so i just got done doing a new scrape for my GF's main tank and she has no idea how it looks yet and she'll be home in an hr, i just wanted to know what you guys think of it?
long story short, her tank has just rocks pile up no sand no plants and full of huge about 30 cichlids or so and fish waste everywhere.... i sold them all and tear the tank down today and clean it out and got her new black sand some plants and used a few of the rocks she had before to save some cash... and this is what i came up with along the way till now....
what do you guys think? its not 100% complete as u can see there is still empty space to be filled with new plants and floor ground plants but for what was done in a day i think i need some response from the "pros" out there lol...
looks good during the day but here are some night shoots of the tank which i think pops alot more then during the day... and this is what she will be seeing for the first time is the night shoot
Perhaps off center the peak? The layout seems to build up to the center from both ends and off setting it one way or the other may help to not direct the eyes too centrally. Too much symmetry doesn't make for a very natural look. Nice start. Look forward to seeng how it fills out.
honestly she wanted a focal point of the tank which i though of making a mountian like in the center of the tank.... but once the plants start to fill in... it will cover the base of the rock and make it a little more sight seeing view... also fish will be added later in a few days or week so there will be movement within the tank... should look a lot better then... =) got to look at the BIG picture lol
what the picture doesnt really show is from the main peak in the center that goes down on both ends.... it turns to a "C" like with the opening being the front of the tank... and the side rocks are more of a display to have more of a rocky look then just a "C" with a peak in the center....
P.S. my GF likes it simply rather then a full natural aquarium like us hobbyist likes it lol.... this is just for her taste... i have my own "plated tank" which is more natural, will post a photo of it later tmr night if anyone wants to see it... will post it here also xD
Move the upright rock so it is not in the dead middle of the tank. Having your focal point perfectly centered like that really kills the illusion of a nature scene. Move it to a more golden ratio-ish position, so about 35-40% from one side of the tank.
Divide the tank into thirds. Once divided, the vertical lines are where your center should be. Move the rock from the left over to the end on the right and just slide the center piece to the left. There is more into the rule of thirds part but for your setup, these are the lines you would look at. Here's a link of some good information on the rule of thirds: http://fish-etc.com/aquascaping-main...-your-aquarium
I'm a bit of a newb so take what I say with a grain of salt, but symmetry makes things look too unnatural. Having it off center will likely make it more natural looking. If you have this laid out in a semi circle from a top down view, i would also consider changing that up. I just try to look at scapes and see if i can picture it naturally occurring in nature. In the end though, you are your own best critic. What others deem right is their opinion based on what they like. If you like it as is, by no means should you feel compelled to change it for others sake. The tank is for you and your GF's enjoyment after all. If you get a scape others like, but dislike yourself, kind of defeats the purpose I feel .