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Old 08-30-2013, 02:58 AM   #1
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Hardscape critique - 90 gallon- Final Update, ready for planting?


Looking for some suggestions with the starting of this hardscape. I plan to have a hill on the left side where the wood is going into the substrate surrounded by some dragonstone rocks and the right side will be signficantly lower......I am not sure what to do with the open space on the left. I do have other pieces of manzanita wood but don't want to take away from the main piece.....any suggestions?
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:49 PM   #2
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Here is a bit of an update....imagine the left on a hill with the right side staying the same level.....is it too open?
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:09 AM   #3
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2nd quick update.....I have used all the rock I have....I can get more tomorrow....disregard the whiter rocks, those will be covered by substrate, just used to stabilize wood atm
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:58 AM   #4
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It looks so ugly. No water. no fish. no plants.

just kidding lol

this looks like a great start... with correct plants positioning, it'll be superb
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:19 PM   #5
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Rock positioning is great. It's not too open, the negative space provides room for plants and such.
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:11 PM   #6
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Looks nice, will you be planting in the rock area? Kind of making it into a higher elevation island? Atleast thats what I see most often. Looks really nice though.
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:31 PM   #7
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Yes....the raised area with the rocks will be planted....most likely with some hc or staurogyne repens.....thanks for the feedback...I was starting to worry it didn't look right haha
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looks good, you could build up the substrate higher in the back, the deeper the slope is back to front the better it will look. If you have the substrate in the back almost halfway up the tank it will create an illusion of depth
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:51 AM   #9
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Quick update.....changed out some of the rocks and moved the positioning a bit. Also raised it up on a hill, still need to fill in the open areas around the rocks to make it feel like a cliff....thoughts.....should I raise the hill even more?
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:05 AM   #10
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Looks just fine as it is now, for the moment. Why don't you proceed a little further with your scaping before you decide to make any more changes with what you now have.

I believe it would help to fill in/complete your substrate finishing touches, and add a few plants to your DW set-up - keeping in mind the look you're trying to achieve, and the environment you're wanting to create for the type of livestock you want to keep, and then go from there.
Take the next step based on what you want things to look like.
I know it sounds kind of simplistic, but it works - move along with the scaping & the ideas will come to you.
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Looks just fine as it is now, for the moment. Why don't you proceed a little further with your scaping before you decide to make any more changes with what you now have.

I believe it would help to fill in/complete your substrate finishing touches, and add a few plants to your DW set-up - keeping in mind the look you're trying to achieve, and the environment you're wanting to create for the type of livestock you want to keep, and then go from there.
Take the next step based on what you want things to look like.
I know it sounds kind of simplistic, but it works - move along with the scaping & the ideas will come to you.

Thanks for the input! Much appreciated! The only thing I did not like was the stone on the right and the stone in the middle by the branches....I swapped them and I think it looks a bit better....I think I will go ahead with the finishing touches.....any thoughts/suggestions on how to have that open area? should I have it sloped back to front?
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I think you've already created a good starting look for your tank as it is now. The left side is the focal point,- and it's a good one - and for now you don't even need to worry about how you'll fill in the right hand side of the tank.
As I said before, I suggest you complete the substrating you want, and start with some plantings in & around your focal point - e.g. consider some Anubias attached to that great-looking branched dw.
What are your thoughts for livestock stocking - just so we have some clues as to what you want the finished product to look like ? That could help.
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:07 AM   #13
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I think you've already created a good starting look for your tank as it is now. The left side is the focal point,- and it's a good one - and for now you don't even need to worry about how you'll fill in the right hand side of the tank.
As I said before, I suggest you complete the substrating you want, and start with some plantings in & around your focal point - e.g. consider some Anubias attached to that great-looking branched dw.
What are your thoughts for livestock stocking - just so we have some clues as to what you want the finished product to look like ? That could help.
I was more looking for how I should slope or if I should slope the substrate on that right side......livestock wise I am looking at either of the two options


Option 1

Congo Tetras
Neon Dwarf Rainbow
German Blue Rams
Otos
? open to other thoughts?

Option 2
Neon or Cardinal Tetras
German Blue Rams
Otos
?open to other thoughts
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:29 AM   #14
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Personally, (if it were my tank) I don't think I would do any sloping on the right hand side - I'd just be sure I had enough depth of substrate to do some decent plantings & any hardscaping That might look good.

As for stocking, both your options are good - depends on which fish you like best between Congos or Cardinals. And there are many other species that are compatible with what you've already picked out, so you have a lot of choices.

That doesn't in any way alter your scaping plans though, so I suggest you simply proceed and amend as you go along, depending on what you like or don't like.
You've got a great start already, so keep it rolling !
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:56 PM   #15
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Well, I was kind of looking forward to seeing that sloping on one side with the branches coming out of it. I think it would make it more interesting. Everyone does the branches coming out of the bottom but coming out of the hill on the side is different.
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