Lullafishi, if your rocks are too smooth, put them in a burlap sack (read pillowcase haha) and bash against some concrete, or a much larger rock. nice rock shards should come from this exercise.
What kind of Black sand did you get, as I must have missed that glancing through.
Fantastic suggestion to get shards, but unfortunately I'm borrowing most of these from my parents and they would be devastated if I broke them, haha. A lot of them were collected on various trips they took and they have sentimental value. Playing the daughter card was the only way I could get my dad to even agree to let me use them in my scape, lol.
I'm using Black Diamond 20/40 blasting grit, rinsed in several times in a bucket. I've got root tabs I'll be adding for plants.
I bought two bags of Black Diamond for my 40B, but surprisingly this is only one bag. It's about 1" in the front, 1.5" in the middle, and 2" in the background. Is this a good depth?
Personally I like all the different color rocks, I too few like there are parts a bit too organized...
One thing that i see is missing though are smalls, like pea sized to quarter size, I would say get a handful and dump it over what you have. Yea its not a huge detail, but there always small stones in the mix of large ones.
As for the tropical fish looking "off" in the scape, just don't go for the very flashy colorful ones... look into black and silver (ish) colors such as black skirts for example
I like the colors, too.
You're right about the lack of small stones, thanks for pointing that out!
Lol, I totally want the flashy ones. I just love color so much. I'm thinking I'll start with a rock-dominate scape because that's what I currently have and I reeeeally want to start cycling this, but then work on getting more driftwood to create something with more tropical flare.