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55gal journal: Not happy with design need ideas update 12/10

I'm moving this over from the general forum as it seems more appropriate now that i've moved out of the set up phase.

Here are some pics I took tonight. I'm very unhappy with my tank right now as I just don't have an idea of that kind of theme I am doing. Also while I like all the plants individually I don't think they tie together very well.

I like the look of the rocks (petrified wood) but not sure if they look to symmetrical.

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I think it looks pretty good now.

But since you asked for some hopefully helpful comments, here's my $0.02.

If the tank were mine and I wasn't satisfied with the layout, I would just mess around with the rocks really randomly until it looked natural and chaotic to give it a less organized feel. And then maybe layer the plants a bit in terms of having some in front of the others. Basically planting it kind of randomly without being too sensitive on the details. Then I would let the plants grow out on their own and see where it goes. But that's just my $0.02. I think it looks pretty good right now.

Maybe you can read up on the aquascaping topic for more ideas, or if you're into ADA style, buy Takashi Amano's 1st book, it has some useful aquascaping tips. Not sure if it's legal, but I took some pictures from book 1 and 2 in hopes of encouraging other people to get into the hobby and potentially buy his book. Not trying to copy and sell illegally or anything. Here's the permalink.
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i hate petrified woods. it's because of the cuttings came in rectangular shapes. too symmetrical.

change the rock with round river rocks. it will be easy to find different sizes. arrange the huge to medium rocks with careful positioning then scatter small ones accordingly on dark substrate. leave the front some open areas for small carpet plants.


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saw some pics on here the other day that might be some inspiration for you. even with jagged edges, if you can get some nice carpet plants to smooth out the roughness of your stones, it has a very nice, almost scotland feel.
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I drew up this idea which uses a C-shape design. I am a fan of open using open space.

this would also involve putting like plants together in one area

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scottish highlands lol
that would be an awesome scape.


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I added more plants and rearranged things and I am much happier with it now particularly the right side which just a bit more tweaking IMO.





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I think it looks a lot better! Maybe either some groundcover or something like moss to soften the "edges" a bit.

I like how this tank is going; add more plants and update!


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I agree with the ground cover. Personally, I am a fan of mixing in stem plants with different colors as well. I have recently scaped my 29 with various different stem plants, and it is really coming together. The glosso in the front of the tank helps too.

After looking a little closer at your newest pics, I like the right side of the tank more than the left. The right looks a little more chaotic while the left looks "placed". Im not sure if I like the rock that is partially hidden behind the plants in the middle.

A couple of things that I have done as suggestions from other members were:

1. Slope the substrate from front to back with the back being higher.

This especially helps with tanks that have thin footprints such as your 55 and my 29. You would be amazed how this alone can have an effect on the look.

2. Don't form a hardscape all over the tank. Pick a side and focus on that.
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A couple of things that I have done as suggestions from other members were:

1. Slope the substrate from front to back with the back being higher.

This especially helps with tanks that have thin footprints such as your 55 and my 29. You would be amazed how this alone can have an effect on the look.

2. Don't form a hardscape all over the tank. Pick a side and focus on that.
The first suggestion by BiscuitSlayer is a definite must, but #2 is the main problem I see with your tank. I had this problem as well, but instead of all rocks, I was using a large bunch of lava rocks on one side of my tank, and a huge hunk of driftwood on the other side. It made the whole tank "not look right" in several ways. Ultimately, I reduced the size of my rock pile, placing the top rock in the middle of the tank, and got rid of the large plants and the driftwood on the left of my tank. This helped the whole composition of my tank, and it now seems to also make my Rainbows happier to have so much more swimming area to play around in.
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