 12 hrs ahead.

    Looks like you have every thing under control and ready to go.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Quick setup experiment. Im getting much more depth perception. I basically just told myself "large in front, small in back.[​IMG]

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