I re-did the scape in my 29gal and I'm looking for some honest critiques. Basically, I had a large E. bleheri as a centerpiece plant, but the leaves were beginning to look a bit ragged. After I pruned all the bad out, it wasn't suitable to maintain its position of glory in the middle tank.
The first pic is how it used to look with the plants all labeled. The second pic is the new scape.
My plant choices locally are fairly limited, but please feel free to make suggestions for new/different plants if you think they would look better.
My lighting is right at about 2wpg and I'm using a mixture of Eco-Complete and regular inert gravel. No CO2, no dosing, just light and WCs.
Definately move your bleheri to the right a few inches. You moved it too far over, IMHO. I also agree that the rotala is too spread out. It would work much better in a more compact group , or at least covering the back more uniformally as opposed to sporatically. Is that dark object on the left a piece of wood? If so, I probably wouldn't have placed the rotala in front of it. Move it forward a bit and reposition the rotala. The 2nd is definately an improvement to the 1st. Nice work.
Thanks for the replies/critiques guys. I'm going to reposition the E. bleheri and R. rotundifolia this weekend when I do my WC. I think I'm going to prune the Rotala back to about half it's current height and make a couple dense clumps of it in the right corner and directly behind the barthii on the right.
esarkipato - you mentioned getting some different shaped stems for contrast; do you have anything in mind?