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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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    ^ that was just me being creative and bringing more ideas to the table. Here is what you instructed, Keith.

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Now you have two ideas to work with.

    No1 I like the rock placement under and around the DW.

    The longer pieces weaving through the rocks adds interest.

    More rocks can be added in and close to the DW

    The base of the DW is lacking height and interest.

    Being in the back corner with the long pieces sloping down also adds another interest

    No2 substrate shape OK but I would prefer it to be level across the front of the tank.

    Rocks neatly placed near and away from the DW.

    To be totally honest its not interesting lacks character in comparison to No1.

    Now you have two choices try to get more height No1 add more DW on and above the base of the DW

    Or No2 do a similar rock and DW placement as in No1 including adding the extra height.

    Keith:):)
     
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    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Is there an alternative option to increase interest in both hardscapes with plants?
    I see that I now need more driftwood for both options. I find it difficult to buy driftwood for some reason.
     
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    Rocks under the DW helps but its the base of your DW that is the concern.

    If base of the DW is on the rocks you will require more long pieces to spread over and around the rocks.

    Ask every LFS in your general area first also hunt a large general Forum in the USA someone is always closing tanks down or knows where it can be bought.

    Yes plants can create an interest but the wrong selection of plants can make a good hardscape look average.

    Keith:):)
     
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    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    There is an aquarium shop that sells driftwood about 60 minutes from us. Thankfully, It is near a zoo and my dad loves zoos. Sometime this year I'll be able to stop by and pick up some more wood.

    In the mean time...
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    Hi Lucasgg,

    This is the best yet. Love it. With some Kis planting this little scape will be a stunner(y)
     
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    Hey lucas love the balance between the wood and and rock ,
    (kis)planting will definitely set this scape to grate balance :)
     
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    Now you are starting to understand about positioning, balance and structure.

    Be very careful on your selection of the DW and be prepared to cut it up to get it to work as best as you can.

    Most import step now is KIS and you will have an Aquascape to be proud of.

    What is your next step?

    Keith:):)
     
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    YES! I'm so excited I finally cracked the code! Thanks for the positive input.

    The thought that lead to this change was "I need more height. I might as well go ahead and make some!" Pretty simple really.
     
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    Once you understand the basics and follow the KIS rule you will surprise your self as to what you can do.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Hi Lucasgg, Any more thoughts on the planting :)
     
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    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Dwarf Hairgrass, Anubias nana, maybe some petite in there. Myrio? Hydrocotyle verticillata(?) Staurogyne Repens, Utricularia graminifolia(?) I think that Micro sword in places will look great.
     
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    Oh, and don't forget the moss, Lucas!
     
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    The plants are only part of that Aquascape every thing ties in together perfectly.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Hi Lucas, Anubius petite Yellow dot--Pink dot--Staurogyne Repens-- Green line Dwarf Hairgrass--- Arrow Hydrocotyle verticillata Plus moss on the wood.
    Micro sword are not so micro they will look cool mixed in with hair grass at the back \???

    Just an idea :) IMG_5191_zpsryecqoyw.JPG

    Anubius nana will get a little big go for the petite
    Utricularia graminifolia Really hard plant to grow requires high Co2
     
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    I would add another very low plant (blue dots) to give it a lead into all the other plants you have plenty of interesting places to add this plant.

    More for you to consider.

    Roy might be able to suggest a suitable plant for you "if" the idea is worth considering.

    Keith:):)
     
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    I live in Central US. (Nebraska). Thanks for the planting ideas.
    I'm not sure about having the Hydrocotyle in the center(unless it would be infront of large rock) I personally liked it the most when It spread a few inches over the ground in a small area. I could see it working on the left side, growing over the driftwood & large stone a few inches. Green lines--I would get non dwarfed hair grass. Keith--Could I grow Dwarf Baby Tears without cO2 injection for the smallest foreground plants, or could I just stick with Dwarf Hairgrass for complete foreground?
     
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    Hi Lucas, Sorry silly me Thought Ne stood for the Netherlands :notworthy:

    You should get in touch with ShadowMac:) He lives in your part of the world. And can advise you on what plants are available (y)

    One thing I would not go for hair grass of any kind in the front of you little Scape. In a couple of months it will grow too One and a half inches or more.

    As a backing plant it would look great behind the rocks and to the sides.
    Great idea with the Hydrocotyle verticillata But it needs good light to stay low or it will grow long heading for the light. Another plant that would look good for a drift plant behind the rocks is Hydrocotyle trip easy to grow great leaf shape and colour but grows fast and will need constant trimming but a fab looking plant.

    Ho another plant as you live in the US is blood vomit like hair grass butt with a tinge or red Over to ShadowMac on that one:)
     
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