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Updated Iwagumi, feedback and plant suggestion please.

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Riverboa, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. Riverboa

    Riverboa New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    This is my latest scape. Hope you guys like it and I'd love to get some feedback.

    My goal is a low maintenance twist on Iwagumi.

    Some basic specs:
    Substrate: a layer of used aquasoil at the back (more for support than anything, I don't plan on having nutrient hungry stems in this tank) capped by locally collected sand.
    Filter/Water Circulation:Eheim 2215 + Koralia Nano 240
    Lighting: ADA Solar I (old 150W MH bulb)
    Flora: C. Parva and Fissidens Fontanus.
    Fauna: Zebra Danios; will add Amano Shrimps and Otocats.

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  2. lalmeida

    lalmeida New Member

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    Hi,

    Looks great! The stones arrangement is perfect to me. The overall composition it's very equilibrated :proud:

    Congratulations,
     
  3. Riverboa

    Riverboa New Member

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    Thanks for the kind words Almeida ! I appreciate it.
     
  4. bsnyder921

    bsnyder921 New Member

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    Really nice look, I really really like the look of the substrate. Where did you get the sand from - is it ocean or river sand? Did you boil it to sterilize it first? I'm looking to redo my 29 gallon planted tank soon and I still can't decide what substrate to go with. I'm on a budget, and although I love the look of natural sand, I hate the thought of paying $20 or more for a bag of sand that I could probably find myself in local streams or rivers.
     
  5. Riverboa

    Riverboa New Member

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    I love those sand! Match the rocks perfectly. I got the sand from a local plant enthusiast, she collected them from a stream near where she lives. I can't remember now if she boil the sand; but she definitely sifted, dried and bagged the sand nicely - and I can't thank her enough for letting me have some of it.
    = )
     
  6. bsnyder921

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    I can't help but wonder what risks come along with using sand like this.

    1- you don't know if any pollutants or chemicals were exposed to the sand before you got it
    2- you don't know what kind of rocks/minerals make up the sand, so therefore it could have negative affects on your water

    I'm not at all trying to be overly pessimistic here, I'm just trying to cover all the angles.
     
  7. Riverboa

    Riverboa New Member

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    I have the same concerns, i.e. too many unknowns. Same with the rocks I collected, I clean (rinse, brush, dry and repeat) them as much as I can, the rest is trial and error.
    Time would tell.
     
  8. LondonDragon

    LondonDragon Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Very natural looking, love the combination of the rocks and the substrate, looking great.
    Any plans for the planting or just going to keep it simple?
     
  9. Riverboa

    Riverboa New Member

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    Thanks LondonDragon, I consider the scape to be semi finished. I may add a few small size pebbles around the main rocks to make the transition more natural, but I haven't found the one I like yet. In terms of plants, I am debating whether I should add some tall hair grass (vivipara??) at the back and some other crypts (bronze wentii??). I am not sure yet. Any suggestions?

    Goal is to keep it simple, low maintenance, my other tank is keeping me busy.
     
  10. LondonDragon

    LondonDragon Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Maybe a combination of both the crypts and the vivipara, you can also shape the vivipara to give it more depth
     
  11. Riverboa

    Riverboa New Member

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    Slightly different angle [​IMG]
     
  12. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    I really like the rocks, they go very well with the substrate.

    I would add crypts, a crypt jungle at the back would look fab.
     
  13. wilwil

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    still more plants you should add, i think. anyway nice scape.
     
  14. Mojojojo

    Mojojojo Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I agree with Luis. A nice selection of crypts would look great in there.
     
  15. Riverboa

    Riverboa New Member

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    WilWil,
    Halo, salam kenal! =) Nice to see fellow Indonesian scaper.

    Luis, Mojojo,
    Thanks for the feedback. My plan is to find some c.wendtii (green) to fill the background surrounding the rocks, but keep the sides open. So far no luck yet, if I can't find them, I'd probably use s.repens instead.
     
  16. wearsbunnyslippers

    wearsbunnyslippers New Member

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    perfect little iwagumi! you are the man!
     
  17. dr.dzek

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    very nice and clean for now :113:
     
  18. Riverboa

    Riverboa New Member

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    Video

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SSRs-w8P4g&feature=youtube_gdata_player]YouTube - Iwagumi[/ame]
     

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