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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 06-25-2016, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
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185 gal tank with exotic hardscape

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I am starting a new tank, on account that found this (i think) very pretty hard scape. When I saw this wood, I just knew I have to take it home and make some aquascape with it.

I work in construction, so I travel to remote places. this time i travel to Palembang, South Sumatra in Indonesia. Buchepalandra also from Indonesia, but other island called Borneo.

the wood is so hard that we can use it as support and scaffolding for construction as alternative to metals scaffolding.

to get the the site, it took me 2 hours by motor boat.

I play around with hardscape, and so far this is what i get.
by the way the size of tank is 145x60x80 (in cm, LxDxH)





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I have specific question:

  • Do you think I should make carpet on the bottom, or mostly sands with few plants here and there?
  • I will attached either moss or buce on the roots and trunks
  • some anubias on the rocks as well in between roots

any comment?

here's the surrounding area where I found the wood


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I think carpeting plants would look nicer, something like Eleocharis acicularis 'Mini'.


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That will make a vert impressive hardscape. I agree on the carpet. Maybe do a carpet around the hardscape with some sandy areas around the edges or on one side.


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does Eleocharis acicularis 'Mini' require regular trimming?
my current scape has carpet. I tried glosso, monte carlo, and last one staurogyne repen.. all require regular trimming
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Err yea it does require trimming, but not as regularly as things like stem plants. If you don't want to do a lot of trimming avoid stems and use sand in the foreground.


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hi guys,

i have started aquascape with the above wood. here's what i got so far.
Keep in mind that this is not final, and I am still figuring lots of things out

1. What to do with he rest of the area (left and mid part). keep it bare sand with few pebbles here and there or Iwagumi?




2. how is my stone arrangement so far? I kinda feel i need better stones supplier. they are not spiky , or are they too big? I can't say what's wrong, i just don't feel good about it.









I kinda want to keep to simple and minimal, like these scape from Adam Paszczela, which is rank 200s in IAPLC2016..


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I think you've used a few too many rocks. It makes the scape feel cluttered. Only use a few larger pieces and then a few small ones around the larger pieces to make it more natural. The amount of rocks you have now is preventing you from having anywhere to plant.
If you have already gone with sand at that front area, sand the entire open space as well or else it will looks weird.
Another issue I think is that the wood tends to be really straight and doesnt bend or curve. Also, in Paszczela's scape there are branches reaching out across the tank which would he hard to do with the wood you have now.
For the future I would recommend playing with hardscape till you are really happy before filling. If you fill too early messing around with hardscape and laying down new substrate can be a real pain in the butt.


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@Opare thank's for the tips. yes, i am planning to cover the rest with something. jam just not sure what something is.
all the greens are just stock plants for later.

i shall play around with the stones arrangement...
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here's the update after i rearrange the stones..





I reduced the overall stones size.
in between those stones will be hair glass.

I am expecting to have algae problem soon. there is very little nutrient uptake by the plants. I am barely dose any fertilizer. we'll see. it is day 5 now, and i already see some diatoms.
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I think your scape is looking pretty good now. Will look even better once everything grows in. That scape by Adam Paszczela is pretty amazing.


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The new arrangement is much better.

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I agree that looks much better. You got good advise from @Opare

Before you had the two types of hardscape (wood/rock) competing with each other. You have to go heavy on one and have that as the focal. It also looks much better with three wood branches poking thru the surface. You could probably even remove more rock and partially bury them to bring it all together.

You don't want a big algae mess in that size tank. That will be a world of hurt. You should be changing lots of water, running a short light cycle, seeded the filter? and run organic removal products like purigen and/or carbon until you get things under control. You can also add more plants temporarily until the biofilter matures and the plants grow more.
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just read whole journal, looks epicly amazing so far! hope you have good luck on your aquascape journey! (hardscape)
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I agree that looks much better. You got good advise from @Opare
Hah thanks, you just gave a lot of great advice as well.
Liking the look of the tank now, but like House said you could go with even less stones than you have now just to give the hairgrass a lot of space to grow out.




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