Waiting for my tank to arrive, and working out the hardscape in the meantime.
I was heavily inspired my Mot's Moss Canyon, and decided to do my first real try at a proper aquascape. I officially have a case of multiple tank syndrome. My other tank will continue to be my fun, petstore impulse buy tank. This will be dedicated to the look. Might put shrimp in there but this is all about the plants (more specifically, MOSS).
The first challenge was finding stones. I thought about Seiryu, but the stuff is pricy, and after the first couple hundred Iwagumi scapes I have seen, I feel kind of ho hum about Seiryu, and I want to do something unique. Unfortunately, Georgia has a pretty sad selection of natural rocks nearby, so I started looking elsewhere. My goal was to find rocks with lots of detail. I think it gives them a sense of scale when used with small leaved plants, and makes it look like it could be a real landscape.
I found some great looking slate tiles at Lowes, and after finding a few broken ones I was able to pick them up for about $2 each. They break easily with a hammer and the broken edges result in wonderful jagged features, that look really cool.
After a lot of experimenting, I came up with this, and glued them together using Water Weld. Some of the best looking shards of rock were side/corner pieces, so I decided to put my "cliff" in the corner of the tank. I used two 8.5x11 pieces of paper to mark the boundaries of the 1"x1"x1" space I will eventually be working in.
Also got my Finnex Fugeray in the mail. Very impressed with this little light.
I plan to use only Fissidens, Mini fissidens, and Mini Pellia. Possible some Dwarf Hairgrass in the foreground.