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20g Journal - Grass by the Rocks

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:
http://outside.danmitchell.org/image...ks20040418.jpg

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!
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I can't wait to see this one fill in, John! Those rocks are really nice. What's the substrate?

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Those are some awesome rocks and great placement. Don't forget to post update photos. Thanks

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I can't wait to see this one fill in, John! Those rocks are really nice. What's the substrate?
Thanks Mike! The rocks were in several pieces and I was able put them together and create what you just saw.

The substrate is just plain oh Soilmaster Select Charcoal. I was going to get some ADA Aquasoil Amazonia but I decided to just use what I had on hand. Hopefully the plants will fill in nicely. I still have to add CO2!

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Thanks! I wanted to place them so that it will look right with the height of the tank and I think I placed them well. I had to use some rocks underneath to give the left rock more height. Overall I don't think it looks too bad.
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I like this idea! I am intrigued. IMO, leave out the stargrass.

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I still have to add CO2!

Are you running pressurized? Get that thing hooked up ASAP, so you can start growing this one out without any algae problems!

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I like this idea! I am intrigued. IMO, leave out the stargrass.
Thanks keep checking back! I would still like to give the Stargrass a try to see how it will look. If its not something that I'd like, I will stick with what I originally had. But I do want to stick a third plant in there.

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Are you running pressurized? Get that thing hooked up ASAP, so you can start growing this one out without any algae problems!
Yeah I will be running pressurized. I will probably head over to the pet store sometime tomorrow and get my CO2 tank swapped out for a filled one.
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Nice rocks! I would wonder about the stargrass too. It's a lovely plant but you have such a soft and open scale right now. The stargrass may lock you into the perception of a certain "size or distance" and it is bolder then the grasses you have already placed so well.....

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Nice start and nice rocks as well.
I guess I'll go against the majority so far and say stargrass may actually look good in the back.


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Nice rocks! I would wonder about the stargrass too. It's a lovely plant but you have such a soft and open scale right now. The stargrass may lock you into the perception of a certain "size or distance" and it is bolder then the grasses you have already placed so well.....

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Thank you! I was thinking about that too but it won't hurt if I tried it. Once I get it planted and growing into a bush, I will take pics and you guys can judge it again.

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Nice start and nice rocks as well.
I guess I'll go against the majority so far and say stargrass may actually look good in the back.
Thanks Jinx, the rocks are my favorite hardscape materials at the moment!
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