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First journal The "Dwayne Johnson"

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by St3phen, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. St3phen

    St3phen Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hi guys recently joined ASW great place to learn just want to share my first tank. after all testing with fish and plant. i'm a beginner and i like to start things with some test first. to get the hang of it. and learn along the way before a start a long term tank... so here it is

    15 gallon tank. 24x12x12
    filter sunsun hw-603b
    lighting is just a DIY led bulb that i took of the bulb casing (will change later on)


    - lava rock only tank
    - substrate is bakedsoil topped with local river sand

    i plan on using this plants

    L aromatica
    wendtii brown
    java fern mini
    monte carlo
    porto velho
    rotala Indica
    rotala rotundifolia
    stargrass
    hygrophila pinnatifida
    Hydrocotyle sp."Japan"

    Any suggestion is would be
    appreciated i can change the scape when i drain the tank for planting SAM_3997.JPG
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  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    St3phen

    Welcome to ASW.

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    You are off to a good start particularly with those rocks that are full of character.

    In my opinion you had too many rocks plus there was line of them front RH side.

    My suggestions are remove the ones I have coloured out.

    The small rock you had front RH side I would select one a little larger.

    Add a rock back center this would narrow the wide pathway and give you a better eye flow.

    Substrate give it more height back RH corner eg like the LH side.

    Question the back requires a plain black or a marine blue this will lift your rocks and plants.

    Planting hold back until you have a very good hardscape finished.

    A few points I would like you to always remember.

    1 KIS Keep It Simple
    Dont hurry to get it finished if you do I can guarantee you will not be satisfied with the finished result.
    A good tank will last you many years a rushed job you will never be satisfied.

    A few things for you to consider.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  3. St3phen

    St3phen Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Kieth hi thanks for taking the time to edit the photo. i'll try to look at the path way change and move some rock. but for using too much stone i like it that way try to setup a very rock kind of a scape its the dwayne johnson after all. how bout making the rock on the right side more compact. maybe tilting the biggest rock more to the left. what do you think?
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    St3phen

    Can you do both set up and post both at the same time?

    Here is another very important point to remember with any design work.

    Less is More and More is Less.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    I would completly turn the Right side and place the big mainstone more vertical to the center.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    St3phen

    Flo has given you another alternative to try and post.
    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  7. St3phen

    St3phen Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Up date on the scape.. this any better? SAM_4009.JPG SAM_4010.JPG SAM_4011.JPG
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    That looks a lot better, at the moment it looks like two aquascapes but planting could completely change all that.

    It requires something to link it all up to give you a good eye flow.

    What plants are you considering using?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Much better St3phen (y);)
     
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    great improvement. much better rocks positioning for Iwagumi scape.
    i think flattening/pushing the mid section of the substrate [between the left and right rocks] going to the back will
    improve tank depth (y)
     
  11. Ed Villagracia

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    use only one type foreground plant.
    monte carlo is a nice easy plant. at start it is slow but once it rooted you will be amazed how fast it will spread.
     
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    Nice improvement.
     
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    planing on using some ferns at the top and some cyrpt since its a low tech tank. some S.repens on pathways and dwarf hair grass..

    here's the full list
    java fern
    fern mini
    stargrass
    Cryptocoryne wendtii green
    blyxa japonica
    staurogyne repens
    dwarf hairgrass
    Bacopa caroliniana
    tripartita

    plan on make the plants look chaotic specially at the top. in the middle S.repens left and right side of rocks and make a path with and some hair grass
     
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    thanks sir ed. plan on using some S.repens and hair grass. i dont plan to carpet the whole scape. plan on giving it more of a tropic touch. so sand will be visible on he center path. will try to lower the sand. i'm afraid about the base layer flowing out. or make my water cloudy im using bakedsoil on the base.
     
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    You're idea was really helpful men thanks.
     
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    No problem ;).
     
  17. Ed Villagracia

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    i thought it is an Iwagumi set up (n)

    you listed lots of plants. in my personal opinion, it will not match the tank scape you have just presented.
     
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  18. Ed Villagracia

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    if you're afraid to touch the upper substrate because it might disturb baked soil under do it slowly
    at this point in time your baked soil is somewhat sticky already. another option is to top the back side with
    additional river sand.

    if you are contented with how it look now, do not move the subs anymore.
     
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    I really like the hardscape you have ended up with, you got some good help there.

    I'm in agreement with Ed, it may get really busy with all the plants. You can still give it a tropic feel, but you don't want to give it a weed field look by mixing too many. I'd skip the ferns. They never really look right to me in stone only scapes, they look much better when accompanied by driftwood.

    I think using a variety of crypts will get you the lush varied leaf look you want without getting too busy by mixing lots of stem species. I'd skip the S. repens and opt for small crypts like C. parva, then I'd mix in some larger wendtii and maybe C. lucens. or C. lutea. I'd plant the C. parva around the front side of the rocks and in various spots along the path. Then the mix of crypts in bunches in the back sides.

    I would lose the stem plants, Blyxxa needs Co2, S. repens does best with CO2, the bacopa will look out of place if you ask me. Maybe the stargrass in the back would work, but if it were me I'd let the crypts dominate this scape. It will also be easier to maintain your path using crypts. To soften the back ground you could try planting a taller hair grass all along the back sides left and right. You'd have to trim it to match the flow of the rocks and curve it into the path, but it might look nice. You'd also have to keep it tamed as it spread else where, but nothing a few snips from a scissor couldn't fix quickly.
     
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    I have to agree... better go for just 3-4 plant species. I wouldnt use crypts in this layout. Better go for lobelia cardinalis mini for the left and right back corners.
    Dwarf hairgrass and glossostigma.

    Flo
     
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