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saintly's maiden head in store iwagumi

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by saintly, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    hi everyone,

    this is the start of my new iwagumi scape that I've been asked to do for my LFS.

    the tank is a 3 footer,
    JBL aquabasis plus and ADA AS substrate system

    seryiuo stone hardscape.

    fluval 305 and 405 filters.

    JBL pressurised co2.

    EI as ferting regime.

    lighting 2 x 39wt5 and 2 x 24 w t5

    here is the preliminary dry scape.....

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    after i settled on a hardscaope and eventually drying out my old AS i then added the extra substrate, bACTER 100 AND ada IRON BOTTOM
     

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  2. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    i added ADA AS, bacter 100 and ADA iron bottom to my 8 month old AS which i had to wait to dry out. after dryiong i then re did the hardscape.

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    and on completion ended up with this arrangment. there a couple of tweaks to be made but this is 99% complete.

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    plants, i'm using HC glosso, riccia e tenellus, eleocharis acicularis which i'm ordering this week.

    there will be about 60 pots.
     
  3. JEK

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    You need some bigger and better stones IMHO.:)
     
  4. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    nice, looking forward how it will look when planted :113:
     
  5. Anti-Pjerrot

    Anti-Pjerrot New Member

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    I disagree with using bigger rocks - the ones you picked are good. But I think you could bring the two sides closer together since they seem like two seperate pieces, wich does not support the iwagumi principle. Also the two main rocks could be raised a little so that they give a stronger impression. The intention will seem vague once the plants ease out the hardscape.
    Over all you have a good selection of rocks and it seems to be a nice iwagumi.
     
  6. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    well jek, i'm surprised you dont like the stone.

    its very character full indeed.

    anti pjerot, thats not true at all. I've seen many an amano iwagumi that appears in 2 halfs.

    i could even post an image but copyright etc dont allow.

    maybe i'm reading the wrong Aquajournal ;)
     
  7. Anti-Pjerrot

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    No you misunderstand me. Its absolutely true that many iwagumis are based two halfs, also with a lot of space between the two main stones - but theres usually a stronger connection between them, giving that their size are equal to the distance in between. Im not saying that you should place you rocks side by side, but the right side is not dominat enough, and would be more in focus if it were a little closer to the main (Left) rock and the two rocks was more upwards.

    Have you used this scape as your inspiration:

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  8. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    no, but i do know this scape. it was by chance that i compared mine with an amono iwagumi in Aqua journla VOL.116 page 34.

    it made me smile actually that i could come close to something so great.

    like i said earlier, there is a couple of tweaks to be made but plan on the planting to change the overall feel.

    i appreciate the input though.
     
  9. JEK

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    The right master stone disturbs me.:)
     
  10. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    oh well, cant please everyone.
     
  11. Anti-Pjerrot

    Anti-Pjerrot New Member

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    Wow - hey sorry. But i can see that I - again - has switched between left and right.

    Ill change the posts - hope it make more sense now.
     
  12. kire.laz

    kire.laz Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I think it's great :) Maybe you should lift the right main stone a little bit more! The rest is great :) i can't wait to see the planting!
     
  13. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    the plant list is as follows....

    18 pot of rotala rotundifolia
    18 pots of Hemianthus callitrichoides
    18 pots of Echinodorus tenellus
    12 pots eleocharis acicularis

    and riccia stones.

    there is an alteration to be made to the right stone.
     
  14. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    for all you rock experts, i do apologies for my lack of understanding.#

    anyway, heres the sorting of the plants....

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    and this is directly after planting.....

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    and straight after filling. i added more water afterwards :Happy:

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    i'll now let nature take over.
     
  15. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    what is the oliver knots hc method?

    awesome to see all the plants prepared :eek:
     
  16. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    it's difficult to get a response on this site i must say, thanks to jek for posting.

    last images for some time.

    the staff of my lfs who will take care of this tank during the week.

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    different angles....

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    and the final layout fully planted and water clear. i'm happy with the rocks, even the right side.
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  17. kire.laz

    kire.laz Aspiring Aquascaper

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    It's magic :) Very nice layout I love it!!
     
  18. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Looks great Saintly. I don't think it matters too much about following the 'trodden path' putting hardscape in 'perfect' positions otherwise the hobby would never move forward and we would all create tanks that looked just the same as each others.

    Dare to be different, take risks and when they work you have something different.

    You have a great eye for placement and therefore you are one of those who can do things differently.

    Will look great once its grown in.

    AC
     
  19. aquaticmaniac

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    I love the hardscape. I think you've done an excellent job with it. I'm interested in seeing how this finishes up. I haven't seen many iwagumi with rotala in them. Very interesting.

    Which Maidenhead do you work/is this tank at?
     
  20. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    thanks guys,

    i don't actualy work at a MA store. I'm just a customer thats offered his services.

    the rotala choice was based on an amano iwagumi featured in an aqua journal. but that scape used m umbrosum instead. i opted for rotala purley because it's a little easier to grow IME.

    there was also an ADA iaplc winner i think 06/07 with a iwagumi featuring rotal rotundifolia in very big numbers.

    personly if it was my tank i wouldnt use rotala, but hopefully should still look ok

    The MA store is east bridgford near nottingham England
     

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