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April's 25g cube - first aquascape

I'll reserve this post for latest FTS and specs. Some pictures of hardscape to come.

Will be doing a dry start for a Fissidens fontanus carpet, as well as getting some Hydrocotyle tripartita and Hydrocotyle verticillata well started so they can anchor themselves with some nice roots.

Mr. Aqua 25g cube: 18" x 18" x 18"
Hamburg Mattenfilter built into the background
Azoo substrate, black
Seiryu stone in the hardscape
more to come!

I am working on a DIY LED fixture that will be programmed by an Arduino for sunrise/sunset effect. I hope to eventually program it to manage auto-top offs, pH monitoring, an email alerts. Just a little electronics fun with my dad, who is immensely disappointed that I decided to go the biochemical science route rather than be an engineer like him. Boo, I'm such a failure.

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Alright guys, time to give critiques. I'm having a lot of trouble with the hardscape.

I have over half a bag left of Azoo, and I'm thinking I might need to make the slope more dramatic.

I know this is starting to look a little iwugami-ish, but that's not what I'm going for. I'm trying to use the stones to create a rise, where up front there is a shallow part that is open for a "meadow" of fissidens, and then the rocks create a plateau for stem plants.
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The set up looks nice imo. However if you want to achieve that effect, I suggest you take out the stones first then create a slope gradient finally push in the rocks and brush up the substrate to your ultimate preference.
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Yes i agree, make a slope, it will give a more dimensional look to your aquascape.
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Good idea. How will you achieve the fissidens carpet?

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Good idea. How will you achieve the fissidens carpet?
Like this: http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/8...rock-or-carpet

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Like Like, thanks for the link would start another project with that information
Btw u got quite a lot of background space what is going to be filled in there?
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I think the issue with your scape is that the size of the stones don't match the size of the tank. They're way too small. They'd make nice accent stones, but IMO, you need some larger ones to create a more dramatic effect that you're looking for.

Nice start, but it needs some tweaking. I think you're on the right path.
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Btw u got quite a lot of background space what is going to be filled in there?
Weeping moss and Crepidomanes auriculatum tied to foam for a moss wall. Stem plants like Syngonanthus belem, Tonina fluvitalis for some height. Also will probably use Hydrocotyle verticillata, Blyxa sp, and maybe Hemianthus micranthemoides for some texture contrast. I will also plant Erio sp. and Pogostemon helferi among the rocks.

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I think the issue with your scape is that the size of the stones don't match the size of the tank. They're way too small. They'd make nice accent stones, but IMO, you need some larger ones to create a more dramatic effect that you're looking for.
Agreed, but my lack of funds requires that I make do with what I have. Instead of using large features to fit the size of the tank, I'm using small features and creating depth and breadth to fill the tank. I hope I explained that clearly...

Once I get the stem plants planted, I think it will help enhance the height contrast. But if I see some cheap seiryu for sale, I'm definitely grabbing it. I think I only need 2-3 really good sized stones.

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