1. Welcome to AquaScaping World!

    Become a register member to get FULL SITE ACCESS AND BENEFITS.

    Join the ASW community now!

    Dismiss Notice

Opinions? :)

Discussion in 'Critique My Aquascape' started by vshrimp, Mar 2, 2017.

  1. vshrimp

    vshrimp New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2017
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Milwaukee
    So I just started building this scape a week ago but been planning for weeks on it. What do you guys think?

    [​IMG]
     
    keithgh and Tim Harrison like this.

    Sponsored link:


  2. Zeus

    Zeus Aspiring Aquascaper

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2016
    Likes Received:
    472
    Location:
    Yorkshire, UK
    Hi Vshrimp, and welcome

    Great start to your hardscape (y)

    Nice bit of height. However the AS looks like it may be at a very steep angle near the front of tank which may just come sliping down when flooded. What size is the tank?

    Was you planning a DSM (Dry Start Method)? which might be worth doing if planning a carpet, which would help hold those steep slopes of AS.

    Might be it little too central.

    was you planning an iwagumi scape ?

    I full list of your hardware you have and plan to get also would also be helpful in helping us to advise you better.

    Plus what plants was you planing/thinking?

    Zeus
     
    vshrimp likes this.
  3. Tim Harrison

    Tim Harrison Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2013
    Likes Received:
    386
    Location:
    Leicestershire UK
    Hi and welcome.
    I like your scape a lot. You've achieved what most aquascapers aspire to, and that is the look of a natural rock outcrop.
    I'd love to know what your your planting plans are too;)
     
    keithgh and vshrimp like this.
  4. vshrimp

    vshrimp New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2017
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Milwaukee
    Hi Zeus,
    Tank setup is as follow:
    -Innovative Marine Nuvo Black 20 gal (24in x 15in x 13in)
    -Chihiros RGB led 60cm
    -Marineland C160 canister filter
    -Hydor 200w inline heater
    -Inline atomizer diffusor

    Tbh, I was going for more of a mountain scape than the traditional iwagumi tank. Is there is a such a thing called mountain scape or is it still considered iwagumi? Lol.

    I've noticed it's a bit centered but I'll try to shift it and move things around. The hardest part is all pieces are long flat rocks layered next to each other to kind of give the depth and height. Not full round rocks.

    The plants of choice so far I've planned has been HC. That's all I've gotten to so far.

    As for the steepness. It actually not that steep. I'll have to take a pics when I get up in the afternoon as I work 3rd shift.

    Dsm. I'm not a fan of it. I like to just submerge and get it going :D

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
     
  5. vshrimp

    vshrimp New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2017
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Milwaukee
    Here's a side shot of the front. To me it doesn't look steep.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2011
    Likes Received:
    4,657
    Location:
    Melbourne Australia
    VShrimp
    Welcome to ASW
    You can name it what every you like many just add "Like" after the Title personally to me its looks like a natural natural rocky mountainous country.
    There is nothing Iwagumi about these rocky mountains
    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...zLnSAhVI5GMKHUwoDLAQ_AUICCgB&biw=1229&bih=626

    In comparison to these Japanese mountain country
    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...UIBigB#tbm=isch&q=Japanese+mountain+country&*


    [​IMG]

    I do not think the feature rocks are central at all, what is giving that illusion is all those small rocks too carefully positioned across the front.
    The ones with the X I would like to see what it looks like with out them.

    If you are worried about slippage you can easily make a underground retaining walls using pieces of slate.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  7. Zeus

    Zeus Aspiring Aquascaper

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2016
    Likes Received:
    472
    Location:
    Yorkshire, UK
    Looks a bit steep to me in final third before front of tank, but not as bad as it looked with front view only.

