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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-26-2013, 04:57 AM Thread Starter
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My First Attempt at a Professional-Looking Aquascape

Hi everyone, I got a Mr. Aqua 12 gallon long for Christmas and I am excited to attempt an iwagumi aquascape. The specs are as follows:

36" Finnex Fugeray Planted Plus
eBay glass inlet and outlet pipes
Eheim 2215 filter with inline heater
1 9L bag of Aqua Soil Amazonia
1 3L bag of Aqua Soil Amazonia powder
Seiryu Rock
HC
Dwarf Hairgrass?
Cardinal Tetras or chili rasboras
amano shrimp?

This is my first attempt at an aquascape. I'm sorta trying to recreate the rocky hills of the Scottish highlands. Tell me what you think.

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-26-2013, 06:27 AM
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Hardscape looks good! The tricky part is going to be choosing the right plants and arranging them appropriately. For plants, have you thought about utricularia gramnifolia? UG might be a better choice to emulate the Scottish highlands.
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Nice , I will go with UG toooo nice scape . Keep in mind that hill will decrease in 6 month sooo . Good luck with the new set up


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thanks for the replies. I am wondering, why would you choose UG? I feel like it would grow too tall and cover up the hardscape. I changed the right side of the hardscape and I think it might be complete.
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Why would the hill decrease in 6 months? UG looks awesome BTW... Also, the setup looks AMAZING. I am subscribing! How do you like the Finnex planted plus?


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Thanks for the compliments. I really like the planted plus. Of course I haven't grown plants under it in this tank yet, but I have one over my dart frog vivarium and the plants are growing well. I think I will actually go with HC because it will add to the scale factor I'm trying to create and I think it won't cove up the hardscape as much as UG would. I hope to be planting and flooding this weekend (too impatient for a dry start and scared about HC rot). I'll keep you posted
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Why would the hill decrease in 6 months? UG looks awesome BTW... Also, the setup looks AMAZING. I am subscribing! How do you like the Finnex planted plus?
You need to place subtrate supports to support the hill you have. (look up greenmachine on youtube)
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Yeah I've been thinking about that. I have both egg crate that I could cover with window screen mesh and plexiglass. Which do you think I should use? Also, i've decided a dry start is worth it. With the hills, I am wondering if the hc on top of the hills will get enough water. Do you think with enough misting the hc on top of the hill will be moist enough? Thanks.

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I love the look of your scape! I'm planning on doing something similar. Where did you get your rock and how much did you buy?
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You need to place subtrate supports to support the hill you have. (look up greenmachine on youtube)
Obakemono, can you expand on this? For those of us trying to create hills without having 8" of substrate, this would be super helpful.

Thayes, that looks like an excellent setup for seasoned planted tank enthusiasts, let alone a first time attempt
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Obakemono, can you expand on this? For those of us trying to create hills without having 8" of substrate, this would be super helpful.

Thayes, that looks like an excellent setup for seasoned planted tank enthusiasts, let alone a first time attempt
watch this:
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For substrate support you honestly could just go to homedepot and buy those bags of tiny lava rock and use that as a base for where you have the hills and pour the aqua soil over it


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Personal experience: Great for keeping a short plant, is very short compared to most carpet type.
One drawback: Can NOT live in water with higher temp than 75F. But that is my experience.
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Those long and shallow tanks are killer. Nice scape.
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