First planted tank - TMC Signature

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  1. Cieran Johnson

    Cieran Johnson Newly Registered

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    Hi guys,
    I have just completed the hardware & hardscape setup of my first ever planted tank. I am going to plant with Eleocharis Acicularis Mini across the whole substrate surface for a clean & simple look.
    What do people think of my hardscape layout & plant choice? (photo attached)
    Any ideas or help would be appreciated as I am completely new to planted aquariums.

    Tank specifications as follows:

    TMC 600 x 450 x 300mm Tank
    TMC Charcoal Black Cabinet

    Chihiros Aquasky 601 LED light
    Hydor Professional 350 canister filter
    Hydor 200w inline heater

    2KG Co2 fire extinguisher
    Co2 Supermarket single stage regulator with solenoid & regulator bubble counter
    Up inline Co2 diffuser

    Cal Aqua labs Influx X
    Cal Aqua Labs Efflux F

    Cal Aqua Labs Clip Nano Co2 drop checker
    ADA white hang on thermometer
    ADA 12/16mm tubing with Eheim 12/16 to 16/22mm reducers

    Mini Landscape Rock
    ADA Power Sand M
    ADA Aquasoil Amazonia normal type
    ADA Clear super
    ADA Bacter 100
     

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  2. AnhBui

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    Nice rocks but I cannot find the focal point. I suppose you're going for Iwagumi?


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  3. Cieran Johnson

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    To be honest I didn't think about a focal point, I just arranged the rocks in a way I thought looked aesthetically pleasing to me, as well as keeping it natural haha. Yeah I am going for the Iwagumi style :)
     
  4. rebel

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    Plant choice is excellent.

    You should play around with the hard scape a bit more. Photograph each change to see which one you like best.

    Some may disagree but I also like to change my hard scape even after I have planted. The best scrapers get heaps of practice and it's best for all us to practice as much as we can.
    http://scapefu.libsyn.com/the-1-thing-takashi-amano-does-that-you-dont
     
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  5. CooKieS

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    Hi, nice tank, glassware and equipment!

    +1 with rebel, try to rearrange your rocks in a more natural way and get inspired by others iwagumi (that's a way to learn, copy).

    One plant is a bit boring for a tank this size, you could do this ;
    Hc cuba on the front, eleocharis sp mini on the back, some crypto parva or staurogyne nears the rocks for example.

    Good luck!
     
  6. alto

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    well done :)

    just to add to the confusion
    Plants:
    E 'mini' for the main plant (I like grass ;) )

    - then create some texture & variation in heights by adding in minor amounts of
    E parvula
    Littorella uniflora
    Lilaeopsis mauritiana

    - & maybe some (even) lesser amounts of
    Eleocharis sp
    Vallisneria nana
    Potamogeton gayi - not decided on this one, it can add color contrast & you'd want just hints of this plant

    Why not begin with just your chosen E mini, then add in others to "evolve" the scape :D
     
  7. Manisha

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    It's so exciting starting a new tank ☺ good luck! Very nice setup so far!
     

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