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rozdaboff 12-02-2012 04:19 PM

Hardscape suggestions
Hey everyone - I have a general thread over in Aquascaping that walks though the process I have been going through []

But I am near the end of my hardscaping and wanted to get some final comments from the local group.

Here is my rockscape. I forget the name of the stone - but I picked it up at the Fish Hut in Saddle Brook (I am pretty sure - we hit a few LFS that day). It is a nice brick red stratified with dark grey. Substrate is Amazonia Aquasoil Powder with Power Sand base.

And here are the two branch options. I think that option 1 is better, as the single branch doesn't have enough detail to stand alone.

Branch option 1

Branch option 2

Please let me know what you think. Even if it is brutal.

CoffeeLove 12-02-2012 04:30 PM

I like number one. Your setup is simple and sweet. Although when it comes to plants and ground cover, your rocks may start to disappear under it all

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Kathyy 12-02-2012 05:16 PM

I like both wood arrangements but the rocks haven't any reason for being there. They haven't any relationship to one another and will be swallowed up by any plantings. Sure pretty though.

What about making a pile under the wood where you cannot plant anyway to fill in that area and have it trail off in the presumed pattern of water flow?

rozdaboff 12-02-2012 05:17 PM

Thanks - I appreciate it.

I am doing low-tech - so while I am planning some low plants for the foreground (Crypt parva, Hydrotyle siptherpoides, Hygrophila species 'Araguaia'), some tall stuff for the background (Chain swords, Crypt balansae) and some Anubias nana for the driftwood - but nothing carpet forming. So the hope is that the rocks will peek through - especially with the red color.

jellie 12-02-2012 10:31 PM

Hello :) I haven't read your other thread but those are some beautiful rocks and driftwoods.

The lack of sloping and variation in substrate heights stands out most to me.
You can certainly make what you have work, when it grows out it will be beautiful regardless of our efforts but as a standalone, there's no flow. The rocks aren't giving any cohesion to the branches, perhaps they are too scattered?

In #1, since the butt of the driftwood sticks out there could be something to 'counter' it on the opposing side. I think if you stack some of those beautiful rocks into the right-hand corner and then covered them with substrate, letting only their fronts break out from said substrate, you will have a gentle slope that can balance your overall image.

Another suggestion: can you rearrange the 'bundling' of the two pieces of driftwood? I like where the placement of the single driftwood is in #2, perhaps you can add the second piece lower down? It will help spread some visual 'weight' to that opposing corner again.

rozdaboff 12-02-2012 11:11 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone.

Here is the most recent change using Kathyy's advice - and it makes sense as the area under the driftwood in the corner will get very little light. Here is what I came up with:

But I agree with you Jellie - that the back right corner looks empty. But, there is substrate sloping in the tank - it just doesn't show great from the angle I take the front shots. Here is a side shot. I think the slope will be better emphasized when I plant it - it is only a 10g tank - and I don't want to go much higher on the substrate as some of my back plants will be taller. But I will see what I can do about the right hand side.

jellie 12-03-2012 07:37 PM

Heeeey, better! I can't believe that's a 10 gallon.
Can you tuck your rocks under the branch a teeny bit more? so it doesn't touch the glass? There're some nice angles there.

rozdaboff 12-11-2012 01:29 AM

Here is a shot of the tank planted. I did something a little different with the rocks then in the last picture- making a bit of a wall between the lower and higher substrate. There is a small rock pile under the base of the driftwood and then another on the right.

I started a Journal thread where I will update as the tank grows in and gets its livestock. There is also a plant list there.

boxhead1990 12-11-2012 01:48 AM

Jeez lovin those rocks

And jeez they look good wet lol

jimmytruong87 12-11-2012 02:01 AM

how many watt u're using? i think your light is too low, cause you have glosso

rozdaboff 12-11-2012 02:05 AM

It is a Finnex Fugeray 20". But I don't have glosso in there - or at least I don't mean to. Are you referring to the Marsilea minuta?

rozdaboff 12-11-2012 02:07 AM

Here is my plant list:


Marsilea minuta
Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides
Crypt parva
Crypt willisii


Crypt petchii
Hygrophila pinnatifida
Hygrophila species 'Araguaia'
Rotala sp. 'Bangladesh'
Hygrophila corymbosa 'angustifolia', Willow Leaf
Java fern - narrow leaf
Myriophyllum mattogrossense

Attached to driftwood:

Anubias barteri nana
Anubias barteri petite
Mini Xmas moss
"Weeping moss"
Willow moss


Echinodorus bolivianus
Crypt retrospiralis (back right corner - the leaves melted - hoping it will make a come back)


Phyllanthus fluitans, Red Root Floater
Salvinia cucullata

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