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Old 10-18-2013, 07:00 AM   #1
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how does it look now...rescape... new rocks...more plants..


The tank profile and picture is in my Sig.

I have mixed emotions on the stones. The two archways are quite large and go from the left rear corner to almost touching the front of the tank. At the closest point, there is maybe an inch between the two archways. I guess archway is a good way to describe them. Maybe two inches at the furthest point. There is lots of space behind because of them being set into the corner at an angle. Sometimes I look at it though and feel like the sheer size seems to overpower the rest of the tank. I do like how when they are placed one in front of the other like this it resembles a large cave and my barbs seem to like the openness as they are constantly swimming through it. My corys like to hang out in the shade of it sometimes too. Again your opinions on the whole look are much appreciated.

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Old 10-18-2013, 09:46 PM   #2
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I'd say the cave looks a little too unnatural. I'd change the rocks to a more natural looking formation that still has hidy holes. The gravel colors look a bit clashing also. Add more plants too!
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I agree the cave looks unnatural. it is also too big for this tank, the cave looks out of proportion in comparison to the tank and plant sizes. don't get me wrong I like the cave idea, looks like something the Egyptians would walk up to and roll a stone away to find a sarcophagus inside.
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:53 AM   #4
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Thanks. I agree. I even buried it as far into the substrate as I could. I could always remove them and break them to make them half the size. I wanted more natural looking rocks but couldnt justify the price the LFS asks for them. These came from some local wooded areas. I am also hoping with time my plants will flourish. I can see some new growth but it is slow. As far as the substrate goes it used to only be gravel and flourite. I read about how Cory cats do with gravel and decided to add some sand that would give them a break from the harsh gravel. I only bought 1 5lb bag and it didn't cover much. I will probably eventually switch to all sand. I just want to take it slow to prevent a mini cycle. You are right though the transition is harsh. The pictures are poor quality.
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So I did some adjusting of the stones. I agree they didn't look very natural. I am hoping the new arrangement does. Your thoughts are much appreciated.

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Use coconut shell as cave.
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I thought about it but figured I would get tired of looking at the random coconut in my tank. I am already tired of the clay pot and its only been in there since my last water change. In case the corys needed a place to spawn.
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So I did some adjusting of the stones. I agree they didn't look very natural. I am hoping the new arrangement does. Your thoughts are much appreciated.

Your mind is telling you it doesn't look natural because in nature you would not find broken rock like that in water except maybe a rock slide in a mountain stream.

Rock in water is always smooth and worn. I think the best aquascapes mimic nature. Think about ponds, streams etc that you know, look at Google images for ideas. The AGA contest Aquascapes are also a good place for ideas http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/2012/

These ideas have always helped/inspired my tanks.
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So in other words...I should probably go rock shopping.
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So in other words...I should probably go rock shopping.
ONLY if you don't like the 'scape. You're the one that will view the tank daily, please yourself. I would have never comment but you did ask.

I get fanatical about my display tanks. It takes me months to put them together. I get the tank 'scape in my mind and start collecting & growing my plants.

I just noticed your ceiling fan. We have that same fan. Funny the stuff you notice.
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Yes but 2 heads are usually better than 1.
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That arrangement of rocks looks better, but still needs to look more naturnal, I think...
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Default how does it look now...rescape... new rocks...more plants..

Rescape ...check out my Sig...new rocks too...
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Much better!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-23-2013, 01:18 AM   #15
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The clashing of the substrate is just something I will deal with. I am not about to go through that ordeal. If I do decide to though it will have to be a while . With the removal of the old rocks and recent filter change, I would be afraid I would have enough bacteria left after a substrate change to keep up the cycle. I am hoping with the new lava rocks though to have a much more surface area for the bacteria
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