It has been about 2 years since I have attempt an actual aquascape on my aquariums. I believe the last one I did was with 50g aquarium but didn't turn out like I expected. But thats why this aspect of planted aquariums make the hobby challenging! Anyhow, it has been about a little less than a month since the AGA convention. After the convention, I told myself that I would like to focus more on aquascaping aspect of this hobby and apply the skills I have learned from others and from my own natural instinct.
After locating a growout tank for my plants, I've dedicated my 20g as my "aquascaping" aquarium. When deciding on how I wanted to aquascape this aquarium, I knew for sure that I wanted to give rocks a try since in the past I've only used driftwood in my aquariums, but with no intentions of creating a "Iwagumi" type layout. While thinking for a few minutes of how I wanted my scape to appeal, I finally came up with something that I actually like.
The next part was trying to think of a crazy name, since most aquascapes these days come with a "catchy" or "unique name". So I decided to do a google search on "Grassy Rocks" to see if there would be any other name associated with it, unofrunately there wasn't any that I liked. However, while looking through a guy's photography web site, I came across this photo and for some reason, it somewhat actually resembles my aquascape! I'd never though that I'd attempt an aquascape and actually be able to find a photo online that somehow looks like my original scape. You can see the photo below. Moreover, I decided to come up with the name "Grass by the Rocks" and hopefully you will like that name too!
Here is the photo that I found:
Here are several photos of the initial hardscape and planting.
During the progress of this aquascape, I hope to bring out the bronze/reddish colors from the Blyxa sp. 'japonica' to stand out against the Eleocharis parvula.
I am also thinking about adding another plant that will fillin the left corner of the aquarium, possibly Stargrass?
Anyhow, this will be first actual aquascape that I will be attempting. This will be an on going journal and learning experience and I hope that I am able to learn as much as my aquascape progress and matures. In terms of the look of the aquascape, I believe I will be finished after making a few modifications.
I am opened to hear what you have to say!
Any questions? don't hesitate to ask! I'm nice!