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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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    ok a few up dates.

    it's been just over a week almost 2 since this was set up.

    hopefully you can see from the following images that theres a hint of summer?...in the scape. i think the rotala adds a sense of happiness.

    there 4 ottos and 6 amano shrimp to help with any early diatoms and they must be doing a good job because theres no signs of the stuff!

    the main focal fish i think, cardinals!

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  2. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Looks great Saintly. Hopefully I can get up to see it and yourself in a couple of weeks ;)

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  3. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    i always like those side shots, to see the slope and the way things are arranged.
    cardinals will suite perfectly;)
     
  4. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    cheers guys. just let me know andy on the lift situation.

    hi jur4ik, i reckon the cardinals are the right choice. the great thing is, if i dont like them i can just change them for something else in the shop B-)
     
  5. hooha

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    I can 'see' how the layout will look as it matures - looks great! I like how the plant selection shouldn't cover up the hardscape you planned initially. That's a big pet peeve of mine when hardscape gets overrun....

    What do you plan for the maintenance of the Echinodorus species? In my experience over time it can get tedious keeping the scape clean with those types of plants in there - the runners shoot 'under' the hardscape and end up all over the tank....
     
  6. Lithillia

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    i would want to have that in my aquarium. feels relaxing to look at it, makes me want to pull out a chair and just stare in it and watch the plants grow.
     
  7. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    well a few weeks in and things are shaping up nicely.

    a pic of me and some UKAPS members at the MA store.

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    i did a trim of the stems a runners of e tenellus the day before this photo.

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  8. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    Are there Photos of "the Henge" and of "miracle Mire" on the top of the tank?
     
  9. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    the first one is of the henge, the second was a different tank of mine.

    it was my second scape that i did last year...it was in my noob days.

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  10. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    I remember, you shared them in the Miracle journal.
    What is actualy with this tank? Will you rescape it soon?
     
  11. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    i'm doing an iwagumi. just with three stones.

    heres a pic...

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    it may not be the final layout but it's close.

    i try not to post planning stages of iwagumi any more as people just critique too much with knowing themselves.

    i'm adding more substrate next week. and then order my plants. about 80 pots.
     
  12. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    Yes indeed, but as you said:
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    I suppose positive critique is welcome - I like it!
    looking forward for the next glamorous journal.
    Good luck :proud:

    ps: to prevent "unwelcome" critique we should maybe delete some unready details?!
     
  13. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    ahh thanks jur4ik

    this image is safe here. i dont think many read this journal.

    you can catch the rest of that journal at UKAPS jur4ik :113:
     
  14. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Sorry I couldn't make it Mark. Bad timing. lol

    I look forward to this new one though. Squarish stones!!! Another breakaway from the norm :)

    Maybe this hobby is starting to open up and people are starting to dare to step off 'the pathway' a little bit more.

    I like it when people go for the 'non standard' materials and looks.

    AC
     
  15. Steven Chong

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    As an Iwagumi, I can't help but wish the tank was about 10cm shorter.

    Still, with Stem plants and lots of taller plants in the background it's clear that this is not going to be an iwagumi in the typical sense of the layout-style. I think that if the stems are cultivated well, it could be very attractive as a more balanced layout. Best of luck.
     
  16. saintly

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    a quick image.there will be better ones tomorrow after I've done some plant trimming (e tenellus runners)

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  17. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    and a comparison shot....

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  18. chinoanoah

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    WOW wish your store was near me! Also, your photos are REALLY great to look at!
     
  19. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    thanks chinoanoah.

    yesterday i was discussing future scapes with the UK JBL rep alexis.

    and the possibilities of using there equipment. of course I'll try anything as long as it gives me great growth.

    so today, I'm going to trim the stray e tenellus runners and just generally tidy the tank up. the stems look 10x better for there trim. imagine them after 2 more trims!

    considering the store didn't sell any HC before the tank was installed....there selling all 18 pots within 48 hours! so HC orders are going to be doubled....somethings working.

    and to think just one year ago all i could grow was algae! stick at it folks
     
  20. aaronnorth

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    Good old Alexis, he's a great laugh lol.

    Tanks looking fab Mark.
     

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