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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-14-2013, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Afternoon hardscape help

Hello all! After my move I'm doing some rescaping on my 6 gallon tank. In the past I've had a bunch of rocks piled up in a rough semi-circle, with java fern & anubias on them, and dhg and mariselia minutia planted on the ground with some ludwigia.

I've got two things I'm working on, a reconfig of the current rocks like this:

Or something new with petrified wood like this:

Something seems off with the petrified wood as far as placement, any suggestions on it? Or should I scrap it and go back to the current rocks?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-15-2013, 02:01 AM
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The hardscape needs a focal point. It would look pretty neat to cluster the petrified wood more to one side or the other, then plant around it.

Put the largest rock in one of the end 3rd's of the tank, in the orientation where it's tallest, then the others around it in a non-symmetrical manner. Bury the ones around the tallest a little to exaggerate the focal points height. You could even use the old rocks to do this too if the pieces of petrified wood are too big to bury low enough.

Plant in between the rocks, on the rocks, and behind the rocks. The open area can serve as open swimming space and you can throw in some foreground plants and carpeting plants.

That's just what I'd do. The right side of this pic is a good example.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-15-2013, 03:16 AM Thread Starter
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Hmm okay thanks for the tips! I've got a ton of java fern, so I planned on glueing it to the rocks and throwing my anubias nana petite in there somewhere too. I'm thinking I'll break the middle one up into smaller pieces to accent the larger one?

Any other suggestions?
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-15-2013, 05:17 AM Thread Starter
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Okay made a few changes, here's change #1:

My anubias or anubias nana is going to go in the cleft on the right 1/3 line and is my goal of "focal point"

Then change #2 (slight difference):

And here's an aireal shot of the rock formation:

Constructive criticism appreciated!
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-22-2013, 04:22 PM
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I thought I would reply.

What you have right now is what I call a pre-fabricated scape.
The color substrate and use of petrified wood depict a man made
look. Adding plants will just confuse the scape.
You should try and decide what look you want first. Whether it be
a natural scape, an iwagumi, or a dutch scape. Read up here on what
different kind a of scapes there are. A simple start would be to get
some sand, and some lava rock or other kind, or even driftwood,
at your LFS. The rocks are aquatic in nature so they will look good in an aquarium.
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