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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-28-2012, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Lee's 60 x 35 (90 Litres) Journal

Hi guys, thought I'd start a journal. This is my first ever aquascape so I'd really appreciate your advice and criticism.

Finally got round to laying out my first revision of the hardscape. It's not 100% how I would like it but its getting there. I'm not sure if the substrate is a bit flat.

I have lots more Seiryu Stone and I am potentially thinking of removing the wood (although I love it) and using just stone for a Iwagumi style approach.

Excuse the cardboard at the back, I've not decided if to go for a white or black background yet and its just to hide out my hideous wallpaper! lol. Also waiting for my glass pipes to arrive as that black plastic is nasty!





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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-28-2012, 07:04 PM
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nice scape

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Thank you, I'm not sure about it though. I got big chunks of Seiryu left so I'm going to get the sledge hammer out tomorrow and smash it up and see if I can come up with something better.

I've been swept away with this "tree" theme, but I'm beginning to think it could be more trouble than its worth and I'm not going to ever achieve the end result I'm looking for.
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I'd personally try to stick with the tree theme. It looks really good and I think that iwagumis are overdone. Nice scape, although I think that you may want to try a little different rock positioning. You're off to a good start!

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I like this hardscape

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-30-2012, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Taken the advice, sticking with the tree theme but added more Seiryu rock and more substrate to soften the rocks and a bit more depth.

pics arn't as clear this time as taken in the day light.

Really want to get some water in there now but waiting for my moss and plants to arrive.

I want to put some moss on the tree. I was thinking weeping moss. Do you think this would be a good choice? Does it become hard to control? alternatively was thinking of just some java moss or something.

Foreground I have decided to go for Glosso (was thinking cuba, but not sure its as beginner friendly).

Going to stick some eleocharis acicularis around the rocks and base of the tree.

Not sure what background plants I'm going to use. Any suggestions? Think I quite like Rotala? The only thing that concerns me with the background plants is I dont want to lose the sense of scale with regards to the tree, if that makes sense.



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to keep the sense of scale you could use midground plants or shorter species like rotala macandra as background species

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5 Gallon planted bonsai dirt tank
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Normal Leopard Gecko ''Shadow''
Super hypo tangerine baldy carrot tail leopard gecko ''Moon''
2 whites tree frogs ''Ying and Yang''
1 Royal Python ''Neptune''
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Got the water in now. Was very murky at first but filter cleaned it up over night.

A few questions:
When can I start planting? I heard its best to leave AS a few days?

I really don't know which moss (would consider a plant if possible?) would look best on the "tree". Can someone give me some suggestions? I will have Co2 and my lighting is 4 x T5 24watt.
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