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My 2nd Aquascape project

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by lucasgg, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Hello, I understand that the forum was updated/resetted. Thanks for updating! Now, moving forward, I really like this hardscape, so now I need plant recommendations. Anubias Nana & petite are on my list, as is Java Fern.

    I will not be dosing Co2, but I will dose liquid ferts & flourish excel.
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    Hi Lucasgg,

    Love the Vine wood ? And the rocks:) Anubias and moss will look fab. Maybe add a touch of colour at the back with some small crypts?

    What size tank are you doing this in ?? I have just come back from holiday and lots of info has been lost on ASW :( Now I am playing catch up with no updates :eek:
     
  3. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    I plan to move this setup to a 10 gallon in August, when we move. I like the idea with anubias & moss. Would it work to use dwarf hair grass as a carpet, or would that clash with the anubias? The wood is "ADA Slim Wood"... I got it from an aquarium store in Omaha, Nebraska.
    ASW got updated, according to Keith.
     
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    Hi Lucasgg

    The hair grass will grow to about 1 1/2" 2" inches in height. so could overwhelm the hardscape ? May be use it at the back with some crypt parva for a different leaf shape ?

    ASW update ???I have lost all the updates on new and old threads while on holiday :confused: Lots of posts missing :(
     
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    This is one Aquascape I will certainly follow.

    Depending on your planting I think many of your rocks will be hidden by the plants.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Mmm. Nothing like a hint of age in a 'scape. I can always add larger rocks later on. Do you think the shape/texture that dwarf hair grass has would go okay with anubias nana/petite?
     
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    There is a huge difference in leaf size between Anubias nana and Anubias nana petite.

    If I am correct A nana petite is also a very slow grower.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Would it look okay to have anubias nana in the same scape that dwarf hair grass is in, or would that look funny is what I'm trying to say.
     
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    Hi Lucasgg, The different leaf shapes will make the scape more interesting :)
     
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    That's what I want to hear! :D
     
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    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Background/foreground plants? Maybe some hair grass, java fern, sagittaria(?) & hygrophila?

    I have to remember K.I.S, too...
     
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    Leaf texture and shape help to create interesting features in your Aquascape.

    KIS is very important and just as important is remembering in design balance "Less is more"

    Those two points go hand in hand when designing a well balanced Aquascape

    Keith:):)
     
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    Thanks, Keith. I will be setting up my tank sometime in/after august. That's when we move.
     
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    New breakthrough in hardscaping. I've had another creative rush, and has resulted in this! This is take 1 by the way.
    I focused on a medium to low to high orientation for the height of the hardscape, along with a more horizontal movement. I expect changes to be made, but this is the bare bones.
    The timing of our move is entirely up in the air, so I only can hardscape right now.


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    It looks too flat and this makes it uninteresting sorry to say.

    Make a big central mound 10+cm high and create a similar island hardscape to give it height.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Is the substrate too flat or the driftwood/rocks?
     
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    So...
    1. Slope substrate to driftwood
    2. Form "hill" or island of rocks around driftwood
    3. Plant on the hill!

    Is this what you are saying? :)
     
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    Yes but to top of hill.

    Do not slope with what you have add a lot more substrate to give you the extra height to the top of the hill.


    I would make it a mix of rocks, wood and, plants, the idea is to make it look natural.

    Before you start do a lot of research work on that type of Aquascaping

    Keith:):)
     
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