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Old 11-02-2013, 04:32 AM   #1
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chew's ADA 90P


I've been buying pieces of this tank for the last few months and I finally started my dry start. This is my first try at an iwagumi so any input or advice would be great. I also plan on hanging this light as well because I think it looks like poo how its.













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Old 11-02-2013, 10:45 PM   #2
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looks great, looking forward to seeing plant growth.
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Old 11-03-2013, 01:30 AM   #3
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Really like the setup. What stand is that?

Im no pro, but the scape feels a bit rushed maybe. Not feeling the connection or flow between the stones. The big stone and the pointy tilted rear middle have a weird gap between them and just dont fit, no where to rest the eyes. How would it look without the two jagged stones on the rear right?
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Old 11-03-2013, 03:38 AM   #4
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Really like the setup. What stand is that?

Im no pro, but the scape feels a bit rushed maybe. Not feeling the connection or flow between the stones. The big stone and the pointy tilted rear middle have a weird gap between them and just dont fit, no where to rest the eyes. How would it look without the two jagged stones on the rear right?
Its a custom stand I had made for me. Its all bamboo with a maple back. I was gonna formica a simple plywood and 2x4 stand but the guy had this left over and got me a killer deal. The quality of it is amazing and I can adjust the doors to get rid of the cracks for the doors.

I see what you mean though maybe I'll lose the one in the back right on the left and put a smaller one there so it all flows to the larger set up
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Old 11-03-2013, 03:57 AM   #5
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Im no pro, but the scape feels a bit rushed maybe. Not feeling the connection or flow between the stones.
I agree, the stones are spaced out way too much. This has the potential to be a really cool scape if you were to just push all of the stones together while maintaining their positions and directions (in theory... but you may have to re-arrange a couple of them). Don't be afraid of negative space-- there doesn't need to be a stone in every part of the tank.
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:29 PM   #6
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Here are two more I was playing around withClick image for larger version

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and another. really have too much time on my hands today

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Old 11-03-2013, 09:43 PM   #7
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Getting there! Feels more relaxing to look at now. Still something wrong with the rear pointy middle ones tho. They dont go with the big mountain for some reason. Wish I could be of better help than just point out what to me feels wrong, Ive never done iwagumi myself so... Hardscaping is serously difficult. Almost felt like throwing my 60p out the window when I was doing mine.

Arent the smaller stones in the foreground going to get hidden by plants as everything fills in?
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Old 11-04-2013, 02:49 AM   #8
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Getting there! Feels more relaxing to look at now. Still something wrong with the rear pointy middle ones tho. They dont go with the big mountain for some reason. Wish I could be of better help than just point out what to me feels wrong, Ive never done iwagumi myself so... Hardscaping is serously difficult. Almost felt like throwing my 60p out the window when I was doing mine.

Arent the smaller stones in the foreground going to get hidden by plants as everything fills in?
Smaller stones are going to have hc above and below. They are placed into the slope. It is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I figured throw rocks in move them around for 10 minutes and then I'm done. The plan is to have some s repens growing on the far right and then some rotala green behind the large rock formation on the left so all the green will make the rocks pop a little bit more
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:36 PM   #9
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It is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I figured throw rocks in move them around for 10 minutes and then I'm done.
Know what you mean, I had to let the scape rest for a few days to keep my sanity.
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Old 11-25-2013, 03:51 AM   #10
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Little bit of update. Got some spiders all over my hc and about 80% of it melted into crap. Didn't have my regulator put together or all the pieces for my filter so it sat with a bubblestone for a week or two. Here it is after spending the last 2 hours fixing a small drip on my eheim. Wire nest gets fixed tomorrow.



Wire mess. Tomorrows project.
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:43 AM   #11
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nice setup so far! can't wait to see it fully grown.
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Old 01-28-2014, 02:31 AM   #12
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IMO the rocks are not natural while having them stand
straight up. Mountains move and rocks move all the time
and they are hardly ever straight up. I would move the
rocks around in different angles until they balance each
other out. Think of some huge rocks tumbling down a
hill and landing a certain way. That's the way they stay
for a long time, maybe even centuries.

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IMO the rocks are not natural while having them stand
straight up. Mountains move and rocks move all the time
and they are hardly ever straight up. I would move the
rocks around in different angles until they balance each
other out. Think of some huge rocks tumbling down a
hill and landing a certain way. That's the way they stay
for a long time, maybe even centuries.

Jeff
Yeah I was going for 2 peaks. They look a lot more slanted from straight on at eye level. I am moving in a few months now so I am just trying to keep it balanced and get it to fill in at the moment and a definite rescape will happen when it is moved. I also had a little bit of problems once it was flooded and some of the aquasoil crumbled down a bit and a lot of the rocks came more exposed than I wanted and closer together
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Old 01-28-2014, 03:45 AM   #14
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And here's a update I forgot I had this journal have been a little busy.

I realized I should have just unflooded it and restarted my dry start because the HC I had melting and tried to salvage just became algae magnets. I was getting a few runners and a little growth but the algae was winning. I said eff it and ordered a 10x10 of hc and got to planting. Way happier with it this time and I can see the algae starting to go away with the added plant mass. I was running 1 bulb 6 hrs and getting more algae growth. Now I am running 2 bulbs 6 hrs with no extra algae growing. I also changed to an inline diffuser rather than my pretty super expensive ADA diffuser. There is a lot of mist but if I'm more than a foot away I can't see it. I am waiting a few weeks for the hc to root and I will start running it at 3 bulbs and see what happens. I turned it to 3 today for a hour and after 5 minutes I could see 10x more oxygen bubbles coming up. Heres a quick shot of after I planted. Lots of hc leaves on the top but they are gone now

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Old 02-17-2014, 09:36 PM   #15
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Nice, hope the HC does better for you! My suggestion is that you should BLAST the C02 esp if you don't have any fauna yet.
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