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Culprit's 20 Long Scape

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Culprit3, Oct 14, 2017.

  1. Zeus

    Zeus Active Aquascaper

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    Don't need to solder. Just pick up a cable with same fitting and cut it, then wire it in, multimeter would help OFC.

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  2. Culprit3

    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Ohhhhh. I see what you mean. And then you would use those little cone shaped plastic thing that you twist on to connect the wires. Yeah I'll definitely look into that.

    I'm going to go over and see where she wants the stand and get some measurements for the stand. I'm going to have a friend I know build it. Its going to have a solid granite top and painted sides. I think I'm going to have the top the exact same size as the tank but with and extra 1/4 inch on each side for safety. I think it will look sleeker then mine which I had an extra 4 inches added to the front of the tank. Its really useful for me, I can put tools and ferts and rags and stuff on it when I'm working on the tank but I think it would look better without it, and it won't be that much of an added hassle to just keep the stuff on the ground.
     
  3. Zeus

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    Plus you will a timer anyway, the TC420 does away with the need for a timer, I have pmed another scaper who has fitted a TC420 he might know the size, but need to find out myself anyway, so will inform you m8 as soon as a know ;) might just need a trip the local Maplin to find out by trial and error.
     
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    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I will definitely ask her because it will still be less expensive. More info on how to do it and what we need will definitely be appreciated! Whats the Maplin? Is it a store?

    So, here's a better version. I'm somewhat happy with this one. I know it still needs a lot of work but I think it has some promise. Sorry for the bad photo quality, I took them from my phone. I was supposed to be doing something else but I went up to check on my curing live rock parameters (reef tank stuff) and started messing with this and next thing I knew it had been an hour and a half haha.
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    I'll take better pictures in a few days when I get back
     
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  5. Culprit3

    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I'm going to call my neighbor and go over, get stand dimensions, preferences, ect. I'm also going to take some pictures of the different carpet types, e.g. Dwrf baby tears and dwarf hairgrass, and some pictures of the hardscape to see if she likes how its turning out. Or do you guys think I should finalize the hardscape and then ask if she likes it?


    Here it is so far
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    Just realized looking at these pictures. Caught something I didn't while scaping. Those two rocks in the middle, right below the big rock in the left corner, are almost the same size. I think that needs to be changed. Mabye replacing the one in the back with a taller rock that still points to the left. It might look better pointing to the right though. Or I could replace the rock in front with a smaller rock to balance it. I'll experiment a bit, and see your guys suggestions, then come back.
     
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    When I get a chance, mabye this afternoon, I will change up those two rocks. I think a cave would look good and really hold the attention. It will be between the front two rocks. I'll definitely be experimenting a little.
     
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    some boulder rocks [blue green] may even look and shape better. it also cost less, i guess.
     
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    Boulder rocks? What do you mean? These are rocks I gather from my local stream.
     
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    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I just came up with this scape. What do you guys think? Honestly, right now I think its one of my best already.
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    I'm going to go ahead and order 9 liters aquasoil, and a Chihiros A-Series with the metal legs. That way when I get the go ahead to start it I can order plants, set it up and start it dry starting.
     
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  11. Zeus

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    Not much space for pants between rocks
     
  12. Culprit3

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    There's a lot of space for a big hedge of stems behind the main rock on the left. You think I should try spacing the rocks out a bit? Which do you like better:
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    I prefer number 1. I like it's sense of tension and I'm a big fan of negative space. Also it fits comfortably within the classic triangular shape category.
    Scape 2 on the other hand, seems to fall between the two stools a bit; neither an island nor a triangular scape but perhaps somewhere in between, so it doesn't seem to be as coherent a composition as 1.
     
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    Thank you! I will set back up number 1 and get some more in depth pictures.
     
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    I would do #1 and try shifting the entire thing to the right more
     
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    So its not so cramped into that corner?
     
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    Grouping 2 is more interesting than grouping 1 due to the shadows and greater sense of tension. 1 is too evenly spaced and the tension is too subtle with the primary rock just slightly tilting the other direction. This tilt in the corner also emphasizes the glass sides, thus making it feel more enclosed.

    As is I think 2 could work nicely if planted well. Tapering stems or grasses away from the rock formation to extend its impact a little further to each side. I would make sure a good slope is used across the entire scape to create a good sense of depth. If you have small rocks or pieces you can use them to add detail to the rock formation in 2. My vote is most definitely for 2.

    If you have more stones, consider trying something that breaks the long tank into 3 parts, placing the center focal hardscape closer to the front of the tank with heavier shadows and around where one would find the golden ratio.
     
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    ooohhh, plenty for the right style of planting. E. tennelus would be nice in here mixed with hairgrass amongst the stones. Some moss like riccardia or fissidens on the stonework would soften and cover some of the small gaps between stones. Maybe a background of blyxxa, then mix everything into a carpet of HC or monte carlo.
     
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