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Old 12-19-2008, 06:28 PM   #1
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How to aquascape


What is the best way to aquascape using 3 to 4 different species of plants or using many? I guess what I am trying to ask is which way looks better...I hope this is clear
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Old 12-19-2008, 07:01 PM   #2
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Anyone?
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Old 12-19-2008, 07:23 PM   #3
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I'll toss out my thought is that 1 stem plant next to others of different types doesn't necessarily look good. Putting them in groups of 3 or more makes the appearence better. I like having a variety of color and having differences between the colors of the groups I create. I also like to leave open spaces for the fish which would have lower plants or open substrate. The number of species depends on the size of the tank and the similarities between them.


Be patient, others likely will give their thoughts sometime today and tomorrow. There likely will be many opinions as this is a matter of personal taste.
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Lots of pirate ships, bubbling treasure chests, plastic volcanoes, flashing led lights, and the mandatory plastic diver.
I'm not that great at aquascapeing yet, so I'll leave this to others.
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My suggestion would be to look through aquascapes either in books or online and figure out which ones you like best and then emulate that style.

I find that you can use many species or few, or even one, and still have an impressive scape. It's bringing the aquascape together that is challenging, so that nothing looks odd or out of place.
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It really depends on the style you like. Aquascaping is VERY subjective, like any art. The best bet would be to find a style you like & study the aesthetics, then go from there. Are there any specific aquascapes that you find particularly appealing?
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It really depends on the style you like. Aquascaping is VERY subjective, like any art. The best bet would be to find a style you like & study the aesthetics, then go from there. Are there any specific aquascapes that you find particularly appealing?
No I have seen several very nice looking ones....I guess I just need to look
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Lots of pirate ships, bubbling treasure chests, plastic volcanoes, flashing led lights, and the mandatory plastic diver.
I'm not that great at aquascapeing yet, so I'll leave this to others.
LOL I think I like this the best LOL
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Old 12-19-2008, 08:18 PM   #9
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LOL I think I like this the best LOL
Me too, I would have that exact setup if I weren't into live plants
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Maybe if someone could suggest some good websites for aquascaping that would be great
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:01 PM   #11
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Not trying to take traffic away from PT, but aquascapingworld.com has an good number of very talented aquascapers. You're sure to find inspiration there!
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I love it, this aquascaping subforum still has the new car smell and already the suggestion to go somewhere else.
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I really like the old school...Dutch style. This means you can cram a ton of different types in the tank together- lol! However, I have too many species. Sometimes I think a few types could be more cohesive and beautiful.
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This is a difficult question to answer. Its kinda like describing a haircut over the phone...

Your best bet would be to study as many aquascapes and there plants and try to mimic them.
You will also need to know which plants have certain demands such as high light, low light etc. There is plenty to read though here on PTF, the plant finder will help you to ID plants and give you a feel of what is what in plant species.
Most of all just have fun doing it, there is nothing wrong with trial and error.

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Old 12-19-2008, 11:40 PM   #15
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I just started my first planted tank in Sept of this year. What I found, was that being new to the hobby, I had very little knowledge of how things were going to look when they grew in. I ended up taking out a lot, adding a lot, taking out a whole lot, adding a little here, a little there, some more of that over here...etc.

I think that once you get a feel for how certain plants grow, and what they will look like when mature, it's probably easier to plan an aquascape. Anyone can plan that they want this or that here or there, but what matters is what it ultimately looks like (to you that is )
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