Inspiration and improvement suggestions

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by Basviola, 13 Oct 2019.

  1. Basviola

    Basviola Member

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    After starting out with a 60 liter tank, I changed to this bigger tank.
    It has change quite a bit, but finally I begin to feel that I am on the track of something that could get really good.
    After I have some spots now where I can ad plants, and I will be really happy if you would take the time and give me suggestions, as I have learn a lot from feedback before. So critique, ideas, changes, or plant suggestions or swaps would be really appreciated.

    This is my 128 liter tank.
    Running about a year.
    Substrate is, layers of peat, Rexolin APN (micro), red clay, capped with gravel.
    No CO2, but will be adding pressurised CO2 within a few month.
    Liquet carbon, (Happy Life) 4 ml pr day,
    Light: Odyssea vivagrow 60, and 1 very old T5 tube. Approx 9 hours pr day.

    Plants: Hornwort, Rotala Indica, vallisneria, 2 or 3 kinds of Anubias, a little S repins, a little christmas mos, Cryptocoryne affinis and another crypt.
    akvarie.jpg

    My own thoughts:
    • Make some white background with light at the bottom.
    • Grow the Hornwort (back LH corner) to a dense green with Rotala indica just in front of it. Or getting a green rotala instead of hornwort.
    • When I get CO2, plant a carpet of... hairgrass, MC and HC.
    • Plant a very read plant, just next to the "big" group of rotala indica behind Anubias. (like just under the red tailed Guppy male, close to filter).
    • I like the 3 caves, but the one to the left is just looking to unnatural, as I am trying to create an aquascape. So maybe cover it up with lava rock, or creating a mesh with moss on "hiding" it, or maybe just remove it completely.
    • Raise substrate lever in the back and trim plants to a V-shape
    • Lower substrate level in front.... keeps creeping down!
    • add new moss to the tree looking root! (it grows VERY slow)

    I will be very happy for you to share your thoughts , and what ever suggestion.

    (Sorry for the bad picture, it will clean up glass and take some better pictures soon)

    Thanks
     
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  2. Basviola

    Basviola Member

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    Of was also thinking of:

    • planting Eleocharis montevidensis, just left to the HMF, as I think it could give perspective because it might look like the vallisneria at a long distance.
     
  3. Basviola

    Basviola Member

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    So I just did some minor changes... I have some more anubias in a bucket now.

    I would really appreciate your call on what to do with this scape.

    I will order more plants in near future, when I finish "building" a CO2 system to support this, and another tank I am working on.

    Think I might try a white background with some LED at the bottom, to get a different look. Hopefully more depth.

    But you critique will be is welcome, as I find it really hard to raise this scape to the next level.

    Thanks.
     

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  4. Matt @ ScapeEasy

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    I would move the rotala to the back right corner and behind the rock on the left, that way you will create a stronger look of having two islands with a path between and the arch going over that. Aim for a v shape to the planting - higher on the sides and lower in the middle.

    Where you remove the right hand clump of rotala from, I would put a rock or some of that new anubias there. This will make the path look more like it curves gracefully round to the left.

    Hope that gives food for thought...
     
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  5. 2born4

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    I think I’d be heading for some red.... red tiger lotus? So darker Bucephalandra maybe?


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  6. PARAGUAY

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    How about some larger sprinkled gravel or small rock just near the pathway entrance, which is in the ideal place to define it a little?
     
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  7. Basviola

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    That sound like a very good idea. And that will definitely happen, and I think it could look really good, when I get some more kinds of rotala... Vietnam, bonsai and rotala green. Maybe also some Luwiga super red.
    All to completely replace valesinera and hornwort, now being in the back.

    To get some "not so dense" areas near the islands, hopefully I can also grow HYGROPHILA PINNATIFIDA.
    To define and to get more growth/plants on the islands, also Mini-Bolbitis on top of rocks/roots. And I have to try out some buce, everyone is talking and using this, so I might give it a try... although my first thought is it will blend in and look like anubias.

    I am not sure I understand what you mean, do you mean placing some anubias just after the arc to "force" the look of path going to the left? First I was thinking of having the "end point" behind the arc, but now I am leaning more twords having it behind the left Island. Then just have some lover plants in the middel defining the V or U-shape.

    I moved the rotala from just behind the arc, I was actually just sticking two hand down inbetween the plants into the substrate and pushing then apart!!

    Thanks it did gave me food for thought, thanks a lot.



    Thanks, I really need some red to get some contrast, great point. I never had lotus, so why not try it out. But I could be a little afraid the leaves will be to big, but maybe it could ad perspective, having it in front of one Island.


    That is a very good ide, I will try to get some lavarock that matches the one I have, I did buy some, but I came home with the very red version, not the dark brown !!


    I will update with future changes, but please keep sharing your thoughts when reading this, it really helps me learn and improve. Thank you guys!
     
  8. Matt @ ScapeEasy

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    Yes! Got it in one ;)

    Can you upload a new picture showing the changes you have made?
     
  9. Basviola

    Basviola Member

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    I will, I have not done that yet, the only change was from my first pictures to my last reply. But I think i have to figure out where I wont the end point before moving more of the rotala indica around.

    But I will update this thread with changes as I make them... but I believe the true and more fun to do impact will be with the co2 setup and new plants.... this is going to feel better than christmas for a 7 year old!
     

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