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Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by HenrySheehan, Feb 2, 2017.

  1. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Great I hope you can work it all out.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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  2. Zeus

    Zeus Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Plus different hardscape materials will adsorb different amounts of water. Bet if you took a pint glass fill it with dessicated AS you could then still get a pint of water in it if you took your time. Plus do we really need to know how much water is in the tank. As long as is within 5-10% of it actual water content

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  3. HenrySheehan

    HenrySheehan Aspiring Aquascaper

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    What's yer opinion on the two plants I'm looking at growing for the tank? Open to any ideas, they're just two I liked.

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  4. lucasgg

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    All I can say is take plenty of time with plant choices. Aquascaping groups on facebook is an excellent place to ask what plants are, etc.

    Didiplis diantra may be a good stem option.
    Hygrophila pinnatifida may be another option for a specialty/unique placement type of stem.

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  5. HenrySheehan

    HenrySheehan Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I'm not on Facebook #D'oh
    Because it's gonna be an Iwagumi style tank I'd like to keep it simple. Then I'm getting the 2 kessil a360we and running CO2 and am wondering would it be a waste not to try another few plants. Decisions decisions.

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  6. Zeus

    Zeus Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Me too, Old School -say off the radar (y) managed my tank planning on here and UKAPS and lots of reading around, aquascaping Podcasts great too. U-tube vids very very few. Only started hobby sept 2016.

    IDD. Worst case they die or dont do very well, snip its gone. 'Plan for failure, don't fail to plan'
     
  7. HenrySheehan

    HenrySheehan Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Ya utube is mostly music along with subtitles, seldom anyone talking you through the process which is annoying. What podcasts do you listen to?

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  8. keithgh

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    I think it would be impossible to get any simpler than this Aquascape J Art ASW member
    [​IMG]

    Planting an Iwagumi

    Aquatic plants can soften the visual impact of the stones, so they can be used to create a harmonious balance within the aquascape. Low growing plants can be used to accentuate the details of a rock arrangement. Planting low growing plants in between the rocks or next to them is critical to enhance the natural effect, but make sure to use low growing plants that will not obscure the structure of your Iwagumi. Suggested plants include Hemianthus callitrichoides 'Cuba', Eleocharis parvula (hair grass), Eleocharis acicularis - Exceptional Value Range and Glossostigma elatinoides to name but a few.

    Higher growing plants such as Eleocharis vivipara can be used in the background of an Iwagumi to add depth and intricacy to the scape if desired.

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    J Art has some amazing scapes!
     
  10. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    He's evolved rapidly after "graduating" from ASW. I've seen some amazing aquascapes on his facebook.


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  11. keithgh

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    J Art was an exceptional fast learner its a pity he never stayed on ASW.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Thank you for posting that info.

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  14. HenrySheehan

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    Wow, 10 episodes already. This week: The case against Iwagumi for beginners: <br />aquascapingpodcast.com/episode10<br /><br />[​IMG]

    Great podcast. Kinda scary as I'm going for the Iwagumi style as a 1st timer. Gulp!!


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  15. Zeus

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    Plus in a big tank with plenty off depth, folk normally do Iwagumi in a small tank not the monster your getting. So it wont be hard it will be really hard.
    But it can be done OFC.

    Part of my tank could be classed as 'Iwagumi' at one end and 'Jungle' at the other IMO.
     
  16. HenrySheehan

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    Ha ha, thanks Zeus for ruining my Sunday
    Co2 is going to make or break it I reckon. Oh well full steam ahead!!

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    The term Iwagumi was originally used to refer to a Japanese gardening, it has developed to Aquascaping.
    http://www.japanorbit.com/japanese-culture/japanese-garden.html
    Its certainly not a new word it dates back to the 7th Century

    Personally I would never advise a beginner to start of with Iwagumi as it would be one of the hardest Aquascapes to do as every detail must be done to perfection.

    I would encourage the beginner to refer their Aquascape as a "Rocky creation"

    If the beginner still wants to do an Iwagumi that's OK just go and study as much as you can plus find some one to teach you all the aspects of Iwagumi.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    So I was going to go with the Fluval Fx6 filter but decided to get two JBL 1501's instead. Reason being I wanted to use lilly pipes in the tank rather than the cumbersome black plastic filter on the Fluval. The fact that I couldn't attach the lilly pipe to the Fluval pipe was a big reason to not get it. That and the fact that I couldn't attach an external heater to the Fluval Piping swung it for me. Plus now I've two filters, just in case something were to ever happen to one. [​IMG]

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    Good heater choice


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    Take you meant heater to JBL tubing. Same with inline atomiser too attach to the JBL tubing.


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