saintly's "The Miracle Mire" scape over

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Mark Evans, 27 Sep 2008.

  1. Mark Evans

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    hi folks, me again :D (nooooooooo....i hear you cry) well the time has come to start my new journal. i don't have a name yet hence the ???????????

    the first step is complete, to buy hard scape materials. ive purchased roughly 80 kg of the blue stone from TGM (thansk guys) its alot, the biggest piece alone weighs 33kg! of course im not going to use all of it but i didnt want to be short when it came to the stone arranging. also i can bash the big stones up a bit to get what i really want.
    the cup's for scale
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    what im hoping to create is a cliff face of some sort.im still scratching my head about how im to gain the height that im looking for without using doses of AS. i know in Asia they use polystyrene to bulk out. also i have the option of using my existing stones to bulk out. allot to think about there. im not using any wood because i feel i need to improve my rock arrangement skills. next scape will be wood. maybe after the henge is over (which maybe soon)

    planting wise, i want to use similar layout like what's in the henge. HC, rotala sp green ( ;) to Dave Spencer) and maybe the red variety. mosses. nothing new or innovating because im not good enough yet to innovate.

    im going to be using the existing substrate and 2 extra bags of AS (we'll see how the amounts pan out) with a ADA bright sand front with graded pebbles and stones.

    that's basicly it for now, i'll update soon.
     
  2. aaronnorth

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    looking forward to it, is that all you got from TGM? (i dont mean the amount of rocks BTW 'cos thats a lot of rock!)
     
  3. Mark Evans

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    2 bags of ASA aaron. if i need anything else i can mail order.
     
  4. Thomas McMillan

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    Sounds interesting. How big is the tank?
     
  5. Mark Evans

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    its only 4ft, so im going to have to do some rock bashing. with working on churches and historic buildings i come into contact with stone masons everyday so im going to see if the bigger rocks can be cut by machine. so i get the appearance from the front but rock is only say 4 inches wide for example.
     
  6. aaronnorth

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    i expected you coming back with a lot more thats all :lol: :lol:
     
  7. Mark Evans

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    me too. i did buy 1 plant, the 2006 ada contest book(great scapes in there BTW) s AS and rock which ive just bashed. ive got my work cut out arranging these :?
     
  8. aaronnorth

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    i suppose you will seen as you are not innovative :rolleyes: evryone has something in them ;)

     
  9. joyous214

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    oohhhhh cant wait to see what you do!!! how exciting... (sad i know but little things)
     
  10. LondonDragon

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    OH NO RUN! NOT ANOTHER JOURNAL! hehe looking forward to the rescape Mark, keep us posted rock is looking good ;)
     
  11. Mark Evans

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    i knew it was too much for some of you to take :lol:
     
  12. Mark Evans

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    you'll all be glad to hear this is on hold. until i get rid of my rena. ive put an order in for a new 120 x 45 x 45.
     
  13. Mark Evans

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    1 x 120 x 45 x 45 opti white 10mm glass aquarium ordered. :p

    should be getting this thing up and running in a month or 2
     
  14. aaronnorth

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    awesome :D
     
  15. LondonDragon

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    There goes the bank balance hehe looking forward to this ;)
     
  16. R1ch13

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    Ohh thats big bucks :wideyed:

    Will be worth it though!

    Cant wait to see :)

    Richie
     
  17. Mark Evans

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    heres a couple of bits of wood ive managed to get my hands on. ive got 2 others to come similar in shape. i'll also get some smaller pieces. for these 2 bits it was a little over £20 which seemed quite cheap.

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    im having much fun just getting all the bits and bobs together. so as you have probably guessed im going to attempt another scape with wood....along the lines of a amano nature style tank.but knowing me i'll probably;y change my mind. you see I'd already decided on a iwagumi style tank and even spent over a ton ££££ on stone but in good old saintly fashion ive changed my mind. i've got such a hard scape selection in my back garden :D

    from the appearance this wood looks allot like the ada stuff. it all looks the same once covered in moss :lol:
     
  18. Stu Worrall

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    thats the best bit of setting upa tank, getting all the bits together then messing around with setups :D they look like nice peices and at a good price too. are you goign wood only or with a bit of rock too?
     
  19. Joecoral

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    £20 for those huge bits?! That's a damn good bargain!
     
  20. Mark Evans

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    £13 for the big bit and 8 for the smaller. ive laid claim to 2 other nice bits. and some smaller bits too.

    have been thinking about that, im not really sure which way to go with the hard scape layout.....still thinking :D
     

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