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

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  1. Antipofish

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    WOW ! worth the wait. Great stuff Stu
     
  2. sarahtermite

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    Awesome! The arch totally works, and the planting is gorgeous. Super-cute shrimps, too :D
     
  3. darren636

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    enjoying these pics. lots to see.
     
  4. Gary Nelson

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    It looks great Stu! Very well done indeed and great photos too. It has so many different aspects to it as well, I really like the arch and pathway.... I'll be watching this mature :clap:
     
  5. Stu Worrall

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    thanks all. I got lucky with the wood for the arch. Ive also hd no lifting as I tied them all together with bonsai wire then weighted one or two branches down with rock. I did swap out the last hardscape design which had the claw piece of wood and changed it for one that was less imposing and didn't touch the arch.

    Filling was interesting as the sand in the arch kept disappearing down the cracks! A little bit of filling in was needed in some areas :) I've got to get those ferns growing downwards now instead of sticking up!
     
  6. xtevo

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    Absolutely amazing! :thumbup: When the plants become mature, we won't say anything, just watch and learn...
     
  7. darren636

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    looks like nice dimension of tank. Not too deep and a nice length and width.
     
  8. Viv

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    Amazing! Looks great now, it's gonna be breathtaking later!!!! ( :D )

    Viv
     
  9. Dan Walter

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    Stu, it looks great planted up mate. Keep the progress pics coming!
     
  10. Stu Worrall

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    Thanks all. done some more pics tonight and trying my hand at editing videos although not going too feel at the moment as I have a vertical flicker on the vids. Im not sure if its my shutter speed syncing with the MH light or something ??
     
  11. James Marshall

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    That's a very intricate and innovative layout Stu :thumbup:
    With such attention to detail the sense of scale is excellent, i look forward to seeing it grow in.

    Cheers,
    James
     
  12. LondonDragon

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    Very impressed with the scape and plating Stu, very different from the norm and looks awesome :) congrats.
     
  13. Stu Worrall

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    Cheers James :) It took a few nights of fiddling to get it where I wanted it. I could do with getting some mini ferns now for the craggs as I dont want a big bunch of ferns taking over the hardscape like in my last tank. Might look at getting some of those trident ferns from AE.

    Thanks Paulo. I think it will have to be back to Iwagumi next time as Ive not done one for a while :)
     
  14. Gill

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    Sweet Lord Stu, that is breathtaking in scale, depth and overall feel.
     
  15. Stu Worrall

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    Just a little update.

    The stems are growing at the back. Ive hacked back some of the ferns to get new growth.

    Day 1

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    90x45x45 Planted Tank by Stu Worrall, on Flickr

    Today (week 2) - it hasn't changed much :lol:

    There's a few subtle differences. The valley is higher and has more stone. There's a bit more fissidens one planted on stones to fill in some gaps. There are some cherry barbs. The hydro has started sprouting and the hair grass is moving and has had several trims.

    Ive seen some purple harlequins in TGM this week which I'm going to get next week. They'll hopefully look really good swimming through the arch :)

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    90x45x45cm dragon stone scape by Stu Worrall, on Flickr
     
  16. darren636

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    any advice on creating a mound, will be starting my island this weekend. thinking tight socks filled with sand and rocks to prevent slipping.
     
  17. sarahtermite

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    This is such a beautiful scape - for me it's the perfect balance of hard scaping and plants, impeccably arranged. :clap:
     
  18. Dan-CR4

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    this is a really nice scape, would love to be able to create something that stunning. How many kg of rock did you use?
     
  19. ghostsword

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    Stu, this has to be your best work ao far, blimey mate, it looks superb. I want to copy this!! :)


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  20. viktorlantos

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    Looks very nice Stu! ;) Can't wait to see this a month or 2 later when its fully grown. Very unique scape and the plants support it really well.
     

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