Originally Posted by Fish from Philly
Farmer - I have some larger stones but didn't think the scale was right so I put in the smaller ones. I probably will make adjustments 50 more times this year but that's the fun in this (as someone posted this to me in another forum).
No worries, but IMO larger rocks have to be pretty big before they are too big.
I got the idea of the white path from some award winning aquascapes. Remember that most of the sides will be filled with green once it grows in more.
Yeah, I don't mind white paths. Just it didn't like like a white path til you pointed it out. It's growing on me now. So much better with the left wood moved. The more plants you have in there the better it's looking. Now IMO it's only smallish changes. I think we need to get a bit more flow happening. At the moment it's like I want to cut it in two. The left two thirds I like on it's own. The right side needs to fit.
I have done some work on your pic...
Can you put that right wood on an angle?
I can't see if what I can see in that pic is the whole tank so I'm not sure where the third lines are. To me the left wood is in the right place but I'd be moving the branching piece to tie in with the right piece. It almost looks like your path/gap is in the centre. I'd be moving it a bit to the right. Under the 'new' placement of the branch. Perhaps move the two circled rocks to the left side, but don't put them in a line like you have them now. Let your plants define the path and the rocks just add texture.
One more point. I like the use of red plants but I'd put the one on the left side close in on the right side of the large piece of wood. The reason being they pull focus and you don't want to loose what you gained by moving that wood there in the first place. Stick to your greens on the left there.
I have eco-complete under the sand so hopefully won't have to add any root tabs.
I don't really know, that's not my area. I just thought it was plain sand.
One thing I'm considering is taking the thin leaf java fern off the top of the left wood. Maybe keep it "bare" or cover with java moss.
Yep. Definitely do that. I'd move it over to the other wood.
To me people have awesome wood then cover the whole lot with moss etc. I don't see the sense in it myself. But that's just my personal preference. I like to see wood when it's there.
Anyway, it's so much better now than the first pic I saw. I didn't know where to start. Keep going