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    Quote Originally Posted by jc12 View Post
    Very similar. Similar colours and style at least. A little different on the layout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doylecolmdoyle View Post
    Dylan, how big is the tank you are planing? Pisces sell boxes of Seiryu stone/rock, I think its about $40 for a box from shops like petcity, petstock, cityfarmers etc etc, most big stores sell Pisces products (Soil, gravel, rocks etc etc)

    The big Seiryu stone I got for this tank was sourced from a landscape supply and this stone alone was just over 9kg, I think it cost me about $50 bucks.


    IMG_9621 by Colm Doyle, on Flickr

    The Pisces boxes are generally pretty small stones, you can try glue them together with selleys knead it.

    Maybe also consider using slate, you could get a simple effect buy using a big "slice" of slate rock, which could look pretty cool, perhaps even stacking multiple slices of slate together to create the hanging cliff effect similar to your drawing.
    The tank is 4ft x 2ft x 18". So a decent size. I've had a look online but can only find a handful of websites all inter-state that supply Iwagumi. Some are only offering small batches (grams), where as I think I'll need about 20kg to pick some decent rocks out of. Good idea on the Slate and the Pisces. I'll look into that.

    This is my 1st aquascape by the way. I'm gonna go with a simple but affective approach. Nothing over the top and not a huge quantatie of plants. I fell in love with this scape and want to create something similar:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8rltM-Juhc&t=145s

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    For that size tank you will need 100kg. You can however use material to prop up the hardscape and therefore save on rocks.

    The example you gave is quite complex due to the scantiness of plants. Algae can take over such setups easily.

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    Agree with Rebel for a 4ft tank you are going to need a lot of rock, I would suggest a landscape supply rather than aquarium supply, they are cheaper and stock more range in size, also if you find out you are missing just a few key bits of stone you can head back to the landscape supply and source more bits of stone. Also if you want minimal planting consider only using soil where you will have plants, use gravel or sand in areas where you will not have plants, if you fill the whole tank with soil and leave the majority of it exposed you may run into algae problems as the soil will be leeching nutrients and you will only have a small plant mass which needs fertilisation!

    A quick google showed up these suppliers in melbourne

    http://www.transrock.com.au/
    https://www.rokworx.com.au/
    https://www.rocksplus.com.au/
    https://www.rockwallsmelbourne.com.a...cks-melbourne/
    http://burdetts.com.au/landscape-and...late-slab-form
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    Quote Originally Posted by doylecolmdoyle View Post
    Agree with Rebel for a 4ft tank you are going to need a lot of rock, I would suggest a landscape supply rather than aquarium supply, they are cheaper and stock more range in size, also if you find out you are missing just a few key bits of stone you can head back to the landscape supply and source more bits of stone. Also if you want minimal planting consider only using soil where you will have plants, use gravel or sand in areas where you will not have plants, if you fill the whole tank with soil and leave the majority of it exposed you may run into algae problems as the soil will be leeching nutrients and you will only have a small plant mass which needs fertilisation!

    A quick google showed up these suppliers in melbourne

    http://www.transrock.com.au/
    https://www.rokworx.com.au/
    https://www.rocksplus.com.au/
    https://www.rockwallsmelbourne.com.a...cks-melbourne/
    http://burdetts.com.au/landscape-and...late-slab-form
    Really cool stuff! Both for my aquarium and for my garden!! Looks like i've got some research to do. Thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by dylan86_exe View Post
    Really cool stuff! Both for my aquarium and for my garden!! Looks like i've got some research to do. Thanks guys
    There is a landscape supply here in WA which sells dragon stone and also seiryu stone, keep an eye out for one in Vic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    The example you gave is quite complex due to the scantiness of plants. Algae can take over such setups easily.
    How can I combat this btw? I'm a big fan of the old "less is more" approach. I'm not particularly fond of plants being everywhere and more into the minimal look.

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    Very low light, co2 and very undemanding and fast growing plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doylecolmdoyle View Post
    There is a landscape supply here in WA which sells dragon stone and also seiryu stone, keep an eye out for one in Vic!
    Wow thats so lucky. Wonder whod have the funds to buy these stones for landscaping?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    Wow thats so lucky. Wonder whod have the funds to buy these stones for landscaping?
    yah god knows, the rocks are still fairly expensive from the perth landscape place - https://www.smilingrock.com.au/ seiryu I think is around $7/kg (under 10kg) and maybe $5kg (over 10kg) ball park price I cant recall exactly the cost. They have huge rocks like 20 - 30kg + rocks.

    I noticed smiling rock have a melb shop also - https://www.smilingrockmelbourne.com.au/rocks/
    Last edited by doylecolmdoyle; 08-06-18 at 03:50 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doylecolmdoyle View Post
    yah god knows, the rocks are still fairly expensive from the perth landscape place - https://www.smilingrock.com.au/ seiryu I think is around $7/kg (under 10kg) and maybe $5kg (over 10kg) ball park price I cant recall exactly the cost. They have huge rocks like 20 - 30kg + rocks.

    I noticed smiling rock have a melb shop also - https://www.smilingrockmelbourne.com.au/rocks/
    Guess where I'm going tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doylecolmdoyle View Post
    yah god knows, the rocks are still fairly expensive from the perth landscape place - https://www.smilingrock.com.au/ seiryu I think is around $7/kg (under 10kg) and maybe $5kg (over 10kg) ball park price I cant recall exactly the cost. They have huge rocks like 20 - 30kg + rocks.

    I noticed smiling rock have a melb shop also - https://www.smilingrockmelbourne.com.au/rocks/
    Went to smiling rock today. But they only had some smaller stones at about 100-200mm in size. But they said they're getting a shipment in from Vietnam in 2 weeks. They normally get huge rocks of the stuff in, so that's pretty cool. Fairly cheap too - $5kg!

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    I would be worried about cracking the bottom of the tank with rocks that size

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    If the rock looks like cracking the floor, you could glue a silicon foot onto it - helps to spread the load. I did this with a 25kg glass-buster. So far so good, fingers crossed.

    Piccies of silicon foot here:

    http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showt...ht=#post566163

    Cheers, Jonah

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