Thankyou its amazing of you to say.
I'm glad you like it.
I've really enjoyed the whole process from the start and this iwagumi gave me a chance to sit and admire it for many hours but it's time for a change.
I know what your saying, i wanted a different look from it, for me the first scape was about the hard scape and details of the glitter rock formation which I loved now its more about the plants and manipulating shapes, colour and depth with the flora. its a totally different non classic look with loads of stems but that's the idea,
Have to wait and see how it grows in.
Its all a learning experience for me and my first scape so was chuffed with it
Cheers mate, i totally agree Jay much more depth and hopefully the hc will mingle with the new plants and soften the edges.
Sea of green
I trimmed the hc as much as possible to enable the planting to be a bit easier and cut away the shape around the rock formation as a guide, I added around 3L of amazonia to give height and a fresh top layer, I added the soil over three stages as to not upset the whole system with leaching ammonia and I'm sure the fish thanked me for it aswell, I performed a 100L WC each stage, I stopped adding macros as the ppm started to rise slightly. It's now stable after a week so will start adding macros again when it starts dropping.
I'm still adding micros and iron. ( EI Dosing)
The sump is going well and doing its job, no changes made. (Yet)
I'm still trying to follow the guidelines of the Dutch style, I have orderd the last plants today and will have the final floor plan sorted and then i can work on teracing aspect a bit more. This is what it looks like now. Its all a learning process
I'm happy with the layout, the shape of the individual groups will change accordingly.
Trimmed more than a dozen times I thought it was time to pull it and start again.
The plant list from the start
3 x montevidensis
2 x reineckii rosaefolia
2 x 1 2 grow reineckii mini
2 x micranthemum umbrosum
2 x 1 2 grow pogo erectus
2 x pogo helferi
2 x eleocharis parvula ( gone )
1 x 1 2 grow marsilea crenata
2 x hydrocotyle tripartita
2 x rotala boschi ( boschii)
1 x 1 2 rotala bonsai (Armenia)
2 x lobelia cardinalis red
2 x cryptocoryne wendii brown ( gone )
2 x cryptocoryne beckettii petchii
2 x rotala orange juice
2x rotala rotundafolia
2x Limnophila sessiliflora
1x hygrophilia polysperma
1x enrioculon cinereum
Twinstar 450 ea is on for 7.5 h
AI prime fw is on for 8.5 h with a 30min sunrise and a1 h sunset included ( Note) I have around 2 hours of ambient light before lights on.
Kno3 8.3 ppm 3.8 g
Kh2po4 1.5 ppm 0.6g
Kso4 7.5 ppm 1g
Dosed 3 x pw for 280L of water
Micros and iron the same
I upped the macros a tad for the rescape of the iwagumi tank, as you may know by now there connect by the sump.
90 mins before lights on and 90mins before they switch off
Lights off around 7.6 ph
Lights on around 6.3 ph
lime green DC as a quick eyeball but plants say it all.
All still the same more or less.
Amano shrimp were all taken out after 2 months of both tanks. Nothing left for them so rosafolia was on the menu then they took a liking to reineckii mini even with feeding them a healthy amount of greens and dedicated shrimp food. Oh after 3 months of taking them out I still have baby amano somehow, 1 must have been pregnant when i purchase them or they were naughty and pillaged (carnt say as i have read conflicting stories regards fresh water and breeding)
This is what I think I counted over and over.
18- odd galaxy rasboras still happily playing amongst themselves. Flaring, dancing around each other.
Around 18 cory pygmea have split into 2 groups again loving life chilling on the rotala R leaves at the back and the other group hang on the polysperma leaves.
rasbora maculate impossible to count, seem to hang within the h.pinnafitida until feeding time, a few of them hang with the Cory's now and then even mimicking the surface diving for air.
red crystal shrimp seem to be breeding slowly and the red fire sakura are gaining in numbers again after giving 30 away.
12 Moenkhausia costae
New arrivals great schooling fish could not leave them behind, they have balanced the tank out nicely and they seem very sociable.
Going to try a black background just to see if it changes anything.
Update soon as the iwagumi is up next.
6th June just before a bit of a shuffle around
This really is the final possition of the plants, I'm happy with it, it's so far from finished though, sculpting and terracing now to clean and tidy the individual species, i can live with the black background for a while, this pic is just after replanting so it looks a tad raw, it will settle down and grow in hopefully how I envision
Greetings to all
Sea of green
I'm really happy with this tank it has evolved into a few different styles seamlessly, a joy to have.
Egnore grey temporary inlet pipe.
Trimmed the hc heavily, it always grows back nice.
I've trimmed back and replanted the tops of the stem plants a few times and will probably do it some more
I think the next trim will give its basic concave shape.
The beautiful vesuvius will be removed soon to give the full effect and bit of a tidy up in a few places then a couple of good final photos and on to the next one.