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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-29-2010, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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Long 60" tank.

Hey guys,

For this tank, I would like the center to be the focal point. The scape came out nice, but has a very unnatural feel to it. I am hoping to heavily plant the direct center, which should give it a more natural "island" look with branches coming out. I wish I had some bigger rocks to complement the wood, but I couldn't afford them =(. We'll see where it goes from here.

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Let me know if you have any suggestions.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-29-2010, 11:45 AM
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Let me know if you have any suggestions.
More stone. Some smaller branches as well.

It looks nice, but is a little un-natural. Nature is not as uniform in size. Try some smaller stones, working from the larger group outwards. Try working in some smaller branches as well.

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I think the arrangement of the wood is what makes it look unnatural I would switch it up
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if you want to set up a true natural setup wood should not be arranged, but more placed hap hazardly, then position should be altered. Right now the tank reminds me of the cichlid tanks that were getting set up in the early 90s, where the decor matched on either side, no matter how nice the flora and fauna are they are always gonna look funny with such a structured setup. add more stone, toss the driftwood in and see how it looks, and play with it from there.
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Thanks for the input.

I think I will try planting it first. Although unnatural, it's an intentional unnatural look. I'm sure that once I get some plants in there, it will be slightly less obvious. I'm trying to maintain an "island" look since my light is pretty small and will only grow plants beneath it. If it looks too weird, I'll change it up for a more natural look.

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I think it will be a very interesting tank. I wouldn't worry too much about making it look natural. I think it will be great.
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I agree with Jason. It has character.

But I would play around with the substrate. Slope it so it's higher in the back, and maybe offset the highest point so it's not dead center.

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Also, what size is that tank? The dimensions are very different.
60"x8"x12" ~24 gallons.

Not very much depth, so it's a bit harder to work with.
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nice!

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Quick update.

I decided to tone it down a bit with the branches to capture more of an island look. I also upgraded my lighting to a 96w 36" long. We'll see if I run into any algae problems. The scape hasn't been finalized yet. I don't really like how the right side turned out, but was too tired to change it. I'm also waiting for things to settle and grow in a bit more.





Let me know what you think!

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It looks great, neat tank! but I wouldn't pile the substrate up in the center-front like that, and I'd get a 60" light or at least 48"...
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It looks nice.
It is so hard to get good pictures with so much contrast between the highlight middle and the dark ends.
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It looks great, neat tank! but I wouldn't pile the substrate up in the center-front like that, and I'd get a 60" light or at least 48"...
I'm actually going for more of an "Island" look, and I like how the ends fade into darkness, so it's intentional.
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I'm actually going for more of an "Island" look, and I like how the ends fade into darkness, so it's intentional.
I can dig it. I see what you're going for & it's awesome

Way to break out of the conventions & fads of the moment, & using what you have.
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