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Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Orlandog7, Mar 16, 2016.

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What size tank is this?

  1. 2.5

    9.1%
  2. 5

    36.4%
  3. 10

    45.5%
  4. 20

    9.1%
  1. Orlandog7

    Orlandog7 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks. I've moved the mother rock closer to father rock. Unfortunately, that is the best side; the others are worse. Maybe a different rock all together?
     

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    Its harder to get every rock in its best location can you try these moves and see how it looks please.

    Previously the back rocks looked as if they were in a curved line.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  3. St3phen

    St3phen Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Yes a different rock for more option.
     
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    How is the rock placement going any updates please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Orlandog7 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks for checking guys. I've decided to take a step back, obtain more rocks, and try again. The current set of rocks don't seem to be working well together. While I'm waiting to purchase the new rocks, I'm also taking some time to read and watch more Iwagumi videos. Hopefully I will have something to share with you guys soon. Thanks!
     
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    Orlandog7 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks! I read it. It was helpful thanks for sharing.
     
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    Thank you for posting that information.

    There is some very useful information there.

    That sounds like a very good idea to follow.

    Keith:cat::cat:


    Keith
     
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    Orlandog7 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hello everyone. Here is my next attempt with only three rocks. "Add until it detracts, right"?

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    Orlandog7 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    After looking at the above picture online, it seems I wasn't conforming to the rule of thirds I had drawn on the glass so I went back and slightly adjusted the same rocks...

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    Your first attempt looks very good, its simple well spaced and every thing works together.

    Only concern is the front substrate level.

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    Your revised attempt sorry to say to me it does nothing and the reasons being.
    1 Rock the large flat surface.
    2 The top razor edge looks unnatural.
    3 Massive opening why not necessary
    4-5 various depths of substrate a flat even does not distract you from your feature rocks.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Orlandog7 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks for the feedback @keithgh I wish there was an aquascape rewind button so I could undo my changes! Here goes my attempt at emulating the first attempt... What do you think, please? IMAG3920.jpg
     
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    Move rock up just a whisker and rotate a little.

    Try to use original photo on ASW even if you have to print it.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Orlandog7 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Ok here I've tried to copy the original layout... thanks for the feedback.

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    Orlandog7 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hello everyone. I'm thinking of a monte carlo carpet, some utricularia graminifolia, and maybe some dwarf hair grass or blyxia japonica small variety. Any thoughts please? Here is the current hardscape...

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    This looks good, but you may lose the smallest rock to the plants. If you are able to get a hold of a couple more stones, I think the scape could make use of them.
     
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    remind me of your plans for planting this, please. What equipment do you plant to run? CO2? what plants do you have in mind?

    I've recently been very impressed with E. parvula's ability to grow in a low tech. You'd need a bunch of it in order for it to fill in and carpet in a reasonable time period...but it grows without much help other than water flow and a little light.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback Shawn, I'll look into two more rocks just to keep the # odd. In terms of plants, I will be running diy co2 (sugar / yeast) 2 x 2-liter bottles, changed alternatively once a week. In the near future (few months, I'll upgrade to pressurized). The lights are Finnex Planted Plus. In terms of plants, I'm thinking montecarlo carpet, would like to experiment with utricularia graminifolia, and maybe also add some blyxia japonica small variety or some dwarf hairgrass. I also really like helferi pogostemon but am not sure it will look well in the scape. Oh I forgot to mention, low maintenance (trimming) is important to me. I found blyxia japonica small variety and helferi to grow just slow enough, never had to trim in two months. Crypt parva was also good. Plants I definetaly do not like are glosso (grows way to fast for me) and HC (too much trouble for me).

    Thanks.
     
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    I think the downoi could work. A few bunches in front and at the edges of the stones, blyxxa as the background behind the stone grouping

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
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    Blyxxa still looks good overgrown. I recently thinned mine removed 50 to 100 stems and replanted. It's a weed generally and a CO2 hog. Turns colored and flowers when deprived of nitrate

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     

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