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Old 10-13-2011, 03:42 AM   #16
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that looks pretty good! how about putting the two smaller ones togethor on the left and have the larger one on it's own on the right?
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:45 AM   #17
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Another option centered with all 4:

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Old 10-13-2011, 03:48 AM   #18
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I tried facing them outward in the last layout and it didn't seem to work... the stones are too big to group like that and the angles don't seem to fit.
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:20 AM   #19
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Try this:
Take the biggest stone, stand it more or less up on its end, and angle it outward to the left. Do the same with the 2nd largest stone, but to the right. The 3rd largest stone can be angled from the front left upward to the big stone one the left. The smallest can be closest to the front, more or less centered, and as a horizontal foil for the other stones.

That probably doesn't come across well in my explanation, but I'm a visual person, not a direction writer :P

In an ideal world you'd have 5 of these stones - you always want to place larger/focal stones in odd numbers if you can.
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:46 PM   #20
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Ok, I think I have a layout that I am more or less happy with. The 4 stones were all so large that none of them could be a Suteishi or sacrificial stone. I decided to take the ugliest stone, put it in a paper sack, and break it with a hammer. Now I have lots of smaller stones to work with.

Please let me know if any of these should be moved or if they break the energy/flow:

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Old 10-13-2011, 03:18 PM   #21
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You've got the start of something good going with the leftmost trio of stones, but the right side doesn't do much for me... but I'll have to think on it a bit to come up with any suggestions.
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:34 PM   #22
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Not four, four is very unlucky, Three, Five, or Eight, Fibonacci. You took the forth one and made four more. Now you have three and four. Break one again or take two out.
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:51 PM   #23
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There are 7 stones total now, not 4. You are supposed to have odd numbers of stones, right? I understand that 4 is very unlucky - the word means "death" in Chinese...

Planting e. bellum:




Final result - going to glue fissidens to the stones and fill soon:

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Old 10-13-2011, 04:32 PM   #24
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It looks good!

That is the tallest belem I've seen! Hope it starts curling down for you soon!
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:23 PM   #25
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Yeah, the belem looks way to tall - once I get new growth I'm gonna trim the old growth.

Big problem - I just filled the tank and hooked up the Eheim 2215 - the water flow is so fast from the spraybar that it hits the front of the tank, goes down the front to the substrate, and starts blowing the Aquasoil around - I'm not sure how to reduce the flow but it uprooted a bunch of my e. belem already and I had to unplug the filter because I'm afraid the Aquasoil erosion is just going to continue.

Any ideas how to fix the flow? I heard 2215 was the right filter for an ADA 60P.
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:31 PM   #26
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you can reduce the flow by slightly closing the valves on the quick disconnects.
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:45 PM   #27
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Thanks, I just lowered the flow on the outflow quick connect and now the flow is much more reasonable. Do you know if this reduces the life of the motor at all?

Next step is to get the Co2 injected - will post updates soon.
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:40 AM   #28
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Ok, updated picture - Co2 is flowing. Stems are going in tomorrow in the background. I never said this was going to be strictly Iwagumi. This is "Iwagumi with trees..."

Apologies for the cloudiness - it was just filled today:



In case you want to see, here is a picture of equipment:

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looks good! what other plants are you going to put in there?
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:49 AM   #30
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looks good! what other plants are you going to put in there?
Thanks! I'm going to add some Rotalas. R. colorata, green "narrow leaf", and butterfly if I can find it. I may also add some frogbit initially just to soak up nutrients and help prevent new tank algae from forming.
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