This is my first attempt and an Iwagumi style rock layout. After browsing through many forums and seeing many scapes done by Takashi Amano with rocks, I just couldnt resist starting a new project!
Aqua one Horizon 40cm x 23cm x 25cm
Tom Rapid's Nano Canister filter
2x 24w 7800k Power Compact Fluorescent
Pressurised via wooden airstone diffuser, 2bps
ADA Africana Aquasoil, powder form
First started with the hardscape. Added 3L of ADA soil first, creating a slope and laying out red rock to form a neat Iwagumi design. I intend to plant just HC and hairgrass, to create a green hilly effect.
Then layout the tools, plants and anything else you might need.
Here is a piece of emerged HC I have been leaving in an established tank to float for a week. During this time, I have noticed good submerse transition and stem growth of 1-1.5cms.
Next step was to break the HC in little portions so you can work on them easier.
Before planting, use a mist spray to wet the soil. This makes planting much much easier.
Using a pair of long tweezers, I pinched 4-5 stems of HC approx 2.5-3cm long.
I planted them approximately 2cm apart in little patches.
2 hours later and almost losing my sanity, finally finished planting HC. If I could rate the difficulty, i'd rate it 8/10! They are really really small!
I then planted the hairgrass.
I added water slowly carefully, trying not to disturb the soft aquasoil.
My back is killing me now, time for rest. More updates to come soon.