    I like it more with each look (y)
     
  8. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2011
    Likes Received:
    4,657
    Location:
    Melbourne Australia
    Zeus

    Have a look at Alex's post on how he has constructed a very steep slope. Not that far for me several homes were build on top of a very high slope the method they used was very similar to what Alex has done.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  9. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2011
    Likes Received:
    4,657
    Location:
    Melbourne Australia
    vshrimp

    Any updates on your Aquascape please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  10. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Likes Received:
    2,156
    Location:
    North Dakota, USA
    First, great looking stone! Where did you get it and what is it called?

    My critique:

    What are you trying to accomplish? What scene do you want to create? A mountain? An iwagumi? What is your objective for the scape?

    The bulk of the scape is sitting too far to the back of the tank. The rock formation is nice, but by crowding the back panel you don't leave any room for the impression this is a large open scene. It also leaves you little detail or rock work near the front, as it is too bare and uninteresting. Consider moving the stones away from the back a little.

    The second thing here is that all stones are tilted in such a way that you are not introducing any shadows. This makes scapes look very one dimensional. Try tilting stones and playing around with how you utilize light and shadow to create a more dynamic aquascape.

    What do you plan to use as plants? Consider adding some detail stones to make the scape look more natural. These are pieces that look to have eroded and fallen away from the large ones...these are generally grouped in what would appear to have been the natural place for them to have fallen from the large stones.
     
  11. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Likes Received:
    2,156
    Location:
    North Dakota, USA
    A great example of what I was talking about from Diego Sandoval

    [​IMG]
     
    vshrimp likes this.
  12. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Likes Received:
    2,156
    Location:
    North Dakota, USA
    Notice the introduction of shadows on the front left and right. The scape utilizes the full front to back space well. There are lots of places where details are added giving a more natural appearance.
     
  13. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2011
    Likes Received:
    4,657
    Location:
    Melbourne Australia
    To the best of my knowledge Vshrimp was still working on that Aquascape to give it a more natural look, that is the reason for asking about any updates.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  14. Ed Villagracia

    Ed Villagracia Active Aquascaper

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2010
    Likes Received:
    765
    Location:
    PHILIPPINES
    vshrimp, if you are into mountain scape removing the stone with red mark [if it is just an inserted stone] will open up that area and will
    likely lessen the illusion of your rocks formation being too centered. look a place for stones with mark red and green might as well improve your scenery of a mountain scape. you can add pieces of stones in place of the red stone. that green mark i forget to remove. just look for place in the tank where most fitted to add harmony with the rest of the stones.
    just my personal opinion.
    VSHRIMP.jpg
     
    keithgh and ShadowMac like this.
  15. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2011
    Likes Received:
    4,657
    Location:
    Melbourne Australia
    Ed Villagracia

    Thank you very much the more opinions the better for Vshrimp to try out and perfect his Aquascape.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  16. vshrimp

    vshrimp New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2017
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Milwaukee
    Just an update and sorry for taking a long time to reply. I left it as is but grew a carpet of HC. Currently in the process of tearing it down.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2017
  17. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2011
    Likes Received:
    4,657
    Location:
    Melbourne Australia
    vshrimp

    That is a pity as you had the makings of a very good Aquascape.

    What are your plans now for that tank?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  18. vshrimp

    vshrimp New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2017
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Milwaukee
    Well I'm going to replace that tank with a Ultum Nature 60U tank. It's basically almost the same tank as previous but without the smoked glass in the rear. Trying to compete in the 2018 IAPLC or AGA competition next year. Haven't had time to plan things yet cause I've been busy planning for a live aquascape competition show in Chicago.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
     
  19. vshrimp

    vshrimp New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2017
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Milwaukee
    Here's the new tank. [​IMG][​IMG]

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
     
    keithgh likes this.
  20. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2011
    Likes Received:
    4,657
    Location:
    Melbourne Australia
    Vshrimp

    Can you post the details about that tank please as it does not look like a standard size tank.
    Your lighting will have to be very good for a tank of that height.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

Share This Page

Sponsored link: