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18" -> 24"

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by Left C, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. Left C

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    Heck, I can't win.

    A few months back, I finally get an aquarium that is 18" from front to back. Now Amano has an easy to do (I think) aquascaping method that uses rocks (some are covered up with Aqua Soil to increase the substrate depth ... not iwagumi style) and craggy driftwood is poked in between the cracks in the rocks. Then differing species and heights of plants are planted all around. It looks rather nice. I have the rocks and driftwood to pull this off.

    The kicker (for me) is that he says that this style works best in 24" and wider aquariums. The aquariums 'scaped this way using aquariums 18" and narrower do not look good because the taller plants look like they are planted too close to the front. The perspective isn't very good.

    This is shown in the Feb '11 issue of TFH on pages 54 to 56. .... Bummer!

    Maybe you guys have seen this: http://www.tfhdigital.com/tfh/201102?sub_id=Bm0EvWGyaDlX7#pg57

    Also, now the landlord says no more aquariums, ... no pets. period! Dang!!
     
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    Invite An Evil Plant Monster With Anger Management Issues Over To Chat w/ Landlord

    Hi LeftC,

    Simply, 24-30 inch width gives more options and still remains manageable.:gw

    Sounds as though your landlord needs an attitude adjustment. :)

    Be well my friend,
    Biollante
     
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    Left, am not able to view the link that you gave. That is a restricted area.
    The new aquascaping method sounds interesting. Anybody have pictures (or links) to share ?

    TIA.
     
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    Hi Roger

    That link is to the online version of TFH. You have to be a subscriber. But, you can pick up a printed copy of the Feb '11 Tropical Fish Hobbyist. It is on the same page numbers.

    to subscribe: www.tfhmagazine.com
     
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    Yea, I know. It took me 7 years to get an 18" one. It'll probably take me 10 for a 24".

    Thanks. That cheap ahole cutoff our cable. He was paying for it. Now I have to pay for DirecTV. He's going to raise the rent too. I guess I need to part ways with this "money demon" from "The Seedless Grape Club."
     
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    Thanks for the link. I was hoping to see more examples from elsewhere.

    And BTW, does this style have any name associated with it?
     
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    My printed copy just came in the mail. It should be available in stores now.

    There isn't a name for this style unless I missed reading it. The name of the article is: "Using Driftwood and Rocks to Create a Sense of Depth."

    It is the classic "U" shape with a grassy field somewhat offset from center (golden ratio) with varying plants mixed in the driftwood on the sides. Below is a picture from the article that basically shows 1/2 of the "U" looking from the left front towards the center. It is the only picture that I could find online. It is really only a "tease" of what the whole composition looks like.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Capitan Krylon to the Rescue

    Hi LeftC,

    Seems you should be able to pull that of in an 18 inch width tank, just watch the proportions. :)

    The background has much to do with the perception of depth.

    Looks like a job for Krylon paint! :gw

    Of course taking design advice from an evil plant monster is a notoriously bad idea. :rolleyes::eek:

    Biollante
     
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    What about a new 3D planted tank screen saver?
     
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    Musician Or Programmer?

    Hi LeftC,

    Only because it is your birthday! :gw :)

    Biollante
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Eighteen inches - go large, or go home.

    Really! He should know, a dehumidifier should keep the property from mold, right.

    Start hoarding tons of crap, hide the aquariums, stop paying your rent on time, generally begin to trash the place while reminding him at one time he was able to keep nice tenants, before the no pet of any kind rule. Thank you for the link LC, Happy Birthday E1. Get what you need. :cool:
     
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    I started doing that and he had a fit. Now, I have to spend all weekend cleaning up the place. It's a typical bachelor bad. :D
     

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