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New Tank....Need help picking plants

I am such a sucker!! I picked up another 10 Gallon tank today. It was a freebee so I cant complain!! I think I am going to try "iwagumi".

Here are the first few photos!!!

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1=Glosso (Glossostigma elatinoides)
2=Stargrass (Heteranthera zosterifolia) maybe...Not sure yet
3=Jungle Val (Vallisneria americana)

Let me know what you think, or if you have any other ideas for plants!!

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-20-2005, 03:37 AM
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I think the rocks are too similar in size, try some smaller ones too. When it comes to rock scape I use odd numbers and also size(large, medium, and small.)
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Points off for even number of stones. At least you have six stones and not four (the Japanese associate the number 4 (shi) with death (shi), along with the color white, sleeping with your head to the North, and leaving your chopsticks in your rice bowl).

If you saw the IWAGUMI contest photos that Ben took of Ricky at the ADA party you'd notice that the aquariums have a LOT of substrate in them. If you add a couple more inches of substrate to the back of your tank I think you can pull off a good IWAGUMI setup. This will serve a couple purposes, it will make your tall stones taller, short stones shorter, and make it easier to keep the stones in the positions that you want them in (less settling).

Overall it is a very good start.

Oh and add more small stones.

Plants, jungle val gets too tall for a 10 gallon, try sag subulata in the back if you want that grassy look.


Aquascape? I'm a crypt farmer.

It's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

That IS an aquascape, it's titled "The Vacant Lot".
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Looks like a good plan. You can always take a good hammer to the stone to break them up a bit into smaller the ways is that marble or a granite?

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I really like your rock placement, I might have to try a iwagumi scape some day. As far as plants go, i'd prefer just 2 types of plants either dwarf hairgrass, glossostigma, or hc all around the tank, and blyxa japonica or some type of crypts against the rocks.
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