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Old 12-11-2012, 11:04 PM   #1
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So tell me how it looks


60 gallon setup. 2 T5HO lamps, no C02, dirt capped with STS. Plants in for about 2 weeks. Still doing fishless cycle. Any criticism or suggestions greatly accecpted. Crappy cellphone picture, but its the best I got right now.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:00 AM   #2
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:33 AM   #3
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I like the driftwood pieces you have, however i might try and find a way to group the wood together on one side and build some plants up around the base.



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Old 12-12-2012, 01:12 PM   #4
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I would recommend spending a little time on this site looking for inspiration. http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/

Find a few tanks that appeal to you. Break down the elements of the composition, think about why it looks good to you. Then use those thoughts in your tank.

When I look at you tank the large drift wood on the left directs my eye to the left and out of the tank. The rocks you used seem to have striped layers? In nature those "stripes" would all be laying horizontal as the water washed the substrate away.

When you look at those contest winning tanks you may notice the top tanks don't have more than 3-4 sp. of plants. If you look at pictures of ponds&steams in nature you notice that also. Try to control the impulse to put too many different plants in there.

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Old 12-12-2012, 06:57 PM   #5
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I like it quite a bit.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:58 PM   #6
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Looks Good.
Give it a few months for the plants to grow into place and it'll look even better
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:28 PM   #7
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I personally like lots of green, so my initial impression was favorable. But on a closer look, the center piece of driftwood seems out of place; the other two pieces are nice and sculptural and dramatic but the branchy one does not match them. The rocks and their placement also seems random. A focal point or theme tying the elements into a cohesive visual is what's missing.

Having said all that, obviously lots of people get by with the jumble jungle look and are perfectly happy since we see it often. But you have nice elements and I'll bet you could move things around before the fish and sculpt a unified environment.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:31 PM   #8
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I also like it a lot.

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Old 12-12-2012, 09:53 PM   #9
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Looks good. Hard to tell, but don't bury rhizomes.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:17 PM   #10
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Just lacks a little composition. Try grouping the plants a little more, moving that large piece of wood towards the back more along with that large stone up front.

Do not bury the rhizome of java ferns, they will die. Attach them to that piece of wood or rock for the best results. I believe the anubias is ok in the substrate but they would probably grow and look better attach to some wood.

Like dogfish said look around for a little inspiration and try to draw from other tanks until you develope your style. Generally perspective is what makes an aquascape work, so big things in the back small things in the front. It isnt so black and white as all that but I hope you get my meaning.

Your plants are growing well and you have some nice pieces for hardscape. Lots of potential so good luck.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:23 PM   #11
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I like it how it is.
Maybe grow the tall/stem plants along the back and/or side walls to block off being able to see through and keep the smaller plants in the center.
Still lots of swimming room how you have it. =D
Getting any Plecos? They'll love the wood!

I don't like it when people try and copy other people's or most common styles. It looks very nice how it is and when it fills in/matures, it'll look even better.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:45 PM   #12
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I actually like it.

I would try some taller 'color' stems in the left back corner (like Ludwidgia); some 'spiky' plant(s) inside the 2 driftwood pieces (like Blyxa or Sag) to break up the 'soft leaved' plants in the back; several E. tenellus here and there up front; Java moss on top of the driftwood on the left; and maybe a broader-leaf plant behind the stone in the front right corner (Hygro Corymbosa 'Siamensis'/Kompact, or lily/lotus, Anubias barteri, or even some C. Wendtii variety).

Basically, mix up some different leaf shapes and plant heights to give a more 3-D look with a touch of color.

I'd add 5-10ml of Excel 2-3 weekly to keep things clean.

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Old 12-12-2012, 10:57 PM   #13
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this resembled what I would imagine the ideal, new to planted tanks, tank to look like
which is a good thing, and it will look even better as it fills in

I say get some water sprite though, I feel like it fits the theme
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:02 PM   #14
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My eyes go straight for the main pebble, then around to the left driftwood, then sweeps over to the right side, but loose the tank as im drawn to the pebble on the bottom right.

Pebble needs to go , but it looks great .
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:41 PM   #15
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Thanks to all for comments and suggestions. I will review all of these and see what chages I can make. Keep them coming. Most of the design was influenced by my 12 year old twin sons. They got me into this planted tank thing in the 1st place.
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