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Old 05-07-2013, 06:33 AM   #16
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Dude this is epic!
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:42 AM   #17
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Looks awesome! i love 12G longs..
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:18 AM   #18
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That would look great with some hemianthus or hairgrass added
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:41 AM   #19
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Well, unlike the other votes here, I think the new layout is perfect with one addition, mosses of various types to compliment the rocks instead of Fissidens.

I think the original layout just was to "straight across" the length of the tank, this one breaks up the whole tank with scale. Having some rocks in the forefront looks more realistic, like nature, it develops where it pleases. The first one just looked "planned by human hands".

Keep the current slopes with short hair grass to as it looks more natural also.
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:21 PM   #20
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Level out the front substrate. Build up the substrate to each rock grouping leaving a valley between the 2 left-sided groupings and the right side. IMO your first hardscape looked better, your substrate only needed sloping.
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I also liked the first one better but the only thing I would change is you seem to have them in a straight line all the way across I'd move one or two closer to either the front or back glass and leave one in the middle but either way it does/will look good. Amazing rocks
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Another vote for your original layout. A little more substrate in the back to create a slope and you'd be good to go!
Thank you guys for your input and I don't want to feel like I'm letting anyone down but the first scape was built with a concept in mind and a time frame of about 30 minutes to do, so I followed general rules to hardscape construction, however, with what I had in mind, this suits it more, also I think the picture doesn't do it much justice (taken with phone).

Thanks vvDO, I was thinking maybe the front substrate on the right was a little too high, so will plan to bring it down a touch.

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Well, unlike the other votes here, I think the new layout is perfect with one addition, mosses of various types to compliment the rocks instead of Fissidens.

I think the original layout just was to "straight across" the length of the tank, this one breaks up the whole tank with scale. Having some rocks in the forefront looks more realistic, like nature, it develops where it pleases. The first one just looked "planned by human hands".

Keep the current slopes with short hair grass to as it looks more natural also.
Thank you Statue I agree, I much prefer this layout as to the other and it was more fun creating. I had more time to visit more reference pictures and try and understand the natural hardscapes and this looks more natural to me than the previous one. Though for the last one, I was going off my head which automatically limited me to the basic rules of Iwagumi etc.

Also, don't worry, its not just Fiss that I am planning to use, still studying the landscapes to further a more ''accurate'' recreation of the natural wonders!
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:26 PM   #21
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slight changed: Raised the back at the back more, whilst leveling out the front.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:48 PM   #22
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Subscribed to this one. I wanted to do something similar but I got off track adn went a totally different direction. Been dying to get a 12 long too.

This guys tank might help if you haven't already seen it.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=294738
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:10 AM   #23
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Looks great, like sprawling steep cliffs.
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:49 AM   #24
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personally like the first setup better - probably because it's going to be a pain to trim your carpet (if you do carpet) with all the uneven valley's..

Also, make sure those birds on the wire don't eat whatever you put in that tank. I know they are just waiting for you to stock it up!
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:49 AM   #25
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also, where did you pick up your 12gal at?
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:47 AM   #26
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That most recent picture looks amazing. You're right much better than the first layout, I just had to take a second look haha. I Love those rocks.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:47 AM   #27
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I think the sloping threw the 2nd hardscape off, looks 10x better now. Can you lower the front right slope any further?
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:11 PM   #28
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also, where did you pick up your 12gal at?
Had to get it shipped from the US via a contact in Marine Depot. Cost a fortune but its a tank I've always wanted haha.

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I think the sloping threw the 2nd hardscape off, looks 10x better now. Can you lower the front right slope any further?
Thank you and I tried to lower it further but the rock started to loose some stability and the last thing I want is a rock slipping in a full tank and cracking the walls. Ive had to test each rock positioning by shaking the table with some strength to know that it wont simply slight over.

Sorry for not updating this thread in a while, been busy and I really want to do this properly. Ive always thought I had patients with my other tanks but this is the longest ive gone without even a thought of filling the tank in. Infact, I've opted for the DSM.

I obtained a fogger and fiddled around with it so that I can have it placed inside the tank with easy water top off points. Added some fiss from other tank in there to test how well things will go whilst ive got some mini pellia bought and on the way from an eBay seller.

Some pictures to show so far, sorry it ain't much to look at



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Old 11-03-2013, 04:20 AM   #29
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