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Hi all,

what do you guys think of my first attempt? Too much wood?



In front of the stones, there will be a sandy area.
The stones will be buried for about 2/3 and the ones close to the base of the wood covered with java moss.

All suggestions are welcome!
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deffinatly too much wood just give that piece to me no really it looks amazing i cant wait to see it plantes the wood looks much like scolley's


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deffinatly too much wood just give that piece to me no really it looks amazing i cant wait to see it plantes the wood looks much like scolley's
Lol, if I decide not to use it, you can pick it up at my place !
Scolley's tank looks nice (my tank can't hold discus ), but I think I'm going to use some java ferns (narrow), some stemplants on the left, a little bit anubias at the base of the wood and a grassy area on the right (behind the stones).

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I like it as it is.
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Wow that wood piece is awesome, but I wouldn't split the tank smack dab in the middle with the rocks . . . maybe reconsider the proportions of your sandy area, but it look's like a good start!
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Wow that wood piece is awesome, but I wouldn't split the tank smack dab in the middle with the rocks . . . maybe reconsider the proportions of your sandy area, but it look's like a good start!
So you mean a smaller sandy area? Maybe I can move the stones to the front a bit.
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Yeah it's up too you, just my suggestion. Maybe tilt the rock wall more to the front or back of the tank.
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is that woods from manzita? I love the hardscape

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is that woods from manzita? I love the hardscape
Thanks!
I think it's like the manzita wood, they call it spiderwood around here.
I like the narrow branches a lot , I think it creates a nice, natural vibe.
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how much it cost you for that woods,? and what type of substrate are you gonna use?

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I love that piece of driftwood, but I think you need to work on the rockscape. I would suggest you put it around the base of the driftwood. It would look much better, IMO, as this piece of wood best suits a triangle style aquascape.
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I really like it just the way it is. My only wish would be for one of the rocks to be a bit taller (maybe slightly bigger and ~ mountain shaped). In the mid area closest to the wood. Great wood and start! Also, just curious. Is that a T5 fixture? What size is the tank?





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very nice start, i need wood like this for my tank, cant wait for you to add plants!

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Ok just an idea since you have looked a scolley's tank you might notice that the sandy area curves around abit . I realize that your wood makes this almost impossible but if you put the wood as far back in the corner and at a bit of an angle then i think its possible. Just an idea though.


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Ok, I've made some changes, thanks for helping me!

This is the result, don't know if it's really better:



As you can see I've used some bigger rocks at the base of the wood, and some smaller ones on the right side (there just there for a hard barrier between the sand and the aquasoil.
You have to bear in mind that the stones on the right will be buried almost completely.

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I think I payed about 40 euros for that piece (about 50 dollars).
substrate will be ada nile sand and aquasoil amazonia

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The tank is 130 litres (34g) and measures 80x40x40 (31x16x16 inches).
The fixture is a 'pimped' Arcadia overtank luminaire; I took the 2x25w t8 lights out, I made a new reflector, and replaced them with 2x55w PC's (dimmable).
Also, normally, OTL's come with mounting brackets, but I think they look nicer, hanging from the celing.

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I think he achieved this with multiple smaller pieces of wood.
The thing is, I only have 16 inches to work with so I can't move the wood any more to the back (due to them st*pid support brackets).
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