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Seiryu Stone 60x30x35

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Gary Murphy, Sep 11, 2015.

  1. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Garry

    You have done so many some are better than others.

    Your next step is to select the one you like and feel happy with.

    Once you have done that add the substrate and that could change every thing.

    How do you intend to shape the substrate a slope or a mound?

    Once you have added the substrate positioned the rocks the way you like take a rest for a few days then come back with a fresh approach and make any adjustments you think are necessary and again you like.

    Keith:):)
     
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  2. Solcielo lawrencia

    Solcielo lawrencia Aspiring Aquascaper

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    The location of the main rock is good. The rotation almost there. Turn so that a little bit more of the front face is showing. Somewhere between 5-15 degrees.

    I would suggest adding the substrate and placing the main rock on it. That will provide the height needed for the tank and help put everything into perspective. It makes visually adjusting the arrangement easier, though actually making adjustments very tedious.
     
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  3. isaacongwl

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    Hi Garry, nice rocks. Just to share abit. For a small tank try to arrange the focal points to the side. The layout will be nicer.

    The no.4 focal points is good. You might want to start from there.

    Hope your setup will be success. Waiting for your final. Cheers

    Sent from my ASUS_T00P using Tapatalk
     
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  4. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Gary

    I think you might have learnt a very valuable lesson when making up a mock up make it the same size as the tank.

    The rocks actually look smaller now but not a worry you can increase and shape the height of the substrate to suit what you have.

    Keith:):)
     
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  5. Gary Murphy

    Gary Murphy Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Ive kept the same scape but reversed it and i think it works a lot better. I can then create different heights when i get the substrate. Main rock is more central and turned to show front and now biggest rock on left side is facing inwards and not leaving as much negative space. I really do like this scape. Im thinking Staurogyne Repens around the rocks and then Dwarf Hairgrass everywhere else. Might also ad some moss on some of the rocks :)

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  6. Solcielo lawrencia

    Solcielo lawrencia Aspiring Aquascaper

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    The scale isn't going to work very well because of the appearance of a mountain diorama, not an iwagumi. Dioramas require small plants. S. repens is not small, nor is DHG suitable.
     
  7. Gary Murphy

    Gary Murphy Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Ok Micrantheum Monte Carlo it is then :) Ive also really wanted to try some flame moss so going to give that a go on the stones. Im also thinking of not putting any plants in the pathway but not 100% sure yet so going to have a think on that.

    Im getting a 9kg Carribsea Eco Complete next week as ive heard good reviews about it so hopefully get planted in the next week or so.
     
  8. Solcielo lawrencia

    Solcielo lawrencia Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I would still recommend a strict iwagumi, not diorama imitation. That allows a more natural plant selection.
     
  9. Gary Murphy

    Gary Murphy Aspiring Aquascaper

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    To be honest i was planning on this been a KIS and only using a few plant species so think the mountain diorama is fine for what im planning.
     
  10. Gary Murphy

    Gary Murphy Aspiring Aquascaper

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    This is roughly what im thinking of doing :)

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  11. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Excellent, excellent, excellent! The planting looks great, besides the moss on the very tips of the most dominant stones. I can't wait to see this finished!
     
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    Hi I was about to say the same as above:) I Love it :cool:

    Edit the path needs more of a curve ;)
     
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  13. Gary Murphy

    Gary Murphy Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks Guys Im really happy with it. :D
     
  14. Solcielo lawrencia

    Solcielo lawrencia Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Flame moss will not work.
    If you insist on the path, it mustn't be straight.
    M. tweediei will leave a harsh contrast line with the rocks. You'll need to feather the transition with DHG or similar texture.
     
  15. Gary Murphy

    Gary Murphy Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Leaving the path unplanted is just an idea I might decide to carpet the full scape, Im not 100% set on it yet. Do you mean use DHG around the rocks?
     
  16. Solcielo lawrencia

    Solcielo lawrencia Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Yes, it helps soften the transition between plants and hardscape.
     
  17. Gary Murphy

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    Sounds good to me, Thanks Solcielo (y)
     
  18. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    The most important point now is that you are very happy leave it alone and set it up in your tank and make any minor adjustments as required.

    The pathway requires a little attention to create a curve.

    Keith:):)
     
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  19. Gary Murphy

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    Im looking forward to getting my substrate in. Im just unsure whether to carpet the full scape or plant around so I have a pathway and keep it trimmed back.

    Yeah Roy said the pathway was a little narrow and could do with a wider curve towards the front. Ive got some spare big rocks im going to break up and add to it once i get the substrate, That way I will have a better idea what the finished hardscape will look like.
     
  20. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Use some sand or garden soil in your mock up and see what looks best and then take more photos.

    Keith:):)
     

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