Here is what we have to work with... Its a 55g tank with 4 Pearl Gouramis, 4 Ottos, and 1 SAE. I want to get some GBR in the tank but I want them to be happy so I was going to pick up some lace rock to put in the tank for them. I have been wanting to get some hardscape for the tank anyway since i have none and I feel like my tank is missing something... What do you think about adding the rock? I wanted to get some foreground plants as well, micro sword, blyxa japonica, or some chain sword possibly. Any rescape suggestions would be awesome! i just feel like I am at a dead end..
It could look kinda cool with the lace rock built up in a slope in one of the back corners and have some java fern sticking out between the pieces. But then you'd have to do something with some of the stemmed plants; I would suggest moving the large plant in the middle towards the back (unless there is another sword in the back, it kinda looks like it) to free up some of the space in the middle for some groundcover.
There is one massive sword right up against the back of the tank in the center and then there are 3 smaller ones in front of it... I am thinking of getting rid of all of them but one and then relocating it. As far as the stem plants go.... No idea yet. i was going to put the chain or micro sword in two patches on either side of the sword, but now I kind of want to go with some GBR and hardscape. I might just get rid of half of the stem plants as well..
I have rescaped the tank and purchased 20lbs of Lace Rock. Now I just need to figure out how to lay it out... I have played around with the rocks a little bit, trying to figure out what looks good. I would love some ideas and input from all of you who are more experienced than me! This is my first try at hardscape with rocks; I have always used driftwood before. Here are some pictures.
I was thinking of putting a majority of the rock on the left side of the tank with a few spread out going to the right side of the tank. I Might have to get rid of some more plants so it doesn't look to crowded... not sure.