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My First Aquascape 65 Litre

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Gary Murphy, Aug 8, 2015.

  1. Gary Murphy

    Gary Murphy Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hey Guys,

    I have been getting some really helpful suggestions since joining ASW and thought I would start a journal as my tank progresses :)

    Im using Red Moor Wood, Dragon Stone and this is eventually going to be a planted. Im thinking of using Narrow Leaf Java Fern and Anubias Nana Petite. I haven't yet decided on the other plants im going to be using.

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    Thanks for looking, Gary.
     

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  2. greenfinger 2

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    Hi Gary, The hardscape is looking great:) Looking forward to the planting (y)
     
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  3. Gary Murphy

    Gary Murphy Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks :) Just need to decide what carpeting plant to use? Im thinking either Dwarf Hairgrass or Monte Carlo.

    Don't have a clue about a background plant yet. Any suggestions would be appreciated :)
     
  4. Gary Murphy

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    Quick Update. Ive decided to go for Monte Carlo as a carpeting plant. Im also going to attach some Narrow Leaf Java and some Anubias Petite.

    Just looking for 1 or 2 Background plants to compliment the plants ive decided on :)
     
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    What fish you have there?
    Gh kh?
     
  6. keithgh

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    I like what you have done with the drift wood.

    The larger rocks look like they have been very carefully placed and in doing this you have lost that natural appeal, I would like to see some medium sized rocks scattered on top of the smaller rocks.

    The small rocks could be very easily lost in you planting.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Thanks Keith :)

    I will have a play about with the rocks and see if I can get a more natural look. I was thinking that the smaller stones might get lost once i get the carpet plant in there.
     
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    Hi Gary, Over to Keith on this :)
     
  9. Gary Murphy

    Gary Murphy Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks Roy :p

    Ive just broke up 2 of the larger stones to try create a more natural look. I think im on the right track, Opinions most welcome (y)
     
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    Water has cleared, Better photo here :)

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    Solcielo lawrencia Aspiring Aquascaper

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    The wood is stacked too high. I would recommend placing it on the substrate and then adding rocks for support.
     
  12. keithgh

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    The pile looks very good except the three marked rocks, move them up as marked and wedge them in to hold and support the DW a bit more.

    The X piece wedge it in where every you can

    When you have done this you will have to add more 3-5cm of that substrate to give it the natural look reason being at the moment the rocks look like they are just sitting on the substrate.

    When you do that you can slope it towards the front and make the front all the same depth.

    With careful plants it should look very good.

    Keith:):)
     
  13. Gary Murphy

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    Thanks Keith. I have moved the 4 pieces you suggested and I have also added some more Substrate so now the bottoms of the rocks are buried and it looks so much more natural (y)

    So this if the finished Hardscape :)

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    The planting is going to have to be done in stages as im waiting for my local supplier to get the plants in im going to use. Ive got some Monte Carlo coming on Tuesday for the carpet. Im also getting some Narrow leave java fern and petite anubias coming end of the week hopefully.

    Can anyone please recommend a background plants to compliment the plants I have chosen?

    Thanks, Gary.
     
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    Wood has finally sunk and slate is removed, Also cloudiness has gone.

    Heres a better picture of the finshed hardscape :)

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    That looks a lot better now, all the little pockets in and around the rocks you can plant some very low plants.

    That will give it even more of a natural look.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Hi Gary, Looking great your scape has come on in leaps and bounds (y) Now for the planting :)
     
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    Its over to Roy now.

    Seeing you are both in the UK he will know where is the best place to get your plants.

    Keith:):)
     
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    This is what im thinking for plant layout.

    Really need suggestions for a background plant. I was thinking Cardamine Lyrata, Anyone?
     
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    for background plants, how about a myriophyllum species and a ludwigia species like Ludwigia glandulosa or Ludwigia senegalensis
     
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