took out this twig I'm not happy with my scape at all. I don't want to fool with driftwood anymore. What else could I do to make it look better? I'll pull all the plants out and change the whole scape around but I'll probably still won't be happy without a little help. Maybe some rocks?
Well, if you don't like dw, yes, rocks are definitely an option. Granite is cheap and readily available. You can check out a landscaping place, but it's also very common in artificial embankments - any railroad tracks near you?
But you're right about the twig. Maybe get one or two larger pieces, maybe oak?
Potts are kinda cool I would have broken the pots though into half so it was like a cave and covered with moss. Also some sweet stems would look good behind them. I tossed around the idea a while back flipping a clay pot breaking out the front like a door way and stuffing an anubis down through the drain hole so the roots would dangle and you could see them in the mouth of the opening.
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Honestly? Skip the hardscape for now and concentrate on increasing your plant mass. Keep an eye on the RAOK posts here and scoop up some trimmings or free plants to round things out. Once you've got a good plant mass going--and know what plants grow well in your set-up--you'll be in a better position to start looking at hardscape options.
You might even find you like the plants well enough that you don't *need* hardscape.
Check out my CRS tank in my signature. You'll see I emptied my tank, looked at my materials, filled it with substrate then worked for a few minutes.
When you're working for those short minutes, you don't continue after. You look at what you've done; approach it later if you don't like it, accept if you do.
But first and foremost you need materials in scale of the tank to work with.
Sorry, but you do not have enough plants or hardscape to consider this anything but a completely blank slate. If someone came to me and said "I have black substrate and a school of cardinals, what should I do now?" that would be about where you are now. What kind of a look do you want? Tell us about tanks you like and admire.
FWIW I consider clay pots as functional breeding tank items and not as decor in the sense of the kind of beauty I like. You might be different - you probably are - so tell us what your goals are and give us some guidance. As it is, I'd say some natural hardscape (rocks or wood or both) and lots more plants are starting points. I do like the potential of that substrate with those fish.
What am I looking for by some railroad tracks? What materials do I need?
Sorry, missed this. What I was talking about was artificial embankments, like the kind which line raised railroad tracks. When it's not just dirt, you'll see massive amounts of whatever rock is local and common, and granite is about as common as it gets. Also very common in drainage ditches along roads.
I'm picturing 4-6" blocks from the tracks near my house when I was a kid. Anyway, if budget is at all an issue, don't go buying rocks. That's just silly.