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Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by zgmarkozg, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. zgmarkozg

    zgmarkozg Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hi all
    here is new project, aquarium size : 45 x 30 x 30
    Hardscape: Seiryu stone
    Soil: Amazonia aquasoil
    Light: At this point I'm waiting 50 pcs LED 6500 K cool white. some DIY work.
    Platns: monte carlo and eleocharis mini in back,
    I startet with Dry start method, for few weeks now, here is some pic ;

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    any suggestions?
     
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  2. jagermelifter

    jagermelifter Aspiring Aquascaper

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    my only suggestion is to put more substrate at the back left sloping high up to the middle so you can have visible background carpet, it can highly change the impact of this scape. other than that the stones arrangement is pretty sick.


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  3. lucasgg

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    Yep, the substrate needs more general height variance, higher in the back and lower in front, while compared to each other.
     
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  4. Flo

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    Is the Mainrock and the other big rock on its right back side one single piece?
    Somehow it s distracting, i allways have to look to this right stone. o_O
    maybe it could help to slope more soil infront of this rock.
    The other rock work is well done (y).
     
  5. zgmarkozg

    zgmarkozg Aspiring Aquascaper

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    @jagermelifter; you are right, Im not satisfied with that left part.
    @lucasgg; relly neds more substrate in front like in the back.
    @Flo; no it is two pieace of rock, I will put more substrate in that right front and left front too, maybe than will be beter.
    in the crack between this two rocks is planted eleocharis mini so I tougt to split them wit it. what do u meen of that?
     
  6. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    It'll be a beauty when we have worked all the kinks out!
     
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  7. Flo

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    Adding more substrate could help. Give it a try.
     
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  8. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    zgmarkozg

    I am very surprised you fell into the old trap by not getting the substrate and the rocks perfect first.

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    Here are a few points you might like to consider.

    The big rock back RH end has gone.

    Lifted the substrate back RH corner.

    Tilting the big rock to the left also lifting it just a little to give you a little more height

    I also moved and rotated the larger of the two small rocks to the right hand side of the big rock.

    By doing all that it has given you a greater eye flow and more open space at the front.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  9. zgmarkozg

    zgmarkozg Aspiring Aquascaper

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    interestig suggestion keithgh, the aquarium is still emersd, and I can easely change hardscape, i will defenetly try to do something like u draw.
    that "two" small rocks in front right is one rock, but i will work something out.
     
  10. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    That rock with the right tools you might be able to split it.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  11. zgmarkozg

    zgmarkozg Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Here is with some changes, cant tilt the big rock any more...
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    zgmarkozg,

    Its starting to look very good now.

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    The only concern now is the main rock is too powerful (I expected that any way) easily adjusted the rock on its left can you lift it up by adding more substrate under it please.

    It can be supported with a few rock chips if required, these would be hidden with the planting.

    Now you have a smoother eye flow to the left of your Aquascape.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    I'm in agreement with many, the large stone is very strong and could use a bit of a tilt. Amano always said he likes it to look like water is flowing with the stones. In that spirit consider angling many of the stones that are left of the center right position towards the front left corner and the stones that are right of the center right position towards the front right corner.

    You also should try to use the stones as a wall to help you build up the substrate in the back. It should be much higher than the front. It will create a greater sense of scale and perspective.
     
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    What are your thoughts on these improvements?

    Keep us updated please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Hi Z, Looking Good :love:
     
  16. zgmarkozg

    zgmarkozg Aspiring Aquascaper

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    hi guys, I changed the main rock, throw out the big rock in front left, now its better eye flow.
    fill it with water and put some guppy in.
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    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Looks improved. How old are the plants?
     
  18. keithgh

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    That is a great improvement.

    It would help you young fry if you had a leafy floating plant "NOT Duckweed"
    Something like the Floating water Wisteria [​IMG]

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  19. zgmarkozg

    zgmarkozg Aspiring Aquascaper

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    @lucasgg ; thnx, some of the plants are planted when I started this aquarium, but I added more of MC from bigger aquarium week ago.
    @keithgh; thnx, the guppys will not be in aquarium, need to buy some tetras. :)
     
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  20. keithgh

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    zgmarkozg

    A little over head cover will give the chosen fish a natural shelter from the lighting any way.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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