but I had a hard time getting past the rummy noses and the patriotic cardinals(both species I love).
Yep, they are like flies in here.
But that's what they liked and wanted. I sort of agree with you though.
They are nice easy schooling fish, how many tanks do you see 500cardinals in? You can count those on one hand..............250 rummys? Same thing. Looks a lot nicer to me than 12 discus etc, who hasn't seen that
Just because someone has 2 years in does not mean they are less than some clown that's got 50 years in and has been doing shoddy methods/work etc the entire time. I know plenty that have been doing things for the wrong reasons for 20 years. James won the AGA contest with 8 months in the hobby and he used EI.
The tank is beautiful but my other thought, completely off the cuff is that the tank looks much smaller than it is due to the massive plantings in the middle and right of the pic.
Again, the client wants a denser jungle feel. They had planned for a hair grass field and some smooth stones etc and just Rose line barbs. But that was changed. You cannot see the other 2ft on the right side due to that pesky panel being in the way of the tank view, I have no idea why they did it that way, the client is considering adding a 440 gal and removing that section hopefully. But they like things the way they are and until he gives the okay, it shall remain.
I'd like the extra height personally and chance to redo everything from the ground up.
Please, don't misunderstand me. I really like the design, but certain things just don't seem to flow, but then I've been accused of a high bioload much, much lower on the inches/gallon scale than this tank, and I know my load is appropriate to my fishes needs. Beautiful tank and fish. Sorry if this sounded stupid, Ben
Actually you are quite right, but it's still a feast for the eyes in person.
One of the main points of my post is not for scaping, it is to highlight how easy a large tank using high light and CO2 with high sensitive fish bioloads are with basic EI after several years. I change things slowly, that way I have some response to what the client wants. I'm hired, this is not my personal tank.
So I do what they want, not what I want.
They like things after they grow in and often do not want to rip things part and redo them. I would love to rip the other side down more and leave some more space, but they want the jungle look. I had some nice mossy branches and more openess in the design for a time, but those plecos maw the moss off the wood. I'm trying the Anbuias branches on one side and will change that back to that design perhaps. I also just had some left over rocks which is the set in here. I saved the nicve groups of rocks for a 180 gal personal aggressive tank I have planned. I have the fish for it, just not the space till I move(Whimple piranha/P leopardus/Black Ghost knife/C compressiceps/A adonis, Vampire pleco). I also have a 225 gal for a community tank, fewer species, but a larger community rather than a high lighted population. I like populations that work well together and into distinct zones that "ball" well together.
Photos seldom show this behavior.
I'm not trying to win contest, I honestly do not care that much about my designs for that, I'm doing this for myself or for a client, not to impress you or anyone else.
I know what I like and prefer.
Many "fish only" folks see planted tanks and think all you have are few fish and mostly plants etc. My tanks show you can have both.
Designs can be changes, groups can be integrated more etc. As the tank gets larger, the mix of these becomes more overwhelming.
But you sit and watch the tank for many more hours than a simple layout with a single species..............
Which tank would you want to sit in front of?
That's a simple question and one I ask my clients.