Just finished scaping (minus cleanup and cycling, etc) my 2nd tank ever, and I must say what a difference a plan makes. This may not be the best looking tank, but compared to my first 10g, this is light years ahead. Anyway, just thought I'd throw it out here because seeing that I was a terrible husband all day yesterday and spent all night to the early morning to set this up, maybe I might need to find some consolation here if she ever gets sick of me and my hobby... and ditches me or breaks the aquariums... haha.
So since I couldn't decide between a nature aquarium or trying to do an Iwagumi I had a bunch of random materials which became a uh... some sort of huge tree (on the left?) where the root is so large it would create a bridge? And uh... those random branches on the right are supposed to be the tips of the branches hanging down from above. I actually had moss to make small leaves like everyone does, but I was thinking from this "really big mystic tree" the branches would be far from the base of the tree and really close from the vantage point which is why the leaves are big (java fern)... sort of. Kind of too big. The reason is I was trying to play with depth by placing the bigger plants in the front and making it look like the "same plants" would look tiny (hc) from farther away... sound doable and really cool in my head but it'd be very difficult for a 20L and realized a little late (the middle of planting) that it would take major skills to pull that off that I don't really have yet... I'm hoping that it still looks cool later once the hc and hairgrass fill in.
Anyway, enough talk.. It's still cloudy because I just set it up and some of the water stirred, but here's a glimpse of what it'd look like once the water is clear... this was while I was planting:
and here's the semi finished product:
Learned a few lessons about working with sand and aquasoil too... make sure there aren't gaps between rocks unless you want brown liquid to leach all over your sand...
Anyway, if people are interested, maybe I'll post updates, if not, here's a post to make me feel better about myself for ignoring my wife and getting no sleep. haha...
Thanks for reading if you read the whole thing.