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Some tips for my new aquascape please?

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by Atrixx, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. Atrixx

    Atrixx New Member

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    Hello,

    I'm new here so I hope I don't do anything wrong :)
    I'm also from belgium so sorry for my bad english.

    I made my first aquascape this week and i'm happy with the result.
    But not for the 100%.
    Does somebody got any tips for me to make it mor realistic please?

    Kind regards Michael

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Michael

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    Forget about the English we can work around that very easy, all you have to to is just translate it back.

    I fully realise its a very new tank and has a long way to go before it has finished developing

    My main comments at the moment are those rocks appear to be in a straight line.

    The rock with the red X why is it there, it looks like a brick wall you have to move your eyes over or around.

    If it is supporting the Drift wood "DW" it is not necessary as the rock second from the RH end could easily support it if it was moved up and over a little bit.

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    The rocks on the RH side are looking good as far as shape, where as the rocks on the LH side just look like the average rock nothing interesting about them.

    Planting on DW I will wait until it develops a lot more.

    As you can see I have commented rather hard but at the same time given you the reasons and a few suggestions.

    Keith:):)
     
  3. -serok-

    -serok- Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hi there!

    Your layout isn't that bad for your first try. The space in the upper level of the tank is used well by the roots and the plants. But I agree with Keith, the stone arrangement is in need of improvement. Don't you have some more stones? Maybe some bigger ones? As Keith already said, all stones are placed in one straight line and the small stone in the middle is out of place. Furthermore, the distance from stone to stone is to consistent.

    Try to arrange the stones a little bit closer to each other. And try to use bigger stones! This is important. The bigger the stones, the easier it is to create a harmonious and natural layout. I've changed your picture a little bit to show you what I mean. The green circles are showing spots, where some small Cryptocorine or Staurogyne would be nice.

    Do you speak german? Than have a look at my website, maybe it's helpfull. ;)
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  4. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Michael

    I possibly have that program to move things around BUT ?????

    As you can see a few simple moves and now your tank is starting to look amazing.

    With all the correct plants and plant locations it will become "Fantastic"

    Keith:):)
     
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  5. Atrixx

    Atrixx New Member

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    goodmorning!

    I'm from belgium and i speak dutch ;)
    thx for the tips! i get what you guys mean.
    Yesterday i played around with a bit more stones (before reading this posts) and i think its a bit inproved but they are ofcourse stil in te same "line"
    My old thank still got 2 or 3 big rocks from this kind of stone so i can use those.

    this is what came up yesterdag ;)

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    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Michael, Welcome to ASW You are off to a good start :) With the changes that Keith & Serok Suggested This will be a Fantastic AquaScape ;) Well done nice work(y) Regards Roy
     
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    Atrixx New Member

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    Oke thx greenfinger 2!

    I got another 2 problems in my thank too.
    I have allot of white slime on my spiderwood like this :

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    And as you can see the tips of the leaves from my Bolbitus Heudelotii are slimey too and transparant.
    This is what mesurements i got from my water :

    Ph: 7,4
    Kh: 8
    Fe: 0,5
    Po4: 0,1
    No3: 0,25
    Co²: 30Bpm

    Kind regards Michael
     
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    Michael

    That is looking far better already

    Red I moved the centre rock forward to break up that straight line.

    I also made the path a bit smaller and shaped it the best I could again straight lines.

    One little tip KIS Keep It Simple look at an Aquascape as Nature and as a Child would see it once you get those points the rest is easy.

    Just relax and go with the flow of the tank it will do what it wants to do any way.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Atrixx New Member

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    Thx Keith !
    I'm following you a bit and you helped people quit a lot ! (y)
    So how can i break the straight line of the path? de LH i mean ;)
    And should i place another big rock next to the LH Spiderwood on the right side RED 1
    So i can place the YELLOW 2 on the left side?
    sorry for all the pictures :p

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    These are the rocks i still have in my other thank ;)
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    @Serok : Great site. i'm reading it with a translator haha ;D
     
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    Ed Villagracia Active Aquascaper

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    hi Michael,.............welcome to ASW.

    did you boiled, wash and dried your driftwood a couple of times? just curious about the slime.

    you have a tank. keep us posted;)
     
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    Ed Villagracia Active Aquascaper

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    opsssss sorry double post server problem:barefoot:


    hello there welcome to ASW.

    did you boiled, wash and dried your driftwood a couple of times? just curious about the slime.

    you have a tank. keep us posted;)
     
  12. Atrixx

    Atrixx New Member

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    No i didnt boiled the wood. I did it in a big tub with boiled water and leaved it there for a week. cleaned it with a toothbrush.
    Allot of people told me not to boil spiderwood because it wil destroy its structure :confused:
    I had it in my other thank and it dissapeard when i put in fish for 2 days. but i dont want to put fish in this 1 before 2 months.

    Greetings
     
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    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Atrixx, As to slime on DW :( I had this on some DW in one of my AquaScapes but after a few weeks it went away no problem after that :) As to getting on plant just trim them bits off ;) PS No fish in mine as just want a AquaScape :D Slime still went away ;) Regards Roy
     
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    oke thx roy! but ons some places it turned blue...thats not right is it?
    can i use Easy life blue exit of just let it go away by natural?

    And i have now 2 from the 4 lamps on (2x24watt 6500K) is that enough?

    Regards Michael
     
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    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Atrixx, Well don,t about the blue ???? Are you adding anything to water ?Easy life blue? What is it as have not heard of that;) I would let it go naturally:)I Hate to use chemicals :eek: Unless i have too (y) As to lights others will know more ;) 6500 k ,is the right wave length daylight (y) Regards Roy
     
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    okay. it looks like blue algea or something.
    The white slime on my wood turns blue ;(
     
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    Hi Atrixx, Do a Google on Algae ? Find out what sort Algae ;) Then go from there :) Someone on ASW Will know how to deal with it :) Sorry could not help more:( Regards Roy
     
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    Oh no problem greenfinger 2 ;)
    So..what should i do with the stone problem? :D

    Regards michael
     
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    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi Michael, :D Well Stone placement Go with what you thinks looks good in your Scape ;) Keith& Serok Will See what we miss:eek: Trust me I Know They don't miss a thing ;) Keith saw a small White stone In my AquaScape :eek::eek: That We have been working on now For about five months Right little eye popper He see it I missed it ;) You are off to A good start :D Keep up the good work:)(y) Regards Roy
     
  20. Atrixx

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    Yeah it looks like that ;)
    I'm gonne make something good from the stones tomorrow because its 23:30 here :D
    I keep you guys posted when i'm done ;)
    And how can i see scapes from them? I cant find them ;(
    Kind regards michael
     

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