Mark 1st Journal

Mark Green

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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]

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Mark
 

Mark Green

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Is the tank overhanging the stand?

Dave
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.

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Mark
 

Mark Green

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

James M
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.

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Mark
 

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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
 

Mark Green

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I quite like 1

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

SteveUK
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 :) :)

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Mark
 

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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.
 

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Superman said:
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.
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!
 

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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

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Mark Green

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Superman said:
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.
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.


this is what makes the hobby great 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!
Saintly
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.


Vito said:
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

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
 

john starkey

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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.
 

Superman

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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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