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Old 03-01-2013, 04:33 PM   #31
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Photoshop is great to aide in explaining ideas, but it can never replace working with the actual stones. It doesn't, for example, take into account how deep some of the stones were buried and whether they would actually work in the position shown.

I think you're doing the best thing by just working it, stepping back or away for a period and coming back to it. If you're not going for the mountain look though, you might consider breaking up those stones or exchanging them for something of a smaller scale.

If you have a chance, you might look through the different tanks from the link Kathyy posted to see if there's one with the feeling or general idea of what you are hoping to accomplish. It would be easier then for us to make suggestions.

Looking forward to seeing the future pics/ideas!
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:40 AM   #32
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After a bunch of pre planning I've attempted 2.5 more layouts involving the wood and 3 smaller stones. (No massive 1.5 man boulder)

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The first one doesn't work at all IMO.

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The second one has promise. Nice and simple, everything is sort of angled along with the tree in a right to left water direction, but I felt the middle stone was too far out. (1/2 that stone is buried btw)

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The 3rd one is an attempt at bringing that middle stone tighter to the center stone to support it better. I added 3/4 bag substrate to cover it all better and make a mound. I still have 1 bag left but I don't think I'll need it.

The tree is sitting pretty high so I'll see about lowering it. There's something still not right about the 3 stones.. I think it's the center stone sitting too high. And the mound is looking really tall.. Almost half the tank height.

I'm going to let the last one sit for a bit to see how I like it.


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Old 03-03-2013, 02:30 AM   #33
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Angels going into the tank? Agree, a mountain scape would be jarring to say the least. There was a really nice mountain range type scape posted here a while back but then discus were added. Looked like a scene from a 1950s science fiction movie.

What plants are you going to use in this tank? I know it is old school but angels and tall long leaved plants and larger scaled wood that looks like stumps and roots look great together, not rocks so much. That nice stump is very small scale to use with large fish and they sure wouldn't be swimming gracefully through its twigs.
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:51 AM   #34
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Of all the pictures I really like the last one on post #32. I would move the tree out a bit to the left so that the branches occupy some of the open space on the left side of the tank. IMO, the 3 rocks look great as is, but those rocks on the left side look like they were just tossed in there to occupy that space. Maybe add a medium sized rock right there and move the tiny ones you have to the side of it to complement? Good luck! I like your progress so far!
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Angels going into the tank? Agree, a mountain scape would be jarring to say the least. There was a really nice mountain range type scape posted here a while back but then discus were added. Looked like a scene from a 1950s science fiction movie.

What plants are you going to use in this tank? I know it is old school but angels and tall long leaved plants and larger scaled wood that looks like stumps and roots look great together, not rocks so much. That nice stump is very small scale to use with large fish and they sure wouldn't be swimming gracefully through its twigs.
LOL I can totally see that. Not set on anything yet but I had Angels as a kid and I have a soft spot for them. More then likely I'll do small schooling fish with a pair of "something" interesting that is a bit larger but wont grow as big as Angels. Good point on the small branches. Unsure about plants yet but most likely a DHG carpet.

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Of all the pictures I really like the last one on post #32. I would move the tree out a bit to the left so that the branches occupy some of the open space on the left side of the tank. IMO, the 3 rocks look great as is, but those rocks on the left side look like they were just tossed in there to occupy that space. Maybe add a medium sized rock right there and move the tiny ones you have to the side of it to complement? Good luck! I like your progress so far!
You nailed it on adding a smaller rock to the left. I added one with lots of slop and character and that seems to tie it together really well.

Made some more adjustments.. There's no way to get that tree down any lower.. one of the branches is actually resting on the back glass lol. I'm concerned that if it move it to the left more it will be centered or I'll have the same problem as before where there was 2 focal points.

Played with the center stone a bit.. What a difference using the smaller stones makes, looking back at the first pics and the tank looked so much smaller because of the volume of rock. Looked more like a 60p with all that rock.


I'm actually quite happy with the current look but something about the right is still bothering me.
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:16 AM   #36
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*buzz buzz* the left side still looks funny. Maybe have that rock point the other way towards the right side? Or break it? Possibly turn the rock and play with it in different positions? *giggle* It's because the middle rock is pointing to the left along with the rock on the left side. It gives me the feeling of tipping over to the left (if that makes any sense).

The right side looks good as is since you don't want to move the driftwood. Leave the right side and the slope how it is. It gives the tank depth.

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Old 03-03-2013, 12:43 PM   #37
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Angels going into the tank? Agree, a mountain scape would be jarring to say the least. There was a really nice mountain range type scape posted here a while back but then discus were added. Looked like a scene from a 1950s science fiction movie.

What plants are you going to use in this tank? I know it is old school but angels and tall long leaved plants and larger scaled wood that looks like stumps and roots look great together, not rocks so much. That nice stump is very small scale to use with large fish and they sure wouldn't be swimming gracefully through its twigs.
This is something that I'm already beginning to appreciate, you can build a scape that you really like visually and then add fish that hate it because it's unsuited for their natures, you can build one that takes into account both or you can build a scape around your fish.

Laying out scapes is good, but I think you have to consider the fish that your planning on stocking it with and build with an eye towards the fact that this is where you are placing them to live out the rest of their lives.

That said I really like the fact that you kept that piece of driftwood and I like the placement of it up against the stone that is just slightly less high than it. I also like the front right stone's top being level with the upper ground giving the right front side the look of a cliff face.

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Old 03-03-2013, 07:26 PM   #38
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This is the best one yet! Try letting the soil in the back go straight into the back right corner (instead of sloping down into that corner).

Could also see the soil level in the left back corner coming up a little behind the stone and into the corner. Maybe move the little rock in the back on the left somewhere else as I think it would get lost in the back plantings.
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I agree that is the best one yet, about that stone in the bottom right, it has a harsh awkward surface facing that way, maybe try a different position? Or another rock?
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The last one looks the best IMHO, the slope will be hard to maintain. You can achieve the same visual hill effect with flat substrate and plants like blyxa.

You might also be overthinking it a bit. If I cannot get it to my liking in 15mins I let it be for a day, then come back, pull everything out and dump it back. If it comes from the heart and not the head it will "feel right". Easier said then done.

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Old 03-03-2013, 11:17 PM   #41
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Not bad, but the rock on the left is way to big and distracting (especially with the crevice running along the top.) I would remove that. All you really need IMO is a rock to the left near the branches pushed in some and then some smaller rocks randomly downhill and toward the left side. This will also help maintain the slope.
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+1 with smaller rocks. I was thinking about medium sized rocks. Maybe about half of that rock that's there now (bottom left side) and some smaller rocks.
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I would move the tree so that it is in front of the big stone pointing to the left. I also would reduce the amount of substrate in the right corner just mound it up a little bit. If you do decide not to use the tree I would be willing to buy it from you. Where did you get it from I want one.
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I would move the tree so that it is in front of the big stone pointing to the left. I also would reduce the amount of substrate in the right corner just mound it up a little bit. If you do decide not to use the tree I would be willing to buy it from you. Where did you get it from I want one.
Manzanita wood. Comes in plain sticks or very branchy pieces like that one.

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I knew what type of wood it was, I was wondering where you bought it from.
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