Thanks for all the comments and feedback guys! As mentioned it's an overnight scape and could use some tweaking, and I'm happy to hear your input. I've got my hands on some more Cuba and will do some tweaking now keeping your suggestions in mind. If I read it correctly some of you's suggest consolidating the rocks into an island scape, something I've pondered but decided to stick with the two island layout for now.
Nice job, looks pretty good for what was basically an overnight scape, haha! I'm a fan of buce as well, really cool plants with crazy variety. But I think that HC is gonna take ages to grow in, so I'd agree that if you can, pick up some more to add to it, or perhaps some other carpet plant as well.
Not sure how much feedback you want, but you may consider having the rocks on the same side point in the same direction? Particularly the left side looks a little disjointed having that second largest stone pointing left while the largest points to the center. The right island looks much better IMO because the largest features are oriented together with just a little one poking out in the other direction. So you may try to model the left side similarly. Other thing I notice is at least for me, my eye is immediately drawn to the big green clump of buce in the center of the largest rock. It may look more natural to have those big ones closer to the base of the rock and smaller ones up top. So maybe swap that if it's easy to do. Otherwise I'm sure things will grow in with time and it'll be fine. And depending on how refined you want your islands to be, you may want to consolidate plants to the respective islands. Another good option is to use smaller rocks to blend the line between the sand and the planting substrate. Some do the entire sand/substrate line in rocks, but I don't know if you'd have all that available, so even a few little rocks placed along the dividing line could help blend things together nicely.
For ferts, I've heard good things about Tropica, but I've not used them myself. I think if you follow their guidelines and are good about your water changes, it's probably fairly fool-proof. That of course is assuming your other growth parameters are good like lighting, circulation, and CO2.
But yeah, nice job and I think it'll look nice grown in!
Good callout, just collected a stimpack of "XL InVitro" Cuba to get this carpet growing asap. I appreciate the small details you point out here, like how it makes sense to have the Anubias and Buce oriented more to the bottom of the large rock. Anubias is glued already but I'll see if I can relocate them without harm. In time I hope to clear out some of the background fill plants, their purpose is to add biomass during the startup phase rather than being a part of the final scape. As to the left rock leaning leaning to the left, 'twas a compromise to make it less protruding and also to have a bit of space around the large rock but I'll see if I can rearrange it for better result. For now I've decided to stick with Tropica's fert.
Hi, I love this tank. For ferts, I have been using the Nilocg NPK+M and have had some great results with it. I don't have a lot of time for mixing and such so this has been pretty easy. I purchased the bottles back in april I believe and have been dosing my 29 religiously and still have plenty left. Just a thought.
Really happy to hear you like it! I researched Nilocg and also 2hr aquarists own fert, but they're both US based and shipping here would be almost same as product itself so for now I'm sticking with Tropica.
Super pieces of dragon stones, can you add more? Agree the tank is looking bit sparse.
Otherwise would group the arrangement of all the rocks at the 2/3 point and leave the left of the tank as open area.
Also what’s separating the soil from the sand areas? I have had a tough time keeping the soil out of the sand esp when we have snails and shrimps.
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I have one or two medium sized rocks left but I couldn't make a good composition using it myself. Any suggestion where you'd like to place it? There's nothing separating soil and sand at the moment, more than some buried plastic support pieces, it was a bit optimistic hoping it wouldn't mix but once the carpet is grown I'll either try and cap it with more sand or just smaller rocks as dividers as suggested above.
Good to see you back with another scape. I think you did a good job considering how fast you put it together. Since your asking for feedback I think you have a nice arrangement on the left. Pretty traditional for those rock shapes. If it was me, I would replace the right piece on the left arrangement with the left piece on the right arrangement. The one currently there is too small to me. Put the new larger piece in the same position.
I would then completely get rid of the arrangement on the right, you don't need it and it distract from the main arrangement. I would then preferably go with a full carpet for the rest of the tank. The full carpet will sweep the attention to the main rock area. Iwagumi and sparse go hand in hand.
Cheers! I like your suggestion of swapping stones, I was a bit afraid of the largest stones presence would be diminished by having a semi-large stone next to it on both sides but the idea is intriguing and I'm gonna try it. I had a vague idea that this scape would lead the viewer to imagining a mountain range, with some sandy "lowlands" with a road leading between the summits. I'll hang on to that plan for now, but it's fully plausible that once the carpet gets spreading I'll let it fully cover the ground. Appreciate your thoughts.