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03-06-2014 08:28 PM
Chris_Produces That looks incredible! Nice job
09-15-2013 02:36 AM
Fuze Here is a long due update:



The tank has been re-scaped after studying abroad for a month and coming back to a disaster.


I daresay it is doing better than ever..first time I am truly happy with it.
08-15-2013 05:57 AM
norbot Any hope of an update here? This tank is sweet and I bet by now it's flabbergasting...........will be waiting........
03-20-2013 05:16 AM
jimmytruong87 Your dw is amazing. I want tie all riccia on that dw. You can buy some stems plant ( red color ), and then you put them behind stone---> it will look nice
03-07-2013 05:03 AM
Fuze
Fuze's 55 v2.0 "Nature's Strife"

I was messing with exposure for effect..the tank is actually brighter.

After leaving the tank alone for a week I decided I was not content with it. I had spent a great deal on those stones and it would be a waste to cover them up. Besides,they add a different character to the tank.

Still thinking, here is how it looks as of today.

I plan on planting some nice colorful stems behind the stone and letting the dwarf hydrocotyle spread. Adding more riccia to the driftwood as well.
03-04-2013 05:23 PM
defender.TX I really like the idea of the tank (wood on one side, stone on the other). My constructive criticism would be to scape the rock on the left without the wood on the left covering it up. That stone is very dynamic, covering it up with the wood doesn't allow it to express itself.

Also, it might just be the camera, but the tank looks a little dark. Am I crazy?
03-04-2013 04:55 PM
Fuze Thank you for the comments all.

I do not have a problem with re-arranging things now, before the tank starts to mature.

However, I think that I will have plants do a lot of the work in terms of framing, and making the tank flow better.

Here is a FTS I took today:



I look through the wood I have and maybe pick a piece to put on the left to help bring the focus more towards where the ideal point should be.
03-04-2013 11:19 AM
Farmer
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I actually like the way you have the wood framing the mountain here... and the wood is very dynamic with an interesting flow. The mountain just needs to be planted. Using similar planting from the right would bring in even more cohesion, although you could use a different stem plant for the background

eg:



Lastly, you might consider letting the soil behind the mountain on the left continue to rise toward the back of the tank (pushing a few of the stones towards the back as well so the mountain appears behind the wood portal). This would help improve the perspective. If possible, move/adjust the intake(?) in that corner to allow the deeper soil.
I still don't like the LHS that high. Maybe it's because the rocks are looking so 'white' but it's just a big focus puller in my opinion an detracts from the beautiful texture and movement the wood provides.


Lindsay
03-04-2013 11:16 AM
acitydweller had to look at the new fts a few times and had a thought. i think if you shifted the larger driftwood and the entire section on the right more towards the center then relocate the left section to the right and flipping it to face outward, it would be in better balance. Lots of work tho... but even more work once your plants get more established.
03-04-2013 10:39 AM
Farmer
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I concluded that the scale was just not working with the right side of the tank. Since the tank is so narrow its a little more difficult to pull off one of those "perspective" scapes.

I am pretty happy with the current state of it.


Added some new inhabitants:





3 African Butterfly fish.


Riccia starting to take off:

I love your butterfly fish. I want to get some but I don't want a cover on my aquarium.

As for your new scape. I like it better. But I still think you could improve.

I think now you have a pile of rocks and sticks in place of the rocks. Don't get me wrong, I think it is an improvement. Perhaps planted it will be better.

I think it's that you have lost a focal point. I think the wood you had on the left framed the tank.

I tried another layout with what you have but this one is harder.

Attachment 98698

hmmm, so the line on the left is the line one focal point 'should' be on the other circle is a spot you could put another focal point. But I'm a little stuck with changing this around.

If you want have a play with changing the wood on the left would be my suggestion now.

Farmer
03-04-2013 08:45 AM
Farmer
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Originally Posted by bluestems View Post
I actually like the way you have the wood framing the mountain here... and the wood is very dynamic with an interesting flow. The mountain just needs to be planted. Using similar planting from the right would bring in even more cohesion, although you could use a different stem plant for the background

eg:



Lastly, you might consider letting the soil behind the mountain on the left continue to rise toward the back of the tank (pushing a few of the stones towards the back as well so the mountain appears behind the wood portal). This would help improve the perspective. If possible, move/adjust the intake(?) in that corner to allow the deeper soil.
I still don't like the LHS that high. Maybe it's because the rocks are looking so 'white' but it's just a big focus puller in my opinion an detracts from the beautiful texture and movement the wood provides.

Lindsay
03-03-2013 03:47 AM
kwheeler91 i like the way you have it now. it lets the right side create a focal point and the left accents it well. once its all planted its gonna look great. You have done a great job, especially considering the dimensions of the tank.
03-03-2013 02:52 AM
Kathyy Love the final version and the butterfly fish are sure adding to the effect. Reminds me a bit of the fighting dragons tank in the 2012 IAPLC contest. Not quite sure what creatures I see but there is something there!
03-02-2013 08:20 PM
Fuze I concluded that the scale was just not working with the right side of the tank. Since the tank is so narrow its a little more difficult to pull off one of those "perspective" scapes.

I am pretty happy with the current state of it.


Added some new inhabitants:





3 African Butterfly fish.


Riccia starting to take off:

03-01-2013 05:06 PM
bluestems
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Originally Posted by Fuze View Post


I actually like the way you have the wood framing the mountain here... and the wood is very dynamic with an interesting flow. The mountain just needs to be planted. Using similar planting from the right would bring in even more cohesion, although you could use a different stem plant for the background

eg:



Lastly, you might consider letting the soil behind the mountain on the left continue to rise toward the back of the tank (pushing a few of the stones towards the back as well so the mountain appears behind the wood portal). This would help improve the perspective. If possible, move/adjust the intake(?) in that corner to allow the deeper soil.
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