Lol! the tights went to a good home under the sea! I know what you mean about it being clean but I think when I add the plants it will soften the knurly slightly (ish!)sarahtermite said:My lips are sealed - after all, the tights were sacrificed for a good causeThanks sarah. The pumice is from here - http://www.greendragonbonsai.co.uk/BONSAI_SOIL_AT_GREEN_DRAGON_BONSAI.htm and the bags are my wifes old cut up tights (shhhh, don't tell her!)
I think I preferred the arch before you added the extra wood in - it had such lovely clean lines. But it's your tank, and you're the one who's going to be looking at it most, so feel free to ignore me! Still looks fab.
Thanks Vito, very valid point. I have tried it without and as you say there is a gap. Its a decision between wood out and more stone in or stay as it is. I'm working on it now so it may or may not change!Vito said:Hi Stu, loving the original scape, I must say the addition of the tallest wood clawing over the original arch is very distracting to the natural flow of the scape in my opinion and it also blocks the beautiful detail of the dragon stone in the rear, it does seem without it there is a gap but maybe adjusting the stones in the rear a bit higher might improve. Again just an opinion based on my personal preference and I am sure what ever you decide will look amazing.
Thanks LewisLewisr said:It looks so good even without plants!
Cheers MorganfMorgan Freeman said:Looking forward to the planting. What a scape!
Ah, good job I did it this week then! Its the first time Ive used dragon stone in a 90cm so has been a challenge with a few changes before these photos. Looking forward to seeing your scapeJohnC said:Looking awesome. You have just beaten me to posting a dragon stone + wood scape. I've got all the bits sitting in front of me and the redmoor soaked. If mine turns out 10% as nice as this ill be happy.
Thanks Mike. Re the shoring if you look closely I do have some sheets of thin slate placed vertically under the dragon stone at the back left. It also has the pumice bags underneath which strengthen it up but Ive found you can go quite steep with AS and it will stick.mikeappleby said:Last one much cleaner, but this has more potential to be original - and your last scape showed you can soften even a load of rock with judicious planting.
Can't wait to see this planted up - but agree maybe less is more on the variation of plant types.
That's a pretty steep bank at the back left - how are you shoring it up?
Nice clean photos too!
Cheers Chris. Hoping I don't cock it up at the planting stage!Antipofish said:Stu, this is stunning ! I am really liking this scape. You have so much to draw the eye in and that arch really draws you through to the back. Its almost like peering through a window. I agree with Mark (well we all do mostly, lol) too many plants will detract from the impact that the hardscape has.
Thanks Mark Ive got so many plants to go in here too but Ill try and keep it simple but hoping to get it natural at the same time with some plants mixed together. Really want to get some crypts in as I haven't used them in ages!Mark Evans said:Looks great Stu.
You really gotta watch your planting with this layout. Nice and simple I'd say
Lol! Im the same, I always prefer a tank at the hardscape stage! Perhaps Ill just stick some lizards in there to play!xtevo said:You don't have to put any plants in, it's amazing right now! With a hardscape only tank, this would win prizes easily!
Thanks I thought it may be too similar to my last scape with the pathway but when I tried that piece of manzi in the tank I knew it had to go in as an archway! Hopefully it won't get lost in the planting stage as that would be a disaster.Eboeagles said:That last scape was one of my faves - the close ups of the valley in one of your journals always made me jealous!
But I'm loving this just as much already - those new views down the valley and through the wood are amazing - almost the land that time forgot!
Jealousy strikes again...
Cheers WenSuperWen said:last hardscape much more better than before
Thanks Ady. I think Ill see how it goes during planting. Ive got lots of small fissidens moss stones tied so they can slot into a few places. Ive also got a bucket full of different types of ferns form the last scape but they will only go in certain places I've got in my head Did we have a chat at AQL by the way?Ady34 said:Hi Stu,
great original looking scape!
Knowing your styling from what ive seen on ukaps and at aquatics live, this hardscape will be an outline and framework for heavy planting. With all that dragon stone, its 'nooks and crannies' will make a fern and moss heaven!
The sand foreground and pathway will for sure give a break on the eyes before having to refocus and search out tens of different plant types... or maybe only two or three! who knows?
Great start and im looking forward to seeing how it progresses.
Yeah we had a brief chat after the aquascaping contest on the saturday. Was good to see the seasoned scapers in action, and congrats on your 1st place... the tank looked great as im sure this one will too!stuworrall said:Thanks Ady. I think Ill see how it goes during planting. Ive got lots of small fissidens moss stones tied so they can slot into a few places. Ive also got a bucket full of different types of ferns form the last scape but they will only go in certain places I've got in my head Did we have a chat at AQL by the way?
Ah, I think I remember you now. spoke to so many people over that weekend!Ady34 said:Yeah we had a brief chat after the aquascaping contest on the saturday. Was good to see the seasoned scapers in action, and congrats on your 1st place... the tank looked great as im sure this one will too!
Cheerio for now
They all went in. some out in the open and others in nooks and cranniesMark Evans said: