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my 99th attempt on aquascaping

Discussion in 'Critique My Aquascape' started by Dimitar Yanev, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. Dimitar Yanev

    Dimitar Yanev New Member

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    Hello mates, my name is Dimitar 24yrs old, i'm from Bulgaria and i love aquascaping. I really like the iwagumi style, and today i will show you my iwagumi like aquarium. I will be very happy to hear your critiques and opinions (mostly for the rock formation,because i think it's not good enought), as you know "Opinions are like as*holes - everyone's got one" so don't be shy critique me as hell :D this is the only way to get better.

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    The aquarium is started about 1 year ago but the scape is from today. I know that the photo is not the best but i will upload a good photo as soon as possible. I think to get a dark blue or white background what you thik?

    Here is some info about the aquarium:
    Aquarium - 53x28x32 about 50 liters
    Filtration - aquael fan1 plus (with some custom upgrades :D)
    Lighting - 1x14w 2700k + 1x24w 6700k mounted in a reflector
    co2 - diy with citric acid and baking soda
    Fertilizers - easy life profito and easy life carbo


    Plants:
    eleocharis acicularis
    alternanthera reineckii sp mini
    blyxa japonica
    ludwigia repens
    staurogyne repens
    marsilea hirsuta
    micranthemum ubrosum
    i'm waiting for elatine hydropiper for the empty space in foreground :)


    Fauna:
    red cherry shrimps
    20x hyphessobrycon amandae
    2x ancistrus
    2x corydoras julii



    Sorry for my english :)
     
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  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to ASW

    With all aquariums presentation is extremely important as it the first thing you see and can very quickly form an opinion.

    It certainly requires backing no one want to see bits and pieces behind the tank.

    Substrate many prefer a straight level of substrate at the front of the tank for your type of Aquascaping.

    Rocks
    The centre rock is in a good location and positioned to show all the good character it has.

    RH all I can see is two flat surfaces it lacks character and interest not worth looking at.

    LH to be honest I do not know if you have one or two rocks there.

    There is very little height and the low plants could easily hide it/them, the colour is not consistent with the other two rocks.

    Over all its not an Aquascape that is full of character wanting you to sit back and explore the whole of the tank with your eyes.

    On the other hand with a few simple changes it can become an Aquascape well worth sitting back and admiring.

    Keith:):)
     
  3. Dimitar Yanev

    Dimitar Yanev New Member

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    Thank you for the critic keith! I have been thinking about your words anddd I decided to change the stones. I really like the stones but they are too pied anndd every stone has a too different shape from the others and in general i don't have a lot of them. So I found some brown-red rocks in my city and here is the result. This time i'm much happier with the result and i will not doing changes for a long time, but the critiques are welcome :)

    PS: Sorry for my bad english =)
    And one question:... Where to put Elatine hydropiper??? I accept suggestions :)
    Thank you!


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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    That is a great improvement well done.

    Keith:):)
     
  5. Dimitar Yanev

    Dimitar Yanev New Member

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    Thank you! It's time to show you my another tank.

    Here is some info:
    Aquarium - about 25 liters
    Filtration - fluval mod1
    Lighting - 1x11w 6700k + 1x11w 6700k
    No co2
    Fertilizers - easy life profito and easy life carbo

    Plants:
    Anubias nana
    Vallisneria natans
    Vallisneria spiralis
    Hygrophila corymbosa
    Microsorum
    Sagittaria
    Some moss
    ...

    Fauna:
    1x Betta halfmoon
    Planorbis


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  6. greenfinger 2

    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Dimitar, Fab little Scape. Healthy plants too (y)
    Nice fish great colour :cool:
     
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  8. Dimitar Yanev

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    Yeah Keith, I know that the substrate in the betta tank doesn't look natural, but i don't want to change it right now. It is a lazy tank for me, and i not lay any care for it. Maybe one day in the bright future i will change it with some more natual looking substrate. But you are right the substrate is a important part for every aquascape and that paladarium looks very nice with that type of gravel :)
     
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    Its a pity you do not want to change as it spoils such a nice aquascape.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Big up from me :) The bigger tank now is looking like real iwagumi with only 4 plant species, after adding more blyxa in the background. All other plants are now in the small tank. I remove the stones in the small tank to free space for all plants. Soo my plan for the small tank is to get rid from almost all plants and then to rescape it with new substrate and new slow growing plants and moses. :)

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    Hi Dimitar. The Iwagumi Is superb :love::love:
    Love the other scape too :)
     
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    Hi! Great Iwagumi, nice composition!
    Do you use any CO2 system for this tank?

    Beautiful betta fish in the second tank! =)
     
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    Both tanks are looking great and very easy to look at and admire.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Thank you people for the good comments :)

    Glomeridae I use DIY co2 system with citric acid and baking soda for the iwagumi, the betta tank is without co2 system just adding easy carbo every day.

    About the betta tank.. it is not looking bad, but I just don't know whether the plants will survive in this conditions.. we will see after some time, so if they grow well i will keep it.

    And some changes:... the "aquel fan1 plus" filter is moved to betta tank, I bought for the iwagumi hang on filter - "AquaClear 50 Power Filter"
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    And some bad news.. The new upper leaves of the hemianthus is turning brown.. any ideas?
     
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    This is my small tank after the restart.. What you think?

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    I like every thing about your tank its very easy to look at and admire, to make it even more interesting the rocks are full of character and the positioning is very interesting giving it even more a natural appeal.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Hi Dimitar,
    Love the rock work(y)Nice substrate colour too.
     
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    Let's up to date :)

    Here is the bigger tank, It's getting kind of boring to me, so i think to add some heteranthera zosterifolia at background and some more staurogyne repens and maybe some more althernathere reineckii sp mini.


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    And here's the smaller tank. For this tank i think to add more althernathere reineckii sp mini. I'm not 100% sure but it is possible to remove the hygrophila polysperma and to change it with althernathere reineckii sp mini or rotala indica. What you think?


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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Be very careful when you start adding more plants, at the moment both of your tanks are very simple certainly not over loaded with plants and again both of your tanks are very easy to sit back and admire.

    Let them both develop and keep up with the necessary light trimming.

    Also remember "Less is best" and More is More"

    Keith:):)
     
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    Hi Dimitar, I agree with Keith:) I would not change a thing.Both Scapes look great;) Scape 1 looks so natural, The second scape is coming along nicely too ;)
     

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