Stu's 90x45x45 Apalala Shore - IAPLC 2012 #114 - AGA 2012 #3

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  1. xtevo

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    You don't have to put any plants in, it's amazing right now! :D With a hardscape only tank, this would win prizes easily! :thumbup:
     
  2. Mark Evans

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    Looks great Stu.

    You really gotta watch your planting with this layout. Nice and simple I'd say :thumbup:
     
  3. Antipofish

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    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.
     
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    Stu's 90x45x45 Dragon Stone Scape

    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!
     
  5. JohnC

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    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. :)
     
  6. Morgan Freeman

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    Looking forward to the planting. What a scape!
     
  7. Lewisr

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    It looks so good even without plants!
     
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    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.
     
  9. Ady34

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    Re: Stu's 90x45x45 Dragon Stone Scape

    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.
    Ady.
     
  10. Stu Worrall

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    Re: Stu's 90x45x45 Dragon Stone Scape

    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!)

    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!

    Thanks Lewis :)

    Cheers Morganf

    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 scape :)

    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.

    Cheers Chris. Hoping I don't cock it up at the planting stage!
    Thanks Mark :thumbup: 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!

    Lol! Im the same, I always prefer a tank at the hardscape stage! Perhaps Ill just stick some lizards in there to play!

    Thanks :thumbup: 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.

    Cheers Wen :thumbup:
     
  11. Stu Worrall

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    Re: Stu's 90x45x45 Dragon Stone Scape

    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?
     
  12. Ady34

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    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
    Ady.
     
  13. Mark Evans

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    Re: Stu's 90x45x45 Dragon Stone Scape

    I know what you mean mate. I love em' to.
     
  14. Stu Worrall

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    Re: Stu's 90x45x45 Dragon Stone Scape

    Ah, I think I remember you now. spoke to so many people over that weekend!

    They all went in. some out in the open and others in nooks and crannies :)

    Well, planting was completed on the weekend. I did most of it on Friday on my day off but tidyied a few places up that I wasnt happy with, mainly with too much big fern going in which Ive removed. Its been running some purigen over the weekend as it was quite cloudy from the dragon stone so should be good for a picture tomorrow night as Im out tonight on a wedding consult.
     
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    Re: Stu's 90x45x45 Dragon Stone Scape

    Awesome 'scape, Stu. How did I miss this! Any planted pics?

    Dan
     
  16. Stu Worrall

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    Re: Stu's 90x45x45 Dragon Stone Scape

    Thanks Dan :) I took some planted pics last night. theyre not that great as its newly planted but will put them up tonight
     
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    Re: Stu's 90x45x45 Dragon Stone Scape

    Looking forward so much :clap:
     
  18. Gary Nelson

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    Re: Stu's 90x45x45 Dragon Stone Scape

    Come on then Stu, don't keep us all in suspenders, let's see the latest pics... I'm looking forward to seeing them as what I've seen so far look superb! :thumbup:
     
  19. Stu Worrall

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    Re: Stu's 90x45x45 Dragon Stone Scape

    right then here goes. bear in mind its just been planted so loads of growing in to do yet. The untidy part on the right is getting chopped back, the aim being to have the ferns creeping over the rock with stems and the cyperus in the background. The whole of the back has stems planted in that you can't see yet but when grown and bushed up they'll just be visible slightly above the rock dome.

    should be able to view bigger on flickr view the slideshow i think.

    front

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    90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

    detail

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    90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

    shrimp on manzi

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    90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

    up the valley and through the arch

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    90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

    through the green, diffuser and co2 in the foreground

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    90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

    manzi detail with a lonestar shrimp

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    90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

    shrimpy

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    90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

    anubias and moss on the wood

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    90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

    inverted

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    90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

    detail from the front left. This bit has crypts, anubias, parvula and acularis hair grass, HC, hydro sp japan and fissidens to name a few. Ive tried to put them in as naturally as possible but time will tell how they grow in.

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    90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr
     
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  20. Ian Holdich

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    Re: Stu's 90x45x45 Dragon Stone Scape

    this has 'winner' written all over it. Great scape mate!
     

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