I think number one stays true to your original plan. You can you push in the stone on left so it's not so close to the glass? Also may be replace the phallic stone with the toad stone in pic #2. The plants should cover/hide either the phallic stone or the toad stone in time. You may also want to bring the stones on the right a little closer to the front. I like how you have that diagonal angle in your drawing. It give this little tank more depth. The scape looks a little flat in the picture... kind of like mines and I regret it.
I see you may have run into a similar problem that I had. The stones might be too big than what you have originally planned. I think you can pull it off. Don't look at it for a day or two and see what inspires you.
I wouldn't rush it too much. But may be you can enter it in the Aquascapes contest. I heard it's tentatively in October.
lol, got to have my scaping tools. cheerios play a vital role in my sanity as i examine the same 5 rocks for hours on end.
Yeah, I think 1 is less half baked than all the rest. I see what you mean about the diagonal adding depth. that's an excellent point. I think i'll move the center most left rock in front of the big one, it would keep the right side a little more dominant and accomplish the diagonal valley thing while trying to keep the rule of thirds. believe it or not, the pockets of soil actually do follow the rule of thirds, it's just that they hide it VERY well. Anyway, the only problem is that I was planning to put an erio as a little plant trophy in that nice little pocket there... oh well. mr erio is going to have to move house again. btw I love that you've named my stones. Toad stone is really square and i'm having trouble making it look like a centerpiece. it would be an amazing support stone in a larger tank, but I just don't have the room. Phallic stone has been rotated to the least offensive position, but it still looks... like it lives up[ to it's namesake. when you look at it head on, it's really really... weird looking.
i'm actually entering my 5.5g, because it's well past that bothersome stage where all you want to do is scream at it. I'm not sure if this guy will be ready and all. Are you entering your 12g?
kai where are you getting your stones from anyway? I just realized that you have a lot of support stones... whenever I've been to aquascapes, i only see bigger rocks, esp with the seiryu and etc.
I ended up just sticking with the scape you posted. The sand went down a LOT and the ugly plastic sheet protector I used is starting to show. I *tried* to plant it today, but for all the hype aquasoil gets about ease of planting, it's really not that easy to plant in. Maybe it's just me. After a while I just left everything to float and gave up. I guess I'll try planting the stems when the DHG takes in.
Question of the day!
Should I try to cut down the plastic barrier and leave it in?
Should I just add more sand?
Should I remove the plastic all together?
Hehe. I usually get them from Aquascapes and sometimes coral fish will have it. I usually go at least once a month just to see what they have.
As for the floating plants, I just use weights sometimes. Did you plant it first then fill the tank or was the tank already flooded? IMO, Aquasoil is easier to plant than that fluval stuff but flourite is still the easiest.
BTW. do you have pics of what the tank looks like with the plastic?