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09-29-2013 07:19 PM
ConfidentBlue Thanks dogfish!

I'm going to try some of your ideas and see how it pans out. I generally take a lot of photos for that reason. I want to be able to change it back haha

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09-28-2013 01:01 PM
DogFish I forgot to mention something I do....Take lots of pics. Many time I do find the perfect Hardscape as I'm going ...keep trying other looks....then can't remember the one I liked and should have stayed with

Also, If you need to disassemble, tae pics along the way.

I'm setting my hardscape in my Riparium now(new build). Once I figure it out I'll pull the Mopane out to add MTS & sand Cap, filter & heater, then re-assemble. Pics help with keeping it consistent with the vision.

Best of luck with you new aquascape
09-28-2013 05:27 AM
VJM Love the last version. Well done! If you are worried the two rocks will blend together, you can always plant something inbetween them that emphasizes their separateness.
09-28-2013 03:45 AM
flight50 Nailing down the hardscape should take awhile. It can be both exciting and frustrating at the same time. Patients wins. It should take a few attempts. If it doesn't you will end up doing it once the tank is filled. Alot of people like to rearrange their already setup tank(s) to get a different look so don't feel bad if you do. I am not one of those re-arrangers. I set it an forget it for the most part. My only mission at that point is to maintain and tweak only when necessary.

I have to agree with everyone else here. I like this last attempt better as well. It has asymmetric eyeflow.
09-26-2013 03:05 AM
DogFish I like the last attempt the best.

Micro managing here:

Level the substrate across the front.

The substrate you remove from RIGHT FRONT...goes to LEFT REAR in the corner and taper it to FRONT LEFT corner.

On the Left, under the branch, make the substrate a bit lower to create and underwater "wash" an area with under water current moves sand away.

Get a power head or circulation pump like a Hydor Koralia. Place it rear left and directed under the branch down your wash "valley".

Two main plaintings of just one Sp. Either one type of Crypt or Broad leave stem plant. 2/3 of the planting rear Right to Front right. Then 1/3 front left.

The crypts or stems will move with the current giving a lot of interest & action to the Aquascape. A school of Barbs or Tetras, maybe a few busy cory cats. This tank will be very exciting.

Crypts - C. balansae, C. spiralis, C. lucens
Stems - Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis',Staurogyne sp.'Bihnar"

To finish off the 'scape You could start a bit of Needle leaf Java Fern on the driftwood In the center of the driftwood, training it to grow over the "bridge" and up the right side.

However Leave the center upright part of the driftwood along as contrast. Of course nothing is panted in the underwater wash "stream" area.
09-26-2013 12:04 AM
HuntCast Last one is the best. You want the lines to draw you INTO the tank, not away, and the current setup does that much better.
I would keep that in mind with the plants too. Keep the height of the plants following the same kind of slope in the background.
09-25-2013 11:40 PM
amphirion The latest rendition looks the best out of all of them so far. As for the rocks blending into each other, it is sometimes unavoidable but it also can be used to create the effect that you have much larger rocks in your tank than what you really have. Add in a few more smaller rocks trailing off to the left side, originating from the focus point and you can pretty much call your scape finalized.
09-25-2013 06:26 PM
xmas_one I like your latest rendition, it looks good. Once you get the plants in it will look great.
09-25-2013 06:12 PM
ConfidentBlue Well I should definitely be sleeping but I couldn't help myself.

I tried about three other layouts and I think this is the most promising out of the three, other than the one I posted already. I think I'm getting close, I never realized how difficult finding the right hardscape can be! I'm creative musically, but most definintly not visually haha.

I tried to create some depth with the rocks but they kind of blend together. I don't know waaaaaah! Maybe I should do this when I'm fully rested as opposed to doing it when I'm exhausted after work.

I truly appreciate everyones input, idea's and positive comments. Its refreshing and motivating. New to planted tanks so it's a bit overwhelming, its nice to have people take the time out of their day to help someone out.
09-25-2013 02:17 AM
I3raven I like the wood, but I believe the wood could be arranged better. In my opinion, I think there should be a single, obvious focal point, instead of 2 as shown in the last photo you've posted. I think having 2 focal points distracts the viewers eyes. Try to promote a sense of direction or flow by pointing the rocks in the relatively same direction, but not all the same direction because that isn't seen in nature and it seems "forced". The rocks you've arranged at the moment appears to be grouped around the wood in a circular pattern which makes it seem a bit off and unnatural. With the wood and the rocks you have right now, I think it would look best if you arrange it in a "island" layout. Look around in google images or see aquascapes created by professionals. I found this was the best way to become inspired and observe how the aquscapers implemented elements of nature in their aquascapes. I'm not sure if your looking for a natural layout, but you're making a lot of progress and I think you have the appropriate hardscape to create an appealing aquascape. Keep updating us!
09-25-2013 01:26 AM
flight50 Although the big rock was cool I have to agree with you that it does take up quite a bit of space. On the contrary, I like the new layout better. I think the two pieces of driftwood looks better as well.

My only concern is the depth of the substrate. It looks fairly deep. Do you have something under it raising it or is it all eco under there. Heavy root feeding plants would help the substrate if its all eco. In your deepest parts I would definitely get heavy root feeders to help take oxygen thru the substrate.
09-24-2013 04:44 PM
amphirion I actually liked it with two driftwood pieces. Your tank is pretty long and your largest driftwood piece is too small to just stand alone. That smaller piece acts as a counter balance to the other side-- especially with how you had it positioned. If open space is desired move each piece to their further side. I would do this as it would follow the aesthetically pleasing rule of thirds. The only other thing I would do is try to find smaller rocks to place near the base of your larger ones to create a gradient effect.
09-24-2013 04:02 PM
ConfidentBlue Alright, well got home from work this morning and decided just to toy with some other idea's I had going on. I got a shipment of horn wood lastnight.

I really do like the big rock but I think it really takes up too much space in the tank but we'll see.

I know I wanted to use moss and felt like the moss would probably be better on driftwood, plus I wanted to add more height to the one focal point so heres my quick tinker. (I might need to get another bag of substrate since the slope isn't really pronounced and I end up with about 2.5" in the front of I move too much around to the rear)

no wood on right side

09-20-2013 11:04 PM
laurenjane I love the big rock.. it looks like a mini mountain!! I'm an artist.. think of a landscape picture in your head and draw it out on paper... you could have a pathway going around and through the landscape with plants on the other side. I don't think the wood matches the rock.
09-20-2013 10:04 PM
Originally Posted by blue1delta View Post
any updates?
No updates as of this week. Work's been extremely busy (plus my other half has been pretty demanding :/).

Only real progress is receiving my shipment of lily pipes and some of my CO2 equipment.

I did pick up some other rocks this week so I'm going to try some other things.

I like the big rock too, but I'm just going to try some different things. I dont want to rush the hardscape since it lays the foundation for everything else.

Thanks for all the ideas and support.
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