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post #16 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-01-2014, 05:59 AM
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It has a nice shape now with the support structure (the rock).
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post #17 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-01-2014, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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It has a nice shape now with the support structure (the rock).
I'm going to try and work in your other recommendations. .. we'll see how it evolves... simple is beautiful is what im going for... rotala, moss and s. Repens and maybe some h. Tripartita for accents... I'm looking for low maintenance with another baby on the way
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rescape looks awesome! rock formation reminds me of pride rock or whatever from lion king lmao
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post #19 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-07-2014, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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So given that the back left and middle will be rotala and the new shape of the hardscape, would it look more balanced if the left side was built up with more ryuoh stone?

Would a greater slope form right to left give a more dramatic effect?
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The background doesn't matter so much since it's covered with plants. The foreground matters greatly. It should be perfectly level.
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I like it. I'd also like to see a rock back right.

I'll watch your progress closely. I'm about to scape the same tank with similar rock.
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The background doesn't matter so much since it's covered with plants. The foreground matters greatly. It should be perfectly level.

If the back slopes up from right to left, won't the front look to odd if it's straight across? Why must it be level?
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post #23 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-07-2014, 02:45 PM
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Do you really mean right-left or left-right? If right-left, that will look odd. EDIT: NVM, slopes UP from r-l. Since there are plants there, it wouldn't matter.

The front line must be level like a picture frame b/c it frames what's inside the tank. Anything else causes the eye to focus on it.
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I guess i should start a tank journal for this one... but in the meantime...

I have added 60 to 70 stems of rotala rotundifolia. .. some with more healthy submersed growth than others... also random floaters, pothos vines and a bunch of horwort to combat new tank syndrome....

Eventually the rotala forest will be cut back to behind the main rock structure, but for now I need more stems to get this tank going with as little algae as possible

I'm still waiting on the stauragene repens and I'm testing methods of attaching xmas moss to small objects to spread out to make a carpet... I also have a lot of fissidens that I could use...
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post #25 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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So almost 3 months in and now im not so sure i like the iwagumi style, modified or not...

It's too sparse, and I know its lacking in something... it's currently only rotala rotundifolia and mini xmas moss... despite good parameters 4 out of 5 amano shrimp have committed suicide so I guess they don't like it either

This is what I've got so far, one with a black background slapped on and the other with just the white wall:
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One problem is that the rocks are collected into one giant mass; it doesn't look like three separate rocks. Continental drift is in order to separate the pieces. There are other issues, but that's the main one.
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One problem is that the rocks are collected into one giant mass; it doesn't look like three separate rocks. Continental drift is in order to separate the pieces. There are other issues, but that's the main one.
Yes... the concentrated mass of rocks is unsettling
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If you're not willing to move the rocks, then I'd suggest adding some plants in the crevices between the rocks. This will give the impression of separation.
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And here's the refined planting.


I added the Ludwigia Red and also added Java fern "needle leaf" as the midground on the left. Looks pretty good, doesn't it?
Great suggestion and a great way to visualize it as well.



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post #30 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-30-2014, 03:48 PM
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If you're not willing to move the rocks, then I'd suggest adding some plants in the crevices between the rocks. This will give the impression of separation.
I second this idea. Adding some plants in the crevices would enhance the look for sure.
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