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Iwagumi style for a 3 footer few qs.

Would it look good with discus say 4 of them? Will sell the discus for the style no buts about it haha and my discus are my pride and joy or thinking maybe a school of the one type of discus say 4 blue diamonds or 4 leopard snakeskin discus? Can sell and get a big school of rummy nose would look impressive

Where do i find the following styles of rocks? How much would they set me back? This is for a 3 footer. What types of actual rocks are they? I see alot on the Aqua Journal site and ADA but not so much on the type and where they are available.

this is the style I am looking at achieving when i redo my substrate;

http://www.aquajournal.net/suikei_da...keiphoto1.html

http://www.aquajournal.net/suikei_da...keiphoto2.html

http://www.aquajournal.net/suikei_da...gallery_04.jpg

http://www.aquajournal.net/suikei_da...gallery_01.jpg

http://www.aquajournal.net/suikei_da...gallery_04.jpg

I want my tank to look pretty much identical to one of them and will take pretty much anything to get it to look like it (yes i know that is Takashi Amanos tanks and yes they are simply breathtaking but It surely is possible)

Are the rocks available at FishChicks? Some help would be much appreciated.

Are the plants used such as Lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae

Eleocharis acicularis available within SE QLD?

are these plants hard to grow? given 6 T5HO lights, c02 system, liquid ferts and tonnes of care

- Hemianthus Callitrichoides

- Lilaeopsis novaezelandiae

- Eleocharis Acicularis

- Eleocharis Vivipara

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I completely agree with you. They do not mix at all and look totally out of place. Just wanted to check with others before i go selling my discus and think OMG what ave i done haha. Going to get a big school of rummynose tetras.

Anyways need other input about the plants and rocks guys and girls!!! thanks :)

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have you looked into any substitutes for the above substrates that maybe are not as costly ??

keen to know as i have priced this gear myself..and i lost a lil bit of sleep over it, i can tell ya that 8O

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I've got a Japanese book here that I won in the MFK TOTY comp, it's called "ProFile100 Vol.08" and is all about Aquascaping 2'/60cm tanks. It's absolutely chockers with photos that could serve you as inspiration if you'd like me to take a few snaps of the tanks in it that I like.

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have you looked into any substitutes for the above substrates that maybe are not as costly ??

keen to know as i have priced this gear myself..and i lost a lil bit of sleep over it, i can tell ya that 8O

It's not cheap but all worth it in the end when you have an amazingly scaped planted tank. ;)

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have you looked into any substitutes for the above substrates that maybe are not as costly ??

keen to know as i have priced this gear myself..and i lost a lil bit of sleep over it, i can tell ya that 8O

Hey mate, It is reasonably priced in my opinion. For what I am wanting it is reasonably priced. Lighting and the c02 is the dearest part haha. Then the substrate I will achieve for under 200. So it isnt that bad priced. The other substrates might not be as costly but if you are going to do something in my opinion needs to be done good the first time and spent the money on so that is what I am going by.

I've got a Japanese book here that I won in the MFK TOTY comp, it's called "ProFile100 Vol.08" and is all about Aquascaping 2'/60cm tanks. It's absolutely chockers with photos that could serve you as inspiration if you'd like me to take a few snaps of the tanks in it that I like.

Thank you japes. I have scoured the net in hope for inspiration. I have a folder on the computer full of inspiration but the more the merrier mate. Would be greatly appreciated

I am going to be doing this scape sooner than later by the looks. Definately isnt a scape for discus that is for sure. But it will be sad to see them go :(....

Japes also, do you know if Fishchicks has the rock types used in the style I am chasing?

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Jodi-Lea does stock Seiryu Stone, the grey stone used in Iwagumi/ADA setups (I presume that's what you're after, the images in the OP do not work).

The book isn't about Iwagumi setups, it's just a nice collection of natural style setups by Japanese aquarists. It's difficult to take shots of the book that do the setups justice, so I'll pass on that.

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No worries mate.

Thank you for the help. Best help I have had all day mate. Just trying to put through my order for the substrate now. Unsure if i should get 2 bags of powder and one bag of normal....or two bags of normal one bag of powder. Might email takashi amano himself and find out since his email is available on his website.

How much would a rough price Japes be for some of the rocks? It is just I do not wanna come up there and find it is rediculously expensive and i did not bring up enough cash haha. I tried emailing Jodi-Lea yesterday but no response.

Yer it is the general scape used. I will try fix them links. It was taken from the aquajournal website.

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Anyways I am going to remove all the discus from this tank and replace with the rummy nose. My mate and I did discuss a small number (4) small blue diamonds (9cms) swimming with a smaller school of fish for the tank. Undecided probably just go with the rummy nose.

Just found an amazing site for rocks that are special order and fairly cheap. So that is one step closer. Ordering and picking up substrate on Monday. Rocks this w.e. or next week. Selling tank next week. Then project begins... My mate in sydney who is a member of AL is helping me scape this tank with help of a mate at my local fish shop.... My original discus tank will look lame in comparison to this new one...sorry to the lovers of the last discus tank with the driftwood i just sold (I know there was a few thanks to the PMs haha)....this new scape will grow on you all....Some people like biotypes, some like heavily planted, some like bare bottom, some like fake plants, some like rare plants and drift wood style layouts, for me its iwagumi that i found wow!! Will get into a heavily planted tank like ADA ones when I do have the funds but and return to discus :)

http://www.aquascapedesign.com.au/produ ... ecial.html have great rocks there for Iwagumi styling

Definately going to check out Fishchicks this w.e. so i can find something she has...only using this website thing i found as last resort :)....

Sorry will fix links now;

http://www.adana.co.jp/training2008/...ges/day25b.jpg

http://www.aquajournal.net/suikei_data/001/index.html first tank (fish are the same as the ones I want) and second tank

http://www.aquajournal.net/suikei_data/003/index.html first and last on that page

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