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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-18-2013, 04:15 AM Thread Starter
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Ideas on my new aquascape

I recently moved and setup the tank a little differently this time. I want to get some ideas from everyone on what to do and keep the same.

I would really like the branch flipped as it is to create the hanging filling.

Heres what it looked like before...



And heres how I currently have it set up...



I trimmed some plants and removed some (still have them just not in this tank).

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i like the before
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post #3 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-18-2013, 08:40 AM
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I think the dark substrate is heaps better.

I don't mind the wood the way you have it now but I'd try moving the sword plants in under it on the RHS. Try and get a triangle going. If you do I think it will give the impression of more room. I would try a little (or a lot if you like it) moss on the wood. Give it a softer look. But since it is a beautiful looking piece I wouldn't cover it up too much.

I'd tie that anubias to the lower part of the RH branch and maybe get some smaller leaf ones to tie on the branch too.

Slope you gravel to the back a bit more and make it flat at the front. It will give you more depth. Just doing this usually improves the look of a tank.

If that is java fern on the right then it will do better tied to the wood or a rock. They don't like having their rhizomes buried.

I can't tell but is there another branch on the LHS with moss on it. If there is I think it will be good but can't tell unless I can see it properly

I also like the way the wood was before so either way is good for me.

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I think the dark substrate is heaps better.

- agreed


I don't mind the wood the way you have it now but I'd try moving the sword plants in under it on the RHS. Try and get a triangle going. If you do I think it will give the impression of more room. I would try a little (or a lot if you like it) moss on the wood. Give it a softer look. But since it is a beautiful looking piece I wouldn't cover it up too much.

- I was thinking the same considering the swords don't need as much light. I will add some moss to the lower branches on the larger branch.

I'd tie that anubias to the lower part of the RH branch and maybe get some smaller leaf ones to tie on the branch too.

- I will add some anubias to the branch also. I also have one small petite nana to the branch as well.

Slope you gravel to the back a bit more and make it flat at the front. It will give you more depth. Just doing this usually improves the look of a tank.

- agreed... I have enough substrate to work with.

If that is java fern on the right then it will do better tied to the wood or a rock. They don't like having their rhizomes buried.

- no java fern in the tank lol.

I can't tell but is there another branch on the LHS with moss on it. If there is I think it will be good but can't tell unless I can see it properly

- yes there is another smaller branch on the left hand side covered in moss!

I also like the way the wood was before so either way is good for me.

- me too! I may move the large piece back.

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i like the before
Thinking the same

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Yeah, I like the before as well. However I do like how the branch looks in the second one and the substrate is nice, I just don't think the plants look as natural as in the first one.
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After is better, so much better. Its different, first one I find bland.

I don't love the swords, I think smaller plants, anubias nana, and small leaved plants would be better in that tank, make the wood and space seem bigger, but hey that's just me.

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Yeah, I like the before as well. However I do like how the branch looks in the second one and the substrate is nice, I just don't think the plants look as natural as in the first one.
I do like the before picture and how the branch was setup. The only thing that steers me away frm that way, is they it was hard to clean, and with all the plants at the right side, it was a bit cramped and I almost always disturbed the plants when cleaning.

The second one I like, because the branch is being used much differently and I need a little change in there. The substrate does make everything pop! And it is also nice because it is plant substrate like Floramx and Flourite. Theres like 3 15 lb. bags in there!

This evening I do plan on moving the plants around and seeing what looks better. I will be taking alot of what you all say into consideration for sure.

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After is better, so much better. Its different, first one I find bland.

I don't love the swords, I think smaller plants, anubias nana, and small leaved plants would be better in that tank, make the wood and space seem bigger, but hey that's just me.

Pus LOVE the angels
Agree a little about the first part of what you said, time for a change. The swords have been the main plant in the tank, and I do not plan on changing, because they grow pretty well in my setup, and the fish absolutly love swimming throughout them. Now I could trim and thin some of those swords out. I am pretty much going to swap the plants from each side, so the anubias and chain swords will be on the left hand side and the swords will be under the branch on the right hand side. I am going to play around with it after work.

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So I made some changes. I swapped the sword locations and the anubias/crypts/chain swords locations. I did slope the substrate to where itnis higher in the back. Not sure if you can tell. I also moved the smaller manzanita branches under the swords and larger branch as well. I swapped out the heater as well to a slimmer fluval 200 watt.

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Now that I think about it, I will move the heater behind the swords, so it wont become an eye sore.

But also the swords seem a bit organized and plain. What can I do to make it look more natural?

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I like the new planting positions a lot. I think the swords look 'organised and plain' because they are the only thing there. I'd move the anubias to the right in amongst the swords (but on the wood). Or you could put some lower growing plants in the front on that side. I think that would help. I don't like the pale rocks though.

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Here's how I changed things around...let me know what you all think!


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I really like how the branch sits with the swords under it but the majority seems to like the wood resting on the substrate.

You could try filling it with more plants. With the most recent layout, you could do a concave setup where both ends have tall plants progressing to shorter stem plants and carpeting plants as you approach center.
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Heres a better pic, the other pne was just a quick snap shot.


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