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Old 03-30-2013, 06:28 PM   #1
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I'm scaping my new 45-P with some Manten stone. I was hoping for some opinions since this is my first time trying a more serious scape instead of throwing things together. Please give my any opinions and suggestions if so. I'm still going to add more aquasoil and slope it a bit in the back.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:53 PM   #2
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I'm no expert or anything but for some reason the far left rock just looks out of place, the other two look perfect.

I have no suggestions though what to do with it :/
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:07 PM   #3
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i tend to agree that it looks out of place there. i would try to flip it around to see the other side and then put it in the middle of the other rocks sense its the tallest.
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:17 PM   #4
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Something definitely needs to happen with that bigger rock on the left. Of it's the biggest rock you have I'd stick it in the back.

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Old 03-30-2013, 09:30 PM   #5
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Yeah maybe stick it behind those two rocks?
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:35 PM   #6
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Here is a short article on placing stones. http://www.adana.com.my/articles/iwagumi_2007.htm

A summary - Pull them out and start over again with the main stone. It is a beauty and deserves to hog the limelight. Place the second stone to balance the first and the last to balance the tank.
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Alright, so I took the rock on the left and moved it to the center part of the tank and turn it around to expose a more jagged side. I removed the rock that was in the center. I kept the rock that was on the right where it pretty much was as the second rock. The third rock on the left is another manten stone I had which looked cool to me and it seemed to balance the other two rocks. Then the last thing was the 4th extra accent rock in front seemed to fit perfectly in. Let me know now guys. I felt really good about this setup but let me know if you agree or disagree. More pics this time because I feel my pics dont capture the look like seeing it in person does of course. Even gave an overhead shot so you can see the rock placement a bit different. I planning on so rotala and tall stems in back, filling an extra middle space with a lower growing trimmed stemmed, maybe downoi, and the front with HC.

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Old 03-30-2013, 11:22 PM   #8
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the second scape is much better then the first kinda reminds me of pride rock from the lion king.
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Old 03-30-2013, 11:26 PM   #9
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i also think it looks much better but the big stone is a little to much in the center. its best to put big focal points a little more to the side of the tank instead of the middle.
form the top view i would scoot them all over a inch to the right. i know that isnt much room there but you can try to turn the rocks clockwise a bit to help give you more space.
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i also think it looks much better but the big stone is a little to much in the center. its best to put big focal points a little more to the side of the tank instead of the middle.
form the top view i would scoot them all over a inch to the right. i know that isnt much room there but you can try to turn the rocks clockwise a bit to help give you more space.
I agree with this! Looks a lot better but I'd most the giant rock to the right, off center.
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:04 AM   #11
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Yes, I agree the large stone is too central. Also they are in a line, that's usually a bit boring. try staggering them. Try that left rock in a totally new orientation. I don't think it suits the others.

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Old 03-31-2013, 01:08 AM   #12
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Looking better, but still feels too forced to me. Best advice is to keep exploring, play with the depth, meaning, have one be closer to the front than others, stuff like that. Keep updating us with pix.
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