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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-21-2013, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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What do you think of this hardscape?

What do you guys and gals think of this hardscape? I've played around a bunch and I thinks this is it. Mostly because I'm tired of moving it around. Click image for larger version

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How exactly I'm going to put in the plants is the next thing. The big honking rock on the raised part is going to be completely covered up with I think Blyxa Japonica

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Nice start. I like it.

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What do you think of this hardscape?

Thanks!! I've spent a ton of time mulling this over and really just over thought it. Ready to plant and flood this thing.

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I really like the rocks! Looks awesome.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-22-2013, 01:24 AM
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if you can cover up the big rectangular rock, it will look awesome
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-24-2013, 02:10 AM
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I would slightly angle the one rock that is parallel to the sides of the tank on the right hand side, so that the point is towards the left hand side of the tank. I would also suggest putting some more soil around the two rocks on the R hand side or bury them a little more; once the plants fill it should look good.
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TBH I think you could get rid or cover the rocks completely except for the front one. I think they detract from the wood. They are very square and not at all natural looking. It kind of divides your tank into two, one with a nice scape and the other with a retaining wall. Either that or you should do as suggested above and cover/move them. If it were mine they would be gone all together.

Then I'd move the wood a bit to the right. or at least try moving the back piece. However don't move it unless you get rid of the rocks.

Spread the substrate to increase the back level a bit too (or add more). If you don't then to me the raised section is on the wrong side in relation to the wood.

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Like Farmer said, move the wood a little to the right. Use the rule of thirds. Move it over so that the highest point on the largest piece of wood is at the left 1/3 of your tank.

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I also agree with Farmer's thoughts. Lose the rocks OR use them in the left rear to create height, if possible try to keep the driftwood as it is. This would create a dramatic elevation variance. The tank would be more interesting. Them the left would be planted with taller plants to further enhance the effect, lower growth or low trimmed plants to the right side. This would create a hill to meadow or island to sea look. Try to hide your heater/plumbing in the left corner to complete the Aquascaping Contestant level look.
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