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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-03-2013, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Please Critique this Iwagumi Scape

New Scape here on this 20 gal. Long tank. The Substrate ( AquaSoil ) is not finished.
I will most likely add more around the back/ sides etc...
Not sure if I'll keep the Powerhead in there as well. I made a Spraybar across the back to try out. Just want the Pressurized CO2 to flow throughout..
Inline GLA Diffuser.. Eheim Canister, Hydor inline Heater, 150 watt ADA Green Halide Bulb
which will be a min. of a foot off of the Water Column. Will most likely start off with low hrs.
and then gradually ramp up ...
New to the Scaping here so, wouldn't mind some comments here on this scape.
I've been reading about the 1/3rds etc.. Seiryu stones here is all I have to work with. Might have a few more to work with but from what I've heard. Odd Numbers go with ?
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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 05:39 AM Thread Starter
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New Recent Picts on Iwagumi Scape

Here is a more Complete Pict. of this..
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Nice scape. IMO, the heights of the 2 moutains are a bit too equal. Irregularity is what nature likes the best.
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post #4 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-05-2013, 09:19 PM
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I like it! One thing to keep in mind though - in an iwagumi scape the rocks should look as if they were shaped by the flow of water in the tank. Since you have a powerhead in there, I would re-position those rocks such that the majority of rock is angled with the flow of the powerhead. Switching the two rock outcroppings and angling the large rock that is currently on the left with the flow of the powerhead would achieve that look.

Keep in mind, though, my criticism is really splitting hairs! That's really the only criticism I could come up with and it's perfectly fine to leave it as is since it looks great. Up to you.
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I think it looks great. I kinda agree with what ryantube said. Maybe just push the rocks on the right a little father down into the substrate.
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post #6 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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Re did this Scape, suggestions please..

I am trying different things out here and re did it.. Do both sides need to be balanced
out or can there be variation as indicated here ?? I know that the plants are going to obviously change this somewhat depending on the species.. I have a ton of HC that I just pulled up so, most likely, going with that in some areas.. I also am going to use some
"Staurogyne Repens" that I have..
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post #7 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 09:44 PM
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I like the second scape better than the first. Looking great, the outcropping on the right is awesome.
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The second rearrangement rocks!! (pardon the pun :P)

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post #9 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 11:28 PM
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looks good. i liked both. should do another and have the twin tanks

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post #10 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 11:40 PM
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I like the 2nd one, btw where did you get that spraybar? Did you make it, if so what did you use?
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post #11 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 11:41 PM
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man, that second scape is much more dynamic, i love it!
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post #12 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 11:51 PM
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second one is good.
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post #13 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-07-2013, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Jeez, thanks for the kind words here for starters. I'm rackin' my brains out here on this.
SO much to learn !! I wanted to try and achieve some sort of "Peaks" on that 2nd one.
Not sure if I should try "On the Left Side" to duplicate ? I only have these rocks to work with but I might have a good source here locally that has a ton more of them...
I was looking at getting one or 2 LARGE rocks as more of focal points ?
The "SprayBar", Actually, I got an Acrylic Tube at the local Plastics Place here "Tap Plastic"
which they have online as well to order up goodes. I just drilled the holes out and put an end cap on.. Pretty easy actually and I know of others that have tried it. The Cleaning is
a Pain most likely but heck, thought I would experiment .. I think using that GLA Inline
"Reactor" though is going to be pretty benificial overall.. I'll need good CO2 here since I'm going with a 150 watt Metal Halide Ada Green Bulb .....
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Sorry to go against the grain but I don't like the second scape anywhere near as much as the first. Having said that I LOVE the RHS of this second scape I think if you can have the LHS of #1 and the RHS of #2 you will have a beautiful layout.

I just think the LHS of this is flat and lacking. It tends to look like a separate layout because the orientation of the rocks is horizontal whereas the RHS is vertical.

Besides that when you plant you will loose so much rock.

I'm scaping a tank at the moment and I was pointed in the larger rock direction and it improved the tank no end. I reckon that you should at least try it. Take plenty of photos of this so you can go back to it if you change your mind.

But I think it's looking good mate.


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post #15 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-08-2013, 08:27 PM
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I agree with farmer, and the rock in the 2nd scape in the far right hand corner looks unnatural. However, the mountain look on the 2nd scape looks amazing and memorable.
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