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First iwagumi scape

Discussion in 'Critique My Aquascape' started by gio14, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. gio14

    gio14 New Member

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    Probably a couple of smaller stones could give some more balance, I will try tomorrow...

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Giorgio

    Here lies the concerns and you have to work with what you have and your budget. Most important is are you happy with what you have done considering its your first attempt at a big rock Aquascape.

    My concern at the moment is the large open area in the front but this can be solved by scattering a few med to small rocks, remembering you are only growing a low plant.
    Once the plants are established it should distract your eye from the third rocks flat surface.
    You can always keep an eye out for a more suitable rock, have you tried looking at the garden suppliers as they could have what you are looking for and a fraction of the cost.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  3. gio14

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    Here is a small update,
    I've replaced the flat stone with another one, I'm not sure it's big enought...

    Yesterday I received glass in and out flows, so I have just to play a little more with the hardscape before start planting, as suggested I need to add a stone in the foreground and decide whether to buy a bigger stone or leave the one I put this morning (do you think it is too small?)

    I will carpet with eleocharis mini, sone staurogyne under the bigger stones
    And some blixya behind left stones (using the rule of thirds)

    I'm not sure if some parvula behind the main stones will add some more depth...
    [​IMG]

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  4. gio14

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    I couldn't resist...
    Switched the flat stone with another one I have and planted eleocharis mini...
    Tomorrow morning I'll plant staurogyne and blixya, buy some parvula to plant behind the main stone and start filling [​IMG]
     
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    That stone is a lot better than the first choice.

    You have done extremely well working with what you have and within your budget.

    The most important point is that you are very happy at what you have achieved and that is all that matters.

    You have also learnt a lot about Iwagumi considering its the first one you have done.

    My suggestion now would be leave the rocks alone and concentrate on growing the plants.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  6. gio14

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    Thaks Keith,
    I'm quite happy with the final layout, I know, probably it's not the best iwagumi but for sure I've learned a lot and I still have to learn...
    I found that the most important and difficult part is planning and imagine exactly what you want to achive, it's harder than building a biotope or a simple fresh water aquarium!

    Before start planting I've replaced again the right rock with a bigger one, now I think it's more equilibrate.
    As you suggest now it's time to concentrate to next challenges: growing healty plants, fighting algae and manage water hardness (those are seiryu stone)

    cannot wait to end planting:D:ROFLMAO::whistle::whistle:
    giorgio
     
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    As this is not your first tank you know the basic steps now.

    The Algae is very common in new set ups it will disappear as quick as it came.

    You hardness can be controlled by good twice weekly water changes providing your water supply is softer than the tank water.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  8. gio14

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    That's true but this time I bought a twinstar, does it really work?!?

    Anyway, here's a pic of the almost finished aquarium [​IMG]
     
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    You have so little plant mass vs open water, expect diatoms, but don't be discouraged.
     
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    And that's why I bought a twinstar, I turned it on as soon as I finished to fill the tank, if what is said on the link Keith suggested and what I have read so far is true, I will have no problems ( let's see...).

    Anyway, whith those small plants stones looks bbbig and the aquarium huge... plenty of place for a good cleaning team (shrimps) and a group of fish
     
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    I would consider some cheap floating plants this will give some shelter for all your fish and shrimps.
    Use this Aquascape as a big learning curve and have fun doing it.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Does the twinstar beat diatoms? I didn't think it did.
     
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    Its going to be a wait and see process that develops.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Here is an update,
    I planted some eleocharis montevidensis behind main stones, added some salvinia natans to help reduce nutrients and added a glass surface skimmer.
    Staurogyne is growing fast, eleocharis is starting to grow and blyxia is putting some new leafs after being completely melted...[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    S repens is awesome.

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  18. keithgh

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    Looks like everything is settling in now once those rocks start to show signs of aging it should start to have that stop and look at me appeal.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Here's another update:
    Blyxia and staurogyne are recovering
    I replaced eleocharis montevidensis with pogostemon erectus
    Salvinia is growing fast (I will remove most of it next week)
    Added 3 siamensis and 5 otocinclus
    Twinstar is doing a great job, almost no algae
    I'm planning to add 10 red cherry this week or the next one
    [​IMG]

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    It looks like it could do with a good trim to get the manicured look or let it grow wild for the natural look.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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