Plant around your scape or scape around your plants?
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > Aquascaping


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-08-2013, 08:43 AM   #1
Tank Man
Algae Grower
 
Tank Man's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Philadelphia suburbs
Posts: 71
Default

Plant around your scape or scape around your plants?


Do you fashion your hardscape with the plants you want in your mind or do you make your hardscape and then decide on plants after?

Any reasons why? Asking mostly out of curiosity.
__________________
Young Aquarists UNITE!

55 Tank Journal
Tank Man is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 02-08-2013, 09:55 AM   #2
Darkblade48
Moderator
 
Darkblade48's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Japan
Posts: 9,425
Default

I make the hardscape first, and then choose the plants around the hardscape.

Placement of rocks/driftwood/slopes and then planting seems like a logical order to me (and is my personal preference). Maybe some people find it easier to build a hardscape around plants that they decided on.
__________________
Anthony

A Primer to Pressurized CO2 and A Primer to Planted Tanks
Eheim Pimp #362 - Eheim 2213 x2, Eheim 2028, Eheim 2217, Eheim surface skimmer and Eheim autofeeder.
Victor Pimp #33 - HPT272-125-350-4M
Darkblade48 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-08-2013, 01:56 PM   #3
Icegoalie32
Planted Member
 
Icegoalie32's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Cary, NC
Posts: 152
Default

Before I put my 2 cents worth in, let me say that I do not consider myself an "aquascaper" in the artistic sense. I just try to put something together that resembles a natural environment and is pleasing to my eye.

I put the hardscape together first, since I can change it many times without water in the tank until I'm satisfied with the general layout. The entire time, I'm trying to imagine the plants softening the lines and the hardscape highlighting the plants and breaking up the green monotony (low tech, I can't keep reds alive for long).

I typically have an idea of what plants I'm going to use. Pretty easy considering the short list of plants that I have been able to keep alive and thriving.
Icegoalie32 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-08-2013, 02:49 PM   #4
VAtanks
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: VA BCH
Posts: 235
Default

I put stuff in the tank I like, found a piece of cool slate so i made a cave, found a cool piece of wood threw that in. Then i selected plants I had the best chances of not killing and put them where I thought would look good.
__________________
29g Tetra Tank
100g Planted Angel/Clown Loach
I can't spell...Im an engineer, I do math
VAtanks is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-08-2013, 04:04 PM   #5
Knotyoureality
Wannabe Guru
 
Knotyoureality's Avatar
 
PTrader: (9/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 1,354
Default

It all tends to go hand in hand for me. I'm a thrifty sort though; while I sketch a lot of ideas for 'scapes when it comes to actually setting one up I try to keep purchases to a minimum. So I've always got a mental list in my head of what materials I have on hand or can switch out from other tanks.

Helped along by the fact that 90% of my set-ups are 3g and under. Easy to plant them up with just trimmings from my main tanks, hard to justify paying shipping for a particular plant when I only need one. And, honestly, I'm a tinkerer at heart. I don't think I'll ever be one of those who draw up an exact plan, follow it to the t and end up with a tank that looks EXACTLY like my original sketched plan.
Knotyoureality is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-08-2013, 06:02 PM   #6
Betta132
Wannabe Guru
 
Betta132's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 1,748
Default

What I did was get some nice, simple plants, some driftwood, and the rock and artificial waterfall from my old tank, then I arranged the hardscape in a way I liked. After I got it looking nice, I added the plants in ways and numbers that I thought added to the look of both them and the hardscape.
In other words, hardscape first, plants next, no plans at all.
__________________
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=679553
My adventures in keeping Indostomus crocodilus, the crocodile toothpick fish. AKA armored stickleback, paradox fish, and freshwater pipefish. Care is (to the best of my knowledge) exactly the same as Indostomus paradoxus.
Betta132 is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-08-2013, 06:29 PM   #7
tomfromstlouis
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
tomfromstlouis's Avatar
 
PTrader: (13/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Saint Louis
Posts: 704
Default

It's unanimous: hardscape first. The hardscape is what a terrestrial gardener would call the "bones" of the garden.
__________________
RAOK Club #76

220g altum, 75g high tech, 6g shrimp: one office, three tanks http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=183658
tomfromstlouis is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 11:49 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012