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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-22-2014, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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Greetings fellow scapers.

It`s been a while since my last journal. It was 125g tank which is empty for about two years now - I have to get a new room - so forced to abandon it. And decided to shift into the smaller dimensions - main reason was the size of the stones - you have to get really big ones for 60 height tank. So I turned to classics: 90x45x45.

I`ll skip the stand and empty tank photos (seriously - we`ve all saw it countless of times). It`s not ADA tank and stand - but it looks like it.

The lights are Aqua Medic 150W + 2x24W (BLV 8800 and Dennerle Amazon day 6000), JBL e1501 filter and pressured CO2. Pretty common stuff. Ferts are also Dennerle as well as gravel (1-2 mm quarz sand). Also decided to try out Twinstar Nano - odd thing, but it should help. At least it makes cool bubbles.

Plants. Well, one plant actually - HC. Thought about eleocharis - but it grows in all directions and pretty wild for me.

So far I have three dry setups for you:







Still need a bit of calibrations for sure (gravel level as well).

Personally I prefer the last one. Second one is odd - I`ve tried to place my largest stone in alternative position - but I don`t like much how it looks (can`t find other stones to balance it, perhaps). As you can notice - I`m pretty satisfied with my right side - so main difference is the left one.

Anyway - what do you people think?
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Without reading the entire write up i gravitated to number 3, only concern is on stability of the rock pointing to the middle
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Looks good so far,this is a big tank you should pick to different sorts of plants at least.


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Without reading the entire write up i gravitated to number 3, only concern is on stability of the rock pointing to the middle
Agreed, the third scape is awesome!


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I like the first one


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Number 3, but maybe the middle rock pointing to upper left give a more natural look. Waiting for planting time pictures.
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The protruding rock in number 3 is almost too extreme. I like it, but (in my opinion) maybe tone it down a little....either push it further into the substrate or don't have it leaning over so much.

Aside from number 3, I like number 2. There is more room for visible growth of the HC between the rocks.

The layout in number 1 would kind of have the HC hidden behind rocks when looking directly from the front. I think number 1 would work well if you were going with the Eleocharis, with it growing up from behind the lefthand side foreground rocks.


I do like the valley scape though!


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Why not this

I am fond of Iwagumi, and have played with
it a little on my own. I thought I would play
with your layouts. This is what I came up with.
The best of 1 2 and 3!
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Thanks for the tips. Yea, I will play with the left side rocks. Current angles are not perfect. And should probably replace or rotate some supporting stones.

To walluby: unfortunately I cannot flip this stone - the opposite side is VERY different (it's kinda cave actually). And by just leaning it to the right - it will look odd (with bigger part near the ground). Otherwise it could be nice.
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I like it! 1 and 3 are my favorite.
This will fill in nice when its planted too. What substrate are you using?


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I like it! 1 and 3 are my favorite.
This will fill in nice when its planted too. What substrate are you using?
It's quartz sand from Dennerle. Very fine pieces: 1-2 mm. And beyond it - mineral sand from Dennerle (Deponit Mix) for micro.
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I really like the 1st layout. Maybe I would move the rock that is just left of center out toward to the front glass about an inch or so to space out the left group of rocks. Just a feeling. Looks great though and I look forward to seeing it planted!
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I like the first one the best
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Here is update in layout:



- played around with the 3rd variant - adjusting supporting stones. So far like it the best. How do you like it?

I should get my plants at 6th of January - so I could finally plant it down.

So we still have few days to adjust stones - small one in the left corner troubles me (it gives annoying shadow).
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When I see layout 3 and your current layout I'm going to have to agree with Dan above. While it looks fantastic, the rock on the left side just looks too extreme. I think it would look better if it was pushed down into the substrate a bit. Just my opinion tho.
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