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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-18-2015, 03:30 AM Thread Starter
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Big Hardscapes - Need Opinions

So I am doing 2 tanks with lots of hardscape and need opinions on each.

10 Gallon w/ Betta, Shrimp, and some cleaners. This will have almost full anubias and some ferns/maybe some crypts.

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40b w/ several small schools, bn pleco, tbd. This will have stems in the back, mini java fern and anubias on the wood, a carpet, and a few various others. Thoughts on the scape?



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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-18-2015, 03:35 AM
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1st tank: How does the wood look in other orientations? Does it stand up?

2nd tank: I would move the vertical portion closer to the middle-back of the tank, perhaps about 12" in. (40b is 36" long, so 12" would be pretty close to the 1/3 of the way.) This might mean swapping places with the smaller and larger pieces, then angling the larger piece so it still fits. It will probably touch the left side. Mostly that part will be hidden by substrate and plants, though.
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Here is with some rearranging and the various pieces I have on they 40b. Keep in mind, the angles can change slightly with substrate for a better fit.
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I would start with the last layout. But, my sense of what looks good as an aquascape isn't that well developed, so some days I don't even take my advice.

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Little more playing around with the last. Used a small piece to prop the left side up which will not be there on completion.

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I like #4, at least from the angle shown in the picture.
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i like 3, looks like a tree stump with roots. Would look cool with hair grass and true rotala, and some nice jungle plants behind it.
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I like #4.
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Ended up rotating the small piece of driftwood in the 10 gallon and here is how to turned out. (Sorry about the image, trying to soak some tannins out and the light isnt here yet, so had to use a flashlight)

Also changed my mind on the plants a bit. Thinking S Repens on the outside, various Buce in top the wood and anubias in the cove.


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The 10 is looking good.

I think in the 40, the trunk(s) should all come together (they are all part of one tree) and the 'roots' should spread out, angling in different directions across the bottom. I think pics 3 and 4 are getting the closest.
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Thanks for the help all. I think I am going to go with the 3/4 when I can get time to set the tank up. was paying around with the pieces at with the right proped up and the "roots" on the ground. Look was awesome.
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Light arrived.

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