Geniusdudekiran's ADA Mini S Iwagumi "Treeless Mountain" Updated 12.02.12 - Page 2 - The Planted Tank Forum
View Poll Results: What carpet plant should I use?
HC (Hemianthus callitrichoides) 10 58.82%
UG (Utricularia graminifolia) 7 41.18%
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post #16 of 1323 (permalink) Old 03-17-2012, 10:39 PM
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first thing i thought even befor i saw your post was having the bottom done with ug like a meadow (might take that center rock out and make more flat) then bring in the hc for the cracks giving the effect of elevation change just by using plant diversity, and slightly pull back a bit of sub from the front right corner looks like a great start!!
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looks great Kiran. The only thing I would suggest is that you plant it emeresed. If you look at my final picture it no longer looks like a mountain because the slop began to fall and the rocks shifted as I tried to keep it together. It was a real pita trying to keep such a steep slope. gl
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Thanks everyone!

I am definitely planting emmersed. Might do that tonight. Nothing else to do. lol

So what's the verdict, UG in the front and HC in crevices? I think that'll work just fine with what I've got. How should I get started with wetting the substrate? Misting? Should I put some rootmedic capsules in first?

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Don't worry about the caps. As is packed with nutrients as.it is

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Cool. Planting at the moment!

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HC would probably be better looking.

FUNction over form
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Went for both HC and UG. All planted. I went a little overboard. It looks fully planted right now. Just waiting for it to root. But once it does, it won't take more than a few days before I fill it.

Pics after I eat dinner, 8:59 and 2 hours having been spent hunching over your tank takes a toll on your back and stomach. lol

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THIS.

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2 hours having been spent hunching over your tank takes a toll on your back and stomach. lol
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Ikr? I'm only 15, my back should _not_ hurt like that. School=books>25-30 lbs=bad back by 25 lol

On a side note, any tips on the UG? You've been pretty successful with it.

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Pics are uploading!

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Here it is!


All planted!


You can see how the HC mixes with the UG at the "peak" of the mountain; the scape's predominantly UG though.

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Very nice! Amazing job.
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Thanks! Here's a couple more:





I really need to figure out what WB setting to switch my camera too, these do not do justice. Much greener.

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Best bet is to let it grow in really well to develop a solid root structure prior to flooding. Then be prepared for a diatom outbreak that will blow your mind. For some reason, it always happens to be with UG and nothing else.

And trim it every week or to so it doesn't get so thick that it starts to uproot.

Other than that, I've had success with it in all kinds of water params and temps.

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Ikr? I'm only 15, my back should _not_ hurt like that. School=books>25-30 lbs=bad back by 25 lol

On a side note, any tips on the UG? You've been pretty successful with it.
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