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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-13-2013, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my scape please

29g, pressurized co2, 3x 24w t5ho (2x 6400k 1x giesseman aquaflora), Mineralized Topsoil capped with playsand. It needs a black background still, which somehow I overlooked when setting it up. I'm gonna try to add one tomorrow.

To the best of my knowledge plants include: Myriophyllum mattogrossense, Rotala wallichii, Heteranthera zosterifolia, Ludwigia repens 'Rubin', Ludwigia repens 'green', Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides, Micranthemum micranthemoides

I don't think I'm quite satisfied with it. Feel free to make suggestions on anything from hardscape to plants.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-13-2013, 11:13 PM
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The middle rear portion looks too bare IMO. I big, broad-leafed rooted plant might be nice in that area. Love the driftwood though...
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I agree, I have a few short stems of what I think may be rotala indica there. I was debating removing them instead of letting them grow in and just planting trimmings from the ludwigia repens on the left and letting that grow.

Also, the middle front is Micranthemum micranthemoides, so baby tears would be the common name? I plan on keeping that short and letting it fill in.

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Do you have any additional hardscape materials? Other pieces of driftwood or some black/dark rocks?

Also I think this tank would benefit from a dark background.

I'm sure it will look much better regardless as things start to grow in and thicken up.
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I have a couple pieces of Malaysian driftwood but it is most likely too large to fit in a 29 with the manzanita. I somehow managed to lose all my nice rocks when I moved in May. I've been meaning to go looking for some more. Possibly ordering something if I can't find anything I like.
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I have a couple pieces of Malaysian driftwood but it is most likely too large to fit in a 29 with the manzanita. I somehow managed to lose all my nice rocks when I moved in May. I've been meaning to go looking for some more. Possibly ordering something if I can't find anything I like.
If you can't find any rocks IMO you'd get a better overall look by planting the background of the tank denser with the stem plants you have and then creating an open foreground space. Then perhaps find a foreground plant for a partial carpet.
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Added the background
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Much better. Id move the stem in front right to that open space in the back and you will be looking good!
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Much better. Id move the stem in front right to that open space in the back and you will be looking good!
Yah, I'm basically debating moving that stem, ludwigia repens 'Rubin', where you said, or trimming the ludwigia repens 'green' in the back left and planting in that spot.
Its basically a color thing. I like the bright red on the side of the tank there and I'm not sure if it would clash with the red accents on the ludwigia repens 'green'. If it doesn't clash, I have a single stem of Alternanthera reineckii that I could hopefully grow out to eventually fill the space in the front right. Opinions?
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Also open to other plant suggestions, to fill in the back, of plants that aren't already in the tank. I thought about vals and wisteria, I'm just trying to go with what would look best in the space and not take away from the other plants. I've also decided to remove the Micranthemum micranthemoides and replace it with something that I can carpet a section of the front center with. Either DHG, glosso, or HC maybe.

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What did you use for the background? I might want to try something like that.
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Rotala vietnam can be an interesting plant for yr background.
Your plants seem to be planted apart.
Try to rearrange yr plants from the same type together.
Relocate yr red plant to be the centre of attention.
Myriophyllum mattogrossense can give quite a contrast to yr red plant.
Trim same type of plants in such a way that they are of the same height.
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What did you use for the background? I might want to try something like that.
Usually I paint the back black. This time because I forgot to do the background I couldn't paint. So I went to petsmart and had one of the backgrounds there cut. It's just scotch taped to the frame, which I've read often doesn't work well but in my case it came out rather good.

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Rotala vietnam can be an interesting plant for yr background.
Your plants seem to be planted apart.
Try to rearrange yr plants from the same type together.
Relocate yr red plant to be the centre of attention.
Myriophyllum mattogrossense can give quite a contrast to yr red plant.
Trim same type of plants in such a way that they are of the same height.
I have rotala wallichi in the front left already I feel it looks similar to rotala Vietnam, although I have not seen the Vietnam in person.

I have plants of the same species planted in individual areas, do you mean try mixing the different species of stems together in one area?
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I ended up removing most of the foreground. The pogostemon erectus was replaced by blyxa japonica. Micranthemum micranthemoides was replaced by HC 'Cuba'. And a couple C. Spiralis went in the background. Everything else is growing in nicely so far. Comments and suggestions are still appreciated. Try to ignore the two clusters of persicaria to the left of the HC and left of the Spiralis, they are temporary for this tank.

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post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-01-2013, 04:28 PM
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I think your scape would change dramatically if you
turned the driftwood upside down, so that they look
like they are growing from the substrate. If you want
the fallen tree look, then fine. But I think the scape
would come together more if turned.
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