Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Anaheim Hills, California
I think it looks really nice! And I too enjoy the colored gravel, you really don't see that in planted tanks anymore.
If I had one aquascaping suggestion it would be this: Everything is sort of the same height and it's in the middle ground area. You want to create the impression of dimension. Give the eye a "place to go" as you're looking at the tank. Some people will create sort of mountains in the middle. But if you're not using rock, I prefer the sort of "forest clearing" look. So, you walk into the forest. there are tall trees to your left and right, and then there in the middle is a clearing, surrounded by trees. By using small plants in the front, dritwood and a single plant off center in the middle, and tall plants surrounding it--the eye naturally travels back. Decide on a focal point. If it's that nice sword, then give the sword a little breathing room. I am currently trying to take this advice. It was given to me by my Mom who has the most beautiful flower gardens (above water!) in the world.
40-Gallon acrylic, heavily planted
Substrate: comb laterite, gravel & eco-complete
Fluval 403 Cannister filter with carbon removed
2 2-Liter DIY CO2 with 3 attached diffusion bells
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