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Sarah's Cube Mountainscape Journal (pic warning)

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Nazegoreng, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. Nazegoreng

    Nazegoreng New Member

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    Can anyone suggest a compact, low growing plant that would soften the transition between the HC and the stone?

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    abhradip1986 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis or pigmy Amazon sword might be a good choice..:)
     
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  3. Nazegoreng

    Nazegoreng New Member

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    I definitely like the idea of Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis. Good choice!
     
  4. viktorlantos

    viktorlantos Aspiring Aquascaper

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    L. Brasiliensis is a nice plant, but here it would be too much. Would change the scape balance a lot with its height and wide leaf. I would go with a lower plant there like Parvula or something else which is compact or can be trimmed to stay compact.
     
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  5. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    Took the words out of my mouth, Viktor.
    E. Belem (japanese hair grass) would be perfect.
     
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  6. Nazegoreng

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    Wouldn't it spread into the HC?
     
  7. Nazegoreng

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    Wk 4 update. Pellia is settling in well.

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  8. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    Yup, mosses are probably the only thing that wouldn't to be honest. By wouldn't I mean, would but more slowly...
     
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  9. Nazegoreng

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    Decided to pull out some HC today (to make room for flame moss etc). I can't believe the difference it has made! So much brighter and cleaner, I think I'm going to have to keep it like this. I totally underestimated the effect of a sandy front.

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    Just have to work out how to maintain the HC away from the sand, considering the whole tank has a sand cap...
     
  10. ChadRamsey

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    i was say 049 would look nice there
     
  11. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    049? What's that when it's at home then?
     
  12. ShadowMac

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    I was thinking about S. repens (049), too. However I think the large leaves would ruin the scale in this scape. I do like E. belem or parvula here. As a means of keeping it in check I have considered trying to see what happens when you plant it with a small guard surrounding it to keep the runners from spreading. I have never tried it, but thought it might be a method to keep it in place.

    Your patience in this scape will really pay off I think. Be sure to blast CO2 when transitioning the HC to submerged.
     
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  13. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    I've planted with a guard, it slows it down but doesn't stop it going over or far more annoyingly under. Easiest thing is to just trim into the substrate and them pull up but still it's not foolproof and will always end up needing replanting.
     
  14. Nazegoreng

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    Wk 5 Update:

    Everything seems to be going well. Pellia is a little funny but seems to be doing ok. My flame moss arrived (in great shape) and I wedged it between gutter guard and superglued together. All in all going well. Still not sure what to do with the 2 tubs of flame moss I have left over. Probably just put it in my propagating tank (if I can find any room might have to sell some HC hehe). Spose just waiting for the pellia to grab hold before I flood. I don't think the carpet is going to get dramatically better.

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  15. Nazegoreng

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    Wk 6.

    Flame moss has took off. This stuff LOVES growing out of water, has taken off like a rocket since being planted.
    Pellia has attached to the rock. I tested a cpl pieces by lifting the edges up and heard distinct roots snapping, or whatever pellia clings on with.
    Will look at flooding this as soon as I get the filtration, which should be in 1-2 weeks.

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    Pellia seems to be bouncing back a bit. Not looking perfect but from what I've been told it looks healthy enough, not melting that is.
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    Hi,

    a very nice scape and a fantastic mainstone.
    the pellia highlights the beautiful contures of the stone
    I like it!(y)
     
  17. Nazegoreng

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    Thankyou so much Alex, I'm so glad you like it :D.

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    I'm following this scape. The effort and patience being put into the details to ensure it is done right is a good lesson for me! :D

    Keep up the great work.
     
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    Wk 7 update. Probably one of the last updates before the flood. Everything is looking fantastic. Dividers are in for the carpets, hairgrass planted in BG. Will add more plants later but for now I'm pretty happy with it. Lily pipes arrived yesterday so here they are also. Just waiting on filter to arrive and it will be time to flood.

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    The moss has really perked up. I was worried about it for awhile.
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    Amazing attention to detail. This is going to be beautiful.
     
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