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Attempt to aquscaping

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by MariusMinu, Dec 5, 2014.

  1. MariusMinu

    MariusMinu Junior Poster

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    Hi!
    My name is Marius, I'm from Romania and I'm here because I want to learn more about aquascaping.
    This is my setup start in october.

    Tank :40G
    Substrate :JBL manado
    Filtration: JBL e900 + Tetratec ex700 (each filter containing 1 liter of EHEIM substrate pro and some original media filter)
    Lighting: 3x39 W Osram (with home made reflectors)
    Fertilization: PPS pro, Trace mix, Mg, PO4, K. Presured CO2.
    Others: Osmosis filter 100GPD, surface skimmer, UV lamp 9W, external reactor for CO2.
    Fish: Tetra amandae, otto
    Plants: Utricularia graminifolia, hc cuba, marsilea hirsuta.
    Hardscape: Seiryu Stone
    ... And, of course, one picture with my scape...
    I wait advice for my next aquascape. Thank you!

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  2. MariusMinu

    MariusMinu Junior Poster

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    Now I have a new setup...started last mounth...


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  3. MariusMinu

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    Looks great, don't see no algae.


    Good deal


    Jeff
     
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    Really nice job! The only thing I might have done different was make the path a bit more convex to the rest of the scape but that's probably personal preference.
     
  6. Tom Barr

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    UG is a tough plant to use with a larger scape like this, even in my 120 Gallon with a single spot for it, it could be trouble. But my tanks are warmer and higher light than this aquarium. I think the Tropica hairgrass "mini" would be much easier over time. You might consider making more "Street" like paths between the stones. So more stones and have them closer together. This is harder to maintain, but offers a nicer scape. You can also assess how tall the plants get and how much they cover the initial Rock hardscape.
     
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    Excellent job!
     
  8. MariusMinu

    MariusMinu Junior Poster

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    Thank you for your appreciation and advice!


    For next setup I will keep the same plants, but I put in the front Hemianthus callitrichoides and UG in the middle / back. II will make changes to the arrangement of stones. It is possible to add some woods in the next setup ... not sure at this moment.


    I forgot to say, Eleocharis parvula and Fissidens moss are present in my tank ( recently ).
     
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    You will need to work on the rock spacing mostly I'd say, the plant part you have down well enough, not much work needed there.


    This is good news though..........


    So to learn more and allow yourself a lot of practice, keep a mock up of the rocks/hardscape, then play around with various approaches, make the rocks into groups, see what looks best to you, see what other penjing styles do off google searches etc. I think grouping 2-3 groups closely together will work out better than evenly spaced apart. The hardscape may NOT be so evenly spaced when you started and did the 1st planting, but as the plants grew, now the rocks look too evenly spaced apart.


    HC+Hair work well together, UG tends to invade the grass a bit too much, not as much contrast as hairgrass and HC. So plant those two in and among the rocks, and have the UG as the main carpet. That's what I'd likely do. You can try each way and see what you think and works best. Most will end up with the suggestion I think I offered, over time.


    UG is much more sellable and unique, rarely used than the other plants. and if you get tired of it, you can replace with other plants easily.
     
  11. MariusMinu

    MariusMinu Junior Poster

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    Thank you jgsdesigns for appreciation!


    Thank you Tom for advise! Yesterday I started new setup. What do you think?
     
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    Looks great! I've attempted Iwugami's but didn't have much success with it, but then again it was my first real planted tank.
     
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    Nicely laid out, and very nicely grown, Marius!
     
  14. MariusMinu

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    Thank you!


    Setup 2 weeks after starting:
     
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    Nice work and the contrast is very good.
     
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    Looks better, as the UG grows, it tends to engulf the stone, so you can plan fro that ahead of time when you redo the tank. I would add some more vertical contrast with the slope, stone positions, the tank design is better, but the overall feel is somewhat "flat". Break that up some more. Make a street of UG low in between the rocks going back towards the rear at a diagonal direction. Any small turns or twist in the street is welcomed. Note, you can add several such streets. As you experiment and play around with this, you get much better with practice.
     
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    Another trick for many such tanks: if you can flip the stones over, then you can keep them pretty clean. After a month or two, flip them back over to the prettier side.
     
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    This is a really nice scape in my opinion. The grass looks amazing.
     
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    Thank you all for apreciation, and thank you Tom for advise.
     
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    Diana Hales Blevins Junior Poster

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    Yes, looks very natural. I like it :)
     
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