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01-31-2013 04:12 AM
JerSaint Looking good! Much better than the original attempt, but that is the best part. When you get to mess with stuff and make it look better and it comes out it is awesome! Great work so far, keep us in the loop! Lots of photos.
01-31-2013 04:01 AM
Hishifishy Looking better and better!
01-31-2013 01:50 AM
Dx3Bash Looks nice. Just needs to give the plants time to grow and fill in a bit.
01-31-2013 01:49 AM
01-31-2013 01:48 AM
xspidermikex Heres the update, got a kessil A150 Amazon sun today and probably gonna redo this tank with aquasoul and different layout. Has anyone tried the kessil without Co2?
01-24-2013 04:06 PM
GeToChKn I feel your pain. You see these nice aquascaped tanks and think, I want and can do that, then you try, and, well, doesn't work out as well. lol.

here is my journey and transformation, and it's looking nicer and nicer each day as the plants fill in.

The other thing to remember, is when you see all these nice scapes in photos and on sites, most of the time, they spent hours or days pruning the tank exactly, and then snapping the perfect photo, then they leave it and it grows in or they tear it down. It's like seeing a super model in a $1000 dress and after 6 hours of hair and makeup. That's the moneyshot. Seeing a super model with no makeup and in jogging pants, looks like a whole different woman. They play the same trick on us with planted tanks. lol.
01-23-2013 06:33 AM
Indian fern What I was suggesting is I like that clump pattern scape of yours. It would be better if vegetation is poking their through the driftwood. Just arrange the riccia it will be perfect
01-21-2013 02:29 AM
Rich Guano I like it. Great job!
01-21-2013 02:06 AM
Originally Posted by Bluek24a4 View Post
I can't be the only one who things that driftwood is begging to be a moss tree of some sort.
I was thinking that as well. Attach some christmas moss to those branches and it should look pretty awesome when it grows out.
01-21-2013 01:54 AM
xspidermikex thanks Knotyoureality I decided to bunch everything i have for now into a center point and i really like the way it looks so far. thanks everyone for the input. Heres the final outcome:
01-20-2013 11:58 PM
Knotyoureality It takes time and experience to develop any skill. Doesn't happen over night, doesn't happen by magic.

The wood piece looks much better in the second layout, and your layout of the riccia covered stones has helped to establish two separate masses with a nice open space between them that gives the eye someplace to rest.

What you need now is more plant mass--especially to fill in behind the wood piece to create more contrasting textures/colors and feeling of depth.

If you're not in a position to add a bunch of plants at once, one option to create a really nice look in the meantime is to cluster all your plants over to one side, creating a focal point around the wood and a large open field of sand on the other. It would maximize the affect of the plants you have until you can get more.
01-20-2013 11:19 PM
jjp2 Don't give up.

Try moving the wood diagonally forward from its current position, put the wisteria behind it in the corner.
01-20-2013 11:17 PM
Rich Guano Look, just throw in all the plants you can find, and call it a "jungle" theme! That's exactly what all us do. Besides, the best part of you tanks viewing pleasure only comes after your plants have taken over and started filling in the tank on there own.

For now, I recommend you learn how to not kill plants and fish. Learn what plants will grow in your conditions it best done by keeping a variety of plants.

don't worry over how it looks, it only looks that way because you lack plants.

By the way, where is the wisteria. That is one of the best starter plants. Very hardy and grows quick. You can even let it float. This plant will grow roots at every node that is horizontal. I have grown this plant to a full size mature plant from a single leaf. You can use this plant to learn how to trim and replant and divide the stems.

Stick with it Spidey.
01-20-2013 10:58 PM
xspidermikex yeah this is harder than i thought, i think im gonna tap out and just give up
01-20-2013 10:55 PM
Rich Guano There are two approaches to "decorating" an aquarium. Most of us fall into the group that are compelled to 'stage a scene' with our hardscapes and plants. As if we are building a stage in which our fish will perform like actors on a stage.

To truly create a spectacular aquascape, you must "capture" a scene from nature. Something natural that you would have stumbled across in your travels and caused you to stop in your tracks and pull out your camera.

It is said that in order to draw a tree, you must first become the tree. You must draw each branch and leaf as if it were reaching for the sun.

Create you tank as if you are the plants, not the observer.
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