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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-03-2013, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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Please critique my 120g aquascape

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Setting up a 120g low tech discus tank. No CO2, stock lights, no fertilizers.
Tank is still breaking in. Will add discus later. Have few tetras.

The only plant I am planning to have is anubias.

Do the rocks in the front look too symetrical?
Plan is to have the wood, rocks and plants in the middle and leave the right and left sides empty. How does the setup look?
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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-03-2013, 01:42 AM
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Looks sweet - you might try spreading a couple/few of the rocks out a bit more - perhaps leave the odd one or two out by itself over the sand somewhere, away from the central point - so it looks a little more haphazard/natural.

I think discus will love that tank, and look good in it too ! Good job.
Now, fill up the tank/bring the water level up to the top rim, and add a suitable background ( or does it already have a black background) ...... & you'll have a superb discus display tank.
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post #3 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-03-2013, 02:43 AM
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Love the island look, tank looks massive!

Wood and plant look great to me. Stones on the right look good. Stones in the center, specifically the 2 resting on each other, look a bit unnatural to me.

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post #4 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-03-2013, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. Will play with the stones little bit and'll post new pics tomorrow.
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Looks too centralized, unless you were going for that effect? I tend to like my hardscape occupying a large part of the tank to give it a dramatic effect. Good start though. Lots of potential.
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My only critique is that the tank isn't in MY house!

Looks awesome :-)
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post #7 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-03-2013, 04:49 AM
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Nice job! I like how the tank is so open.

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post #8 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-04-2013, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Did some very minor changes.
Moved the rocks in the front. Added a drift wood on the right and a rock on the left.
Planning on adding more tetras in the next few days.
Thanks everybody for the input.
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I think you need some twigs coming out of the island.
Take a look at the AGA tanks for 2012.
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post #10 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 01:32 AM
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Looks great. Less is more sometimes. The open space really makes me appreciate the white sand a whole lot more.
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My only critique is that the tank isn't in MY house!


Looks awesome :-)
lol +1 I totally agree with you here

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Looks great. Less is more sometimes. The open space really makes me appreciate the white sand a whole lot more.
I definitely agree with sometimes less is more.....you can always add as you go if you begin to desire more but I like as is
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Try moving the island to be centered at 1/3 of the tank (either on the right or left), leaving 2/3 of the remaining tank with the bare sand.


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I would swap out the slates and use more textured stones like Seiryu stone. That's my opinion...
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As the above poster said, im not sure the rocks match the dark wood and the rich green leaves on the plants. Plain old river rocks like the picture below would look good and i think it would bring the contrast from the dark background and wood to the light color sand.


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As the above poster said, im not sure the rocks match the dark wood and the rich green leaves on the plants. Plain old river rocks like the picture below would look good and i think it would bring the contrast from the dark background and wood to the light color sand.
I agree with this. Two things bother me about the rocks you have: they are different kinds from each other which keeps the scene from having the purity minimalism prefers. Plus, they are smallish and flat while the tank size and size of the driftwood suggest otherwise would be better. A trip to a nearby landscape supplier and just a very few dollars would give you some substantial rocks to work with.

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