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Lost Paradise, by InfinityMinus1

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by InfinityMinus1, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. InfinityMinus1

    InfinityMinus1 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hello everybody. I am glad to see you here. This is the beginning, of a future scape. My inspiration for this future scape came from a scape I seen on this great site. Its called "Wakrubau", by Kim Pulkki. This is, Aquascape of the Month, August, 2009. The scape is two Java Fern islands. I plan on having Java Fern islands in this scape. I am not sure if I will have one, or two yet. Note that, I am not trying to copy this beautiful scape, but rather crate something similar. Here is a quote from the "Wakrubau" Aquascape of the Month 2009 page. "Try not to directly copy something you like but instead sample small bits from your favorites and put them together to create harmony."

    So, lets start. Here are two African root wood hardscapes. I made a key to show the possible plant placements. Lite green would be Pygmy Chain Sword, dark green is Trident and Narrow Leaf Java Fern, and orange would be Rotala. Which hardscape do you all like best?


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    InfinityMinus1 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    InfinityMinus1 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I Think I like Hardscape 2 better. I really think it would be cool to have trident java fern climbing up the piece of DW on the right side. Plus, the opening in the middle, where the chain sword would be, would really create depth I think.
     
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    Hi infinityMinus1, Have tuned in ;) How time fly's :) I like Hardscape 2 (y)Cheers roy
     
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    Hi Posting at the same time spoooky:D
     
  6. InfinityMinus1

    InfinityMinus1 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Lol, yes, spooky :D Thank you for your input! I like number 2 as well. Probably wont start this scape for 1-2 months. I am going to try and find some stones in nature for it. Plus, I am waiting to get a new stand for the tank!
     
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    Hi Will stay tuned;)
     
  8. InfinityMinus1

    InfinityMinus1 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thank you! This shall be a fun journal I believe! I am glad you will watching :) I also plan on using plastic grid to zip tie down the wood to hold it in place. The back of the tank will have the substrate filled up to drift wood too. I got the wood wet and it stayed light in color, so I think it will contrast good against the green plants. Btw, I got the plastic grid zip tie idea from Al G. Begone's journal.
     
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    InfinityMinus1

    I prefer No2 myself where as No1 looks rather flat and uninteresting.

    Re planting Java fern unless it can be controlled it could easily smother that tank in a few years.

    Something to think about.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Thank you keithgh. I am going to go with No2. But, I plan on messing around with it a little bit. Might get a few more small pieces of wood too to tweet the scape. Also I got my hands on some Staurogyne repens and I plan on using it instead of the pygmy chain sword. I have always loved the look of Staurognye repens!
     
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    Hardscape No3?
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    I personally think this hard-scape is to heavy

    The DW LH side is too low and is lowering your sight flow.

    The plant flow is spot on its just that piece of DW

    I would prefer a higher piece or none at all.

    Keith:):)
     
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    LH side, as left high side? Do you mean how the line of sight slowly rises then drops? What if I took the highest piece of DW (almost in middle) out?
     
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    InfinityMinus1

    The flow I am referring to is the DW red Line

    In my opinion the DW flow should be higher Blue Arrow and Blue Line

    By heavy I am referring the the DW LH end Purple X then move the larger piece of DW more to the left, that then would open up the front bottom RH area

    Just a few thoughts for you to think about

    Keith:):)
     
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    InfinityMinus1 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    thanks for editing the pic to show me your thoughts! If the driftwood goes all the way to the top (blue line) of the tank, there will not be any room for the java fern, plus the DW would almost completely block the rotala in the back. Wouldn't the driftwood flow be under the java fern and not above it? The DW piece marked with the purple arrow can not move anymore left, without hitting the future glass of the aquarium. I am just thinking of sticking with N02.

    I went rock hunting at my local lake, while I was largemouth bass fishing last Tuesday and got quite a bit of rocks. Ill post pics of the rocks on Saturday night probably. Does anyone else want get in on this journal? I know other people have looked at it. Feel free to tell me what you all think. Thanks greenfinger 2, and keithgh for your input so far :)

    Ps. keithgh, I do see what you mean about the heavy left side fore ground. It should be opened up a bit.
     
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    Hi InfinityMinus 1, This is starting to come together now ;) I still like no2 :) Looking forward to seeing the rock you got :whistle: By the way did you catch some bass? I don't have the time to fish as much as i would like :cry: Only get out a few times a year now:( But That's Life :LOL:(y)Regards Roy
     
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    I did catch some Bass. Here is a picture of one of them. Note, this is a small Bass in my part of the world. It was about 12-13 inches long. caught on a Strike King shad a-licious, texas rigged. I will post some pictures of the rocks later tonight :) btw, all largemouth bass I catch get released back into the water moments after catching. I am a catch and release angler. I fish bass for the sport.
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    Here are the rocks I chose. I plan on getting some more next Tuesday. Note, they are darker colored when wet.
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    InfinityMinus1 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    And now, with the driftwood..... But wait, I got to keep this interesting... So, to be continued... :)
     

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