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my hardscape-your opinions

Hello all!
My name is nadav,I'm 16 years old from Israel.
Here is my first try at hardscape-what do you think?any advices to improve it?
the plan is to make 1 focus point at left corner behind the driftwood and the ground will be coverd with HC.

by the way,sorry if i have any english mistakes.


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Very nice! My only two critiques would be that it is SLIGHTLY small for that tank, and if you had any longer or larger pieces that it would be wise to swap them in for some of the smaller pieces, AND that you should definitely give the substrate some slope. Most people completely forget or don't even realize that the substrate is in fact part of the hardscape, and that it should be used properly. I'd try placing the construct you have built there on top of a hill, sloping all the way to the right and left glass panels. It will give the substrate more depth, AND make the contsruct seem bigger without using different pieces (because it would be higher up).

One last thing, Id' pull that rock thats all alone to the right, in towards the structure about 2 or 3 inches, the back a little bit so it's behind it, but NOT out of sight. It's much to far away from the central construct.

Very nice hardscape, and I can't wait to see it planted!! Good Luck!


Edit: oh, and about the HC, it looks a lot nicer on a slope, like I mentioned with the substrate. My scape is actually very similar to what you're planning on going for. This is an old shot, the HC is about twice as thick now, and the grass is looping over the surface like 8"


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Very Nice Layout !
Oh, you are orange photos guy
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thanks guys.

CmLaracy do you mean that the driftwood is too small or the rocks?
actually i'm not sure about those rocks.
you right about the substrate i need to buy some more.
ohhh and your tank is great!

well here we go to try some other layouts
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what about this 1?

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better position. but slope-slope-slope! you need to go ahead and get more substrate now before the planning goes too much farther. slope is need ed for two reasons: 1-It gives the viewer a sense of depth from front to back of the tank. 2-It allows the plants in the back to fill in to a visually appealing hight and still have health stems near the bottom.

that said, nice scape. add at least 3" to the back left(if not more). I would also suggest adding a few driftwood pieces extendind from your centerpiece along the substrate into the fore ground to simulate roots on a tree.

Oh, and I would suggest placing your spraybar at the end of the tank pointing shooting the water the length of the tank to make it less visible.

very good so far.
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i think i'll keep this one,
you think it's better?

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I think that's better, personally- except for that one small branch in the back that juts out to the left; IMO it would look better if it were moved/rotated to stick out more than it appears to right now to kind of offset/counterbalance the branches pointing the other direction?





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