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Critique my hardscape - Iwagumi 60x30x24

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by aquanick, Oct 1, 2017.

  1. aquanick

    aquanick New Member

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    Thanks @keithgh for your kind inputs..
    I have finalised the hardscape now..

    i am quite happy overall, but the positioning of the rock on right corner up top is irking me. Maybe a smaller rock will work better.

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    Sides and elevation-

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    I am tempted to try only UG and hairgrass in nooks between rocks.. any suggestions on the plants?

    Also @keithgh , do share your reasoning behind suggested changes, will be good learning.

    Cheers
    Nick
     

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    Just to add, i have angled the main rocks slightly to point towards the “path”..
     
  3. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I usually do but the last few days its been a big effort to do any thing. I had a very bad fall a few days ago and because of the pain I had not slept for four days.


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    Rocks 1,2 & 3 are just not required. The rocks back L & RH corners look like a matching pair and just stand out. Suggestion either completely remove or slope them with the other rocks.
    The three lines "could" be a problem with slippage suggestion make underground retaining walls using pieces of slate its perfectly safe to use.

    Try these moves and see how it looks
    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  4. aquanick

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    Get well soon Keith, wish you a speedy recovery..
    Rock 1 is to support the bigger rock , it will be covered by soil and growth eventually

    Rocks 2,3 are black lava rocks to provide support and avoid substrate slippage..

    Not sure why i added two matching rocks.. initial idea was to add more depth on the sides.. you reckon smaller rocks will work?
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    You could bury them deeper but lean then into the main pile of rocks. What ever you do, do not make them the same height.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Got it.. thanks @keithgh.. i will start the UG Dsm today.. thanks for all the help..!

    Wish you a speedy recovery..
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Great keep us updated on your progress please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  8. aquanick

    aquanick New Member

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    Thanks @keithgh..

    Planting done.. will give the dsm 5-6 weeks..

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    Planting UG from a Tropica 1-2 grow pot is such a back breaking and nerve testing process..

    Cheers
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  9. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    The plants above the low moisture level at the front will have to be hand misted as they will not get sufficient moisture from the low level.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Hi keith.. thats the plan, to mist them daily..

    I am wondering if i should also plant hc as a backup if the UG fails..
     
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    No harm in trying. Are you letting the fresh air into the tank if so for how long and when?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    I plan to mist it daily, pos misting i will let it sit without the cover for 15-20mins, mist the top again and seal it back..
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Keep a very good eye on the plants at the back of the tank.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Thanks Keith.. will do..
     
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    I might be a good idea to post a topic in
    General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions and ask a few questions on the DSM as a few members have recently done that method.

    Eg what to look out for before a concern can start?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  16. aquanick

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    Guys need some some help here..

    Mould / Fungal strike is spreading like wild fire..
    I am airing and misting everyday, water level isnt too high.. what should i do?
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Airing time for how long plus what percentage of cover is removed?
    Misting light or heavy? In other words how much?
    Water level is not too high? What level is it then?

    For some reason you have created the perfect environment for algae.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  18. aquanick

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    Hi Keith..

    I air it twice a day, 20mins.. removing 40-50% cover (sran wrap)..

    Mist daily, only at the back where its slightly dry.. misting is light..

    There is no water level noticeable as such.. the front soil is soggy.. pic below is of the front area:

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    All the infects clumps (you can see one in this pic) have been removed.
    I “disinfected” the affected area with H2O2 using a syringe..

    This fungus seems to be spreading from one clump to other..! :/
     
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    Hi there!

    Well, this can happen if you're doing a DS with in vitro plants. I also had problems like that but not everytime. Emersed plants work much better with a DS. On the other hand you have used Utricularia... That isn't a easy going plant and it likes neutral substrates more than soil. If you're lucky some of the clumps will grow on, but I wouldn't bet on that.

    A better choice of plants for a DS are emersed grown Eleocharis, Hemianthus or Micranthenum. Most mosses also work fine.
     
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    I recently finished my DSM and the first bit I had troubles with that. I found out my water level was too high and it was too wet. So I left it completely open for a day and it disapeared, so I aired it out longer, litereally blowing it out with a small fan I have. I misted after I aired it out pretty heavily, but I found out that standing water caused that white stuff to grow. So I ended up just misting, no standing water. The hardest part of a dry start is the first week or two when you figure out what you need to do.
     

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