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Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Tim Harrison, Jan 25, 2014.
Top image - the hardscape so far. Bottom Image - the inspiration behind it all...
I will definitely follow your postings as you develop your inspired Naturescape.
Nature has inspired many fantastic Aquascapes.
after seeing your hard scape arrangement based on your inspirational photo,
i can definitely say, outstanding result when done.
good luck with this one
Looking good, Troi.
Really love your inspired picture.
Hi Troi, Superb Love the way you were inspired by nature Did you take the pic ?? As i like to take pics and turn them into Aquascapes too Looking forward to your updates
Hi, thanks and yes I did take the photo. It was taken on the spur of the moment with an ancient phone camera, in the woodland garden here http://www.heligan.com/
looks beautiful. what type of rock and wood is that?
Looking nice so far. This is really nice wood, what is it? Ironwood?
One comment to the hardscape... I would try to fill the middle part of the scape with smaller pieces of wood. Just like the nature picture. There isn't that much empty space in the middly area. I think the free space in the current layout will look a little bit odd when it's planted and grown in at some point.
Hi the wood is Manzi and the stone is seiryu. As for the void in the middle of the scape - I think I know what you mean and you may be right, but you'd be surprised how much appropriate planting will dramatically alter the scape. I'm not sure how much of the hardscape will be left on view at the moment, I'm planning to use a lot of moss, epyphytes, and stems.
OK - long time no update. I've played with the hardscape and neglected the tank accidentally on purpose. I've had a really hard time with algae...every issue and type you could imagine...the tank has taken an age to stabilize. So I thought the best solution was to just let is grow in whilst keeping up the water changes, overdosing LC, bunging in the fertz, experimenting with light intensity and turning up the gas (without asphyxiating the critters). The results are below...plan to trim soon...
P.S. all photos taken with a crappy compact, and totally unadulterated.
Very wild. I like that
Liebe Grüße Felix
Hi Troi. Looks good now With light a trim. Its going to look fab
looking good. I agree with Greenfinger, a bit of trimming will help the tank look its best. I would start with an aggressive trim cutting all the stems to a length where they are just lower than the driftwood. This will cause bushy fuller growth out from behind the driftwood improving the look.
I would also trim back the glosso. Cut it low to the substrate. The new growth will be denser and carpet better.
Thanks for the kind words guys, and thanks for the advice greenfinger and Shawn. Most of the glosso seems to be growing above the substrate rather than actually in it, so a severe trim and replant is definitely on the cards for that at least.
I like what you have achieved so far its great to see how it developed.
With a "Nature" inspired Aquascape you have two choices let it go wild or keep the wild look but trim it lightly all the time.
If its trimmed to perfection it could easily loose that wild "Nature" appeal its a matter of keeping a happy medium and that is where all the skills comes in.
It's been through a few incarnations since I last posted this is the latest. It's actually much nearer to what I originally had in mind. I think I'll keep the bare bones of it but just let it grow in a little so it looks more natural.
Before I read your post I was going to suggest let it go for a while and only trim lightly when and where necessary to keep that natural appeal look.
Hi Troi, Superb planting Healthy Lush plants too
Good job Troi it's looking great :clap:
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