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Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by lucasgg, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Thats what i'm thinking! Will trim them into a slightly triangular shape peaking just behind the island stone


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    Regular light trimming will certainly help, over trimming you will lose that controlled natural appeal which you prefer to do.
    Its only a young tank and as it develops slowly it's appearance will change slightly.

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    Looking very good only one point you might want to consider the tall leggy plants at the rear of the tank is it possible to trim them back and plant the cuttings it might thicken up that area a little.
    In comparison to all your other plants and their location to me they do not blend in at the moment.

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    I'm working towards that eventually... The red lanky plants (hygrophila pinnatifida) doesn't grow terribly fast, so it will take a few months.
     
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    Something for you to think about, in your tank it might not grow to a compact colourful plant.

    H. pinnatifida does ok under moderate light, however, more intensive lighting helps it grow more compact. A compact growth habit can also be furthered by regularly removing the shoot tips. A good nutrient and CO2 supply is recommendable. This Hygrophila is apparently quite susceptible to a potassium deficiency, whose symptoms are small needleprick-like holes in the older leaves.
    The substrate seems to be quite unimportant. The plant forms a rather small, not very deep root system. When pulling the plant out of the ground you will see that the roots attach to sand or gravel grains.

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    I would like to see a photo with out the filter pieces no distractions.

    Get someone to flick the centre of the tank to get the water movement effect. I am sure it would be a fantastic photo. Then if you can set up a back lighting directly behind the mound as if a sunrise or sunset I am sure it would be a fantastic plus plus.

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    I'll be doing this eventually. Maybe when the plants really fill in.
     
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    I know you will be very happy when you do take those special photographs.

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    Made a change... not sure I like it but it's much closer to my original design. [​IMG]


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    If you are referring to those twiggy pieces pointing upwards I have two question for you. What are they pointing too and why?

    I used the photo you posted May 12, 2017 as a comparison

    I prefer the older as it has a far smoother eye flow.

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    The twigs are pointing upwards towards a new focal point. This is a simple experiment for fun also. This is me striving to complete my original vision. [​IMG]


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    What and where is the new Focal Point? At the moment its pointing to the back RH corner where you filter inlet is.
    Previously you had a very smooth curved line extremely easy on the eye now there is a big bump in the curve. I am not referring to any Aquascaping Rules just the natural eye flow of Left to Right.

    That is nothing new for you also its a great way to learn and have fun while trying something different.

    Can you revise my about your original version please.


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    I posted these together to be able to make a comparison between your original "Doodling"
    and, the before Aquascape then the updated Aquascape.

    In the original sketch you have more twigs pointing upwards than the updated Aquascape.
    Before the update you had more of a rounded over all shape with the very pleasant eye flow.
    Your sketch is a sharp triangular shape making it not a smooth eye flow.
    Now you have an updated Aquascape which is not as triangular or as smooth a curve.

    Somewhere in the middle is your best Aquascape

    Keith:cat::cat:

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    Original sketch
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    Before update

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    Even with that minor adjustment it still has that pointing away eye flow.

    I fully realise its nothing major but if you ever decide to do competitive Aquascaping every detail is looked at and criticised.

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    [​IMG] rough picture but you get the idea it's grown out...


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