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Old 10-14-2012, 08:02 PM   #1
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New scape... Help a brotha out


I'm working on setting up the hardscape for my 40B. Would love some input. I found some DW that's been soaked, got the stones. I'm using MTS with some clay balls (as you can see in the pic). The MTS will be topped with black sand, use your imagination. Let me know if you have any thoughts or constructive criticism for this scape. This is only the first arrangement, I'll probably spend the next week playing with it and tweaking it.

Lighting
100w HO T5 on timer

Substrate
Laterite on bottom
MTS (Vital potting soil, sifted to remove organics and perlite)
Nylon mesh to keep separation
Black sand cap

Filteration
Weir siphon to a 5.5g sump (not shown in pic)
Cascade 500 canister

RODI H20

CO2
Pressurized 5lb. tank on a solenoid
Drop Checker
Ceramic Diffuser

EI dosing

Plants
HC
Blyxa Japonica (if I can find some)
Java or Xmas moss for the DW
Limnophila Hippuroides for a splash of color

(Keeping it fairly simple)

Fauna
Other than the 2 zebra danios I have... I'm not sure
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:11 PM   #2
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I like it.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:37 AM   #3
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Here's the third tweak. This seems to be my favorite. I like the flow of the driftwood, it may be too much DW. Can you ever have too much DW? River rocks may stay or go, not sure. They bring in some nice color. Of course, they will be hidden when the HC goes in and carpets. Thoughts, anyone?
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:50 AM   #4
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Since you asked.

I think the Left side of thew scape works.

I think the Right side of the scape works.

Together they are too much hardscape. I fell they compete for my attention and don't complement the other 1/2. Space is an important and often overlooked part of a Aquascape.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:46 AM   #5
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Together they are too much hardscape. I fell they compete for my attention and don't complement the other 1/2. Space is an important and often overlooked part of a Aquascape.

I see what you're saying, negative space is critical. They're almost two different styles (left and right). After looking at that right side (cause I'm falling in love with the left) maybe tone it down a bit? Either bury the rocks a bit more, so they're not so prominent or keep it more HC dominate, and take 1-2 rocks out I do appreciate your thoughts, thank you both
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:47 AM   #6
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I like the tweak better. I would take out the rocks on the right altogether though. I think some empty space there would offset the left's dw and stones very nicely.
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:37 AM   #7
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Give it depth by placing the larger stones in back and scattering the smaller ones infront.
I like the amount of hardscape, i think it would be toned down to a good level if you had a carpet plant to hide alot of it. Def moss in the wood
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:44 AM   #8
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.... They're almost two different styles (left and right). After looking at that right side (cause I'm falling in love with the left)...
I like the left just as it is myself. I'd just pull the 4 large rocks on the left, make sure the right is even or lower than the left and get it planted. I like the litter of small rocks on the right. I think they do work with the left.

However, it is your tank and you are the one that will look at it everyday. it's greater to get other eyes on it but, always do the hobby for yourself 1st.

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Old 10-15-2012, 03:17 AM   #9
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It looks good. An issue you'll find is you you won't have space to plant since its has been taken up by rocks and df. People usually to hard scraping and planting at the same time so they'd figure that out on the spot.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:29 AM   #10
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I agree it's really busy, so I want to look at the left but then the right catches my attention. So I don't know exactly what to look at. It's how my scapes usually start, busy and I slowly modify it.
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:58 AM   #11
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If you're planning to do a HC carpet, I'd stick with the first layout. All those little pebbles in your second layout will get swallowed up eventually by the HC.

I think you did a great job with the hardscape. Now get that sucker planted!
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:08 PM   #12
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:59 PM   #13
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On the second layout, I just stuck those pebbles in for some flair. Just a temporary thang. I'll be taking them out. I was thinking about using river rocks/cobble instead of the stones I have in there now. It's tricky to blend the mix between stonescape and DW scape... although, I know it can be done (saw your post Reefboi16). Even more trying to go au natural with DW while incorporating iwagumi (amano has done it... so I know it can be done, just might need A LOT bigger of a tank).

I've got a good idea brewing with the final layout, which I'll be starting a journal with. But unfortunately, I have to keep the tank empty, as my landlords cutting holes in the wall behind where the tank will be. So I wait... until the end of the week to get it up. Then I plant, and start the DSM... and wait some more. I might not have enough patience to go DSM. We'll find out soon enough. I appreciate all of you thoughts. Sometimes an extra pair of eyes helps to see what we don't, yet.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:01 AM   #14
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BTW... if anyone has any of those plants I mentioned up top, I rather buy "local" than from aquariumplantsdotcom.
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