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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-28-2012, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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please critique this layout

be harsh since i want to get this one right

3 rocks used
plants used
glosso for the front
hydroctyle japan for the middle
hydrocotyle verticillata for the back
and fissiden on the rocks
lmk what you think sorry but i suck at taking pictures of scapes
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-28-2012, 11:53 AM
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i like it, but how about a nice black back-drop? looks like some window blinds behing the tank, theyre very bright compared to the hardscape and plants, it's a bit distracting.
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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-28-2012, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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thanks the back will be painted once the plants have filled in and the tank has been flooded
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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-28-2012, 11:16 PM
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I feel like it would be nicer if used on a larger scale. Maybe a tank a few times bigger.
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its terrible, i got no suggestions...
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Can u back up a bit and take a foto of the tank less close-up than this one..

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post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-28-2012, 11:56 PM
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Omg! What is that? A picture of a compost pile? EWww!!
Lol! (joking)

It looks like is going to be a great iwagumi. Maybe I would have some input when is flooded!
Good job!


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post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 01:01 AM
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It feels like it needs one bigger rock in there.

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post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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all right new pictures



where do you think another rock would be needed i will go look for some today
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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 03:31 AM
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I think something tall on the left side could work. Or something that creates a line moving the eye to the left side.
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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 04:18 AM Thread Starter
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maybe some driftwood i will try this one piece i have laying around
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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 05:45 PM
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Sharper edged rocks.

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post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 05:54 PM
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It looks good the way it is but i think the rocks lay too flat. Once the plant grows and carpents the rocks will barely show. Also the slope you formed i think woul be nicer if steeper but you already planted. My my opinion.
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post #13 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-30-2012, 08:13 PM
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If you look at the "horizon line" formed by the hardscape it's a single, straight line - in my opinion it would look better as a "wavy" or "ridged" line as opposed to perfectly straight. Maybe try rearranging the rocks to add height / dips? Looking good otherwise!
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post #14 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-30-2012, 08:57 PM
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The rocks aren't tall enough. Once the plants grow in, you won't be able to see them very well. If you can, try using some eggcrate to prop them up out of the substrate. Also, the hydrocotyle is a very leggy plant; something denser would probably look better.
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post #15 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-30-2012, 09:04 PM
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a new stand fo sho !
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