Mark 1st Journal

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Mark Green, 17 Apr 2009.

  1. Mark Green

    Mark Green Member

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    The plan is to create an iwagumi, I'm quite a fan of the style and want to try and create something that i can feel proud off, plus if i do a great job it will keep the wife of my back concerning the cost for the new set up.

    Tank - Opti-White - 60 x 30 x 36
    Lighting - 2 x 25w t5 on 10hrs per day
    Filtration - 1 x Tetratec EX1200
    Heater - Hydor 300w external heater ( Still not bought this)
    CO2 - 2.5kg bottle- with solenoid
    drop checker
    Fertiliser - EI method
    Substrate - Amozonia
    Hardscape - seryiou stone.
    Maintenance - 50-60% once a week.

    This tank will take about 3 weeks before its planted as i will be moving in the next 2 weeks. This will give me time to try differant positions with the stone until i find the right one for the final set up.

    i'm pretty sure i know what plants i want to use too. it's a choice really consisting of HC, riccia, eleocharis acicularis
    ( this may change by planting stage).

    So far i have taken a few pictures, please give any advice concerning your fav or if you feel the stones need moving.

    1
    [img]http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/4180/img0152k.jpg[/img]

    2
    [img]http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/9794/img0145z.jpg[/img]

    3
    [img]http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/4219/img0160xjs.jpg[/img]

    4
    [img]http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/4981/img0161get.jpg[/img]

    5
    [img]http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/8233/img0177cjy.jpg[/img]

    Thx

    Mark
     
  2. Dave Spencer

    Dave Spencer Member

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    No 1 for me.

    Is the tank overhanging the stand?

    Dave.
     
  3. Mark Green

    Mark Green Member

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    This stand will not be used when i set up properly, Just using it now while i mess around with the stone.

    Yeh No 1 is my fav so far.

    Thx

    Mark
     
  4. Mark Evans

    Mark Evans Expert

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    no4 is brilliant IMO. different too. if you choose wisely regards planting on no.4 you could be on to a winner.
     
  5. JamesM

    JamesM Member

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    I agree, no 4 is cool... would like to see a straight shot of number 3 though...
     
  6. Mark Green

    Mark Green Member

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    No 3 has an extra stone to the left and has the same view as no 4 from the front, just decided to take a picture more from the side.

    Thx

    Mark
     
  7. Thomas McMillan

    Thomas McMillan Member

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    No.4 for me too, it's very different but works well - which is good, you want to be different.
     
  8. JamesM

    JamesM Member

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    no. 4 then :)

    Looking good :)
     
  9. samc

    samc Member

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    same here no4 just catches my eye :)
     
  10. LondonDragon

    LondonDragon Administrator Staff Member

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    I like both 1 and 4 :) so you have two very promising scapes, look forward to seeing this progress and what plants you will be using, one of these days I will try an iguwami too ;) keep us posted
     
  11. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Member

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    I quite like 1 :)

    You certainly spent a lot of time choosing. Looks like you chose some great rocks!
     
  12. Mark Green

    Mark Green Member

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    Time well spent i think, however i could of done with a couple more rocks to mix things up a bit. ( Always Learning) :D

    It was good to see yourself and john at TGM on the bank holiday monday :) :)

    Thx

    Mark
     
  13. Superman

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    I'm more of a #1 person myself as soon as I can see it, I could imagine how I could plant it.
    Although, #4 looks nice, it'd take me a while to think about the planting but a carpet of HC would be nice through the middle on the diagonal and some nice stems on the sides.
     
  14. Mark Evans

    Mark Evans Expert

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    this is what makes the hobby great :D the fact that we would all do it differently.

    you see, I'd do the opposite, stems/taller plant in the middle and lower species outside.

    the best is....no ones wrong!
     
  15. Vito

    Vito Member

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    I would have to say #1 the flow of the rocks to me is perfect, im just not that keen on the rock to the far right in the foreground maybe twist it, I dunno.. other than that truely awesome, my kinda scape!

    GL

    Vito
     
  16. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    No.1 for me, except the far right/front.

    Well done!
     
  17. Mark Green

    Mark Green Member

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    I feel that No 1 has a nice flow for the eye to follow, and your right about the planting it will take time before i come up with the correct plant choice. Hc is on the list, but concerning stems this scape will have no stem plants.


    Im looking at lower species plant for the whole scape, looking to get a scape that looks like a mountian hill top, or a valley of green.



    Cheers Vito i will move the stone on the right slightly and see if it improves the scape.



    Cheers for the input guys

    Always learning

    Mark
     
  18. Mark Green

    Mark Green Member

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  19. john starkey

    john starkey Member

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    Hi mark,now I quite like the flow of these two scapes I think a supporting stone flowing the same way as the large one just below it would look good.planting wise imo I think bylxa jopinica would be great as the main plant with hc as the forground plant, anyway ultimatley it's you And your charming wife who has to look at it so go with your instincts and do what you like the look of best.
    Regards john.
     
  20. Superman

    Superman Member

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    I agree with John, go for what you think's best.
    That last one is good, I always try and have an overhang of rock in my tanks.
     

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